It’s been more than a year since Bryan and I purchased and moved into our home in Rockaway, NJ. The road hasn’t always been easy and we’ve hit quite a few bumps along the way. But here are some things we’ve learned in a year of home ownership that may have prepared us better had we known in advance. Or maybe we just had to learn things the hard way. Regardless, I thought I’d compile a list of some takeaways, but the list could go on forever, because making such a big investment is a stressful, but incredibly worthwhile, endeavor.
(PS: Have something to add? Let me know in the comments!)
Get a good realtor. This should have the clapping hand emoji in front of it for emphasis. We switched realtors halfway through the process and felt very guilty… until we found Christine who made everything as smooth as possible. She responded to our emails, calls, and texts in a timely fashion, gave great advice, and was there for us every step of the way (we didn’t have that same experience previously). Also, she helped us find a home we truly loved, and for that we are eternally grateful. If you’re looking to purchase a home in NJ, hit me up. I KNOW A GIRL!
Rome wasn’t built in a day and you’ll come to accept that some projects and corners will just be eye sores for a while. This pains me to admit because I wish I could tackle everything at once, but we’ll be here for a while… and I’m learning to live with some of the chaos (grumble grumble)
The importance of a rain fund. This cannot be stressed enough–there is never enough money in our rain fund, and that makes me very nervous because I like to have a backup plan for my backup plan. But the truth of the matter is, things come up along the way that you don’t anticipate so it’s always a good idea to be prepared. Set money aside each month, and knock it off with the DoorDash deliveries (note to self)
Related: Sometimes you have to prioritize home stuff over other fun expenses and you’ll die a little on the inside. But then there are days when the heat breaks and I can sit outside in my backyard and feel like I’m on vacation. It’s worth it in the end, but that doesn’t make saying no to Phish concerts or expensive dinners painful!
Compromise is important and without it, you won’t get anything accomplished. Yes, I’d love to hang all the paintings that are sitting in boxes but I also understand that Bryan has been busy with big projects that eat up a lot of his time on the weekends so either I hang the shit myself or let it go for now.
And there are just a few things but obviously, this list has been skimmed down because otherwise, we’ll be here all day 🙂 Hope everyone is having a great week, and can’t wait to catch up with you all this week, my sweets! XOXO