What do you dislike about houses? [house hunting]

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Sea Ranch Lodge

Horrid landscaping and dead plants everywhere… totally a turn off before you even walk in (and a pain in the *** to fix, from personal experience)! At least it usually lowers the house price because first impressions are so important.

*edit – I see you’re in the bay area – crazy housing market here now!!

Post # 6
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Sea Ranch Lodge

@beekiss:  Totally get you on that! We bought last year before prices started ramping back up (fortunately), fixed up the house, and plan to sell and move to somewhere out of state with lots of space in a few years 🙂

Post # 8
2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

I am going to guess for others because I can’t really say as we kinda picked a project house for our first house. 😛 I like it though since it’s got a lot of history and family ties to FI; it’s been passed down generation to generation. We were lucky to be able to buy it at a decent price.

– Green shag; Orange shag; beige shag carpet (yes, the green shag finally went. FI ceremoniously cut them into chunky squares with scissors and threw them out)
– 2-pronged electric outlets
– Apple tree: it’s great if you love baking like me, but fall is not going to be your favourite season if you don’t like cleaning up outside

My community is at the point where a lot of older houses could get bought, bull-dozed, then ticky-tacky gets put up, before going on sale. It’s sort of sad when the fruit trees that have been there for more than a decade gets up-rooted.

Post # 9
3394 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@beekiss:  Development houses. Most new construction.

I like old and brimming with character. Unpainted dark wood mouldings, dark hardwood floors, butler pantries and foyers. Two stories. Claw foot tubs. Front and back porches, or better yet a wrap around. Victorian is very nice. Big old trees in the yard. I could go on all day.

Post # 12
2649 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@beekiss:  I dislike most new construction – it’s too cookie cutter, charmless and typically crap. I dislike looking at houses filled to the gills with crap, baseboard heaters, wood paneling, bad flow.  having bought a house with a ton of trees, I would avoid it like the plague in the future. Plastic tub surrounds instead of tile.

Post # 13
5883 posts
Bee Keeper

We’re selling and again looking, so our list is pretty long.

The worst is a house where you can look straight through and see the kitchen or any parts of it from the front door.

No foyer of any sort and stepping right into the living room, or worse than that is when people flip flop rooms and make them what they aren’t.

If people have things stacked or piled everywhere, I already know if they can’t fit, how would we?

Medicine cabinets in bathrooms or extra cabinets hung over the toilet. They make such nice vanities now that al your stuff can easily be stored. Globe lights in the bathrooms too!

Kitchen cabinet hung over islands or peninsulas and completely closing off the room.

White plastic outlet covers. They are not supposed to be decorative fixtures, so paint them out or at least get some new, cleaner versions.

Skimpy wood trim or woodwork, and stained crown moulding/wood. Way too dark and choppy looking and makes the ceilings look lower.

Vinyl flooring,anywhere.

Post # 14
4698 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I really thought this thread said “what do you dislike about horses…” I was gonna be like well they poop everywhere and they do this weird thing with their teeth and sometimes they’re kind of scary. (I like horses but they are huge and a little unnerving up close…)

Um… It’s funny because I like most of the stuff OP posted. Embarassed Not religious words (atheist) but words, absolutely, typographical art is one of my favorite things!!! I don’t have any now but I have the ambition to have TONS in a home someday. Burnt orange walls are cool if there’s not too many, chevrons are nifty but I don’t really care much, any flooring that isn’t carpet that can be wiped is happy-making in my book. 

The only thing I agree on is white cabinets, though antique white is acceptable, but not preferable because I don’t like stuff I have to clean nonstop. Similarly I don’t want any super glossy finishes for the same reason – nonstop smudge cleanup, ew. And stainless steel is too industrial. 

Actually I hate all carpets and rugs. Fabric on the floor of any kind is just a no for me. I hate the way it looks, the way it feels, the way it stains, just no. I honestly find all carpets disgusting. Rugs aren’t much better but at least you can pick them up and get rid of them or move them or whatever.

I dont like closed-off rooms, especially a closed kitchen. I’d feel like a serving wench doing anything in there, I want to be able to glance at the frying pan from the living room sofa and talk to TV-watchers while I cook. 

I don’t like houses full of neutral colors, it makes me feel like no one lives there, like they have no personality or are afraid of it. (Obviously doesn’t apply to house hunting, If I were buying a place I’d be painting that shit myself.) 

I don’t lke houses with crappy water pressure/inconsistent temperature. My showers are my special time and I want to feel like I am being hit with a boiling hot fire hose from start to finish.

But the worst sin is a bad location, by which I mean inconvenient. If I can’t walk to a train/subway station, a grocery store/drugstore and a 24 hour mart I’m not interested. If I can’t also walk to a sushi place, a park, and maybe a veterinarian, it’s possible but loses points. I don’t drive, and I like my conveniences. If I were house hunting, location would be the single most important thing and I would suffer a lot of other sins for the perfect spot, and nix a lot of otherwise perfect, inexpensive places in a spot I didn’t love. I don’t need to be in the middle of the action in terms of nightlife, but I need to be able to go about my business without getting on a bus. (Rail is fine as long as it’s within a few stops.)

Post # 15
11588 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Messes.  DH and I looked at a short sale that was literally in the most disgusting condition.  I know there’s a reason it’s a short sale and that the family likely couldn’t pay the bills, but wiping up spills and vacuuming shouldn’t be too much to ask if you’re living there and actively trying to sell the house!

Post # 16
2115 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Don’t know why, but I loathe cheater ensuites, those bathrooms with doors to the bedroom and to the hall.  Loathe them.  When we were looking last year, any houses with cheater ensuites were immediately off of my list. 

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