Because I Said So: House Hunting 101
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

House Hunting 101

One of the BIG things happening this year for me is buying a house with Josh. Getting pre-approved for a mortgage was the first step, hiring a realtor was the second. House Hunting is it's own monster.    So much #adulting! Here are few things to keep in mind while hunting for your dream house:

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1. It's just paint.

Or cabinets. You can change paint for fairly cheap and you can paint the cabinets if replacing them isn't in the budget. Unless the house has lead paint or asbestos behind the walls, keep an open mind! 

I know (believe me!) it's so hard to envision the perfect white kitchen when you walk into a house that has navy blue walls and orange counter tops. But, with a little elbow grease and A LOT of watching HGTV for inspiration hard work, you can have your white kitchen.

2. Compromise is key.

This can be tricky. Unless you clone yourself, buying a house for two people with similar, but different tastes is going to take compromise! It helps to go into the "house hunting" process with a list of must haves and deal breakers. As you continue to search, you might find that what was once a "deal breaker" is something you can compromise on for the time being.

3. Be patient. 

The worst. It's like trying to sleep on Christmas Eve as a child! Exercising patience is NOT one of my strong suits. I want what I want when I want it--and that's NOW. After crossing house after house after house off the list because it was too THIS or too THAT, I started to get discouraged.

But, finding your dream house doesn't happen over night people. Be patient and persistent. This applies to even after you've found your dream house and are waiting on seller's to accept or reject your offer!

Do you have any tips for house hunting? Let me know in the comments!

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