Does your home have a small master bedroom? (and rooms in general)

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 47
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Helper bee

ladyvictoria:  Thank you. It sounds like we just need a good inspector (which we already have) and just need to be carefull.

Post # 48
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

Our townhouse is only 1423 square feet not including the basement, so you can imagine how small our three bedrooms must be. Our master bedroom can fit our queen size bed, two nightstands and our horizontal dresser with six drawers and a mirror. The second bedroom has a double bed and a vertical dresser with five drawers. The third bedroom has a large bookshelf, a desk and an office chair. I imagine a twin bed and a small dresser could probably fit in there. 

We chose this house because it was in a lovely neighbourhood at a great price. It doesn’t have a couple of amenties that I want but we plan on upgrading in 5-6 years. Our ceilings are lower than I would like but not insanely low. 

Is there any way that you can look in a cheaper area so that you can live in a better neighbourhood? You know what real estate agents say-location, location, location. There’s also the option of using smaller furniture in your house.

Post # 49
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

WestCoastV:  

+1 Our townhouse is not large but the layout is wonderful so it looks bigger than it is. 

 

Post # 50
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

bellanotte11:  it is. Luckily, my SO is in IT, I make half what he does, but I’m still have a good stable job. 

The upside to out here is you could get more house for less. Which would make your mortgage a lot less. I can take 10K off your house budget and find you the perfect home with great yard. 

Post # 52
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Newbee

I live in Oregon and there are manufactured homes everywhere! So I guess its a suprise to me that they seem so unknown in other parts of the country. If you have an awesome property that you enjoy I would say go for the manufactured home, they have such a nice feel on the inside and are actually quite spacious compared to regular homes (which I think actually comes as a suprise to many). There are many investment opportunities in the world and your home should be your sanctuary so go with your gut! 

Post # 54
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

bellanotte11:  oh, and it’s beautiful over there too! Trust me, I knee our budget, we went over a bit to put us in a better neighborhood. But I still look at the others to see what could be someday! :p

Post # 55
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Helper bee

bellanotte11:  Id say get the manufactured home, or rent if it’s more affordable to do so in a nicer neighborhood with the features you want. The privilege of owning a home is sometimes more of a burden!

Post # 56
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

bellanotte11:  

Yeah, I agree that 4 bedrooms with such little square footage would be crazy. Good thinking about losing an extra bedroom. I’m told that 2 bedroom houses are harder to sell…same with 1 bathroom houses. 

Sorry about your area being so crime ridden. Would you be willing to consider a condo? 

If not, a manufactured home might be the best option in your case. 

Post # 57
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

bellanotte11:  Option 1 seems to outweigh the benefit of the garage with option 2. Considering the robberies, etc. would having a garage in that area really payoff that much?! Safety is paramount; especially, when it comes to the welfare of your family. Perhaps, you guys could add a covered car area or garage with option #1. Fiance and I recently bought our first home together. Even though it’s about 2800 sq ft., our bedrooms aren’t enormous, but we can comfortably fit a king size bed in the center of the room, night stand on each side of the bed, armoire and dresser. Now, we don’t have any room left for air. So, if you have an opportunity to get larger bedrooms with option #1, I say go for it.

Post # 58
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

yogainunchartedwaters:  That pretty much sums it up 🙂  I am afraid of the water, but if I liked the water I would totally give up space to have your situation. I have entertained the idea of a mobile home or tiny house on a big piece of land.

Post # 59
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

marriedbeeexpecting:  Yes, a good inspector is key. Our real estate agent was very knowledgeable, which helped because he pointed out potential issues in homes as we walked through them and recommended reliable inspectors. Best of luck! 

Post # 60
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

tksjewelry:  What you’re referring to as a manufactured home is what I would call (and the insurance industry calls) a modular home, which is what I recommended to the OP in my post.  Based on the picture the OP posted of the houses she is looking at, and based on the fact that she clarified that the homes she’s looking at are on their own lot (i.e., not in a trailer park) I continue to believe that she is talking about mobile homes, which I have always also only heard referred to as manufactured homes.  

ETA:  I just did a quick google search on “manufactured homes” and the results showed both mobile homes and modular homes, so perhaps the term is interchangable.  Nonetheless, there is a major difference between the two, in terms of quality and resale values, as well as how they are insured.  Many mobile homes are on solid, permanent foundations, on their own lots, and yet they are nonetheless mobile homes.  

OP – if you are really referring to modular homes, then go for it.  Based on your picture and description, I don’t think you are.  If you are referring to mobile homes (which is what is in your picture), then I don’t think you should buy one.

ETA part 2:  I looked again at my google results and found that HUD refers to only mobile homes as manufactured homes.  Modular homes are counted as stick-built (as they should be).  Perhaps in everyday use some people use the term “manufactured home” to refer to either mobile home or modular home, but HUD, and the insurance industry, do not.  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/ramh/mhs/faq  

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