We are doing exactly what we said we would never do again. Am I really surprised though? We are gluttons for punishment. We finished renovating our first home in April, only to put it on the market and have it sell in 3 days. Amidst of all the stress, I could have easily sworn on my kids lives (bad mom, I know I know) that we would NEVER do home renovations again ourselves. We did a years worth of renovations in six weeks time, plus working my own business on the side, Nicholas working full time, and me being home with our three little kiddos, aged 1, 3 and 5. To say I was stressed out was an understatement. However, to be completely honest, I LOVED doing the renovations myself. It brought such a sense of pride when I stepped back and saw what I did on my own. The shear fact that we crammed so much into a 6 week time frame was what made it not enjoyable.
This time? It’s different. We just purchased our forever home, or at least our long time home. In our old house, we always had it in our minds that we would fix it up (it was a disaster when we purchased it) and then sell it so we could buy our dream home. And that’s exactly what we did. It may have taken us twice as long as we hoped, but we did it. We learned a lot from the entire experience and now we get to use those lessons on our new home.
We couldn’t have purchased a house like the one we did if we weren’t up for doing renovations ourselves. While we did make a profit on the sale of our first home, hiring out all of the renovations is so costly. We will pick and choose which ones we are willing to do ourselves and which ones we will pay a professional to do. We have been so blessed with this home and thank God everyday for it. I joked with Nicholas that we will be the poorest family in this ritzy neighborhood (but really, it’s true haha!). The truth is, we kind of stole this house. It was truly meant for us. Before we made the final decision to move, Nicholas saw this house listed online and bookmarked it. It was way out of our budget, but for some reason, it sat in our “favorites”, unlike so many others that we would unmark as a favorite. After a few months, the priced dropped quite a bit, but still not enough. Then it dropped again! We jumped on it. After a quick negotiation and 5 weeks of waiting for closing, it was ours. We finally had our dream home.
Nicholas and I both have the ability to walk into a room or a house and see what is can be instead of what it currently is. So many people just cannot do that, and we think that is the main reason this house didn’t sell quicker. It is surely worth a heck of a lot more than what we got it for, and with some time, love, and money, it will be complete and absolutely stunning. The house has great bones and is just outdated, but we’ll fix that.