Happy being-a-homeowner-for-1-year to me!
If you follow me on socials, especially Twitter you’ll be aware and up-to-date with my house progress, new things I’ve bought and what renovations I’m doing but I wanted to write a blog about some of the lessons I’ve learnt, problems I’ve faced (that I can remember) and what I’ve enjoyed the most since getting the keys.
Let’s start with…
Lessons I’ve learnt:
- First thing’s first, make sure you have a cushion… meaning when you get the keys to your home naturally you’re going to want to start buying all the things you need for your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom etc! That’s exactly what I did, I had a £3,000 cushion… that I blew in two weeks – it wasn’t enough.
If I could share any advice, I’d recommend having a £7,000-10,000 cushion that you can use for furniture and/or any urgent changes you need to make such as new fencing, plastering, painting etc.
Because bro, how can I spend £90 on paint for ONE wall?
I think it’s really easy to underestimate how much money you need to buy the little things such as cutlery, dining sets, bathroom essentials to the bigger things like a bed, mattress, sofas etc. If I were to do it all again I would be sure to have a larger cushion to save me from having to spend money while trying to live my best life, post-getting a house.
- Let’s go with my energy bills next. Your gas and electricity bills will sky-fucking-rocket during winter. I went from paying £40 p/m to £100+, and it killed me. I’m really good with money management, so for my energy provider to bump me with that figure without any pre-warning… yeah, I was fuming.
(Disclaimer: I wrote this blog way before the news dropped yesterday about the rise in energy bills, soring up to 50%?! Energy providers are trying to come and kill us)
My advice here would be to pay a little more during the warmer months so your account is in credit or put a little more money aside on the run-up to winter to use towards your gas and electricity bills or remember that you’ll need to pay more during these months so you’re not as surprised as I was when you get your bill.
- The last one, this one’s a biggie, I even wrote a whole separate blog about this point but after I’d written it I realised that I was getting way too personal so I decided not to publish it and avoided beefing my family on the internet.
Anyways, a big big lesson that I’ve learnt since getting the keys and moving out is to not let a damn soul into your happy place if they’re bad vibes. If they’re bad vibes or aren’t as happy or proud of you as you are – or should be – then please leave them the fuck out. I’m a big believer in bad energy staying far away.
Honestly, no one is out here paying my mortgage or for my orange juice so it’s not by force I have weird energy in my space… especially a space that I pay for.
Problems I’ve faced:
- The builder who assembled my concrete garage was a bag of bullshit. He was slow, rude and did the job wrong TWICE. So my advice here is to go off recommendations from neighbours, friends/family in the area or colleagues – if you can. The problem I had was that I moved to a city where I didn’t know anyone. It was hard to find a workman who was good at their job, reliable and provided standard customer service.
So, if you can, I would advise hiring builders, plumbers or electricians based on recommendation – and it’s a bonus if you can see some of the previous work they’ve done too.
- Since I moved into an older house that had been vacant for a while and I moved during a warmer time of year I never really used my heating until I was 4 or 5 months into living here and my heaters hadn’t been bled. So, when I was putting the central heating on recently, my dressing room and spare room heaters had so much air in them which meant only the bottom of the heaters were getting hot. Luckily my Dad had a spare radiator valve key (which is universal by the way, in case you need one) that took the excess air and water out of my heaters.
As you can imagine this one was annoying because I was spending big bucks on my energy bills for half a hot heater for a good month. But it’s all good now, every room is toasty!
- Ok, last one… I mean this isn’t really a problem, not unless you’re really picky like me, but my house was plastered before I moved in, so I soon realised many of the walls had formed cracks. This happens when plaster shrinks as it dries.
I got myself some poly-filla and a trowel and started filling in these cracks, which worked, but I’m also super impatient so instead of sanding them down to the wall level I just painted over them. It’s not too much of a shit job and none of my guests have noticed so I’m happy with that.
Guess they’ll notice now I shared it in a blog… this will test whether they read my blogs.
Saved the best till last…
What I’ve enjoyed:
- Making all the decisions! Owning my house and decorating all six rooms myself has taught me quite a lot about how decisive I am. I quite often know exactly what I want and it takes a lot to change my mind.
It’s been really fun to make all the decisions in all the rooms down to colour schemes, furniture placement and what’s going on the walls and where – I’ve loved it!
- I’ve also loved hosting! I’ve really enjoyed having guests over and showing them everything that I’ve achieved. I’m also a feeder, so it’s been great to be able to cook for everyone too.
And I’m a fabulous cook, see for yourself.
- I’ve also enjoyed getting to know myself more, living alone will do that to you. I’ve learnt about some of my annoying habits such as sometimes being forgetful. I recently left the heating on overnight, and the kitchen light on all night too… oh and I often forget to unload the washing machine. But, the good things I’ve learnt about myself definitely outweigh the bad.
Living alone has helped me take the time to be kinder to myself and realise the amazing things I’ve achieved at such a young age – my house is truly my happy place.
So, if you’re drinking any time soon remember to have a shot on me because I have successfully survived my first year being a homeowner!
P.S. I’ve been contemplating sharing YouTube videos about my buying-a-house process/progress because it’s way easier and more entertaining than reading long-ass blogs. However, I’m also a major p*ssy when it comes to being videoed so I’ve been delaying this for a while. If you’d prefer vlogs, kindly let me know, I’m happy to give em’ a go.
And I’ll try not to rhyme when I talk like I just did there ^.