I would like to say that the number 1 thing that no one ever told me about buying a house is how stressful FINDING a house is. I’ve heard that closing is stressful and all that, but I figured house hunting would be the fun part. I was wrong. I think I’m close to being the most stressed out that I’ve ever been in my life (other factors may be playing into this as well, but the houses take a major part of the blame). Anywho, here’s the summary of today’s house hunt:
House #1: Didn’t go in, didn’t like the neighborhood.
House #2: Was cute, neighborhood was okay, but was way too small. There were only two tiny closets, and nowhere near enough space to put my stuff.
House #3: Didn’t like the neighborhood, needed too much work, had no driveway.
House #4: Didn’t like the neighborhood, had no driveway, didn’t go in.
House #5: Didn’t like the neighborhood, didn’t go in.
House #6: Didn’t like the neighborhood, didn’t go in.
House #7: Neighborhood was iffy, house was cute.
House #8: A possibility. Neighborhood looked good, house was cute, had an open floor plan, a fireplace, three bedrooms, walk-in closets. The main problems were both the front and backyard were hills, and it would be a slow painful drive to work (would have to go through a school zone and then get on the Interstate, would be at least 30 minutes). Also, grocery stores were nowhere close by, and I would have to fence the hilly backyard.
House #9: Another possibility. Neighborhood was good, house was cute, with an open floor plan and a cute little den/office area. However, it was pretty small. Possibly not enough closet space, but it’s main problem was in order to get to the washer and dryer, you would have to go out on the back porch and in through another door. What a pain in the winter. I learned a few years ago that I didn’t like having to go outside to do laundry (when the laundry room at my apartment complex was right next to my apartment). Still, not necessarily a deal breaker, as it could (eventually) be fixed.