Well, that title's not technically true. I've been hunting ever since we sold our house. And let me tell you; Zillow (and other sites like it) are a wonderful way to sooth your nosiness. Getting to peek inside homes without having to actually, you know, interact with people.
Of course, I've seen some homes that have left me scratching my head. Like the one that was For Sale By Owner. Which meant, of course, that all the pictures were taken by the owner and not a real estate professional. Every single picture of this particular house showcased clutter. EVERYWHERE. So much so that I couldn't even focus on the house itself.
Other houses are devoid of any personality. I realize that Realtors encourage homeowners to remove personal items, etc. But somehow, I don't think they mean for people to remove every single piece of artwork or knick-knack. It's that OR (even worse, in my mind) these people actually live in homes with no artwork on the walls; without pretty things that make them smile.
Well, now that I've gotten all that out of the way...on to what the true purpose of today's post.
Today, the Husband and I ventured out to a couple of Open Houses. I had a list of five - which, to be honest, was probably over-reaching considering most Open Houses are from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The odds of being able to hit them all in that limited time frame was slim.
The list quickly got knocked down to four as the Husband had absolutely NO interest in one. Fine. As we were getting in the car the Husband asked, "What are we going to do if we find a house we love today?" I responded that we'd call the landlord and see what could be worked out, since our lease is through the end of the year. And then I added, "I'm fairly certain this will not be a problem since we can't agree on anything house-wise." He agreed...finally, something we can agree on!
As we drove to the first one on the newly shortened list, he began grumbling. "What do you mean this place is across Market Street? I don't want to live over there. Do you know what goes on over there?"
Turns out - the neighborhood, though nice enough, really wasn't what either of us are looking for - and the house wasn't actually "open" anyway. So we drove off to the next house on the list. This one had us hopeful. The area is nice and the pictures online were fabulous.
The house itself? It was okay. But even I could tell that this house hadn't been built well. The first thing I noticed in the living room was that the wall and the ceiling weren't exactly touching each other the way they should. Plus there was creaking everywhere. We won't even talk about the narrow stairs and the rickety banister. Another one crossed off the list.
So we headed to the final house. This one was GORGEOUS online. I only had two reservations about this house. It was built in the 60's so I figured there would be absolutely NO closet space and I was concerned about aluminum wiring. When we first moved here, we put an offer in on a house. The inspector informed us that there was aluminum wiring and then went into great detail about how bad that was and that the odds of the house catching fire and killing us all was massive. Needless to say, we didn't buy that house.
Now whether or not this house had aluminum wiring, I have no idea. This house was crossed off the list pretty quickly as the Husband thought the sunroom was poorly done - I disagreed in that I saw what the owners were going for by using the planked ceiling...but it didn't go well with the rest of the house. This was a nice house but it was too chopped up for us. And, as expected, closet space was minimal.
And as we all know, I will NOT be sharing a closet with my husband ever again, if I can help it.
So, as I said, the hunt is on. But I have a stash of floor-plans and an eye on a lot in a neighborhood we love. Why?
Because every other house hunt we've been on has ended with us building a house. Somehow, I have a feeling this one might end the exact same way...