Our Home Buying Story

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We moved from Massachusetts to Indiana in 2014 and knew quite literally no one.  Fast forward a year later, we knew a couple more people but were still pretty green about all things Indy.  When we decided to get a home, we didn’t know any great realtors, online reviews were spotty at best and so we found our realtor on Zillow.  We picked one with good reviews and who was a “premier agent” with a healthy number of sales.  Would we do that again?  Probably not.  You see, realtors on Zillow pay to advertise on Zillow.  They probably have clients falling into their lap every day, most of whom won’t pan into actual sales.  As such, we felt we didn’t get enough attention or help especially as first time home ignorant buyers.  Sure our realtor showed us the houses we were interested in, but he didn’t make recommendations on homes we might be interested in or even provided us comps when we decided on the house we wanted to make an offer on.  I’m not sure if realtors even do this or if HGTV has skewed my expectations of a realtor.  When we do this again however, we’ll definitely do a lot more research into the realtor we decide to use.

Anyway, we were an easy sale.  We made an offer on the 2nd house we saw.  I wanted to go in lower, Kristen wanted to go in higher, our realtor wanted to go in at a price that would seal the deal faster I assume.  We went in somewhere in the middle and after a couple of counters, we settled on a price I could live with.  Home inspection scheduling was a doozy because the sellers were getting married and going on their honeymoon!  Weird timing to sell a house but we were nice about it and pushed the inspection back and gave the sellers over 2 weeks to get back to us on our requests.  We also pushed closing back a week even though that’s really going to make moving really tight (and probably more expensive) for us.  If there’s something I learned from all this, its that you should (1) take time to find a good realtor, no seriously ask around – friends, family, strangers! (2) be nice to your sellers but don’t be doormats and (3) inspect the house with your home inspector!  Gosh I can’t tell you how much I learned during those 4 hours with our lovely home inspector (Shout out to White’s Home Inspection!) and how much we were able to negotiate because we knew what we were talking about!

Well its about a month before we officially close and get the house so fingers crossed it all goes well!  The photo is a picture of the house from good ol’ Google Maps!

Another home/DIY/interior design blog??

You’re probably wondering why I’m writing this blog.  I mean there are a million other home blogs out there – many of whom I love and follow religiously – so why another blog?  Most blogs I read have amazing before and afters, many of them have been doing DIY for years, its almost second nature.  I find myself very often scrolling to their very first post to see where they started, to learn the very basics.  What kind of primer do I use?  How do I change a light fixture?  What kind of light fixture goes with a round table?  Curtains or blinds or both?  Simple questions perhaps but I’d bet a dollar (maybe more!) that a lot of people still have these questions.  All that said, because many of these blogs are so established, they sometimes don’t incorporate some new fangled technology that new home owners have access to – the ever illusive smarthome.

So here’s where I see myself and my blog.  Its for people like me, people who are new to DIY, who are new to owning a home, but would also like to incorporate some of the recent smarthome features that we read about.  So this is why I’m writing a blog.  We plan to update this blog 2 – 3 times a week.  I hope you continue to read on and get to know us as we get to know ourselves through this process.

Hello!

IMG_1223 Hi everyone – we are Kristen and Cheryl and we will be moving into our first home in Sept 2015.  We’ve been renters since we graduated from school so this is our first foray into home ownership – all its joys and tribulations!

We’ve been reading a ton of blogs and we love how folks document their “house-to-home” journey and we’ve learned so much that we feel we’ll be able to make some of these changes ourselves!  Just so we’re all clear on the starting point we’re at, we are terrible DIY-ers.  In fact, the only real DIY we’ve done is to hang paintings and take them down.  No seriously, we tried to make a frame once and we couldn’t get the screws all the way through the wood without stripping them.  Needless to say, we gave up.

With an actual house that we can make actual changes to (there is a severe limit to how much you can do as a renter), we’re excited to get this part of our life started!  I – its Cheryl speaking here – am far more DIY ambitious than Kristen is but you’ll hear from us both I’m sure.  My posts will hopefully be filled with stories of amazing befores and afters while Kristen’s might be filled with all the DIY failures I’ll try my best to hide!

So anyway, we’re glad to be on the blogosphere and documenting what we do and what little we know so come along for the bumpy ride!