Atlanta, we’re committed.
After nearly a year of house – and soul – searching we are officially, for better or worse, home owners.
I’d be fibbing if I said it was a seamless process.
We agreed to put down roots and then not even 24-hours later started flirting with the idea of moving to a different time zone. While I love the little life we’ve created in this charming city, buying a house solidified that a plane ticket would stand between us and my parents for at least another couple years – and I find that a truly disappointing reality.
We would weigh the pros and cons, go back and forth on what we wanted, change our minds about what we wanted, find a house, put an offer in, and then the contract would fall through…and I’d go back to finding a change of scenery wildly appealing.
This cyclical process was our reality for nearly a year.
Then one summer Saturday after more than one margarita we made an impromptu stop at an open house in a neighborhood we’d wandered through a few times.
Now here we are.
Time to turn a house into a home.
We moved in and immediately began to try and get our arms around the growing beast that is our renovation to-do list. The game plan is to tackle everything from re-painting to knocking out a wall and ripping out a bathroom. Bonus points if we keep our sanity.
It’s already proven to be a trial and error process but, aside from a few slips off a ladder and my husband’s brief, near-death stint as an electrician, I think we’re off to a relatively okay start for first-time home owners.
I plan to share the full list of what works, what doesn’t, and what I’ll never do again, but for now consider this an open call for any tips, tricks, or tasks for a pair of newlyweds about to start their first massive home renovation. (And, yes, emotional tips are just as appreciated as the best way to rip out carpeting).