I think I’ve mentioned that I’m in the market for a house. A place to buy and paint and call my own. To date I’ve looked at something between 30 and 40 houses. That’s a lot of bad paint jobs. Now that I’ve looked at that many I’ve narrowed it down to five and then four.
Of the final four my favorite is the one my parents, who are giving me the down payment, hate the most. It’s a lovely lake front property that has never before flooded, has an open floor plan and I can see myself living happily in. The area is nice and the kind of place I can see myself taking a nice walk in. The view out of the back of the house is great. I really like this one, but if I go with it and there’s even one problem I will never hear the end of, “I told you so…”
The next is a 1950’s house. It’s kind of a gem of a property, with a half acre of land, beautiful hardwood floors under hideous shag carpet and beautiful trees. The downside is that the property needs some work. The roof needs repairs and we don’t know the condition of the foundation. One of the things that speaks highly in it’s favor is that one of the neighbors is the police department. Super safe area, but it’s the area a stone’s throw away that make me cautious about the area’s future development.
The next house is very different from those before. It’s a newer home, lovely brick exterior, nice trees and a practically new kitchen, flooring and large rooms. The area isn’t that bad, but it is barely south of the area I live in now and I specifically wanted to move away from it. I do have lovely images in my mind of how I would organize things and live in it.
The next house is the most expensive and the one I feel the least connected to. It’s a very oddly laid out house, but that’s part of it’s appeal. Except for one room, the house is completely tile floored. The appliances are all new and come with a two year warranty. It is a bank property so we know nothing about the state of the foundation or what else has been done to it. The biggest strike in it’s favor for me is the location of the W/D and how it makes the dining area miniscule.
All four properties have great attributes. Now I just need to pick one. *bites nails*