Hidden Home Buyer Costs

Hey there!
SO sorry for this long overdue post but I wanted to make sure I included all the costs in buying a house including the immediate month following the closing date! Let’s just mention what is paid for before you even move into the house: deposit, inspection, down payment, closing costs including rest of payment, realtor’s fees, homeowner’s insurance, etc.
Jimmie and I actually did not use a realtor to sell our condo this summer, and also did not use one to buy our house. The house we bought was sold by the owner as well so we saved quite a lot of money in those fees; however, they are very typical and most people use them since they are very helpful (I just secretly want to be a realtor). We also bought a house that was turn key, meaning we could move in right away with little to no work. We thought we wanted a fixer upper since we both enjoy projects and creating a space into our own but the moment we stepped foot into our new house, we knew it was our home. This house was a flip: purchased by a general contractor, and finished exactly how we would have wanted to do it ourselves. Our house is from the 1600s, so we had a couple extra tests we did including lead testing and a radon test after moving in. I would suggest doing this in any house just to feel safe and it will run you about $200 in total since you can buy the at home tests at Home Depot, you can also include it in your contingencies.
As far as furnishing our house, we started fresh with furniture. We sold our condo in August and sold most of our furniture as well since we moved in with his parents while we saved and started looking for a house. I think that most people know that they will need to furnish their new space and spend money on that but going from a two bedroom condo, to a one bedroom studio at Jimmie’s parents, to a 4 bedroom house has definitely been a shock! However, there are tons of ways to save money on furnishing your home! Facebook marketplace, craigslist, and Home Goods are all awesome options! Target has some fabulous trendy lines as well. My best advice is to not rush anything! It’s ok to have empty rooms!
Alright onto our hidden costs…
We have been very lucky (knock on wood for me right now) with not too many surprises so far, but here are some $$$ we have run into pretty quickly within the first month:
Electric: We had an electrician come in and wired some new outlets for us as well as hook our tv up to the wall above the fire place. $400
Lawn Work: We had the leaves picked up since we didn’t want them to rot and ruin the grass and soil over the winter. $400. We also had 5 large trees that were rotted and needed to come down so that they weren’t a liability. They were leaning towards the road and one near the house. This cost us $2500.
Random small repairs: touch up paint, fixing nail holes in wall $200
Chimney inspection: Since our house is from the 1600s, we definitely needed to quadruple check the chimneys. This inspection ran us $150. We were told that they are unfortunately a “hot mess” so we will be using candles for now, if we wanted to get them fixed it would run us $15,000. Down the road we will get gas inserts put in which will run us about $4000.
New mail box: $100
Locks Changed and Keys: $150
Home Maintenance: Keeping up with your house is so important! Jimmie and I are both pretty OCD and very clean but having a black lab makes things get messy a lot faster. Invest in a good vacuum, a Swiffer, and cleaning supplies-$300.
Outdoor Maintenance: Ok folks, we do not have a garage on our house yet so good shovels, and snow removal supplies is a necessity. We also rented a stump grinder when we first moved in after the trees were removed which although saved us some money from a professional doing it it still cost $. We also will want to get some tools for gardening but we have not yet done that. $200.
Total: $4,500
I am sure there are some things I am forgetting but I hope this is helpful! Oh and not to mention your monthly mortgage hahaha! Have a fabulous weekend!

Home Away From Home

Staycations/vacations are one of my absolute favorite things ever (who doesn’t love them) and sometimes you just want a homey feel and your own kitchen to cook meals in. You can now have both! In my opinion, this makes an experience in a city feel as if you were from there and you are able to have the most authentic visit. I have partnered with Booking.com to share with you how they have now made it easier than ever to rent a home in your city or in another. The coolest part is you can even list your own home if you want to share your house with others through Booking.com site! Want to try out a new city or thinking of moving to a new place? I highly recommend using Booking.com’s new way of listing your own home or renting from someone else to really feel like you are a local! I explored my own city and discovered you could rent bikes for $3 an hour! What a fun way to explore while staying comfortable. Don’t forget to also make use of my $30 off discount on Booking.com when booking your next trip by clicking herekate in salem-41.jpgkate in salem-55.jpgkate in salem-17.jpgkate in salem-23.jpg



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Photos: Catherine Threlkeld Photography

Sundress Season

Hey Everyone! Hope you all are having a fabulous Monday!

