House hunting is not fun in negative temperatures. It’s not fun in snow storms. It’s not pleasant looking at vacant homes when no one has shoveled the driveway in weeks. It’s difficult at night in the winter because not only are you frozen but you can’t see the outside of the property due to the pitch black darkness.
House hunting is not fun when you’re with child and own a dog. Gone are the selfish days, now it’s all, where will this precious fetus live if we buy this house? Where will a second small human reside? Can I climb that many stairs holding the laundry and a baby? What about a fenced-in yard for the dog? Is that bedroom big enough? Is there quick and easy access to the outside? A detached garage? When was that ever a good idea in Minnesota?!?!
House hunting is not fun when your husband is a smart, slow-moving, and careful man. Understandably so, The Scottish worries about money (as do I) and buying a home is A LOT of money. It’s also not fun when you’re a gut feeling type of person, waiting for a sign. Put the two of us together and we can find something wrong with any house. Granted, there is never going to be a 100% perfect house, but you have to find a home where you can picture yourself living there and a place where the good traits outweigh the bad ones.
I sort of feel like I’m shopping for a wedding dress in the sense that I may always wonder what else is out there but gown shopping only took me a week and four appointments so clearly I have the ability to be decisive. For us it’s difficult because the suburb we want to live is older which means MUCH smaller homes. Smaller homes are not ideal for growing families. It’s all about location vs. space and so far space is winning by a landslide.
As I walked into home number 328 (slight exaggeration) this week, and ooo’d and ahhh’d over the layout (we are layout OBSESSED) I started adding up the many items we would have to replace or fix right away in my head. It was overwhelming and I thought how did we get to this point? At the beginning, we were only looking for move-in ready, renovated homes and now we’re looking at this unappealing fixer-upper? Big sigh.
The switch is partially due to money and us being nervous about adding a baby to our lives, but the reality is that inventory is low. People aren’t ready to sell because they can’t make a profit and everything that is a good quality gets snatched up in a matter of hours because most homes are priced to sell right now. While the market is slowing climbing, there’s still a limited amount of homes in each budget bracket.
But we won’t give up just yet! I will get out of my parent’s house eventually! I will make a nursery for my baby, find a yard for my dog, and a game room for my husband, just you wait and see! 🙂
OK back to being depressed. Pep talks welcome.
PS Those of you lovely MN friends and readers, please don’t mention any city names, I’m not sharing exact locations here on DH for obvious reasons. (I’m kind of a big deal.) NOT.
Is a month a long time to look in your opinion? How was your home buying experience? Were you as picky as us?