The day we got possession of our house was a whirlwind of exciting emotions! We could not wait until 12pm to rush to the lawyer's office to get the keys into our hot hands. Prior to moving in, we wanted to refinish the hardwood floors as they were pretty beaten up from the previous owners. This meant we could not move in any of our furniture or belongings.
*If your home has hardwood floors that need a little TLC, refinishing them can be a budget friendly option. Completely replacing hardwood floors can be very costly and hard pill to swallow after just purchasing a home. We were able to refinish our floors for around $1500.
We still wanted to be able to go to the house and spend some time getting to know our new home. The first day felt very strange (it did for months!). It felt like we were house sitting and we were just waiting for the old owners to return. To make it feel more like home, we decided to order our favourite Chinese food and set up a picnic on the floor. We sat there taking in the space, talking about where we were going to put our couch, what colour we wanted to paint the walls, and where we could hang our wedding photos.
It truly was an experience neither one of us would take back. As first time home buyers, the buying process was very stressful. It felt a lot less overwhelming for us to have a slow move in to our home. The next morning, we woke up and drank our coffee in the backyard where we were able to dream up more ways to make our yard feel like home.
When the time came to move in our furniture and boxes, the day felt very long. We (mostly Jade) wanted every item to have a place within the house. We (mostly Jade again) felt ourselves waking up throughout the night thinking, "oh, maybe the cups should go in a different cupboard." Let us tell you, we are now nine months into living in our home, and our belongings still find new places to live within our home!
Our advice to first time home buyers would be to take your time moving in to your new home. Although it can be exciting to want to put your new couches in your living room, take a step back, admire the blank canvas you just bought, and dream up ways you can make it your own! If it is at all financially possible, make your possession date a little earlier than the move out date from where you currently reside. This time period allows you to create memories of opening that front door for the first time together and slowly helping your possessions find a home within your home.
How did you make your house feel like home the first day or even week? Tell us in the comments below!