I’m currently looking for a new place to live, and let me tell you, this has been going on for over a year now, and it feels like it is never going to end. There are so many pitfalls of house hunting, and I put together a list of some, so you know you are not alone, I am definitely suffering with you.
- The pictures lie. This is the biggest pet peeve of mine. I get it, you want your house to look good in the pictures, we all do, but come on people, there’s this thing called false advertising and you’re totally doing it! I looked at one house, it looked so nice in the pictures, and I kid you not, there was black mold on the ceilings, and I’m pretty sure it was about to cave in in some places. I’m not sure how that photographer made that house look so nice, but they are definitely very creative and very good at their job.
- Bad realtors. We had one realtor who, after she’s showing us this house that we are actually considering goes “I really like this house, and I’m looking to move, it fits everything I want.” Um, excuse me, no, just no. You do not get to take us looking for houses and then talk about stealing that house out from underneath us, not when I’m the one that found the house and asked you to show it to me. Not cool.
- Slow realtors. This one kind of goes back to number 2. I had actually found the perfect house, and our realtor at the time was so slow to not only get us in to see it, but then to write up the offer, that shocker, there were several other offers in at the time, and we lost out. Very frustrating.
- Dealbreakers. There have been so many houses that are just about perfect, except they’re missing one key thing that is a total dealbreaker. Like a house at the top of the budget without a pool. Yes, a pool is a requirement for me, I’ve never had one in my life, and as a Floridian, I want a pool. So a perfect house at the top of my budget without a pool is just depressing, because that’s one of the big things on my wish list, and sure I could wait years and years for it, but that’s a lot of waiting, and a lot of saving. Same thing with a pool home that had literally maybe four feet of counter space in the kitchen. I’m not a master chef, but that’s cramped, even for the cooking that I do.
House hunting can be frustrating and time consuming, but you just have to remember that everyone is going through this. We have to compromise on some things, but also remember that when it’s meant to be, we will find that perfect house, and the pitfalls of house hunting will finally end. Just keep searching, searching, searching.