In December I got engaged and bought a house with my fiancé and my mind has been abuzz with all the planning and decorating and, honestly, “grownup-ness.” I thought I would use inspiration from that to kick off the new year with a blog post and to also take a break from Shelftalk to focus on those two wonderful adventures.
Nolo’s Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home by Ilona M. Bray
Buying a house is probably one of the biggest decisions you will ever make and with the market the way it is it can also be incredibly terrifying. Remember first, you are your greatest asset, so be smart! The year before getting into the house buying game our biggest focus was our credit. You do some pretty silly things in your twenties: trying to survive college, paying for our own medical care, and getting speeding tickets… all that adds up. Once we were ready to jump in we found a real estate agent we trusted. We had been renting and looking to buy in Tacoma and the houses were selling in two days!!! Our real estate agent knew the area incredible well, always managed to calm my anxiety, and wasn’t afraid to tell it like it is. Remember second, your realtor is part of your team, keep them in the know and have fun!
Plumbing: A Homeowner‘s Guide by Steve Cory
While the house thankfully passed inspection with flying colors and all the small issues it had were addressed, that still didn’t prevent a very adventurous first day in our new home. We had a toilet leak in the basement… then a week later the same thing in the main floor bathroom… turns out the gasket had worn down on both and we were lucky enough to be the ones to catch it. There’s a lot of stuff going on in a house that you can be completely unaware of. My fiancé fixed the gaskets and I ended up sealing the tile grout in both bathrooms and will be doing some caulking work on the baseboards next week. While things can be turnkey ready, a home will always be a project… sometimes they are fun and sometimes not so much.
The Inspired Room by Melissa Michaels
While my fiancé and I agree on some things we do have differences in design and preference. I’d gladly fill up our home with vintage pieces and Goodwill finds, but he’s more inclined to purchase quality items from Restoration Hardware and West Elm. In this we find a compromise because I agree that it is sometimes worth spending a little extra for something you know is gonna last and he respects my little treasures adding history and a sense of place to our space. Last night we put up art on our walls and for the first time it truly felt like we lived in this place; we made home.