Sunday, January 11, 2009

House Hunting

Been doing the real estate thing. Looking at house after house; what can we afford, what do we need in terms of space, how much effort do we want to put into anything requiring the letters DIY?

What do I want in a house? Space, location, yard, character, garage, a furnace I don't have to worry about? Is this permanent? The terms of the mortgage makes it seem so. Should it be something small with the intention of moving later on down the road in ten years or so? What does that mean in terms of staying around here? What does it mean in terms of where I am in life? Is it time to realize that I'm in my mid-thirties and that I'm an adult for better or worse? Is it time to realize where I'm at in terms of a career? On the upward swing of academic administration. Yippee!

What is a house? OK, I know the four walls and a roof thing, but what does it mean to an individual? How does it define? Am I split-level ranch? Am I colonial? Perhaps bungalow? Am I new or am I aged with character? Isn't a house one of the first things that tells you about a person? You meet someone and go to their house and you make all kinds of assumptions according to their taste in a house (why they bought it, what is it that appeals to them) and how they decorate it. Is it because I have such a hard time identifying myself that I have a hard time determining what type of house I want, or even choosing what I want most in a house.

The DIY route means less time doing anything else. I guess you can get a place to where you want it - or live in hope of getting it there - but is it worth the time and effort? I'm not afraid to do the work. I know I can do it; I'm a bit rusty with everything, but it's like riding a bicycle, right? Less time reading, less time writing, less time seeing films, less time playing with the kids.

It's going to be a long process...


pattinase (abbott) said...

Unless you are extremely handy, buy a house that is in good shape even if it's a smaller house. More and more things go wrong over time and it is very frustrating to spend all you disposable income on wiring, insulation, plumbing, etc. A great time to buy a house. Want mine?

Stephen Blackmoore said...

For the love of god, Montressor! Don't do it. Seriously. If there's one thing I could go back and not do it's buy a house.

Granted, your mileage may vary, but they are a time and money suck. Example: I just dropped 20K on a new sewer line that I wasn't expecting and didn't have.

If you do it be prepared for unforeseen circumstances.

Good luck.

Lyman Feero said...

A house is four walls and a roof. All that truly matters are those who live there.

Because if they don't move out when you buy it, that would be a bitch.

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