Hello, and I am a first time home buyer, but not only that – I am also a first time home renovator. I’ve stated this before in the past that renovating has been long and draining process, both in physical as well as the money aspect.
I knew that the renovations were going to be time-consuming, but the part that I didn’t plan for is how time-consuming they are. Don’t get me wrong – I am super thankful that we have family members who are working hard (sometimes I’ve noticed without lunch – I’ve yelled at them a few for that) and I’m grateful that my hard earned money is going back into the family. But living only 2 months in and still undergoing construction isn’t easy.
The house is never clean
I’ll be honest – my home has never been super-duper clean that you could eat off the floor or anything but the constant moving of dirt, wood, and dust has been a battle. One that I know I’ve not been willing to fight. Poor Travis has been a trooper throughout all of it – his poor allergies are flaring up big time. Mold in the bathroom (a lot more than what we all anticipated), wood shavings from support beams cut, and the constant dust around has been wreaking havoc on his sinuses.Renovations are hard - especially when you are constantly tracking in dirt everywhere. Ugh! Click To Tweet
Money isn’t everything
Yes, the renovations have been costly – I think that we are up almost double what our budget was for home repair and the worst part is that it’s still going. Flooring for the bathroom needs to be done, faucets are ordered, and the whole upstairs still needs a complete re-wire job. That won’t even be counting the new drywall, paint or light fixtures.
While stating this I’ve found myself trying not to be so overwhelmed by the weight of it all. Money isn’t everything – and though we are going to be spending far more than we want to we will have a house that is perfect for us. I just need to learn to breathe and take it in one step at a time.Money isn't everything when it comes to renovations - just get through the important parts first. The rest will come Click To Tweet
Waiting is painful
To be honest I was rather naïve to think that renovations would only consist of about two weeks. Two weeks to construct a kitchen, two bathrooms, 2 closets, widening of a shed door with a low budget and a complete re-wire of the entire household (Over 2000 square feet) as well as including setting up a second box, stove and laundry units. I thought that I’d be in my new office by the end of September and taking pictures for my blog.
I was a bit wrong in planning. Though the pushback has caused my anxiety to flare a bit, it isn’t the end of it. Like I’ve been stating further up – this house is the house that Travis and I will be spending our life together. A mere 2-3 months out of 10+ years is a blip in our otherwise wonderful life.
Just because my office and photography equipment aren’t happening now doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. Only it will be a little bit longer delayed – and I am okay.Waiting can be painful when you want the renovations done, but in the end, your home will be perfect to your… Click To Tweet