My Ideal House

Accord­ing to Troy, we still haven’t found a house to buy after two weeks of hard­core house­hunt­ing ses­sions because my stan­dards are too high. I dis­agree with that. I don’t think my stan­dards are too high. I just know exact­ly what I want.

In case you want to see whether my stan­dards are too high or not, these are my ide­al house cri­te­ria, in no par­tic­u­lar order:

  • old­er than your grand­par­ents, because new­er hous­es seem to be lack­ing char­ac­ter;
  • detached, because I don’t want to have to share a wall with the neigh­bour ever again;
  • spa­cious rooms, because we have way too much crap to accom­mo­date;
  • at least 3 bed­rooms, though if the house is excep­tion­al­ly nice, 2 bed­rooms would be fine;
  • good-sized, fenced back­yard with mature trees;
  • smells nice/doesn’t smell like death by nico­tine;
  • car­pet-free, or at least min­i­mum car­pet­ing;
  • large kitchen, so I don’t have to be scared of being in the kitchen with Troy at the same time;
  • a bath­room on the same lev­el with the mas­ter bed­room;
  • fin­ished base­ment, though unfin­ished one would be fine as long as it can be used for (most­ly book) stor­age;
  • good pri­va­cy;
  • porch or deck or sun­room for my plants;
  • gas heat­ing, prefer­ably high-effi­cien­cy;
  • new­er elec­tri­cal wiring, i.e. no more fus­es, so the house can be eas­i­ly insured;
  • pri­vate dri­ve­way;
  • friend­ly neigh­bour­hood;

Um, I think that’s about all. Since we’re going to be stuck with the house for many years, might as well get one that’s clos­est to being ide­al. I think it’s real­is­tic. What do you think?

4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I agree with Mis­sy. My wife and I pur­chased a great home two years ago. Every­thing was per­fect. Turns out the neigh­bors are rude and it has changed how we look at our home. Take your time.

  2. Reg­u­lar read­er — first time com­menter from Guelph :)
    I bought a house last decem­ber- end­ed up being the 2nd one we looked at on the first day of look­ing but it fit all the cri­te­ria my boyfriend and I were look­ing for. The quick find prob­a­bly had some­thing to do with my MLS brows­ing habits though!
    Best of luck!

  3. Our house was the 2nd or 3rd one we looked at in Guelph, on the first day of look­ing. (Maybe it’s a Guelph thing?)
    We just walked in and a feel­ing washed over us that us it was was the house for us. It just felt right. We had a rea­son­able list of demands, but ulti­mate­ly it came down to a place that we felt com­fort­able in, and didn’t need a tonne of work.

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