But does it have a garage?
For the record, I really dislike house hunting. And I mean a lot. We’ve been at it for so long, with no success, that I have become bitter and jaded about the whole process.
It’s nothing like you see on HGTV; all the smiley faces and happy people closing deals left, right and centre.
I hate those people.
To be fair though, I have seen some people on TV complain about the process. And I always thought they were such whiners. (Unlike myself). Poor you. Can’t decide between the smaller house with the granite counter tops in the great neighbourhood, the bigger one in an OK neighbourhood with the small bedroom but huge en suite, or the one in your dream location at the great price, but only two bathrooms. Spare me.
Oh, to have your problems.
I have watched all the shows — Love It or List It, Property Virgins, House Hunters, House Hunters International, and the newly-minted Buy Her — and passed judgement on everyone looking for a home. How dare they complain? How dare they be so picky?
Are you really going to pass up a perfectly-good house because it doesn’t come with stainless-steel appliances? Please!
But sadly, after 10 months of a futile searching myself, I have to admit, I feel their pain. Sort of. It’s really hard to find exactly what you want. The house hunt is not all a barrel of laughs. It’s actually quite difficult — and can be downright depressing.
To be fair, we’re fussy. No denying that. And when I say we, I mean him, obviously.
For us, the picky-ness has nothing to do with granite or en suites. In fact, we only have two real ‘must haves’ on our list — a fireplace for me, and a garage for him. How hard can that be?
At first, it was just a garage. Then it couldn’t be a garage that was built-in to the house, it had to be detached. And then it could be attached, just not built-in, but it had to be at least a garage and a half. It had to have a “man door.” Have you ever heard of anything more ridiculous? A “man door.” Because men are the only ones who will use the garage! If the lawn mower and snow shovels are in the garage, it’s going to need a woman door, because those are my jobs. By choice. By insistence, actually. I love to do both. I can’t wait to do both again.
Having seen some perfectly- good houses with perfectly-good garages, he then decided he’d prefer a two-car garage. I mean really, when you think about it, a one-car unit just doesn’t give you enough room. And to take that to its logical conclusion, it should really be a detached two-car garage. That makes the most sense.
OMG. Of course it does, if houses with detached two-car garages in our preferred neighbourhood were a dime a dozen. Which they are not.
Fortunately, as the search has gone on, the garage ‘requirements’ have be relaxed, a bit. So has the fireplace requirement, which, to be honest, has always been more of a wish than a requirement. Yet still, all these many months later, we are still ‘house-less.’
As I said, fussy.
But, we persevere. There are worse things in life, for sure. I know the perfect home is out there for us, somewhere, with its two-car detached garage, fireplace, and maybe even granite counter tops — in the en suite!