sassy411: If we had to pay the labour costs, there is no way that I would even consider it. I’m generally a very logical person but it’s hard not to make an emotional decision when it’s the home you want to raise your kids in. I definitely see your point though.
Laurenplusalex: I don’t necessarily mind living with the ugly stuff for awhile, there is just a lot of non-functional things that would need to be fixed right away. I wish that I could envision it better…I’m always wowed by the transformations on TV, but I just can’t picture it without physically seeing it.
stillme: This is what I’m afraid of…that we will invest a ton of money into the property and that we won’t necessarily see a return. The market can change so quickly and I am quite risk adverse.
Kellym84: You’re absolutely right and we have made another appointment to see the house again tomorrow. It was awkward because the home owners were home while we were looking the first time but this time I am just going to pretend they aren’t there and truly check to see if the space will work for us.
auggiefrog: Some of the things I don’t love won’t change, such as the bedroom size. I’m trying to decide if it’s just the location of the house that we love or if the bones of the house would genuinely work for us. I need an app that shows me before and afters like on Income Property, lol.
MaggieF: Thank you. It is SUCH a hard decision and essentially the biggest purchase that we will ever make. It sucks that the market is moving so quickly right now. It feels like we have hardly any time to consider this house before someone else comes in and takes it (that has happened to us a few times now). It is an emotionally draining process.
lovekiss: That’s a really good point. I should be more concerned about what I can’t see. The fact that they have no pride of ownership bothers me. It’s like, you would let your house get to this condition and let people walk through it with all of these problems visible…what can I not see? What’s behind the walls? A home inspector can’t find everything.
mrs.joiner: That’s the boat we are in and why we want to move. My partner moved into the house I bought when I was single and it is becoming cramped for the two of us and our dog…I can’t even imagine with kids. Technically we could all fit but it would not be pleasant! At the same time, we can’t rush the decision just because we want to move. It’s not like I’m actually pregnant yet!
eocenia: We are planning to TTC early next year, so that is a huge consideration. I’d love to raise my kids in that neighbourhood but not in the house as it stands. I would be freaking out if I was 3 months away from giving birth and that was my nursery, lol. I am not the most patient person on the planet so I think we do need to sit down and think about the timing more. My partner can do all the work but how long it is going to take him is an entirely different question.
KoiKove: There’s a few things I don’t like…the bedroom size, the fact that there isn’t a dedicated dining space, and that the basement is pretty scary and weirdly laid out. The more I think about it (I’ve been thinking all day) the more I think I just love the area and that I really need to consider the house itself more, especially with the potential water damage/mould a PP mentioned. I was thinking I’d just fix the roof and ceiling and all would be well but that is not necessarily the case.
KC-2722: There are so many good points being made and it’s too bad that they all conflict! I agree with what you are saying too…I am in a unique position where labour would be free, but I also worry that it will suck up all my partner’s time. My job is crazy demanding right now and I’m traveling a lot so I’m not sure how much help I would be. I would have to get a serious home inspection to make sure that the house is actually worth all the time and money the renos would take. I just worry about the things we can’t see…the mould comment freaked me out!