Buying your first home with the person you intend on spending the rest of your life with should be one of the happiest and proudest days of anyone’s life. Particularly in this day in age where getting on the property ladder is harder than it ever has been. That’s why I am particularly proud of how far myself and Yusuff have come in such a short space of time.
Experts say that we millennials rely on the death of a relative to be able to afford a deposit for a house. And I fully agree with that, not only because that’s how it happened for us, but between paying your bills and having a life, how are you expected to try and save at least half of your monthly salary? I know I couldn’t do it and that was whilst living with my parents never mind renting a place.
There are three main things that I have learnt since buying a house. 1 that you can have expectations that don’t quite meet reality, 2 that money does not go as far as you think it will, particularly if you buy an older house that needs a bit of TLC and 3, you need to be ready for any hidden surprises that may appear .
So for this post I’ve decided to share with you what my expectations were when buying a house, compared to the reality of how it really went down. Maybe this will help prepare those of you who are in the process of saving for a house. Or if you already own a house, maybe you will be able to relate.
- ‘Oh I can’t wait to buy all these pretty things to decorate the house with’ – still waiting. It’s all well and good looking at the pretty accessories but you actually have to spend money on decorating the room before you can get your feng shui on.
- ‘Right, this is the order we’re going to decorate the house’ – WRONG! So wrong. We planned on doing our bathroom last when we had leftover cash in a couple of years but then BAM! the bathroom decided to leak into the kitchen, resulting in the whole thing needing to be ripped out. We’re still in the process of doing it up.
- ‘We will have X amount of money left once we finish the current project’ – hahahaha LOL! Oh how naive I can be at times. Here was me thinking we’d have enough money left over to decorate and carpet a bedroom once finishing the bathroom, but ohhh how wrong was I. It’s all the little boring bits that you forget you even need to buy that soon mount up to hundreds of pounds.
- ‘Look how much more they have done to their house’ – I need to learn to stop comparing our house to other people. Putting so much pressure on us for no reason isn’t healthy and plus everyone’s circumstances are different and well, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
I’m not quite sure if this post was even remotely helpful or relatable, but I thought it would be a fun and lighthearted way to put out there my experience as a first time buyer. Plus, I’m pretty sure that when I’ve finished decoration my dining room and we have a bathroom, I’ll be doing a whole bunch of house posts. Seriously though, I can’t wait to have my grey laminate flooring down because you know that’s gonna be my new insta background. Sorry, not sorry.
Also, can we please just take a moment to appreciate the pic I took for this blog post. Okay, so it’s not like ah-maze-ing, but it’s the first one I’ve actually put some effort into since reading Rhianna from Robowecop’s post about how to take better blog pics using props. It was so helpful, you should give it a read.
Anywho, that’s it from me for the time being. If anyone has any recommendations of where to buy cute homewear bits then leave me a comment at the bottom.