After our Green Cards were approved back in June (yey us!), we knew that we wanted to start looking at houses. As much as we had liked our apartment, we were getting to the stage where we felt very restricted and watched. The dogs had no immediate place to run around together and I did feel a little awkward heading out with them first thing in my pyjamas, because let’s face it…not everyone gets dressed as soon as they wake up! 🙂 In addition to this, renting was just killing us. It’s so expensive to rent and there’s nothing that we get to keep as the end result.
We decided to explore the option of building a house as the ‘new build’ option where we live is about the same price as buying a home that is a few years old. One option when building is to choose a lot within a neighbourhood, choose the floor layout you want and then choose everything else yourself. Anything that isn’t classed as standard has an additional upgrade price on it. We didn’t choose to do this. We chose to pick a house where the construction had already started. This meant that certain options were already included in the listing price and we then got to change things like paint colour, cabinet stain, carpet style & light fixtures. For us this worked out perfectly as we didn’t have too many decisions to make. This is the floorpan that we chose. Our house is at the bottom of a cul-de-sac and we were the second family to move in. There are still 4 houses on the road that are being built; quite a few of the houses that are complete have offers on them so we will be meeting new neighbours very soon! The neighbours we already have are awesome, which makes living in America on our own much easier!
For me, the best part of the building process was going back every couple of days to see what else had been done. Watching your home being built is amazing…it also made us wish that time would pass much quicker than it was doing! Having access to the house also meant that we could go and measure for furniture any time we needed, which in turn helped my organised little mind get everything ready for moving day!
Our actual move in date was 23rd September 2016. We moved a lot of stuff over that weekend with the help of friends ( + their trucks and trailers!). Even though we have been in our lovely new home a few months now, we still have a bit to sort. Everything is unpacked and in place, we just need to work on the decor to make it feel a little more like home. I was going to take a few photos but instead I made a house tour video! Hope you enjoy it 🙂 I’m hoping to do a few more vlogs soon too!