When John and I decided it was time to buy a house we weren’t really sure what we wanted. Closet space, counter space, garage, decent sized yard with a few established trees (none of that “every house looks the same, right next to each other in a field” type of stuff). Like lots of first time home buyers we had lots of things we wanted!
We also had our differences in where we wanted to buy. I wanted to be closer to the city and John wanted to be a bit further out…
So, after tons of online looking we decided it was time to find a real-estate agent and get pre-approved.
After looking at lots of houses (maybe 20) with our oh-so-patient real-estate agent we went back to see a house we had already looked at – one that John really liked and, while I had my concerns, I thought was good enough to look at again. When we went and saw the house a second time I felt that my concerns about the house were really valid and I knew that I did not want to put in an offer (much to John’s dismay.)
As we were making our way back towards the front door our real estate agent had an ‘ah-ha’ moment and told us about a house that was for sale that was just across the street. We figured it was out of our price range, because 1) we hadn’t already looked at it and 2) we hadn’t seen it online when browsing in the area – but she assured us that this was not the case.
We went across the street to a very cute colonial. As we walked through the inside we were impressed and I think we both even said “this could work!” After going outside and walking around the outside of the house we were sold. While it wasn’t the most up to date house, and certainly needed some work, it had good bones to work with and pretty much everything we were looking for as far as size.
(Actually, before we were sold, we went back across the street to the house we had just been at and then came back across the street to the colonial).
Anyway, after all of the back and forth we decided to put in an offer on the house. We went back and forth with the sellers twice, maybe, before settling on a price and voila – the house was ours!
Here are pictures of it in all its previous ownership glory – courtesy of the internet listing.
Formal dining area
Formal dining area - again.
Formal living area
Eating area near the kitchen
Kitchen, sort of - with a view of the PLAID eating area
(this is not a website picture - but I just wanted to show the plaid in all its glory)
Screened in patio
Half bathroom on the main level
(what this picture of the half bath doesn’t show is the AWESOME lion/tiger/wildlife wallpaper border that is near the ceiling… Oh yeah.)
Upstairs hallway bathroom
Guest bedroom #1
Not pictured are Guest bedrooms #2 and #3 as well as a few other places, but you’ll see pictures of them eventually!
So anyway, this is our first house as it was when we looked at it and decided to buy it! I want to know – what things did you have on your ‘first home wish list’ and what things did you have to compromise on?