Buying a new home, as we all know, is a crazy, hectic process. Not only do you spend endless hours searching online through listings, but you eventually have to start physically looking at houses you’ve picked out. You go from this house to that house to a thousand more (not literally but it feels like it) only to be let down as reality isn’t anything like what the pictures have showcased. Maybe the house isn’t as nice as you thought it’d be. Maybe the layout is downright awful. The yard is too small. The neighborhood isn’t want you wanted. The list goes on. Having just purchased a home myself, let’s look at ways to take the stress out of buying your first home (or any home for that matter). Continue reading
Home-buying is one of the most exciting and exhausting experiences ever. I have gone through the process twice, in less than 3 years, and I can tell you that knowing what was coming the second time did not make the process any smoother than the first time.
The first house I made an offer on I fell in love with, only to be incredibly disappointed after the inspection. I was completely distraught. I gave up on the search, and when I picked back up a couple months later, I found my first home! The place I bought was funky and cute. It had subway tile in the bathrooms and tin ceiling as the backsplash in the kitchen. It had open cabinets and lots of windows. It had a laundry room with a window in it, out to my quaint, adorable backyard. It was also at the end of a giant hill that was treacherous in the winter, and only had one other way out, which was through an alley that was not paved. It wasn’t even really filled in. I didn’t see those things when I found it. I just saw a place to call my own, and I loved it. Continue reading
Since becoming a mom 7 months ago, each day has felt like a marathon. I start out hopeful and optimistic that I can get everything done that I need to. I go through bouts of exhaustion and despair, thinking to myself, “when will this day END already?!” And as the day draws to a close, I nearly cry as I collapse onto my couch, finally having scraped by for another day. Continue reading
By Julie Winsel
It’s part of the traditional American dream: the house with the white picket fence, preferably somewhere that’s green, according to Aubrey from Little Shop of Horrors. Having your own house means you own all the walls and get to hang things and paint to your heart’s content. It means you can landscape, plant trees, and put anything you want in the garage. Continue reading