I adore it. I even adore the constant singing of a certain relevant tv theme tune linked to my address. I have my own space, my own freedom and I'm now paying the equivalent of what I was paying for a room in a house share, except I'm paying my mortgage, bills and council tax for that price. I see a winner here. I painted, I made Ikea furniture and I'm Pinteresting my little heart out.
Then there are the parts nobody warns you about. None of them are deal breakers, but none of them occurred to me either.
1. There was a dead spider. I screamed and ran away.
2. The sink when we bought the flat needed unblocking. I realised it would be gross based on the state of the flat when I moved in so I ran away and gave my brother this beautiful job. Then I heard him retching from the other room.
3. I dropped a screwdriver and cut my finger.
4. I got paint all over my BA pyjamas, my face, my hair, most of the kitchen sink...
5. I built some drawers inside out.
6. I used Frogtape, painted and still managed to get it wonky and on the wrong part of the wall.
Things I did not know...
1. Toilet seats are not a standard size.
2. White does not mean white, it could mean cream, ivory, pearl or snow. All of these look very different when added to a toilet that does not match.
3. Lefty loosey, righty tighty... Ok, so Scrubs taught me that, but apparently it does NOT apply to everything as once thought and you can get soaked. Very quickly.
4. Other people also have no common sense... My radiators stick out past the walls. Good designing there, builders.
5. Ripping up lino is hard. There will probably be mould underneath, you have to man up not run away and leaved your mum to do it, then go back because you feel obliged.
6. Putting down lino is even harder, unless you have a mum who is a DIY Queen.
7. You will spend a ridiculous amount of time in DIY shops (I hated them as a child, I still hate them now, except now I'm grown up and get a members card for adulting there on a weekly basis)
8. The spare money you have from not paying rent? Yeah, that will go on plants, or light fittings, or bits of furniture you didn't think you needed, but now can't function without. Will also probably go on any soft furnishings which are grey or have deer on them. (just me? oops...)
9. People will buy you furniture as a present. Happy birthday, here's a shower rail.
10. Note: My birthday isn't until the 30th, but I actually do need a new shower rail, and a bed for my spare room, and maybe a side table, and a tv bench... Oh wait...
11. ... and on that note, IKEA furniture is not designed to fit in a VW Polo
There are probably so many more. I am not good at the adulting thing.
Do you have any tips for a first time homeowner?