What were/are your "weird" requirements when house hunting?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Programmable thermostats, ceiling fans, a disposal in the sink, a gas stove but an electric oven, and a giant soaking tub. Those are my only true requirements. Everybody laughs at the thermostat thing, but my parents had then installed at the house when they bought it, and they’re genius. Makes such a difference with the electric bill.

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We were pretty flexible when house hunting.  One thing that was pretty high on my list though was character.  (I’m pretty much an old house junkie!) 

We ended up buying a house with lots a classic bungalow features (faux fireplace, coved celling, built-in book cases, leaded glass windows, ect).  This house has been a lot of work, but this beautiful old house with it’s beautiful features, and tons of character, is all mine! 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We searched for a home with a  front porch, fireplace, gas range, and I really wanted a dog door. We got pretty much everything we wanted when we found our house, the only odd thing is that when they updated the furnace they ran it through the fireplace. So now it’s just a facade. But I really do like having even just a mantle.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

colorofmyheart:  programmable thermostats are not too difficult to install… My boss bought one to put into the house he rents because it would just be crazy expensive to heat it all the time. He has an app on his phone that he can turn the heat up or down with.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

That is why I cant stand House Hunters. Everyone is so focused on cosmetic things that can be fairly easily fixed. Like oh I hate this carpet better not buy this house. 

My thing is that I really hate sunken living rooms. Would totally pass on a house with a sunken living room, unless I got a really really good deal on it

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

babeba:  oh, i know they are. my mom installed one of the ones in our basement, after the electrician showed her how to do it (he was a family friend). it’d just be nice to have them already.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

a_day_at_the_fair:  Haha!  The place we just bought has a sunken family room.  I actually like it.  When we have kiddos it will contain them until they figure out how to crawl up the stairs, and it will be really easy to keep the dog out of it.  

I can’t stand stairs that are too close to the front door.  And road noise.  I also really wanted an island in the kitchen and ended up buying a house without one — but the kitchen has lots of counter space and is soooo pretty!!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My primary requirement was school district.  I wanted a good combination of elementary, middle, and high schools.  Everything else was secondary to school district.  In fact, I only looked in certain districts.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

DH can not stand crawl spaces! It freaked him out to no end, so we only looked at homes built on a slab. 

I had to have a yard, no questions asked. I also did not want a front facing garage door, well neither of us wanted that. We bought our house last June and got pretty much everything we wanted in a home!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

vip0802:  My family is Chinese, so our front door had to be facing a certain direction, our bedrooms had to be in a specific quandrant of the house, no long narrow hallways, etc.  My other requirement was having a gas stove.  Other than that, we looked for the standard good foundation/structure, location, school districts, etc.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I don’t really see the points of little bits and pieces.    As long as it has a useable bathroom, working kitchen and does not leak then I am happy.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

vip0802:  OMG. I just bought a house with an all-white kitchen. If you actually cook in it the amount of cleaning is obscene. I cannot wait for the wedding to be over so we can re-paint the cabinets.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

springbride23:  I LOVE the white kitchen for that exact reason, you know when it’s clean and when it isn’t.  We cook a lot and I think I’d be weirded out if I had to cook in a dirty kitchen. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

housebee:  I guess that’s a positive way to look at it! I’m going to start thinking that and maybe my opinion will change. I clean the kitchen after every meal but you’re right, it’s nice to know after I clean that I missed the tiny bit of pasta sauce splatter on the backsplash or wherever. I guess just knowing how much I must have missed drives me insane! Especially if I have a lazy day where I don’t clean it looks like a DISASTER in there. :p

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