50 things I’ve learned from buying a house

50 things I've learned from buying a house - This Little Space of Mine

Today marks the 50th day since we moved into our first home together, so what better a way to mark the occasion then to share 50 things I’ve learned – an informal, light-hearted list that I’ve been putting together since we moved in.

50 things I’ve learned from buying a house
  1. All those hard-earned savings disappear in a flash.
  2. When the above happens, expect a call from the bank as they freak out at you moving money.
  3. Having a boyfriend who works shifts and therefore has mid-week days off to fill in paperwork and pop in to the solicitors is a god send.
  4. People are really kind. Family members, friends, new neighbours, it’s times like these that those important people really stand out.
  5. I somehow got away with having polka dot crockery in our kitchen!
  6. There is literally no point painting your nails, it’ll chip straight away when you’re moving boxes.
  7. You’ll unpack things and wonder why the heck you hadn’t binned it ages ago.
  8. There will be arguments.
  9. Seeing friends get excited that you’ll be 10 minutes down the road from them makes moving to a new town totally worthwhile.
  10. Trello will help you keep organised.
  11. A tape measure will become your new best friend.
  12. 23 days without the internet is a long time.
  13. The arrival of furniture inevitably means even more cardboard boxes to break down and get rid of.
  14. Having a printer/scanner is really helpful when you need to send copies of driving licences, bank statements etc. to the solicitors.
  15. You will cry. A lot.
  16. Everyone will have an opinion; on your bank, on your furniture, on the colours of the wall, on unpacking etc.
  17. Money weirdly becomes nothing; you end up spending so much and adding to the pile is so easy. I can see how people can get into major debt.
  18. Going on a date night together is a good idea.
  19. Having a tumble dryer is amazing!
  20. Giving Freds a fishy supper meant a nasty surprise in the litter tray the next day.
  21. It’s a healthy time – you’ll be walking lots of flights of stairs and moving around a lot.
  22. It’s an unhealthy time – there’s no time to cook properly, not to start with.
  23. Buy loo roll!
  24. That jug you bought from a vintage fair and didn’t know what to do with is great for displaying knitting needles.
  25. Ben and Jerry’s is always a good idea.
  26. Teamwork is so important.
  27. Unpacking just one box will make you feel a million times better.
  28. Perhaps making my hay fever suffering boyfriend cut the grass wasn’t the best idea in the world.
  29. Have scissors to hand!
  30. The actual buying of a house can run a lot more smoothly than people make you believe (or it did for us).
  31. It’s a lot of fun, even if you don’t see it straight away.
  32. You’ll find craft supplies you never knew you had.
  33. When deciding how to decorate, Pinterest can be a little overwhelming.
  34. The arrival of a sofa is what makes your house feel more like a home.
  35. Have snacks to hand on moving day. My sister bought a selection of picky bits to ensure no one got ‘hangry’.
  36. When you’re on the phone to IKEA about a missed delivery they play ABBA when you’re on hold. The horror.
  37. Having a yellow feature wall in our living room is the best.
  38. My Nan and Grandad are so amazing. They gave us a care package the day before we completed – full of goodies we’d need, like dustbin sacks and matches.
  39. From time to time you’ll feel like you’re drowning in paperwork.
  40. Packing means making a mess, so it’ll look like you haven’t made any progress.
  41. You might move into a house that spiders seem to love.
  42. It’ll take you a while to figure out how to get in the loft.
  43. Bring a meter key with you.
  44. Packing is a great excuse to take old clothes you never wear to the charity shop.
  45. Freds is even more amazing than I thought; he settled into his new home so well.
  46. It can literally be the best of times and the worst of times.
  47. A bunch of flowers in the living room brightens up a stressful day.
  48. You might say you’re not interested in having a dishwasher, but you’ll end up using it and loving it (especially when you have lots of people over!).
  49. Knowing you’re on Pinterest all day long looking up house ideas is the one sure-fired way to get your boyfriend to join it.
  50. It feels pretty good to finally own a home of our own, together.

So there you go! It certainly feels like we’ve learned a lot together in the past few months and we’re now in a place where we’re beginning to enjoy what we have. It’s so easy to get clouded in the day to day stresses, so now things are calming it all feels pretty darn great.

Thank you for having a read, I hope it made you smile as much as it did for me.

Leanne x
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2 Comments on 50 things I’ve learned from buying a house

    • Leanne Beale
      19/07/2015 at 10:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Haha it’s amazing just how many tape measures we have between us! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx