Post # 1
Hey bees! I’m looking for advice on buying a home with a move-in date right around wedding time (preferrable a couple weeks after)… have any of you done this? Is it crazy to take on wedding and home buying at the same time? My FI and I desparately want a house to start fresh in (I dont even want to open wedding gifts til we are out of our crummy condo lol). We are getting married April 4th and the builder we want to go with has homes available to close as soon as April 21st.. do you think its smarter to wait a while or go for it??
Any advice from people who have been there would be helpful!
Post # 3
One of my closest friends bought a house a month before the wedding date. They moved their boxes in right before the wedding and after the wedding they painted and did everything else. In their case, they had a wedding planner who was doing everything so there wasn’t much added stress anyway. I wouldn’t recommend dealing with the closing of a house and a wedding at the same time, but if you do it a month or even 2 in advance in may work out better that way.
As for painting and renovations, they did them both together and it helped them bond even more. There are cute before and after pictures of them and their house all over facebook, :). And having something else to look forward to, like working on a house, cuts down on the possibility of that after wedding depression.
All in all, I think its a great idea if you can manage your stress. I’ve only seen one couple around me do it though so I’m no expert
Post # 4
Honestly, I do think it’s a lot to take on. We bought our first home in January, and even though it was in great shape (no painting or renovations needed), I found the days leading up to the closing to be pretty stressful. There was just a lot of paperwork to keep track of, things the former owners had to fix that I had to check on, etc. I felt like I had to fax something to someone almost every day. It was not that time consuming, but it was stressful. We didn’t use a buying agent though, which would have helped…and it sounds like you’re looking at new construction, which might also make it easier. If it were me, I would probably want at least a couple of weeks post-wedding/HM before moving. But then again, if you can get a great price or incentives to close earlier, it may be worth it for you. Best of luck!
Post # 5
I’m in your boat! If the deal on my fH’s apartment goes through then we have to seach for a house and hopefully move 1 month after the wedding. THis has stopped me from moving in my stuff in to his apartment since I dont want to move back out in 2 months. Good luck to you and let me know how it goes.
Post # 6
I would wait. I bought my first place on my own and it was super stressful. The bank and the builder kept messing things up. I had to take off at least two days from work for the closing and the moving, not to mention cable hook up, inspections, furniture delivery etc. Not sure if vacation days are an issue for you but keep in mind you will need a couple of extra days to close on the house which could impact honeymoon time off. Not to mention the extra expenses that come up last minute in buying house! . With the economy the way it is you are better holding off and waiting for your builder to throw in some extras, even if they have already times are pretty bad. I think the longer you wait to buy the better you will be. Just my two cents…
Post # 7
We had a very pleasant experience when we bought our home, but I do believe it can be overwhelming to do both. It’s not impossible. It’s just another bullet on the to-do list. Personally, I wanted to enjoy both the wedding planning and home buying process, so it was nice that we did them separately.