So the house thing is apparently happening… and much faster than I thought.
Carl found us a realtor last week through church connections, and we’ve been idly sorting through the customized listings he’s been sending us for our price range. I’m picky when it comes to certain things, but location isn’t really one of them. Carl is much pickier about location, and it’s actually really good because it’s kept our focus nice and sharp.
When the M was here on Thursday we had a lovely lunch at Compari’s in downtown Plymouth (get the goat cheese ravioli) and then decided to do a covert drive by of the more promising addresses… which enabled me to knock a couple off our list immediately (roof looked terrible, neighborhood sketchy, shed/yard falling apart). And also revealed one that might be a keeper. Carl got an email a few hours ago as we sat over our pancakes and bacon informing us the asking price for that one just dropped 5k yesterday, so I think we may have to get a tour on Monday and see if the inside looks as promising as the out.
A cosy 3 bedroom home with a finished basement, fenced yard, family room fireplace, central air, and hardwood flooring upstairs. The paperwork calls it, rather optimistically, a 3 bedroom colonial, but I’m not sure I’d go quite that far. It’s a comfy, friendly, cookie-baking sort of home whose name is probably something akin to Nancy or Brenda.
I like it.
But I’ve always had a soft spot for kicky ’50s and ’60s names. Susan, for example, is a fantastic name for a small dog, am I right?
Anyway, the point of all this was to ask for advice, since I know many of you have already moved into your first (or second or third) homes and have been through all this before. So lay it on me. How long did it take you to find the right house and what would you do differently if you were doing it all over again? What drove you crazy and what worked out super well about your approach? Have you actually used/do you still like the fireplace/huge yard/hard wood flooring or are the extras not as thrilling as you thought? Do you need more/less space than you thought you did? Does it drive you crazy to only have one bathroom or do you HATE having to clean the 2.5 bathrooms you ended up going for?
TELL ME ALL YOUR HOME OWNER WISDOM.
I need the help!