Ahhhhhh! Who knew house hunting could be so difficult??? We are trying to move back to my old stomping grounds where I graduated from. It has been a little more difficult than we thought. Our budget has improved by about 50-75 thousand as opposed to 5 years ago when we bought our current house. However, it seems like the same options we had to choose from back then are the same now.
Our wish list is nothing crazy. It includes:
* Kitchen with decent counter space that can be utilized for prep work and have at least 3-4 people working comfortably.
* An open space. We want an open kitchen/dining/living room combo so that when we have guests over everyone can feel like they are together even though we are in separate rooms. Ideally it would be completely open but some cutouts or half walls are satisfactory if need be.
* Four bedrooms or 3 bedrooms + an office space. This is important because if we ever hope to expand our family this is a must. Plus the kids will not want to share a room forever so this will give us adequate space when they are ready to separate! *tear *tear
* A basement. This is not necessarily a must have but we would like a large space that can serve as the playroom and an area guests can all hang out comfortable without feeling like everyone is walking over them and crowding them. Since the passing of my mother n law we will be hosting more family events at our house and we certainly want something more conducive to those occasions.
Voila! That’s our crazy wish-list. It seems easy enough to find but it’s really not. I’m not sure who is designing houses these days but they really aren’t functional or set-up for family living. It’s disappointing. We have a couple that we like and are considering but haven’t actually gone and looked yet. Been a bit busy. So the search continues for our “forever” home.
To anyone hoping to purchase a house someday, here is some advice. Take your time and allow yourself plenty of time to find the perfect house. Don’t get caught up in the excitement and settle for something you really don’t want. It’s much harder to get out of a house these days so choose wisely and you never know what might pop up if you just wait a few more weeks! Good luck