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Author Topic: S/O: House Hunting...What's on your list?  (Read 2091 times)

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z_squared82

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Re: S/O: House Hunting...What's on your list?
« Reply #30 on: June 13, 2016, 12:52:43 PM »
Im not really house hunting, but rather house browsing.

I require it to be move-in ready (ugly is fine, non-functioning electric isnt), a garage (I dont care if its attached or detached), a laundry room (in the case of a condo), and bathroom on the first floor and every other floor there is a bedroom (aka, Im not making my guests go upstairs is find the only bathroom in the house, nor am I sleeping upstairs if there is no bathroom).

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Re: S/O: House Hunting...What's on your list?
« Reply #31 on: June 13, 2016, 01:19:17 PM »
Right now, the top of our list is a cabin on a lake.  2 bedroom, 1 bath.  Not looking for a large place, but it has to look "cabiny".  It must have frontage on the lake(this is the most important) with a nice view.  The frontage must be usable for launching a canoe or kayak.  It doesn't matter if it needs some work, as long as it is structurally sound and can pass inspection.

We want something small that can be used for 10-12 years until retirement.  Then sell the current main residence, the small cabin, and use the proceeds to get a nicer cabin on a lake.

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Re: S/O: House Hunting...What's on your list?
« Reply #32 on: June 13, 2016, 01:29:33 PM »
We currently live in our 3rd home but are thinking of what we want our last house to be... the one we live in during our retirement years. We want a one story, 3 car garage, large front porch, pool with deck, and lots of trees.

1. Large kitchen with walk in pantry, double ovens, sit at bar, open to dining area and family room (we have that now)
2. His and hers studies (he has the study and I use a bedroom)
3. 1 room that can be used for our workout equipment (we have a treadmills(his office now), elliptical(garage now), water rower, and stationary bike (both in the formal living room and get moved when we have company)
4. Large utility room with space for washer/dryer, freezer, wine fridge, extra fridge, work counter, and storage (mostly have now but the freezer is in the garage
5. Large master bedroom with a sitting room that can be closed off from bedroom and can double as the tv room or an extra bedroom when the grandkids come visit without their parents.


We want a separate guest house that can be "shut down" when not in use that will have 3 bedrooms (2 with queen beds and a shared bath and a second one with bunkbeds and an onsuite bath), game/tv room,  and a mini kitchen with a sink, microwave, coffee maker and mini fridge. We want our kids and their future families to come visit but don't want to heat/cool/clean the space when they are not there. We also figure their future spouses will like having their "own" space so they'll come more often.

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Re: S/O: House Hunting...What's on your list?
« Reply #33 on: June 13, 2016, 02:57:16 PM »
For me it was a master bathroom.  I absolutely refused to share a bathroom with two teenage boys.  :D

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Re: S/O: House Hunting...What's on your list?
« Reply #34 on: June 13, 2016, 04:11:13 PM »
We've been in our current home for 26 years, but I remember that there was one thing at the tippy-top of my house-hunting list.  After having lived over 10 years in 2 different homes where there was a full flight of stairs between the trunk of my car and the kitchen counter (you can guess who carted in all the groceries), I wouldn't even get out of the realtor's vehicle to see a house if it was evident that there was more than a vertical step or two between car trunk and kitchen counter.   Certainly there were other criteria at the time, but this one was major.

x2. We have been in our split level for 20 years now. Thankfully, the kids are old enough and still home to unload the groceries. I imagine we'll be finding our retirement home in the next few years. 1st requirement is that the garage has a door that goes directly into a pantry or kitchen.  Also, I'd like the laundry to be on the same floor as the master bedroom.

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Re: S/O: House Hunting...What's on your list?
« Reply #35 on: June 13, 2016, 04:14:12 PM »
We moved into this house in October 2014.  We got pretty much what we were looking for:

Three bedrooms?  Check.  The house is 1360 sq ft.
Two-car garage?  Only if they're Minis.  The garage is very nice, and right now we're putting up shelving and getting rid of junk.
Hard wood floors?  Check.
Big kitchen with lots of counter space?  We hit the jackpot on this one.  Not only a lot of counter space, but new appliances. 
Dining area?  Check.
Small lot?  Check.  It's the smallest lot on the block, which is fine with us.
Laundry area?  Check. 
Two bathrooms.


catwhiskers

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Re: S/O: House Hunting...What's on your list?
« Reply #36 on: June 14, 2016, 05:30:44 AM »
Other half and I are house hunting again after taking a long break from it whilst he changed jobs.

