Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
Well, maybe. Maybe not. But I’m guessing you have an interest in what I write about if you’re taking a nosey at ma little ol’blog.
Anyway, I’ve been a little MIA since June and we’re currently halfway through August – when the bloody hell did that happen!? As the title of the post might suggest, the reason why I’ve been MIA lately is that we only went and bought a frickin’ house!
It feels weird to say I’m a homeowner and part of me feels really guilty to mention it as I know how much of a struggle it is to potentially climb onto the property market being part of the Millennial generation.
Despite it being a huge step into adulthood, I still feel no more adult than I did before though.
And although owning a house is one of the most common Millennials dreams, I can confirm that it is not all fun and games.
Having previously been renters for the last 6/7 years, we would always enter a house reasonably clean. With buying, these standards aren’t quite the same.
The kitchen cupboards had black sludge inside of them and the carpets looked like they hadn’t been cleaned since I don’t know when. We also uncovered a delightful 1970s council house brown flooring when replacing the downstairs flooring which was just as quickly covered up to stay back where it belonged in the 1970s.
We also had to endure three months of living in limbo of not knowing if the house was definitely going through due to delays further up the chain, our rental contract running out and not being able to be renewed, lobbing the majority of our stuff into storage and a daily round trip of a three-hour commute.
Luckily though, we were able to stay with Greg’s Grandma who was so sweet as she kindly took us in during that time and I will forever be grateful for her generosity.
Having had the majority of our possessions in storage did work in our favour though as it meant we had a number of weeks to solidly work on the house to get it up to a standard we were happy with rather than moving in on that day.
For a good three weeks, we were virtually living on no sleep, long commutes to and from work as well as to Wiltshire and the other side of Hampshire, while also decorating and trying to complete MA assignments.
We had hoped to get everything completed prior to moving in but unfortunately, there’s just not enough hours in the day to really make that happen. But as many people have pointed out to us, we have done well to have achieved what we have.
We’ve managed to repaint and refloor every room (Other than the hallway and bathrooms), buy white goods and paint or buy *some* new furniture. It doesn’t sound a lot but believe me, this takes a lot longer and more money than you think!
After having spent years pinning house decor ideas on Pinterest, I was so excited to start making this a reality when we first got the house. However, the reality of staying up painting until 3am and then going to work the next day kind of puts a downer on that and you start to regret it even though you know it will all be worth it in the end.
I’m glad we did do it though as it would have been such a ballache lobbing furniture into different rooms to try and do that, especially with the new flooring. We may have spilt paint on the old carpets and been a bit lax with how careful we were being due to their hideousness…
I’m really glad that we finally have our own house which we can sort on our own terms and no longer have to deal with dodgy landlords and messy housemates but like anything there are downsides which means we can’t just run off to another county or even country and when something breaks, we have to deal with it ourselves. It also limits where you can apply to jobs if you want to live within a reasonable commutable distance.
But it’s like anything though. The grass is always greener on the other side.
I’m going to leave this here now as I think this is enough rambling for one night as I don’t think this post makes an awful lot of sense but I just wanted to be all like, “Hi, I’m still here and this is why I’ve been MIA!”
Maybe I’ll write a proper update soon on life and the house but this is my update for now.
Do you have any questions you would like to know on what’s involved with buying your first home?
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