Today I am partnering with August Morgan by Kate Hersch to share their gorgeous summer line with you all! This dress is my absolute favorite dress from the line and I have already worn it 5 times in a week…oops! But how fun are these sleeves? This would be the cutest 4th of July or Memorial Day Weekend dress–just add some fun earrings and heels for date night! I love a shirt dress and picked this one to share since shirt dresses are so versatile. They can be dressed up or dressed down. Here, I went for a bit of a mix with my hair up instead of down and some fun earrings. I also chose to wear flats since I was having a date night on the boat with Jimmie and heels and docks…just don’t go, unless you are more coordinated than I am 🙂 This is the Rum Punch dress and I am wearing an XS for reference! She also carries the CUTEST bar cart essentials and comfiest pajamas!






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3.11.18 We’re Engaged!

Hey y’all! Wanted to give you the quick version of how Jimmie proposed for everyone asking! So on Sunday we woke up and went to the dog park as usual to let Bodie run around. Jimmie is in paramedic school right now so he usually studies all day to prepare for the week. We grabbed coffees, came home and I did some emails and a little work while he studied (in reality he says he really got zero work done and was staring at his books blankly). We had dinner plans for our favorite restaurant and said he made the reservations for 5:00…my favorite time to eat dinner but not his so I was a little weirded out that we needed to leave by 4:15 to drop Bodie off at Jimmie’s parents (normal, we never leave him home alone), and head into Salem but not enough to make me suspicious. After dropping Bodie, we heading on in towards dinner. As we were getting close to the restaurant (it was about 4:35 at this point), he looked at the clock and said his dad asked us to look at the transmission on the little boat something is wrong. (This is where I sort of clued in being that the boat is out of the water and Jimmie wouldn’t be the one to check the transmission). I shoved those thoughts out of my head so that I wouldn’t get disappointed if it wasn’t happening. He pulled over quickly at the Sail Loft building in Salem, a place where we have spent many hours chatting about since it’s near the boat and we would love to potentially get married there. He said that it had been on the news for erosion and so I said oh cool are going to go look at the erosion?? We got out of the car and I kept trying to tie my trench coat and he kept grabbing my hand. I remember saying “Aw the place we will get married one day” and him saying “Yea we will really need to figure out how to get a permit” as he was trying to find a spot without any snow which I thought was so nice since I was wearing mules but I kept saying it’s ok don’t worry about me. He then said something that he always says: “Do you trust me” and that’s when I knew, I turned around and he was on one knee and we both just cried and I kept saying “what???? what?? what??” like a broken record. We keep laughing since he technically didn’t even ask me to marry him since we both were crying and he could barely get anything out but it was our moment together and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. After hugging one another and Jimmie giving on-lookers the thumbs up, we started walking towards the car and I asked if we still were going to dinner. He said yes and asked if we could wait to tell people and have just an hour to ourselves. I swallowed all my desires to call my mom and family and said ok. We drove the two minutes to the restaurant and Jimmie went the longest way possible and parked as far away as possible. When we walked into the restaurant he said “we’re sitting at the chef’s…” and before he could get the word “table” out they said “Oh yes yes right this way…” and we walked around the corner and our parents and his sister and brother in law were all there to greet us. I cried…again. We had the best three hour dinner and just enjoyed ourselves as a FAMILY (I was in a complete daze still thinking it was all fake and don’t think I had more than one bite of food). After dinner, we headed to Jimmie’s grandparents house and were welcomed with the warmest hugs and “we knew, we knew!”. We got back to our home and snuggled with Bodie around 11:00 and finished calling friends around 12:00. Jimmie fell fast asleep and I am still running on zero hours of sleep but that’s ok because this is the best feeling ever and I have the most amazing man to spend my future with. The diamonds in the ring are from my grandmother’s ring and I could not be more honored to carry a piece of her with me every day. Can’t wait to start wedding planning and sharing the journey with you all. Thank you for being so supportive and loving as always and here’s to even more Jimmie #OOTDs 🙂 So sorry for any typos I am still on Cloud 9 and don’t plan on coming down any time soon!!! EEK!
Xoxo, Future KGC

