Let’s face it, taking the first few steps into adulthood can be rough and even thinking of how your going to embark on buying your first home can induce a minor panic attack. Buying a home will be one of the most difficult decisions of your life, and it’s easy to delay the process so long as your apartment is keeping a roof over your head. If you relate to this blog on any level, take it as a sign that you are ready to take the first step toward buying your first home.
1. You’ve mastered the art of laundry day.
If bright pink socks are not in your future and your shirts haven’t morphed into crop tops, it’s pretty safe to say you’ve taken the first step of adulthood. Remember, showing up to work in clean clothes is a key ingredient to paying your mortgage payments on time.
2. You’ve learned to cook enough meals to prevent starvation and your knowledge of kitchen appliance operation will keep your home from going up in flames.
There’s no need for an appearance on MasterChef, but if you’ve mastered at least 5 meals to get you through the week without overspending on takeout you’re one step closer.
3. Your neighbors are a little too close for comfort.
It’s nice to live in an apartment complex surrounded by neighbors to make small talk with, but if you’re over wondering why it sounds like there’s a gorilla walking around in the apartment above you, or you’d just like one opportunity to blast your speakers without risking a noise compliant, home ownership will give you the perks of neighborhood companionship while also giving you your personal space.
4. You’re familiar with the term “savings account” and you’ve been putting it to use.
If your savings account is padded nicely enough to get started on a down payment for a home, you’ve already battled one of the biggest hurdles in first time home buying. Even though the steps following may seem overwhelming, there are plenty of resources available to make the research process less daunting. Plus, there are dedicated real estate and mortgage industry professionals that can take the guesswork out of the home buying experience.
5. Browsing home listings is one of your new favorite pastimes.
If you find catch yourself scrolling through Zillow and Trulia on a regular basis it’s just another sign that you’re ready to make the move. Trade your typical internet browsing routine in for scheduled showings with your realtor.
6. Your credit card statement doesn’t make you want to roll over and die.
If checking your credit card statement no longer sends chills down your spine, you’ve made it your mission to make timely payments, and that credit score is perfected, you’re well on your way to home loan approval land.
7. Having enough space is a figment of your imagination.
Hosting a party? Good luck trying to fit more than 10 people comfortably in your apartment living room, not to mention, they will probably have to race to find a parking spot within the complex. That California King size bed that’s calling your name will probably never have the chance to fit into your apartment master bedroom, and if shopping trips immediately require the need to purge to make room in closet and storage space, home ownership can provide the relief you’re looking for.
8. You’ve been keep your fluffy friends a secret for too long.
We get it. You’d just like to snuggle your pets without having to pay their rent too, or secure your right to own a Mastiff puppy without weight limits. One fantastic benefit of home ownership is having the right to let Fluffy run free without the fear of getting charged for your desire to be a pet owner. Plus, pet damages are less of a hassle when you can take care of them without apartment management butting in.
9. You dream about the day that your Pinterest boards can come to life.
We find comfort in coming home to a space that is completely our own. Owning your own home gives you the freedom to paint the walls or even knock out a wall to customize your living space
10. You’ve set a move out by ______ goal.
If the goal is already set your mind is in the right place. Create a list of short-term goals leading up to the final move out date to help you stay on track towards goal achievement.