Post # 1
We signed on our house on August 28th and finally moved in our furniture last weekend (we were painting and getting carpets stretched beforehand) We still need to paint our guest room and guest bath and reno our kitchen. It is pained but we are adding some counters, replacing the kink and countertops and flooring. My hope is that it is all done before we “reaveal” it to our friends and family in a housewarming party. But, how long after you buy the house and move in is too long for the party? This is our first home so, as corny as it may be, I have always wanted to have one and am determined to do it one way or another! lol.
Post # 3
I think it depends on the amounf of work that has to be done and if you’re ready to show it off … however, if it’s been years, it’s a bit silly. I’d hold off on inviting anyone over, so you can have the big reveal, then it will seem much less gift grabby – but I mean, that’s kind of the point of a housewarming.
Post # 4
@Mrs Hedgehog: I would say since it sounds like you are doing some major renovations that within a year would be acceptable. For us, we did what we felt needed to be done before having our house warming. Which was about 2 months after we moved in. We would love to reno the kitchen, but it just won’t be possible for a few more years. If it makes you feel better, our friends just had their house warming party after they lived in the house for TEN years. Needless to say, a lot of people were irked by that and didn’t bother going. So….moral of the story, don’t wait 10 years.
Post # 5
@yellowshoe: 10 years??? How can you call that a housewarming? Thats like having a bridal shower 10 years after the wedding or a baby shower on the kids 10th birthday… Okay, yeah, that it a bit weird to me. I promise I wont do that!!!
Post # 6
I think that people are pretty understanding that sometimes houses require a fair amount of work before being party-ready! I feel like I wouldn’t bat an eye at a housewarming party within the first year. But like I said, your friends should understand that you want it to be a housewarming for your house, a celebration of the purchase and all of the hard work you put into it!
Post # 7
We have friends who bought a house last December and threw a very belated housewarming party over the summer. I think within 6 months is perfectly reasonable, within the first year is acceptable. Beyond that, I might be like “really?”
Post # 8
I would say 6 months or less is good. We threw ours about 3 months after moving in. The house needed/still needs a lot of work, but we had a BBQ so our guests pretty much stayed outside in the yard and deck 🙂
Post # 9
i’d say 3-4 months would be the limit for a housewarming party. after that it would be more of a reveal party and gifts shouldnt be expected.
Post # 10
I agree with PP, 3-4 months is acceptable, but any later could seem “gift grabby.”
Post # 11
@Mrs Hedgehog: haha. yea…. only their family showed up and 3 friends. I wonder why….
Post # 12
If it’s more than 6 months just call it a “We finished remodeling our house, come check it out!” party. 🙂
Post # 13
I’m thinking 6 months or less, unless we’re talking about a serious fixer-upper house that needs tons of work to be habitable (not just cosmetic stuff).
Post # 14
FI and I moved in to our house in mid Jan. We had quite a bit of work to do, as it was a short sale and the previous owners had neglected the yard/paint/etc. (Not too bad, but, it needed help!)We just had our housewarming on Sept 8th. Most family and close friends had seen the place in varying stages of crazytown. 🙂 This allowed for the “Look! We live here!” party. It was so fun.
We decided that anything within 1 year of moving in was acceptable for us. Obviously, do what’s right for you. This was just *our* preference. 🙂 ((ETA: Actually, FI was trying to plan the housewarming party about 6 weeks after we moved in but I was pretty anxious about that because of work deadlines at the time. So, we opted to wait until the end of summer..))
*Note: we recieved a few, incredibly thoughtful gifts. But we’d made it known in the invite that we just wanted the pleasure of our friends/family’s company in our home. Most brought a card, which I will be putting in a scrapbook. We had merged my life and his and already had too many pots/pans when we moved in. 😉
Post # 15
@Mrs Hedgehog: we had ours 3 months and 3 days from when we signed the paperwork and moved in
Post # 16
My husband got a fixer upper and his house wasn’t ready for 6+ months, so it was a while after he bought it. Maybe nearly a year? Everyone was so excited to see it and have a gathering there it didn’t matter though. I think you’re fine to have the housewarming until whenever you’re ready!