Let the grown up decisions begin!
Josh and I have been looking for houses for a while, but I’m just getting around to announcing it publicly. We wanted to get our ducks in a line before telling people. But we were approved for a home loan a few Fridays ago and now the search is on!! I’m so excited. It’s going to be an interesting journey, though. We have been addicted to watching Property Brothers. (It’s now on Netflix!! Go watch it!) Josh and I love making fun of the demands people make on the show:
“Hey, I have only $10,000 of contingency money, but we want you to somehow give us $20,000 worth of crap.” Really? It has opened my eyes up to renovating though.
I’d ideally not have to renovate anything in the house, but I know that isn’t really a feasible option. I have to learn to look at houses for what can and cannot be changed. I admit that when I look at the house, the first thing that will catch my eye is the kitchen. I want a bigger open-concept kitchen, but a lot of the homes we are looking at are quite dated. I cannot always “see the vision” when it comes to renovating. I’ve learned to look at the bones of the house instead of the features that can easily be changed. Now, if the house has radiant heating, that’s one thing. That is NOT something we are interested in trying to renovate. But if the kitchen just needs a little make-over? That’s do-able.
Neither of us have a long wish list, which is nice because we don’t disagree on much, if anything at all. We need a basement – preferable at least half finished, but if it isn’t, well it’s still fixable. you can’t really add a basement after the fact. 🙂 We want at least two bedrooms and 1.5 baths – one bathroom is NOT going to cut it. And last, at least a one car garage – doesn’t matter if it’s attached or not. So, really, we have SO many options of places to look at because we aren’t being too picky. It’s almost overwhelming! Positive problem I suppose!
We went to one open house last weekend. We walked into the house, looked at each other, and immediately tried to think of an escape route. It had radiant heating, which wasn’t specified on the listing, and the walls were completely damaged because of it. (One of the many reasons we don’t want to deal with radiant heating). The kitchen was on the opposite end of the house as the dining room – very strange. The only way to get from the house to the basement was through the garage. As soon as the other family went downstairs with the Realtor, Josh and I booked it out of the house. I’m sure we weren’t the first ones to do that. 🙂
This weekend our plan is to go through all the houses our Realtor gave us to go through and pick some that we want to go see and start to get moving on looking at houses. I’m so excited to be able to say that we have a house! A house! A freakin house!