I thought this was going to be one of the harder ones on my list to accomplish, but we did it! (and I feel like achieving this one outweighs not achieving others as buying a house is such a big thing compared to seeing a play on Broadway for example.)
We started seriously looking at houses in April/May and found the house we wanted at the end of June! The sellers wanted to close by the end of July, so we had a short window of time to get a lot of things done. Luckily, I had taken the first week of July off from work so I was able to put a lot of focus on what needed to get done, so it worked out well.
Let me tell you, there’s a lot that goes into buying a house! And it’s pretty overwhelming, especially as a first-time homebuyer. But I think we did alright. 🙂 We had great people working with us (realtor, mortgage advisor, a friend who is a real estate lawyer helped us understand the documents, etc.) so we were happy to have such great guidance, and it made the process a bit smoother for us.
We used August as our last month at the apartment so we were able to take our time with packing up the apartment and getting some work done in the house (mainly painting and changing out light fixtures). We officially moved in last weekend and had the last of our stuff out of the apartment as of Thursday.
The first night in the house felt completely natural. I took last week off of work to get some unpacking and settling in done, as well as to help Sonny get acclimated to a new space before we started leaving him at home alone while we go to work. Today was my first day back to work and he did just fine! (We did have a couple of times where we left him home for an hour or 2 to get used to being here by himself, but not until later in the week).
I’m so happy we were able to find a place we both love before the baby gets here. (we do have to do his room but we have a little bit of time for that — about 7.5 weeks to go!)