It’s easy to get caught up in “keeping up with the Joneses”, isn’t it? We see the neat things that others have and we try to model our own lives after the people we think are really cool. But we all have to start somewhere, right? Allow me to share our “Starter Story” with all of you!
When we got married, we moved into a tiny one-bedroom apartment. We wanted to make sure that we didn’t over-extend ourselves financially, and we also knew we didn’t need need a lot of space.
We lived there for 2 years…check it out!
Do you see that we had our office and our living room combined? And how about that tiny little laundry room? And let me tell you, that kitchen was MUCH easier to clean, but it was so small that it was difficult to do too much extravagant cooking in!
So many funny little things about that place. Someone had painted the countertop in the bathroom, so we were constantly wiping off paint flakes. And you should have seen us both trying to get ready at the same time in that bathroom! If you didn’t balance the clothes in the washing machine just right, the whole thing would come unbalance at once like a gunshot, and scare you to death! Not to mention the buzzer on the dryer couldn’t be turned off, and was as loud as someone standing in your hallway blowing a trumpet! The oven never baked evenly, and the stove burners never cooked right. The fridge sounded like it would explode at any minute, and the upstairs neighbors…well, THAT’S another story for another day!
Even with all of it’s funny little quirks, we LOVED that apartment! But rent kept going up, so we figured, well, let’s look around at homes to purchase and see what we can afford.
We ended up buying our current home almost two years ago. It’s the first thing we’ve OWNED together, and we don’t take that lightly! Take a peek, if you like!
Even though our apartment was our first “place” together, I really think of our current house as our first “home”.
It was home when we had to replace the toilet in the guest bathroom. It was home when the back porch needed a new screen door. It was home when we had a fence put in. It was home when we had company coming coming in from out of town on the same day that the guest bathroom tub faucet quit working, and it was home when we had to re-grout the shower in the master bathroom. And when we had to replace the disposal. And it was REALLY home when the air conditioning broke, and when the garage door came off its hinges!
If you own a home, you know the feeling!
But it’s also home when it’s pouring down rain and I can drive my car right into the garage. It’s home when I can cook on a brand new stove, put leftovers in a brand new fridge and load a brand new dishwasher with dishes. It’s home when it’s decorate for the holidays and when it’s just its normal self. It’s home when we climb into bed at night, sit on the back porch at twilight, and work in our office to make the money to afford to keep it as our home.
Everyone deserves somewhere that they can call home. Especially when they feel lost in a new venture in life. That’s why I love Urban Compass.
Whether you’re moving, selling, need an agent or need an app, Urban Compass can help you out with all of the above, and their goal is to “Find A Home You Love”…in a place where it may seem that “home” is hard to come by: New York City!
And even if you don’t need any of those services, you can still use their site to explore the wonders of life in New York, from Battery Park Village to Williamsburg, and everywhere the Big Apple has to offer in between! It’s a great site to dream through, and a fantastic resource for anyone in the New York area…or anyone that’s HEADED to the New York area!
So what about you? Do you have good or bad memories of your first home? I’d love to hear about how you “started”!