House decision problem!

posted 2 years ago in Home
Post # 2
2713 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Nearly twice the space for the same price? Go for the bigger house.  But get a building inspection first to make sure the dividing wall is good and solid and you aren’t going to have noise issues. What rooms are on the dividing wall? If it’s living room/kitchen/bathrooms I wouldn’t be concerned – bedrooms I’d want to check it out thoroughly.

Post # 3
1946 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I would go for the semi, twice the amount of space for the price. Get an inspection done. Good luck with everything 

Post # 6
3426 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I just don’t care much about size. Assuming the detached is big enough, I don’t see the need to have more space to buy furniture for and upkeep. Three bedrooms is plenty. I would pick mountain views, being closer to family, and not having to share walls. To me, that sounds like a great investment and a great house to live in for a very long time. The bungalow is a no brainer to me. But obviously PPs feel otherwise, which I think shows that you can’t really go wrong. Pick the one that feels best to you.

Post # 7
9506 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Do you have the money to put into fixing up the bungalow?

Privacy is extremely important to us, so I’d probably pick that one if there are funds for renovation. I like to sit in my back yard and not have my neighbors 10′ away. Mountain views sound awesome too. I would absolutely make sure to get an inspection either way.

Are they both equally good locations? Good school districts?

Post # 8
1056 posts
Bumble bee

I’d get a quote from a company that deals with cleaning smoke odor and see how much it would cost you to make the mountainview home smell good.

Post # 9
888 posts
Busy bee

I would think the detached home would be the better longterm investment, especially if you are easily able to put the money into renovations.  I’d rather have a beautiful character home with a view and be near family than take the chance on a semi-attached. 

Post # 10
2019 posts
Buzzing bee

Cleaning out a house that smells like smoke can be a LOT of work, depending on how much damage has been done. Honestly, you’d need to plan to replace a lot, wash everything with professional cleaning solutions, prime with a pricy primer, repaint multiple coats, get duct work replaced/professionally cleaned, etc. I would honestly never buy a house that had been smoked in because there’s just too much work involved with making it clean enough for me to feel comfortable. 

If you don’t love the attached house, keep looking. 

Post # 11
11613 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Location, location, location re investment. So I would seriously consider the bungalow, given the views of the mountains. Plus family nearby, if this is a good thing, is precious. This is if the smoke smell is cigarette smoke, not fire smoke. The former can be mitigated with fresh paint and cleaning (which I do with a new house anyway, including the ducts so not a big deal), the latter possibly means all kinds of other damage and might not be easy to remove 


(Anyone want to tell me why Apple capitalized “Mountain View’s” and added an apostrophe like <—- – did it AGAIN- six times even after I added it to the dictionary without!?!?)

Post # 12
4059 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Are you planning to have kids? I couldn’t do one bathroom with kids.

Post # 13
2497 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

stephanie90 :  The smaller bungalow only has ONE bathroom? That’s a hard “no” from me. Also, I’m very sensitive to smells and smoke in particular is very irritating to me. It seems like the smaller house would cost more to make it livable than the larger house. I’d pick the larger, semi-attached house. Good luck! 

Post # 14
304 posts
Helper bee

I second what italianbride said. We bought a house that smelled like smoke and I’ll never do it again. It is a lot of work to get that smell out. It’s not just a simple coat of paint. The primer is expensive- maybe $30/gal, but the smell gets into everything. So you have to paint or replace the doors and trim, replace carpet or refinish hardwoods etc…

Would you be able to renovate before moving in? We moved in right away and gradually fixed things ourselves. The smell got into our clothes and I could smell it on me when I left the house. Yuck.

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