If you read my post back in September on hunting for houses, you'd know that Josh and I were now in the market for a house. Our first home that we would own and own together. We set out on our search and the novelty quickly wore off.
We found it stressful and unfulfilling in a market that was the worst it's been in a long time.
House after house was being sold for well above market value as people made exuberant bids left right and center. The condition of the house hardly mattered as long as the location was even slightly good.
Records were literally set from the prices some of houses went for.
I started to question this opportunity and if it was what I really wanted. Thrown into a large amount of debt when we weren't ready. A great opportunity but the wrong time. I'd been saving for a holiday and suddenly it was years away.
The New Plan
We rent our home off of Joshua's parents who own the place. We get cheap rent in a great location. Looking at new houses made me start to hate it. No yard, impossible on street parking, spiders, beige walls! Everything was annoying me, unreasonably so.
The decision to stop looking for houses to buy and start putting money into renovating this house made me see it in a fresh light. This home with white walls? A new bathroom & kitchen? No spiders!
You wouldn't renovate and put money into a regular rental. But as this is owned by family, particularly generous family at that, the money spent will come back around to us once we eventually move out. Though I'll be in less of a hurry when I'm living with all new amenities.
So in 2017 on the blog you'll be seeing more house before and afters as well as inspiration posts as we restyle each room to how we want it. Keen to finally get the house how we want it, as well as having a different mindset. Not one where we live in a half finished rental until we find our "actual" house.