Keys to the house!

Happy birthday to me! ? I figured I’d write June’s blog post on my birthday, especially after finally having a bit of down time after the hecticness of this month.

We did it! After 10 years of house hunting, we FINALLY bought our hopefully forever home. It was quite the experience so I wanted to share it with you.

About 10 years ago, we had baby #1 and wanted a house since we knew we wanted at least one more baby. While house hunting, we found out I was pregnant with #2, so we put house hunting on hold for about 3 years since half of our mortgage would be going to daycare.

But what happens? After 3 years, we find out I’m pregnant with #3. We restarted our clock and waited another 3 years. We then started seriously house hunting but were getting so frustrated because it’s NOT easy buying a house 30 mins from NYC. House prices + property taxes + me working PT vs FT = bad combination.

Our options were:

  • move farther away – which we didn’t want to do. I VERY briefly toyed with the idea of moving to PA and commuting to NYC, but then plugged in the commute and was like – no this is CRAZY.
  • settle for a town with a not-so-great school system – again not what we wanted to do.
  • expand our list of towns and settle on the house size we could afford – which we did.

We ended up finding a house we liked and put an offer on, but after some issues we discovered afterwards we withdrew. We had to pay lawyer fees which was annoying, but in the end it was worth it. We continued the house hunt and grew more and more frustrated. We had talked about moving away, but it wasn’t something we were really crazy about since it meant leaving our families and everything we knew behind.

I then found out I was pregnant with #4 and the first thing I told hubby was “this is a sign that we have to move”, and ultimately that’s what we did.

We found a house almost twice the size of the houses we could afford in NJ and with a dining room – can you believe in our desperation the house we put an offer on had no dining room?! But those were the kind of sacrifices we thought were necessary in order to stay in NJ. Our property taxes are 1/3 what we would have been paying, and the school systems are great according to our online/offline research.

Now the move process. I’m normally a DIY/cheap person, but decided to outsource tasks like hiring a moving company, painting a room, doing the garage floor, and a deep cleaning – *sigh*. Everything ultimately worked out, but let’s just say I proved my “if you want something done right, do it yourself” mentality and learned a TON of lessons when hiring future help.

Aside from now owning a home, our quality of life is better. It’s a lot more slow paced which I was dying for, and it’s VERY family friendly. There’s activities going on practically every weekend, especially in the summer, to the point that you have to pick and choose what you want to do. We’ve all made some friends and have adjusted very well and I couldn’t be happier.

Who knew after 10 years that we’d be calling NC “home”? I sure didn’t, but I believe everything happens for a reason and everything we went through was worth it.

I can’t wait to finish settling into our HOME ❤️

Have you ever made a big move or found yourself somewhere you never thought you’d be 10 years ago?