Help me choose a house! (Pic heavy!)

posted 3 years ago in Home
  • poll: Which house?
    House #1 : (80 votes)
    56 %
    House #2 : (58 votes)
    40 %
    Neither, keep looking! : (6 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    2179 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2024

    I personally like the look of house #1 better. It has 3 br (which is nice but it depends on how many kids you want, if any) and 3ba which is great. I really like the dark wood in the kitchen and that fireplace is amazing. I also like the 2nd floor living area (would be a great playroom) and the fact that the basement is finished is a plus because that adds to your living space. Also it backs up to a forest!




    Downside- it’s A LOT more than house #2 and has 2 less bedrooms. 




    That said, house #2 is also nice, more bedrooms (which is always a plus), nice size kitchen and with some paint I think i’d like it better (it’s just too plain right now and light) plus the price is $120k less than other house and seems like you are getting more rooms.




    Downside- no forest, “boring” but can easily be fixed with paint and decor.


    ETA: I know you want granite and you can always install it, I mean house #1 is $120k more, you can easily add the granite that YOU want in house #2 for way less than $120k

    ETA AGAIN: After looking at the photos again I like house #2 better. I just noticed the separate dining area and I like that more than house #1 where the kitchen, diningroom and living room are all crammed into 1 space. So I would go with house #2!


    Post # 4
    855 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I know what the difference in price between the two are, but what is price 1 and what is price 2?  And how does that compare to your combined annual income?  For example if your combined income is $80,000 a year, then something 2-3x your income is reasonable, whereas something that’s 5x more is not.

    And personally, I have also found granite to be a pain to clean.

    ETA: My personal taste has me liking house 1 more, but without knowing more, it’s all based on appearance (emotion) and not cost (logic).

    Post # 5
    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I like the interior of the second one better, but I don’t like houses that have huge garages right in front like that.  So just pick the one you like best!

    Post # 7
    1256 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    How long do you want to stay in this house? 5 years? 10 years? forever? I like the look of house #1 but it would be a 5 year house for me and that sounds expensive for that.. Think about your future and what you want longterm. 

    Post # 8
    2657 posts
    Sugar bee

    I think which one you pick will depend on how long you intend to stay in it and what your future plans are.  House 1 is very nice, but if you want to start a family you may outgrow those 3 bedrooms.  You could convert the finished basement into bedrooms, but that’s an extra cost on top of an already large mortgage.  House 2 isn’t as pretty, but it’s a house you could grow into and live comfortably in for much longer.  I would add some color to the walls because that is a lot of plain white walls for such a large house, but that’s not an expensive fix.  And because house 2 is so much cheaper, a kitchen reno wouldn’t be out of the question either.

    Post # 9
    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I like house #2 better…it has the elements that I personally consider important for a family home, a big one being a sizeable eat-in kitchen.

    I also hate dark kitchens, and prefer hardwood to carpet, so I am totally biased.

    If the granite countertops are a big thing for you, why not just add them later? You’ll be saving 120k after all, so I can’t imagine your husband would disagree with plunking down some money for counters.


    Post # 10
    6194 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I would just go for the cheaper house and put granite countertops in. Except for the forest thing, I think that with a few smaller improvements (like staining the kitchen cabinets) you could come up with a look that you like just as much.

    How many kids are you planning to have? If you only want one or two, the smaller one might be more manageable in terms of cleaning.


    Post # 11
    3262 posts
    Sugar bee

    Aesthetically, I love house #1. But you cant really go wrong with either choice!

    Post # 12
    5518 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I like the cheaper house better.  But pick what you love!!  Imagine what you could 120k less in mortgage payments

    Post # 13
    2527 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    i usually don’t like newer construction but house #1 is really nice! i love that stone fireplace and the balcony. i also love that it backs up to a forest. there wasn’t anything in any of the pictures of that house that i didn’t like. i really didn’t like anything about house #2 (especially the color of the kitchen cabinets!!).

    Post # 16
    185 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I actually like number 2 better. It has a much larger kitchen which could be made into your dream kitchen for much less than the $120 K price difference. You can’t change the size of the kitchen in house 1 but you can change the furnishings in house 2 and it is super easy to add granite if you are still set on having granite. I like the fact that number 2 has a formal dining room as well. 

    The only thing I like better about house 1 is the back yard and the wet-bar in the basement. Does house 1 have a basement? Is the backyard really bad or does it just not back onto a forest?

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