Friends. We have been seriously house hunting for the last four weeks. We interviewed four realtors, chose the one we thought fit us best and our Sunday Funday’s are looking a little different these days! Marathon house appointments are happening more than drinking beers at a local brewery.
I almost wrote home buying process in the post title, but we haven’t bought anything yet so it’s technically the house hunting process for now. The house hunting process has been SO FUN, a little heartbreaking, pretty stressful and really every emotion in between. Over the past month of house hunting I’ve learned a few valuable and unexpected lessons that I think are worth sharing with you all!
There is such thing as a house hunting uniform
You read that right. There is absolutely a uniform that you should be wearing while attending open houses and walking through potential homes. Allow me to break it down for you-
A). Dress for the weather, but also in layers. You’ll be standing in a home that may still have the heat turned on (if you’re lucky) or not. If not, the basement will be even colder because duh, heat rises so prepare yourself. You’ll also be going from inside to outside and back again and its not uncommon to find yourself standing in the backyard discussing bamboo removal without a coat for 20 minutes. That extra sweater will be crucial.
B). Invest in slip on shoes. It’s winter and there is snow on the ground, but do you know how HARD it is to take off bean boots and put them back on five houses appointments in a row? NOT EASY. Uggs and zip up combat boots have become my go-to’s for the house hunting uniform
C). Dress for the house you want to buy. You know the saying, dress for the job/life/man you want, not the one you have? Well my darlings, that is true for house hunting as well. If you show up to an appointment looking like a homeless person in your comfiest clothes (we all have that outfit that we LOVE, but is not cute) you may not be given a second look. Good thing money talks and not clothes, but in a competitive market every little bit helps!
Bring snacks & hydrate
We’ve gone on house viewing marathons with our Realtor every Sunday for the past four weeks. Sometimes we are only out and about for an hour and other times it’s been 2+ hours. Pack snacks and water because there is nothing worse than a hanger attack while doing one of the most stressful things of your life… you feel me?
Be realistic. Do you NEED three fireplaces, or a double vanity sink or five freakin’ bedrooms when you only want two kids? The answer is no. I would love one fireplace, and would LOVE a double vanity so I don’t have tiny baby beard hairs all over my toothbrush, but no I do not need that many bedrooms. Especially when I think about cleaning that many rooms. If we had that many rooms I’d just keep the doors shut so they wouldn’t have human interaction and therefore no dust would collect for me to clean.
We recently went to an open house for a home that we LOVED online. It was in a neighborhood we liked and was at the top of our budget, but it could have been the one. We saw it and I kid you not it looked like something out of the Babysitters Club novel or the movie 13 Going on 30. Super cute, two story, colonial with a big backyard and plenty of bedrooms with lots of light, but it was HUGE! Overwhelmingly huge! So while it was gorgeous and we could afford it, we didn’t NEED it. Pass.
Don’t get attached
This has been the biggest lesson and ironically, I thought I’d be the one struggling the most with this. I’m surprised that it’s been very black and white for me. Yes. I loved a few houses, but they’ve needed work beyond what we could do with what was left in our budget due to their price.
The right one is out there. The house that we will raise two little Italian babes in (God willing) with a yard big enough for Cannoli and Mar man to run around in. We will be much closer to work and will settle into our new city in the next stage of our lives. I can’t wait. But until then, my Uggs are ready to hit the ground running to see more houses!