Oh we so want to find our place! We have now been looking for about 4 months with the last two being pretty intense. Although now that I write the numbers I realize it took us about 6 months to find our previous place. I do believe we were looking during the winter that time too. You’d think we would know better by now.
We are being pretty picky too. We can afford to be. We have a down payment, good credit, and a place to live. There is no reason to settle on having less than what we want when we don’t have to. At least there is more of an inventory than we ever had in the last place we looked to buy a house.
We’ll be looking at a couple of acreages this weekend. One is big and going up for auction and one is big and kind of a long drive to work. Then our first choice is small, close to town, and not on the market yet. We shall see.
Here is a list of the basics we need/want in our property:
3 bedrooms 1+ bathrooms
1200+ sq feet
1-5 acres is ideal but we’d go more or less depending upon the property and price
Hardwood floors for the most part
Basement and/or storage area for root vegetables and fruits
At least a garage but would like a chicken coop too
Room for a garden and a small orchard
Windows and lots of natural light- This is something we hate about our rental. Mid-day we still need a light on in our room and the kitchen. Talk about power waster.
Ideally our place will be already fenced, have an animal shelter, have mature apple trees, an area for a clothes line, all the out buildings will be in good condition, and the kitchen will have a good fridge, working range (without a glass top) and the faucet will be tall enough to get big pots under. I really don’t want carpet that has been there since 1962 and some of the scary colors and patterns were all the rage and I don’t like panelling. That isn’t to say that stuff would be deal killers just not my top choice.
The main thing overall is that we want a house to turn into our home. We want to stop having everything in cardboard boxes and I WANT A GARDEN. So, we remain on the hunt. Hopefully one day we will pull into a place and say, “Yes! This is it.” And even better the seller will take the offer we give.