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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Landscape Ideas for the Ultimate Curb Appeal

Creating and maintaining curb appeal for your house is a big undertaking and takes a lot of upkeep. The work isn’t easy and most lawns and plants require frequent maintenance. But, curb appeal is also what can add a lot of financial and visual value to your home without investing a lot of money.

My advice for creating the ultimate curb appeal is to have a plan, keep plants simple, and keep up the maintenance for lasting value. After my great yard makeover, I only have to spend a few hours a weekend maintaining my lawn and gardens to keep my home looking beautiful.

Here are some of my favorite inspiration homes for curb appeal to give you some ideas of how simple (or elaborate) you can be.

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