The house hunt is not going so well. I’m not feeling desperate but I’m thinking this adds to the excitement and adventure. We’re going to end up with something — maybe not exactly what we thought we wanted but we’ll make the best of it and because I believe there’s a reason for everything, I will bloom where I’m planted and this time next year, I’ll hardly remember all this.
Here’s a quick report on the houses.
#1 – Exactly as I was afraid it was going to be – needs work. Lots of work.
#2 – If we had to choose today, this would be our choice. Needs some work (front steps need to be re-built, inside of garage needs to be torn out and replaced, inside paint and new carpet) but it’s all do-able if the current owner is willing to negotiate on the price a bit. It is in the county (not in the city limits) but it is in a restricted subdivision. Did I mention it has a glass top stove? If I can’t get gas, I think I’ll get rid of the glass top and put in a regular old coil type electric stove. There are only neighbors on the sides (not across the street or behind it) and the lots are large enough that we wouldn’t feel cramped. That area does have some tornadoes and for the most part, they do not build houses with basements there. This house has a bit of a basement to it — enough so that I would feel fairly safe there when the weather is scary. Vince likes the layout of the house and the location.
#3 – This was the house in the country with fruit trees. We had thought it was about 20 miles from Vince’s work but it’s 35 miles one way. That’s too far. He should be able to get to work in 15 minutes if he’s needed and he could get by with being a little farther away but 35 miles won’t work. Vince said it was obvious they had put a lot of work into making it the place they wanted it to be with the fruit trees and the wells. Vince liked the guy but he said the house was way too small for us and he didn’t think adding a garage and studio would solve all the space problems. None of that really matters though because the distance is the deal breaker for us.
#4 – This is a house Vince wants to work as much as I want #3 to work for us. I didn’t like it from the beginning and even though, for the most part, I would go along with almost anything he wants but I would put my foot down on this one. Don’t want it at all. The only thing I’m going to say about it this. I’m real picky about cracks. I know concrete cracks and there are some little cracks in my concrete here and I hate it. Vince’s dad was a concrete contractor and Vince gets real aggravated at me for getting so worked up about little hairline cracks but here’s what he said about house #4 (the house that I already didn’t like) – “There are lots of cracks! It sits on a hill but it doesn’t seem to be sliding down the hill.” Huh? Sliding down the hill? “We would get a foundation expert to look at it.” Don’t bother! I don’t want that house.
#5 – He will maybe see it Thursday but honestly folks . . we do not need 4,400 square feet. Doesn’t matter if it’s in our price range or not, we just don’t need 4,400 square feet. The house is in the city limits and we don’t want that either so unless this house is truly amazing (it does say it has a shop out back), we probably won’t consider it.
So . . that’s where we stand on the house hunting adventure.