The First Reader and I have been building castles in the air. They look more like low brick ranch houses, but that’s just because it’s his beau-ideal of a home. We will, soon, be ready to house hunt, in the meantime we are dreaming, making lists, and plotting for the next step towards having a real home again. As the First Reader recently commented, the apartment feels like camping. Comfortable camping, but nonetheless, impermanent.
Here’s the initial list…
|3 bedrooms – one must fit a queen bed|
|Covered Outdoor area|
|Off street parking|
|Gas line to house|
|AC – Central unless price allows installation|
|local friends Approved address|
|At least 1 Bedroom and Bath on First Floor – all one floor preferred|
|Enough yard for dog|
All of those things are easy enough. It’s when we start adding in the other wishes that the field begins to narrow!
|Want to Have|
|Garden/Chicken Space (fantastic if existing)|
|Pecan Tree (mature, bearing)|
|Walkable Neighborhood (ie safe to walk)|
|Not on main road (safe to acccess driveway, not on busy curve)|
|Well/Septic in good shape if not city|
And the little bits that I have seen, and went ooh! or would just be fun to have… ok, the hard floors are kind of necessity with my allergies. But they can be achieved post-buying, we don’t *have* to have them before we buy.
|Would be nice… Bonus!|
|All hard floors|
|great natural light|
|place for hot tub|
And of course there’s a list of ‘walking away, now…’ when we see them.
|Too small to entertain|
What would you add to the lists? What do you love or hate about a house?