(Closed) What Does This House " Scream" To You?

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: What Does This House " Scream" To You?
    I like this house-- definitely consider : (260 votes)
    76 %
    This house is OK, but you can do better : (50 votes)
    15 %
    This house is not my style, keep looking : (22 votes)
    6 %
    Obligatory Other : (8 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 17
    Member
    4304 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It’s nice… a little too cookie cutter & traditional for my taste.  What I don’t like about these houses is they lack personality and look like the rest on the block.  But I’m super weird like that.

    But I’m with JaneyCat, if you love it, the location is good & the taxes won’t break you, take it!

    Post # 18
    Member
    1281 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @JaneyDcat:  I wish I could kidnap you when we start looking at houses right after the wedding!  You have great advice!

    Post # 19
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    3941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    It’s too generic and cookie cutter for MY taste, but it doesn’t matter what I think…or what anyone else thinks.  It’s your house, so if you love it…go for it!

    Post # 20
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    951 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I LOVE the exteroir. Beautiful. Don’t love the maple cabinets, but other than that it’s definitely a good option.

    Post # 23
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    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @rubybride718:  

    That’s a nice compliment.  There are plenty of resources out there online for when you take on looking at homes.  

     

    I love waching Holmes on Homes on HGtv.  I’ve bought and sold 3 houses so far in my life….some of it is accumulated knowledge from experience.  

     

    I will admit, that when we do look at a house, I look at the aesthetics, and hubby (who is an engineer) is looking at the mechanical and the structural aspects of a house.

     

    The only lasting advice I would always give someone is look at everything.  Check windows to see that they easily open and close.  A window that sticks is a hint that replacement could be imminent.  Check all faucets and toilets to make sure they operate fully.  Check drawers to make sure they function.  Try to look at the structure more so than how the house looks.  

     

    We lucked out on our current house.  The couple completely listed it like well under market value and its in GREAT condition, except for a leaking water heater.  We were given an allowance on he water heater (and my hubby was able to fix it himself.)

     

    If you happen to know someone who works in construction, bring them along to look at the house with you.  It always astonishes me when people bring along people for advice to look at aesthetics.  Paint can be changed.  New light fixtures can be done by pretty much anybody (really….all you need is a few youtube videos and some tools).  

    Post # 24
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    5789 posts
    Bee Keeper

    How’s the available storage? Basement,garage or attic?

    A house that new shouldn’t need much of anything unless its been neglected. A few fixes to make it your own and you should be all set!

    I would ask the realtor to get a printout of the current utility bills as well as water and sewer that you’ll be responsible for paying. They may also have a trash pick up fee. Better to know everything than be surprised later.

    Flush the toilets, turn on the showers and don’t forget to look UP. People always seem to forget to check the ceilings for any water damage and/or cracks. Listen for squeaks in the floors and steps and check all the closets for adequate storage too.

    Does it include all the appliances and window coverings? Make sure to ask.

    Post # 25
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    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Does this house have a basement?  What area of the country are you in?  Would there be any reason to believe there would be any dampness or flooding isues in the springtime?

     

    The house we currently live in has a sloped backyard.  I think that’s why other prospective buyers turned their noses up at it.  I wasn’t on board originally until my geek husband pointed out that the septic tank had never even been tapped (which he said indicated that in the springtime, any snow that melts would drain into the neighbor’s yard!)  yay this house!

     

    Which is awesome.  You do not want to buy on a floodplane.  It will cause you many headaches when you have water damage and IF (big if) you can buy flood insurance it will be an astronomical cost.

     

    So, bank owned…foreclosure or short sale?  Hopefully foreclosure.  Those (I hear) are easier to  close on than short sales.  I’ve never been involved in either, but with the extreme backlog of short sales and the bank having to approve each and every offer and buyer, the process can be long and quite daunting (so I hear.)

    Post # 26
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    3633 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2000

    @Mrs_Amanda:  I don’t like new houses.

     but that said, I find the exterior appealing, homey, and charming (for a new house.) By new house I mean anything built after 1965ish. But I really prefer pre-1940.

    It is screaming I AM TRADITIONAL so if you don’t like tradtional, you won’t like this house.

    Post # 27
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    1564 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    It had me at walkin closet. I really like it. I expound definitely consider this house if the location were ideal.

    Post # 28
    Member
    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @FauxPas2012:  I’m with you on the new house thing.  I’m not a fan of new houses either.

     

    The reason I don’t like new houses is since the subprime mortgage fiasco, SOME contractors (not all) have skimped and had to make shortcuts to get their business thriving again.  Just for shits and giggles, one Saturday the hubbs and I decided to go through an open house at a development near our house (we’re not looking to buy, we’re just nosy ol’ codgers.)

     

    OMFG.  The model looked a little “off”.  Most people probably wouldn’t have noticed it, but the concrete in the garage wasn’t level, you could see tape lines in the drywall….some of the outlets were already crooked….it was not good.

     

    I prefer a house that’s a few years old.  Then you know what you get after it has settled.  Where I live (Minnesota) and with our extreme temperature changes, houses will settle.  Walls will crack.  Our house is 20 years old.  I’m good with that.  My house looks NOTHING like anybody’s house I’ve ever seen.  

    **Oh, and the brand new house that was build by what seems to be a pack of methheads was listed for more than $250k MORE than what we paid for our house.  And no, our house was not a fixer.  It has all new appliances and carpet installed two months before we moved in.

     

     

    Post # 29
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    9950 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I voted OBLIGATORY OTHER

    And I voted BEFORE I read any one else’s comments… including your own

    Agree that on paper, it has a lot of great qualities (which is WHY I assume you are attracted to this house)

    BUT the outside definitely screams ho-hum to me… you virtually have to “look” for the front door… it honestly looks like you are looking at the side / back of the house, that perhaps a more welcoming front is just around the corner…

    The inside is nice enough, but not outstanding based on the photos you’ve posted… typically when someone buys a house, they have something that really WOWS them… grabs them… and I don’t see it here with this house based on the photos you’ve posted (ie no shot of an incredible back yard… OR “ya gotta see this Master Bath”… OR “My Man is crazy for the Garage… Basement Bar… etc”

    So ya, something is indeed missing.

    I think you should keep looking.

    PS… I see by the others comments you’ve been posting on other houses too in the House Hunt process … gotta say I haven’t seen those topics, so I am only here commenting on this particular one.

     

    Post # 30
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    1066 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think with some gorgeous landscaping in the front this would be lovely…x

    Post # 31
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    4655 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Seems great but get that carpet outta there.

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