A year on from buying a home – 10 things we’ve learned

Today marks a year since we completed on our home – I can’t believe it’s been a year already! While we didn’t move in until a couple of weeks later (seriously, completing so quickly took us by such surprise that we weren’t ready), it’s so strange to think we’ve been home owners for a year. To mark the occasion I thought I’d share 10 things we’ve learnt – with a little contribution from guest blogger… my boyfriend Stuart. If only Freds could talk and tell me what he’s learnt!

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Before I delve into what we’ve learnt, I’ll just add a disclaimer that I wrote my five before finding out what Stu had learnt. I dropped him a text, thinking he’d take a while to respond, and got an immediate response with five brief, but hilarious (and very true) things. Nothing like keeping it short and sweet!

  1. Teamwork makes all the difference. It took us a while to find our groove and now we have, it’s pretty sweet.
  2. As organised as I am, there’s nothing like a change in environment to throw me into unorganised chaos. I wrote a bit about that here just after we moved.
  3. It takes so much longer to create a home than I ever could’ve imagined. A year on and we still haven’t framed prints to put on the wall and it took us eight months to get a dining table.
  4. I find myself saying things that make me feel like a grown up. Discussions about property development, shops opening in town and what it’ll mean to the value of our house (the Waitrose affect) and when roadworks that affect my journey are tip of the iceberg.
  5. Moving to a new town, in a new county, was 100% the right thing for us.
  1. How a mortgage works
  2. How a credit card works
  3. How to use a drill properly
  4. How to prune
  5. How to grout

He sums it up so well!

Go us – home owners for a year! If you’re in the process of buying, moving or thinking about it for the future, here’s a couple of links to posts I wrote that might be useful.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

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5 Comments on A year on from buying a home – 10 things we’ve learned

  1. Shelley
    11/05/2016 at 7:36 am (2 years ago)

    Love this! I’ve lived in my home for 1 year 4 months now and completely agree with your comment about it taking a while to make a house a home, especially if you work full time! We still have so much to do, but as your bf well summises, there is a lot to learn! We stripped the lounge when we moved in, and it still remains a stripped shell of a room, whoops! Still, all good things take time. Good luck!

  2. Ky
    15/05/2016 at 10:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Haha I love Stu’s list. We’ve been in our flat now for 4 years and there’s still things we planned to do and haven’t got round to doing! It definitely takes time to make it a home.

    • Leanne Beale
      16/05/2016 at 9:02 am (2 years ago)

      He sums it up so well. 😉