Needs:
Within our price range
Reasonable traveling distance from OH's place of work
Driveway for at least two cars (can be surprisingly hard to find in some areas of the UK)
Decent sized kitchen with plenty of storage and worktop space
Fenced garden to rear
Bathroom on same level as master bedroom
Office/study (or spare bedroom to make one) as I work from home
No steps up/down between rooms
Stairs must be wide and shallow (future MIL would struggle with steep stairs)

Wants:
Two car garage in addition to driveway
Bungalow (everything on ground floor)
Large south facing fenced garden to rear
Guest bedroom
Conservatory


Tini

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Re: S/O: House Hunting...What's on your list?
« Reply #37 on: June 14, 2016, 07:11:13 AM »
Our wants were as much about location as about the house. We wanted to have shops/supermarkets and public transport in easy walking distance (I'd much rather walk than drive). We also wanted a quietish location off a main road, a back garden and (if possible) off-road parking.
Housewise, we wanted four bedrooms (including a guest bedroom/snoratorium for my husband), a utility room and an office because my DH works from home. No oil-heating.

I have to say that what we ended up with pretty much everything we wanted. Four bedrooms, office, storage room, utility room, dining room, living room, kitchen, downstairs toilet, upstairs bathroom, really roomy attic that could be converted into another bedroom, all next to two supermarkets (rather genteel, small ones), a bakery, two hairdressers, a stationers, a caf specialising in ice cream, a Turkish kebap shop, a twice weekly market, a key-cutting place, a bank, a travel agent, a photo place, a chicken grill, an orthopedic supply shop and a crpe/baguette shop. I love living here. In Britain, I had to drive for absolutely everything. Here, most of everything is no more than a minute's walk away. There's a bus stop. The tram is about 6 minutes away. And yet there's a nice park and we have a back garden.
The house did have oil heating when we moved in, but we had that removed and a gas boiler put in its place. Suddenly, there was an extra room once the oil tanks were gone.
There's no way we would have been able to afford this place in Britain. It's twice the size and half what we paid for our old place in Reading.

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Re: S/O: House Hunting...What's on your list?
« Reply #38 on: June 14, 2016, 11:40:40 PM »
Our wants were as much about location as about the house. We wanted to have shops/supermarkets and public transport in easy walking distance (I'd much rather walk than drive). We also wanted a quietish location off a main road, a back garden and (if possible) off-road parking.
Housewise, we wanted four bedrooms (including a guest bedroom/snoratorium for my husband), a utility room and an office because my DH works from home. No oil-heating.

I have to say that what we ended up with pretty much everything we wanted. Four bedrooms, office, storage room, utility room, dining room, living room, kitchen, downstairs toilet, upstairs bathroom, really roomy attic that could be converted into another bedroom, all next to two supermarkets (rather genteel, small ones), a bakery, two hairdressers, a stationers, a caf specialising in ice cream, a Turkish kebap shop, a twice weekly market, a key-cutting place, a bank, a travel agent, a photo place, a chicken grill, an orthopedic supply shop and a crpe/baguette shop. I love living here. In Britain, I had to drive for absolutely everything. Here, most of everything is no more than a minute's walk away. There's a bus stop. The tram is about 6 minutes away. And yet there's a nice park and we have a back garden.
The house did have oil heating when we moved in, but we had that removed and a gas boiler put in its place. Suddenly, there was an extra room once the oil tanks were gone.
There's no way we would have been able to afford this place in Britain. It's twice the size and half what we paid for our old place in Reading.

So, what country is it, if you don't mind saying?

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Re: S/O: House Hunting...What's on your list?
« Reply #39 on: June 15, 2016, 12:58:34 PM »
This is my latest list. (It keeps changing.)

One floor living and minimal steps leading into the house.
 
Workable kitchen with plenty of counter space and plenty of cabinet space I can reach without a step stool.

Laundry room or pantry/laundry combination on the main floor (not in the basement).

2 1/2 baths (one for me, one for DH and 1/2 for us and anyone else who happens by). One of the baths must have a giant bathtub.
 
3 bedrooms minimum so DH and I can each have a separate room for hobbies and sanity space.
 
Fireplace.

Attached two car garage.
 
A yard with privacy features (trees, fence).

A large space usable for high quality storage, climate controlled and reasonably accessible. A dry basement, an attic with real stairs leading to it and a high ceiling, a room over the garage or a large fourth  bedroom  would suffice.

I would never even look at a place with an HOA.