Sunday, May 30, 2010
House hunting yesterday - help me
Yesterday I looked at homes here. I went to 8 open homes and was truly amazed. Some were so small on such small blocks they shouldn’t have even been in the same price range. Some stunk so bad I got a headache as soon as I walked in and couldn’t breathe. Others were in the 70s still.
I don’t mind a house that needs updating as then I can do it how I want it. Problem is the price. Houses are so expensive where I live and I just don’t feel they are worth what is being asked. I am really wondering if where I currently live is where I should live. I see so many other beautiful areas that have lovely homes for less than where we live. The reason everything is so expensive is because it is a small capital city.
I am wondering if I am better off continuing to rent and trying to invest elsewhere. Problem is I so desperately want a house of my own, with a backyard for the kids and a study for me. How do I suppress that desire and put up with what I have for longer?
Where we live is a great place to raise kids, but once they get to be teens, I don’t feel there is much here to do unlike other areas. I have looked around though and just can’t decide. Nothing else feels right.
I did see one home yesterday that I am tempted to go back and see again. I am not in a position to buy immediately, and it would need to be renovated, but it has an ensuite (no other property in my price range has one), a double garage AND enclosed carport, storage room, garden shed, 3 bedrooms, and a few other features I like. It felt very light, but very private which I really liked.
It has some draw backs. There is wood panelling from the entry up the hall into the lounge. The kitchen is pale blue and the bathrooms burgundy, so to me everything would need to be done, but it is all in good condition. One of the rooms was bright yellow, sunflower yellow. It hurt my eyes and my 2 year old thought it was gorgeous! Lol. She stayed in that room and danced for ages. She didn’t do that in any of the other homes.
Would you live in a house you have to completely fix? And how did you decide where to live?