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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 thoughts on “My Ideal House”

  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!
    http://tinyurl.com/5wdz2a
    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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