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Beauty Must Have Items


Hey Y’all! This is a post I have been meaning to put up for a while now. I wanted to put it together to answer a lot of common questions about products I use. I will be updating this every little while with new items I love. Please feel free to email, comment, or DM me on Instagram (@prepofboston) if you have any questions about any of these products! I know many questions you all have are on hair so I will be posting a separate post on more details on what I use around that and only put up a couple around that topic here!

Lotion: Alba Botanica Hawaiian After-Sun Lotion I swear by this stuff. I use it all year round because 1. I LOVE the scent, it smells like summer to me: coffee, coconut, yumminess. It also is meant to be extremely hydrating since it is made for using after a day in the sun where you skin just gets drained of all of its moisture. I use this when my skin is still warm after I shower. It is so gentle that I have even used it on my face.

Moisturizer: Fresh Overnight mask I have loved the brand Fresh for a while now and have even worked with them which was a dream come true. Their overnight mask is a heavier moisturizer that I sleep with. I was scared at first since it is definitely a thicker mask but I have never broken out from it. My skin always feels amazing when I wake up. I also use their cleanser and it is super gentle.

Dry Shampoo: Living Proof , I LOVE this dry shampoo. It actually cleans your hair so it doesn’t feel like a normal dry shampoo. I have no joke tried every single dry shampoo option out there and this is one I swear by. I usually will take my blow dryer to my roots where I sprayed it for a few seconds after and massage with my hands just to work it into my hair better.

Mascara: Well People Expressionist Mascara in black and jane iredale PureLash. I use the conditioner first, always starting at the root of my lashes and working my way up to make my lashes appear fuller. You will immediately see how this formula is LIFE CHANGING and lengthens your natural lashes. I let this dry for a few seconds and then do the same motion with the mascara and apply two coats. I love this mascara since I never have fall out.

Bronzer: Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer or Nars in Laguna. Both of these bronzers have red undertones so you will never look orange or like an oompa loompa! A little goes a long way with both of these I always tap my brush a couple of time before applying. Nars has a slight shimmer and the Benefit one is completely matte.

Lip gloss: Nars Turkish Delight and Smith & Cult Life In Photographs  both of these are a beautiful light pink that are super subtle. They add a little brightness to your face which I love. Most days I only wear mascara, bronzer, and one of these.

Curling wand: T3 Micro Trio I tried this out c/o and I will never use another wand again. This baby holds a curl like no other and I love that it is one iron instead of 5 or 6 but can do so many different looks. I typically use the largest iron for touch ups and the smallest on first day clean hair since it is a tighter curl that then relaxes over the next few days.

Self tanner: St. Tropez Self Tan Express I recommend buying the mitt as well since it gives an even tan. I leave the tan on for the longest amount of time: 3 hours. I love how natural the tan comes out and yes, I do use it on my face. I apply it to my entire body and use what is left on the mitt to spread over my face. Tip: I put lotion on my hands, feet, and lightly on my elbows and knees to since those are the driest parts of our bodies so they tend to collect a lot of the product! ALSO, if you are a local Bostonian, I also go to blush tans in West Peabody (20 minutes north of Boston) and see Kate. She gives the most natural tans and they fade incredibly. If you don’t want your whole body sprayed, she can also just do your face or your upper body which is great for the winter.

Nail polish: Essie Ballet Slippers If you know me, you know my nails are always painted. I love how a simple nude or a plain white (although spray tans make white a little hard) can make you look clean and put together in one second. I am also weirdly good at painting my own nails but ever since gel nail polish came into the picture I go and get my nails done frequently; however, I got a couple infections from nail salons so I usually just get a gel polish change where they just paint my nails and I do my own cuticles at home!

Hair Scrunchies: Velvet hair scrunchies are my GO TO for holding my hair in pony tails or top knots. They don’t leave any creases in my hair which means I can go longer with out washing or styling my hair but if you know me you know I wear my hair down a lot but when I am working or running around the house, I always have my hair up and these save me time having to re do my hair.

