As you guys have just seen in my new Weekly Vlog, this week we went house hunting!! This was the first time I’ve ever done this – I’ve never looked around houses or show homes before. I was so excited about the thought of it all! As most would, I scoured the internet looking at areas we’d like to live. Then I found the new housing developers’ websites. I looked through every house available doing 360 degree tours, flicking through pictures, looking at the floor plans, imagining living there. I had in my mind the exact perfect home. We found a perfect area too – away from the town where I grew up but not too far away so that my family could still visit. So I went into the weekend with these pre-conceived views that the internet gave me only to find when I was there in person the area and home I originally had in my mind COMPLETELY changed!!! Of course it’s important to do your research when house hunting but what I found too is it’s so important to not set your heart on these things and to make sure you go there in person. It’s important to keep an open mind.
We arrived in the area that I had thought was going to be perfect, close to the city centre for our jobs and a drive away from home to see family. But. We hated it. The area was rough and not at all what the pictures had portrayed. I don’t mean to sound pretentious but it’s so important to feel safe in your home town and area and we instantly didn’t feel that way. We quickly got back in the car, relieved that the town was fading into the background.
I’d set my heart on that town and feeling a little disappointed we had to rethink matters. The next day we looked around an area closer to home. What a relief, we absolutely loved it. We’d looked here prior and seen the houses’ floor plans on the internet. There was one particular style of home that I KNEW would be the perfect home. Guess what. Yet again we went in and didn’t like it! It was nice but not what we had thought it was going to be. The rooms were very small and very square, there wasn’t much character. We went into a style of show home that we originally dismissed online because it showed a bedroom in an attic. When you think of a bedroom in an attic you think it’s going to be small with low ceilings. We walking into that show home and LOVED IT. As you can see from our reactions in the video! I couldn’t wait so show my parents, I felt proud showing it off even though it wasn’t even mine! Definitely my favourite so far.
All in all I have learnt not to have ANY pre-conceptions now as we continue our hunt for houses. We still have a long way to go. Although the house with the attic bedroom is my favourite so far, these houses aren’t getting built for a long time so we still have lots to think about and decide. Plus it’s so easy to fall in love with a show home – they’ve been made up so beautifully! I just thought I’d share with you my experience of what I thought I wanted being turned completely upside down and inside out. I urge anyone looking to buy houses in the future to go into this process with an open mind. That way you never know what you will find :).