House Hunting

13 Feb

So, J & I have decided to move out of the small apartment in the large complex we’ve lived in for three years.  I’m so sick of this place.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved it at first.  The rent was cheap, there are two pools, and the unit we rent is a larger one bedroom.  Plus, we even got white cabinets instead of the yellow and green seventies style ones. 

Recently, however, the place has kind of gone downhill.  There have been thefts of car rims, an attempt at getting airbags, and even a break in across the hall from us (in all fairness, the idiots left their door open.  That’s just asking for trouble).  Plus, we’ve kind of outgrown the place.  I don’t think the rug will ever come clean, and I would love to have more than two total rooms. 

So, we signed a month to month lease (with a $100/month penalty — Oy), and set out to look for a new place.  I won’t bore you with the details of the mortgage seminar that took 3 hours out of our Saturday, for a mortgage we ended up making “too much” too qualify for (HA!), or the fact we’re still not entirely sure where we want to live.  But I’m sure things like that will iron out in the end!

We looked at a few open houses, all townhouse style.  Most of them were freshly painted, with large closets and neutral rugs.  But, they come with condo fees, and a lack of yard.  Before settling on a condo, and to appease my nagging loving mother, we went to look at single families last weekend.

Now, I realize that houses often need work.  And that there’s work, and then there’s work.  Painting a room is one thing, and replacing a roof is another.  And our realtor was kind enough to only show us homes with newer roofs and furnaces, as those are hefty repairs. 

Still, I was amazed at what people do to their houses.  Most of them were just so outdated, and in dire need of major cosmetic repairs.  As in, I couldn’t spend a night in a house with purple walls and purple carpet.  Or a bathroom with plastic walls meant to “look like marble.”  Yes, repainting a room isn’t a big deal, but ripping up carpet and 50 years of wallpaper while demolishing the kitchen is. 

The realtor told us that rehabbing a house and making it our own really strengthens the bond of marriage.  He clearly doesn’t know J & I well.  When we got home that night we tried to glue a drawer from our dresser back together and ended up getting half the glue on the rug, plus hit a few thumbs with a hammer.  I don’t think we’ll be rehabbing anything soon.  

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7 Responses to “House Hunting”

  1. Mare February 14, 2008 at 7:33 am #

    Go condo!

  2. monnik February 14, 2008 at 12:16 pm #

    “The realtor told us that rehabbing a house and making it our own really strengthens the bond of marriage.”

    Bwahahaha! Don’t listen to your realtor. Home Improvement is not good for marital harmony. Not everyone can gut a house, remodel it, and still like their partner like dujane does.

    But… what’s wrong with purple carpet and purple walls? I think that sounds lovely!

  3. Kari February 14, 2008 at 1:41 pm #

    I’m with Mare, for your area

    Go Condo!

  4. jessica February 16, 2008 at 8:48 pm #

    Come on….go house!! DO IT DO IT DO IT! I just like people to experience home ownership hell!! Hey, if I have to experience it….everybody should! ha!!! Good luck with whatever you decide! 🙂

  5. fabat40 February 18, 2008 at 9:39 am #

    I’ve lived in both a condo and a one-family house. Both offer their fare share of positives and negatives. Keep looking at both. When you find the “right” place… the place that’s gonna be your home, you’ll know it. It may not be perfect, but when you walk in the front door, you’ll just know its home. Remember, sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince…same goes for house-hunting.

  6. **Mols** February 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    I say house! Brett and I close on our first home next Friday. We’re super excited. But we also bought a newer home with lots of “neutral” so we don’t have a lot of work to do.

    I’ll let you know if we’re still married after we rip out the carpet and install hardwood flooring. :/

    Good luck! Looking is the hardest part.

  7. Julie February 21, 2008 at 4:08 pm #

    I’m keeping track of those of you who answered house. You’re all invited to my painting/wallpaper ripping/carpet tearing party!

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