Detergent (wow I must be an adult): Tyler Diva. I always tell people to buy this in the smaller size since it is less expensive and it is good to see if you like it first. It has a strong scent (in the best way possible) so I mix half with half of unscented laundry detergent. It is absolutely AMAZING and my perfume has been neglected lately since I don’t need it. I use it on Jimmie’s clothes, too, and he LOVES the compliments he gets at work and from complete strangers (not kidding) haha!

Photo by: Katie Salerno Photography






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Think Pink!


Hello y’all! I have been LOVING the color pink lately! Especially light pinks and blush. I feel so girly and flirty when I wear it so why not! I am usually a very neutral color wearer (is that English?), so pink is definitely stepping out of my comfort zone and I totally am loving it. This cardi is one I have had my eye on for a while and it was worth the wait. It is currently 30% off PLUS an extra 20% off if you sign up for emails so it is going FAST. I have worn it 5 times a week since getting it and it does not disappoint. I love it with faux leather leggings for date night with booties or with jeans and over the knee boots or snow boots during the day! This hat is the absolute cutest, too, and is certain to receive compliments PLUS it is under $15 so WIN WIN! Have a fabulous Thursday!










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IMG_9029-2.jpgHappy Saturday everyone!

A couple weeks ago, I was just coming back to Boston from my amazing stay at Foxwoods  in Connecticut. Continuing my travels within 4 hours of Boston from this fall (we went to Nantucket, Newport, Portland, and a staycation in Boston!), this fit perfectly into the guidelines of quick getaways from Boston. It is a speedy 2 hour drive from the city and super easy to get to (there are signs everywhere). The fun thing about Foxwoods that I didn’t know is that there is SO much that they offer besides gambling and drinking. SO do not let that stand in your way of going. Although that is the main draw for most, I am neither a big drinker or a gambler, so it is important to know that I had an absolute blast and didn’t partake in either of those activities. We thought of this trip as a spa trip and it was certainly just that!

After checking in, we knew we wanted to do a little shopping at the Tanger Outlets. The coolest part about shopping at Foxwoods is that you don’t have to leave the building to shop! On the far side of the casino is the entrance to the Tanger Outlets so we didn’t have to wear our coats or carry anything extra around with us. We did our last minute Christmas shopping (with a week to spare), and grabbed a couple goodies for ourselves. The mall has all of everyone’s favorites and is always holding amazing sales and deals on usually higher priced items. I was able to buy a pair of boots I had been eyeing for a while for about half the price!

After a little post shopping rest (and java), we headed downstairs to G Spa for a couples massage. We were able to go to the second level of the hotel on the elevator and exit right into the spa. We were given spa shoes and robes and had a little snack and cucumber water while we waited for our appointment (I am always early, always). We were separated while we were waiting (men and women’s locker rooms), and Jimmie might have gotten a little curious and wandered a bit so I was alone in the massage room for a few minutes while they were trying to locate my boyfriend. “We are trying to find James”…oh boy. Anyways, he was found and we had the most amazing massage ever! We were so relaxed which we both needed desperately. We rarely dote on ourselves like that and the one hour of pure relaxation without any phones was the best present. We relaxed in the co-ed area and had some more cucumber water (Jimmie loves cucumber water so much we now have it in the fridge 24/7) and talked and relaxed a bit more.

For dinner we went to Alta Strada. I have been to a different location and it is one of my family’s favorite spots! The restaurant is right off the casino so people watching was fun. We turned our phones off again and just really enjoyed one another. We opted out of dessert from Alta Strada, although everything looked AMAZING and we took a walk to the other side of the building to Ben & Jerry’s. (Again, all of this is all in the same building)!!! We ended up splitting a pint since we are professionals at that and watching a movie back in our room.

We woke up to snow the next morning which was so exciting and beautiful. We checked out after having a little coffee and headed home! (Fun fact: valet is free at Foxwoods)! We had so much fun on our little getaway and could not be more thankful to Foxwoods for hosting us!





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