No, we’re not moving yet but we’re working on it. Unfortunately, this is the time of year where there isn’t very much available. But spring’s coming and that will change. In the meantime, we’re getting ready. Here are some of the things we’re doing:
1. Getting the house ready. We’re finishing up small projects, making repairs and getting the house ready to show. Let me tell you, that last part – getting the house ready to show – is incredibly difficult! It’s hard enough under normal circumstances but we have grandkids here all the time, a ridiculously wild puppy and a homemaker with the blues (that’s me, of course). But we’ll figure it out.
2. Looking for houses. Even though there’s not much available, we’re checking the on-line real estate web sites regularly plus receiving updates from our realtor. Every now and then we see something interesting and do a drive by. If the house looks promising after a drive-by, we schedule an appointment to look at it. We’ve seen one that was promising but the price was a bit high. It had been on the market quite a while so we were hoping the price would drop and we could possibly make an offer. Unfortunately, it sold. We’re assuming that wasn’t the one!
3. Getting our financing ready. In case we find something quickly, we want to be ready. So we’ve been in touch with our loan officer and submitted the required paperwork for a loan.
4. Figuring out what we want and where we want it. We’ve been talking a lot about the next house and deciding what items are deal breakers and what items are negotiable. We’ve run the numbers on several projects we might have to do (add a garage or build a shop, for example). We’ve also been driving around trying to figure out what areas we like and don’t like and how far each of them is from our kids and grandkids.
In case you’re wondering, here’s what we’re looking for:
- Land. We can’t afford a lot of land but we’re trying to get as much as we can. An acre is probably the minimum.
- Country setting in the city. Our dream has always been to live in the country but we didn’t factor in grandkids when we had that dream. We still would love to live in the country but being close to our family is more important. So the compromise is a country setting in the city. We aren’t opposed to being in a neighborhood as long as there’s space between the houses and it feels like country.
- Garage and/or Shop. We would love to find something with a garage and shop but that’s unlikely in our price range. We’re willing to build them ourselves but we need to find a property that has room for them. We looked at a house the other day that had an acre or so but the lot was narrow and deep and didn’t have enough width to add either.
- Cheap. We’re trying to stay out of debt as much as possible so we want to find something cheap.
- Fixer Upper. We don’t necessarily want another fixer upper but it’s the only way to get everything we want. Hopefully this will be our last one, though.
- House. We considered buying property and building a house but we decided that wouldn’t work for our time frame or budget. We’re not extremely picky about the type of house although we would prefer a ranch. We would also really like a house with the master bedroom on one end and the other bedrooms on the other end. Our grandkids spend the night a lot and one of them is autistic. He has trouble sleeping so he’s frequently awake during the night. If his bedroom was next to ours, we wouldn’t get much sleep on those nights he couldn’t sleep. However, it’s not a deal breaker as long as we can work something else out.
Our list isn’t impossible but it won’t be easy either. However, we’re confident the right house will show up at the right time. In the meantime, we’re plugging away on items 1-4. Oh, boy!!!