When Jordan and I got engaged, we had to begin thinking about where we want to live when we’re married. Being the stubborn person that I am, I was set on renting an apartment. I told Jordan that we needed to experience living in a crappy apartment (maybe I watch too much TV), and that we weren’t ready for the responsibilities that come along with owning a home. He, being more laid back and open-minded, was not convinced that we needed to rent, but we began the search nonetheless. And we searched, and searched, and searched. We quickly found out that renting is expensive. If we wanted to rent and save for a home, we’d only be able to afford a tiny one bedroom, and most of the spaces were small enough to make me want to cry. Jordan kept saying that they reminded him of his college apartment. No, thank you.
After going through many apartment pamphlets, taking tours with overenthusiastic salespeople, and shedding some tears, I realized that we might need get more serious about buying. If I wanted to live in a bigger space with a backyard, it would make much more sense to make an investment. Around this time, Jordan mentioned that his aunt and uncle were going to put their house on the market, and told me that we might as well take a look at it. At first, I was against this idea. I thought it’d be too complicated to buy from family, and I wanted to look around. Until…I started to look at houses online. Many of the houses up for sale in our price range were fixer-uppers. I can look past the cosmetic things, like paint and flooring, but I’m not the type of person who gets super excited about home renovations. We both decided that we wanted a house that was basically move-in ready. At this point, my frustrations were getting to me, and I told Jordan to set up a time for me to check out his aunt and uncle’s house. What did I have to lose?
To make a long story short(er), after touring their home on a sunny winter afternoon, I fell in love. I didn’t want to look at more houses. And so… on June 12, we will begin moving into
their our home — the only house that we looked at, and the house that we’re going to buy. That’s less than three weeks away! In less than three weeks, Jordan and I will have own a house! Well, almost. They’re going to let us start painting and updating the flooring before all of the paperwork is finalized at the bank. I guess there are perks that come along with buying from family!
For privacy reasons, I don’t want to post too many pictures online, but our house is a three bedroom, two bathroom ranch, with a nice backyard and plenty of space to start a family (someday).
It’s a starter home, and it’s perfect for us. Since those pictures were last taken, the owners have taken out the swing set, and once we move the fire pit, there will be plenty of room for a pool. Wishful thinking ;). I am excited to buy a patio set and have our families over for cookouts this summer!
If you’re getting ready to move out of your parents’ house, or college apartment, or friend’s basement (it happens), I would say, keep an open mind. You never know what could be perfect for you. Jordan and I will end up spending a couple of hundred dollars less each month because we’re buying rather than renting, and I didn’t know that would be possible.
This weekend, we’re going to pick out paint colors and start pricing furniture. I’m excited to show you the progress on the inside of the house, once we’re able to get in there! It’s a big step for both of us. Ready or not, here we go.
Do you own a home? When did you buy your first home?
Do you enjoy home decorating?