You may have seen on my Twitter husband and I have been house hunting. We always planned on waiting until the fall, but the 8k tax credit is very enticing, so we started a bit early.
Truthfully, I've been "house hunting" for years now. One of my favorite past times during a slow day at work would be looking at all the houses I would buy on Realtor websites. So naturally I thought the real thing would be thrilling. Sooo wrong.
It's exhausting and discouraging. This week we went out to see 7 homes and they all were eye-opening disappointments. I learned I never have lived in an older home so looking at older homes was very weird and unnatural. We also learned as much as I say I want a fixer-upper, we just cannot afford that. Maybe our second house?
I think round two will be much better. We're traveling to a different part of town that is a bit newer and probably more realistic for us. I do still want something I can "fix up" even if that just means new paint, granite, tile and floors. I just don't want to pay for someone else's taste in "upgrades". (Spoken like a true decorator). Oh and I also want a bit of charm, even if it's a little bit. My husband is ready to strangle me. I also have learned during this process that you can't have it all in your first home. I'm okay with that.
Are you still with me?
There are a couple contenders right now that we have yet to see in person but love online. But my husband and I have differing opinions on size. I'd like an 1800 sq footer, where he advocates for above 2000. Obv the bigger we go, the more expensive and more work we'd need to do.
Do you have an opinion on this issue? I'd love to hear.
Wow, I usually don't like my posts this wordy but as you all know, this is a very big decision. Truth is, if we don't love anything we'll forgo the tax credit and wait till the fall.
To make this post a bit more fun, I'll share with you some pictures from my "future home ideas" inspiration folder..
I loove these floors; the color, the grain:
I would love to paint my cabinets dual toned, like Anne Turner Carroll:
And like I posted earlier, definitely some black windows:
Simple (and cheap) white subway tile for kitchen backsplash with gray grout, like this:
If we are lucky enough to get a sunroom, some bright floors are definitely in order:
And definitely wallpaper somewhere...
Okay now that I think about it, maybe bigger and lots of upgrades needed would be way more fun. ;)
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