Last week you were introduced to our guest blogger Jenna Meyers and the home building journey for her and her family. Below is part two of the series. Stay tuned for more each week from Jenna!
To Buy or Build?
Three and a half years ago, we moved into our first home, which we built with Thomsen Homes. “You’re building another house already?!” is a phrase we hear often. While we are sad to be leaving our first home, as our family has grown our needs have changed and it’s time to move forward.
Building was a no brainer the first time around: we found the three level split (1944 3 Stall) when searching on-line, loved the layout of the home, and there were no existing three levels to purchase. Fast forward to now, and we put a little more thought into whether to buy or build.
Looking for a forever home
As a planner always looking to our next steps in life, I found the 2090 3 stall Thomsen Homes listing and knew I wanted it 6 months before moving was even in our realm of possibility. We now have two daughters and we simply need more space and functionality. When we decided that it was definitely time to start looking, our first step was to get to the model homes immediately! They did not disappoint! I had already fallen in love with the layout of the house through photos, but being in the space really solidified that it felt like home.
My husband wasn’t as quick to say yes this time. Our first home was always temporary for us, we knew within 10 years or less we would be moving. Our new house is the home we hope to continue to grow our family in as a forever home. With that in mind, and with some advisement from our parents, we decided to also consider existing homes for our move.
Before looking at any other homes, we sat down and made our “non-negotiable” list: a list of things we wanted in our forever home that we wish we currently had or things we love about our current home that we can’t give up! With our list in hand, we started to visit existing homes while continuing to head back to the 2 story model home to compare. Our list of things we wanted grew, as did our love of the Thomsen home! We were close to moving forward with an existing home, even went as far as putting in an offer. When our offer wasn’t accepted, it helped us reflect on our choice. What were we giving up? A lot. We went back to that original list and realized there was a lot we were sacrificing that we wouldn’t have to if we built the 2 story that I fell in love with months before.
So we’ve sold our first home, signed on the dotted line, and our journey with Thomsen Homes begins again!