Ready or Not, Here We Go

30 May

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?

32 Responses to “Ready or Not, Here We Go”

  1. fitandfuninthird May 30, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Oh my gosh how exciting!!! My husband and I bought our apartment a few years ago. We are planning on moving into a house in the next year or so and renting out our apt. A first home is always so exciting to decorate!! Congrats!!!

  2. Em ... Living & Learning May 30, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    omg, congratulations that is so EXCITING! I def think you made the right choice by choosing to buy instead of rent, at least this way you are making an investment with your money ,rather than just “giving it away” to a landlord!

  3. itsaharleyyylife May 30, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    awwww congratsssss! This is so exciting! I rent now and it is extremelyyyy expensive but when I first moved into my place I was living with one of my girlfriends so it didn’t make sense to buy a home together but now that I live with my boyfriend once September comes along we might be considering buying! (:

  4. Alisha @ Pink Spatulas May 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Congrats! You guys will have so much finding the perfect spot for all your wedding presents in your new HOUSE!!!

    We bought our home a couple years ago, but we went the fixer-upper route. It was an interesting process because we did all the renovations ourselves!

    • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy May 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      Thank you! My friends are doing all of the renovations themselves on their new house, and I give them credit. It looks like hard work!

  5. Health Freak College Girl May 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    So exciting! Congrats 🙂

  6. Lauren May 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    YAAAAYYYYY!!!!! I’m super excited for you and can’t wait to see what you do with it! Painting is the best!

  7. YourDailyGrace May 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Congrats, that’s so exciting! My boyfriend and I are in the where should be live stage currently while he finishes his last semester this summer, we’re thinking about moving to a big city so I think renting might happen naturally because it might be the only option. I love decorating though!

    • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy May 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

      Thank you! Yeah, renting would be the most practical thing to do. I’m sure it’s pretty expensive to buy in a big city anyway!

  8. notsodomesticated May 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Yay congrats!! 🙂 We found the same thing when we moved to Atlanta … renting a decent place was going to be even more expensive than buying! We FINALLY close on our new house tomorrow! 🙂

  9. Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles May 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    YAY! This is such an exciting time for you two! ….Owning a home is a journey. Enjoy the ride! …My tip- prepare for the unexpected expenses, there is always something coming up. Not in a bad way- it’s just different than renting for sure. ENJOY! Congrats!!!!!

  10. erinmotz May 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Gorgeous back yard! Love how spacious it is!

  11. savorlifesflavors May 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Congrats! That is sooooo exciting! I can’t wait to get a house! We are in an apartment right now and even though it’s been 2 years, it still feels so temporary. Congrats on the big move!

  12. ragingsofaninsanegirl May 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Yay! Congrats on the new house!

  13. healthhappinessandharmony May 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    Congratulations! So exciting! I bought my first house (a townhouse) 3 years ago, and it was so much fun decorating. My boyfriend moved in a year ago, but we just started a savings account to buy a house.

  14. Brittany May 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Congrats sweet girl!! I’m so excited for you! My hubby bought our house the year before we were married. I loved it because I got to decorate it and paint it slowly.

  15. Sara @ The Foodie Diaries May 31, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    Congratulations!!! How EXCITING!!! What a wonderful first step in your lives together 🙂

  16. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions May 31, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Wowza! Look at you, almost-home-owner! That’s awesome 🙂 Congrats!

  17. movingonmyown June 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    That is SO exciting! I’m so glad you two were able to find a place that you love! Congrats and relish this time! 🙂

  18. Danica @ It's Progression June 4, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    Congrats on buying a home!!! J and I just bought a townhome and moved in this past week–we absolutely love it. It’s feels so different moving into a place that you know is all yours 🙂

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