I’m house hunting, and for the first time in my life I get to pick what *I* want. Don’t need to worry about school districts or whether or not there will be enough playmates in the neighborhood. I don’t need to concern myself with whether the house is close to Grandma or other family members. Don’t need to worry about mass transit routes or proximity to restaurants and shopping. Finally, it’s all about what I want. Sounds great, right?
Actually, it’s a little scary. So I’ve been trying to think practically and order my priorities.
Being an accountant, my biggest concern is that the house not only holds it’s value but also appreciates in value. Number one – I want an investment. Boring, I know, but it’s the first consideration for me. What’s next? What else do *I* want in a house?
Unfortunately, I can’t afford this 16,000 square foot dream house somewhere in California.
Nor could I dream of ever making the payments on this wonderful beach house.
Love this cottage, but it’s in Costa Rica and I refuse to move so far from my kids.
Cabins, cabins, cabins. Why do they always look so inviting?
Fantasies, it seems, are out. What reality do I want? My second priority, I think, relates to the floorplan. I think I want a rambler. I’m sick of stairs. Well, at least I want the master bedroom on the first floor.
My third priority is 9 foot ceilings. I like the idea of open spaces and higher ceilings give that feeling even in small rooms. Other considerations are … an attached garage. (I live in Minnesota, remember?) Fenced in yard. Central air. Maintenance free exterior. A three/four season porch. Decent closet space.
Help me out. What else am I missing? If you were out house hunting, what would be some of your priorities?
This is the last week to pick up REDEMPTION AT MIRABELLE, the last in my Mirabelle Island series, in stores!