When me and Adam (my husband) decided it was time to start looking for our first house, I was prepared. For anyone who knows me, they can tell you I am a planner, a researcher and a list maker. Just one of my lists for this new journey in our lives together was a list of all the requirements and things we needed in our first home and on top of that, I broke each item on this list into things we needed (no negotiating) and the things we could let go of if we needed to. After all, I was in the process of learning the art of compromise.
This list included the basics such as 3 bedrooms, a garage – not a car port, newer windows, newer roof etc. All of which were set in stone requirements. Some of things that were not requirements but just bonus features were two bathrooms, walk-in closet in the master bedroom, big backyard and other things of that nature.
After consulting with a few family members and getting their advice and talking it over with my husband, we still hadn’t decided on how to start the search and if we wanted to start with newer houses or older houses that needed some fixing up. Both concepts were very scary to me. On one hand, newer houses are pretty but if they are resales, they are usually being sold for at their top price point, at least in the market we were in. But with older houses, my assumption was that there was a lot more work to be done and more could go wrong with big ticket items such as plumbing and electrical. At that thought I was stopped right in my tracks when a friend of mine who had bought their current home as a brand new construction told me that new homes are just as much work as an older home.
Anyways, the point of all this, is that even though we decided on an older bungalow that was built in the ’70s and there are some problems with it, but nothing we didn’t know going into the purchase