My unemployment has led me to watching a lot of HGTV. Shows such as Property Virgin, Love It or List It, Property Brothers, Househunters (domestic and intl' editions, etc.
One thing I've noticed is how I tend to judge the house hunters on how flexible they are in their searches. The majority expect to go out and find a house specifically designed for them; the 2nd largest group has eyes that are bigger than their budgets (everything must be highend and move-in ready), and a small minority can see the benefit of getting a house short of their ideals and then remaking it specifically for themselves.
Even when the house buyers have been thinking of their dream homes for months or years, they still come up with deal breakers that they didn't think of beforehand. After seeing realtor frustration show after show, I took some time to see just how difficult I might be when the time come.
I have separated the lists in this post into the following categories:
Deal Breakers - Do not even show me these things
• New build in a development
• Attached home - need natural light
• Flat roof - prone to snow and rain issues
• Dark rooms with no possibility of natural light, i.e. windows
• Low ceilings -less than 9', don't want the hassle of building up
• Tricked-out kitchen - would have to strip and sell to get what I want
• Small rooms - none smaller than 12' x 12'
• Too close to street - need some front yard, stoop
Negatives - Not happy but will look
• No overhead lighting setups - hassle and $$$$ to fix
• Small closets - " " carpeted rooms/floors
• Detached home, at least three sides
• Good neighborhood
• Lots of natural light wood floors - fair condition and above
• Porch - front, side, or back
• High ceilings 9’plus
• Modest fenced yard
• Paved driveway
• 2-3 bedrooms of decent size
• Decent sized closets throughout - walk-ins not necessary
Dream Details - If dreams do come true
• Craftsman style details
• 1920's built-ins
• Under-stair hidden storage
• Pocket door/barn door
• Screened/glassed-in porch
• Kitchen with character