Post # 17
We compromised a little, but where we live, the housing stock is old/historic and SMALL!! (think 1000 sq ft two bedroom single family bungalows). We wanted modern and clean. There’s only a few places you can get that in the bay area and be close to transit, so we are going with a townhouse-style condo. The stairs eat up a little square footage (compromise) but it’s hundreds of square feet bigger than anything else we could find and has the sturdy new build style we wanted (important in earthquakes!). We’re trading a yeard and a garage for square footage and proximity to transit and walkability. We still have a protected garage area for our car, just not our “own” garage. since we’ll only ever need one car, and neither of us commutes to work, we felt this was a good compromise!
Post # 18
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
I’d say I was 80% also, it was everything we wanted -2 stall garage, big backyard, smaller inside, good layout, man cave area … but the basement… oh my the basement. Clearly had water damage but because it was partitioned into seperate rooms we wouldn’t know where the water came from until we bought it and were able to tear the basement down to the walls and then it turned out the electrical was a mess. I knew I really wanted the house and everything has turned out fine luckily! A little nervousness is normal, it’s a big purchase!!
Post # 19
We were 100% about our current home, but that is because it was an amazing deal and opportunity, and it’s a semi-detached that my DH’s father just happens to own the other side of (so we already knew it had great bones). It’s a rental property that we plan on moving out of in 2 years or so and keeping as an investment, so it’s not like we plan on living here for 20+ years or anything either.
Post # 20
I think you have to be realistic and keep a critical eye on what can and can’t be changed. If you hate the wallpaper, no big deal, but if you hate some part of the layout–that would be a pretty pricey fix!
We just recently had an offer accepted (last week!) and all the houses we’d seen up to that point were just okay. When we went into this one, I just loved it–the first thing I said to our realtor was, “I want it, let’s get it!” We came back a second time with my ILs to have another look and we decided we still loved it. After they accepted our offer, I walked around for 3 hours with the inspector, which was really helpful…I had to see all of the negatives and still be willing to commit.
Just remember no house will be absolutely perfect, but if there’s something you can’t live without (like if that master bath will really bother you) remember that there are other houses out there. If there are other houses in your price range that meet more of your criteria, there’s nothing wrong with holding out for something better. Just don’t hold out for something perfect!
Post # 21
Thanks, bees! The more I think about it, the more I truly believe this was the right house for us as we are now. As you’ve all said, nothing is perfect. Nothing is forever. I’m getting over the bathroom issue now. Far better deal with that later and stop throwing my money away on rent, anyway! We’re signing our offer tomorrow. Keeping my fingers crossed!!!
Post # 22
@pfinarffle – we have a 1/2 bath on our master bedroom and one other full bath. It doesn’t bother us so much. I figure when we have kids we’ll be giving them baths for the first few years so won’t be competing with them for the space! After that….parents win 🙂