So flattered you asked me Katy! Here are some of the things I look for when shopping for a home:
I consider church, schools, and neighborhood first and foremost, but differently than most. I want our home to be in a location that is convenient enough to our church and kiddos’ school, but our finances have never allowed us to live in the “right” area. I am comfortable living outside of the best parts of town in order to get more house for our money. Of course as the needs of our family change, our priorities will change along with it.
I also want a community that feels like us which obviously is going to be different for everyone. Right now this means a slightly urban location, close to some form of water, and close enough to suburbia that my kids can get out of the city to play. I could be happy in many settings as long as have the us factor going for them.
My home has to have character. Brick walls, wood floors, original mill work, stained glass windows, transome windows, arched ceilings, exposed beams, beautiful staircase, nooks and crannies, SOMETHING in the home has to speak to me. Like most of you, I also have the ability to see past ugly, outdated decorating and envision in my mind’s eye what a home could look like with the right cosmetics. This is crucial in finding those diamond’s in the rough.
If your hubby isn’t handy, I would say be practical. My hubby seriously would rather cut off one of his toes than help me with home projects. There are a lot of things I can do on my own, but some projects just take brawn that I don’t possess. If your hubby is willing to learn, fantastic! If not, be realistic about what projects you’ll be able to take on and what you’ll have to pay out of pocket for contractors to do for you.
Paying others to remodel your kitchen will cost an average of $30,000. Bathrooms can easily cost $7-10,000. If you’re not up to doing major home renovations yourself, make sure the price of the house is low enough to compensate for those expenses.
A MUST is that the house has to have good bones. Your home inspector will be able to tell you the costs of major updates, repairs, etc., but any structural damage from termites, water damage, etc. should send you running unless you’re getting the house and land at a steal.