Wednesday, April 2, 2008

House hunting: day 3!

Yesterday, not as entertaining..but that's a good thing, right?

We saw 3 houses, all of which I had picked to see from the listings because they looked like they at least had some potential. All 3 were simple little ranch styles from the 90s, in varying prices and conditions.

House 1: The first one had clearly been rented out...it wasn't awful, but it desperately needed a paint job and some little fixes here and there..and carpet, although a carpet cleaning probably would've made it at least liveable. It was listed at 155. Overall, it had potential and easy fixes for the most part. Ooo, but we noticed a potential roof problem before we left. It was better than the first 3 houses we'd seen, but still not quite what I was looking for.

House 2: The second house was another delirious owner house. Listed at $159900 (sadly, had been lowered from $166,500), it needed the most work of the 3 we saw...so much work, that I wouldn't even consider it. That, and it belonged to smokers. My eyes were bloodshot and itchy by the time we left and I had a pounding headache and stuffy nose. Ick. (Note to self: bring allergy spray today)

Let's admire some pictures, shall we?

~The windows needed to be replaced. EVERY window. I don't know if you can tell here, but there was condensation in between the 2 panes in every window in the living room and dining room and it took all 3 of us to finally get that sliding back door open:


~This house was FILLED with ugly flooring. Crappy linoleum in the kitchen dining area and remember the brown "brain" carpet from Saturday's house? Yup. This house had it in blue..except it was so filthy and worn it was disgusting. No way would I walk on that barefoot. As our realtor said, I felt dirty walking on it with shoes!


~There was some mystery stain in the master....gross gross.


House 3: Actually, this one was really nice. Beautiful, updated carpet and flooring. They had fixed things up so that you barely even noticed what *was* outdated. The house was nice, the yard was nice, but not private by any means...and the house was situated in a weird spot. It looked like you were pulling into a driveway (*slightly* wider), but it was a small cul de sac with 4 houses on it...it was also kind of a busy part of town. But, it was priced at 153,00 , the lowest of the prices and nicest house by far. It was in good condition, with a 32' deep 2 car garage. They also were already including the fridge and a 1 year home warranty.

So...all in all, these were better than the first day...but I'm still leaning toward new construction. I know I'm going to have to give up some things I'd ideally like..but that's ok.

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