It's been a year since we first became homeowners!
I can still remember how- just two weeks after I passed my driving test, even before I got my license, I embarked on a 1.75-hour drive on my own from London to Peterborough. Not easy for a first time driver. And a manual car for that matter.
I remember how, with sweaty hands I got behind the wheels of my car while my husband drove the moving van right in front of me and I desperately tried not to lose him in the middle of London traffic. And Apex roundabout! The famous Apex roundabout. Let's just say my car gently rear-ended the van Luis was driving. Too subtle it did not leave any mark on both vehicles. But it did leave a mark on my confidence as a driver 😂.
I remember how our fridge arrived even before our house keys were handed over, so that was fun. How we slept on the floor with a duvet the first night in. How we couldn't use our living room because our couch took 8 weeks to arrive. How we went to Ikea a hundred million times in the first weeks, how we spent hundreds of hours building furniture, how we did not have a shower for the first two months, how we eventually had a shower but no shower screen.
I could go on and on and on. Buying a house is no joke, filling it up is all fun and games until you find out that each throw pillow is at least £10.00, oh and the amount of toilet papers you need to get for a three-bedroom house!
But you see, that is the reality of independent first time homeowners. We don't get gifted upon, we actually work for each penny. And let's not forget that this is in the UK. Everything costs 70 times as much. So no, we could not afford an aesthetically zen design, modern architecture or a pool.
But it's all worth it. The monies you spend on a house actually goes somewhere tangible. You're now paying for something that you could eventually pass on or re-sell. You could decorate to your heart's content (my favourite part). Oh and the satisfaction of having a house you can call your own. There's no pride quite like that.
From a blank piece of land, we managed to make this home. Cheers to one year! 🏡🥂