10 Secrets for First Time Home Buyers

I bought my house at the ripe old age of 22, and 6 years later consider myself quite the expert on all things home related. I ended up in a very strange situation of being able to buy a home built and owned for over 50 years by a family friend. My parents almost bought the house back when I was in highschool because they loved it so much, and the original owner ended up passing away and selling the house to someone else. 6 years later, I was in the market for my first home, and it ended up being for sale again! It all feels like a lot of fate, but I absolutely adore my house and yard. And of course, it is the inspiration for Style & the Suburbs after all!

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Knowing what seemed important to me when I was first looking for a house and realizing what is really important to me now that I own it, I feel like there are a lot of secrets or advice that first time buyers don’t think about. Here are my top tips for first time buyers to end up in a home they love now and years from now:

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Garage Door Refresh

As I was doing my yearly cleaning of the siding on my house, I noticed that my garage door was starting to look really dingy, even after I cleaned it, and I knew it was time for a refresh!

After cleaning, I wiped it down with a liquid sanding solution and let that dry, and then refreshed with white paint. It took 2 heavy coats of paint to get even coverage across the texture of the garage door, and I made a lot of effort to do a neat job around the seals on the edges, so it ended up being a much bigger project than I had anticipated!

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Fall Decor Refresh

This last week, I decided that I had enough of summer and was ready to update my decor to fall. Starbucks did launch the Pumpkin Spice Latte this week, so clearly I am not alone in my feelings.

I went with a “greener” fall look this season, adding in more faux greenery instead of the traditional branches and orange leaves. Since most of my decor is neutral to begin with, I just added in a few pumpkins and a cozy plaid throw. As we approach halloween and thanksgiving, I’ll layer in a few more pieces, but for now I love the subtle fall look.

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Yearly Home Maintenance Schedule by Season

Owning a home is practically a full time job in itself. I often joke that I work harder on the weekends than I do during the work week just working on my house. But, a little maintenance every week can help save you from a costly problem down the road. I’ve compiled a list of must-do activities, by season to help you stay up to date on basic home maintenance.

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Ikea Hack: Stone Topped End Tables

I’ve written before about my Ikea hack end tables, but I thought it was worth updating the post! I’ve had these cheapie end tables for years and wanted to refresh them without a big investment. I thought maybe I could find some type of hardwood flooring that I could cover over the tops and went to look at my local home improvement store.

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Simple, Cheap Home Style Hacks to Copy Now

A lot of people are intimidated by decorating their space because they don’t feel like they have the means to completely refresh a room. Furniture, decor, rugs are all expensive and a huge investment, especially to buy all at once. There are a lot of easy ways to embrace your current space and make it look and feel intentionally designed without breaking the bank.

See my favorite simple and inexpensive style hacks below:

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