- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
Hello, Bees! I’m back!
Our house hunting journey continues. You can read my previous post at http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/well-house-hunting-sucks/.
My husband and I are planning to put an offer on a house today, but we have three options, and we just can’t decide on our own!
House #1: (LEAST EXPENSIVE) This house is so charming! It’s a traditional red brick house with a very cute front porch. It’s the smallest and least expensive house we’re looking at. It’s approx. $50,000 less than the other two, but it’s 1,000 square feet smaller than the largest house on our list. Although it’s adorable on the outside, it needs quite a bit of structural and cosmetic work on the inside. Ideally, my husband and I would have walls taken down, but we know that’s very expensive. We would also run hardwood flooring throughout the first floor, and once again, we know that’s very expensive. As for the rest of the house, the kitchen is relatively outdated, but stainless steel appliances and granite countertops would make a world of a difference. It has the 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms we’re looking for, and all of the rooms are decently sized. It also has a huge game room on the second floor and a designated play area between the kids’ bedrooms. It’s dated, but it has so much charm. It’s priced $75,000 under our max budget and the average price of the homes in the cul-de-sac, so there’s definitely room for improvement. Another bonus is the backyard. It’s huge! It has the largest yard of the houses we’re looking at, and it backs up to trees and a creek, so we’ll never have back neighbors.
House #2: (MOST UPDATED) This house is a dream! It’s completely updated with gorgeous hardwood floors throughout, an amazing kitchen, a fantastic covered patio in the backyard, and a 3-car garage. It’s only 100 square feet larger than house #1, but it doesn’t need any work. On the other hand, it’s the most expensive house we’re looking at, and it only has 2.5 bathrooms. We were really hoping for at least 3 bathrooms, but I grew up with 4 siblings, and we all shared a bathroom and turned out fine, so it may not be a complete deal breaker. The yard is another downside. Although it has a great covered patio and also backs up to trees and a creek, the yard is small. There isn’t any room for kids to run around.
House #3: (MOST PRACTICAL) This house is huge! It’s nearly 1,000 square feet larger than the other two houses, it has amazingly high ceilings, and a great backyard with a covered patio. It has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, so there’s plenty of room to grow. It’s needs a few updates, but they’re only cosmestic. It really only needs paint and new appliances. I think the only downsides are the curb appeal and the fact that the house has back neighbors. It has stone exterior, and I really prefer brick. Personally, I think the stone makes the house look dated, and I know I can’t change the exterior, but I’m not sure if the curb appeal is a deal breaker. I know the back neighbors may be a deal breaker for my husband, but the yard is very large, and the previous owners planted trees along the back fence for extra privacy.
That being said, I think houses #1 and #2 can only be starter homes due to their size, and I was really hoping to find a forever home.
All the houses are located in the same master-planned community.