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?


  1. Missy
    April 22, 2008

    It took me a few months to find my house. If you don’t have a time crunch, take your time look­ing.

  2. jake titus
    April 23, 2008

    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.

  3. kelly
    April 23, 2008

    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!

  4. SMooSH
    April 23, 2008

    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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