Thursday, 7 March 2013

House hunting.

Who said that finding the perfect house was going to be easy??
No one?
 Well, I thought it would be easier than it is proving to be. There have been so so so many houses that we have looked at, thought would be a good fit, but in the end, walked away because we didn't 'feel the love'. If you don't feel the love every day when you walk through the door, why live there?

I'm not being delusional. I didn't think this process would go like this:
"Oh my gosh! This house is 250 years old, is in perfect condition and in my price range?! I'll take it!!"
There are so many things that can happen when you are looking at houses as old as I want. Lead paint, asbestos, bad renovations throughout the years...and we're willing to take it all on for the love and care and many years that we want to give to our first home purchase. Realistically, this is going to be the home where we'll bring home our first child (and maybe second or third, if that's what our future holds). We're not just looking for a house. We're looking to create a home, that is shown love and a place that we'll live for many years to come. 

So, where is this home? 

Well, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel! 

We have found (what we think) is the home for us! It's the one that we keep coming back to. It does not come perfectly to what we are looking for, but as far as the checklist goes, this house meets most of what we want and need, and with some work, can be 100% what we want!

1. It is old!   This was the most important fact for us. The house was built in 1763 *swoon* and has MANY original details.

2. It is a Colonial/New Englander (think a Colonial with an ell and attached barn), our favorite type of house!

3. It has, for the most part, been very well cared for.

4. There's only a section (the ell) that needs extensive renovations.

4. There is land!

We are looking at the house again this weekend, as well as another lovely old house in a different, yet extremely charming, town. So, while I don't have any pictures to share with you in this post, this is an extremely important decision for me that I did want to share. I've read so many things about buying houses and renovations, so I know that we're not alone. Here's hoping!!



xoxo
Tim


10 comments:

  1. Sounds exciting! I would love to have more land but I'd rather be close to work right now so that wins out. Good luck with your search!

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    1. Thank you, Steve! After moving to the country in New Hampshire (we live on over 3 acres) from a SMALL city lot, the land is an important factor for us right now..ha!

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  2. It sounds wonderful - can't wait to see what you choose!!

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to see what we choose, either! ;-)

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  3. oh tim! either one sounds like a win.
    i think the village can be as important as the house.
    we're all saying the same thing . . . can't wait!
    isn't this fun!
    xo
    tammy j

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    1. Tammy j, it is fun! :-)
      Can't wait to see either ;-)

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  4. just caught up on the posts i'd missed because i've switched computers.
    my old one died.
    the picture of tiny amy in the snow is priceless. "what IS this? i want back in now! after all i'm your princess!" LOL
    your snow pictures were so beautiful. i could hear the quiet and the freshness.

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    1. Glad to have you back!
      Amy is quite the princess, but has been enjoying the snow! And I'm glad the quiet and tranquility of the snow travelled through the pictures. :-)

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  5. Ahh the perfect home - so hard to find but you know when you get that "feeling" - it happened to us when we first moved to France - Bonne chance with the hunting!

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  6. What's the latest with your house hunting? I'm so looking forward to seeing what you have in mind! :)

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Your kind words are always appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts!

xoxo
Tim