Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Place to Call Home: The Hunt Begins

Next month marks the one year anniversary of our big move, and quite frankly it still seems like we just got here. Even though we live in a relatively small town, I feel like I'm still learning my way around.

Meeting new people has been great and I feel we have started to make relationships that I see turning into life-long friendships, and for that I am so thankful. Loneliness was one of my biggest fears when it came to moving to a place where we didn't know a single person. I'm also super thankful that we've found an awesome church to call home and have been so welcomed into "the family."

A Place to Call Home: The Hunt Begins #househunting #plantingroots

Now that we are starting to feel comfortable in our new surroundings, we feel it's time that we plant some roots, so the house hunt begins! We are currently renting and have great little house and a wonderful landlady, but now that our old house has finally been sold, it's time again for us to find a place we can call ours.

Beginning this process makes me extremely grateful for the gift of technology! I love that I can just hop on my computer and pull up pictures and maps of hundreds of homes for sale in our area and can narrow down our choices without even having to leave my living room. (Can you tell I'm a homebody?!?) We've looked around at what's on the market and to be honest, we feel like the homes that meet our needs are slim to none. We're looking for a forever home, not just a for now home, so we are keeping in mind what our future may hold when we made our list of desires.

Here's a condensed version of our "wishlist" for our future home:
[] 4 bedrooms (This gives us room to grow, hopefully through adoption one day!)
[] A decent, level yard (preferably fenced) for the kids and dogs to play in and room for a garden
[] Main-level parking (The pull-under garage we have now is a HUGE pain in the behind!)
[] Updated, roomy kitchen (This is where I spend most of my time, so it's the room I care the most about.)
[] We prefer "country living" versus a busy street in town or crowded neighborhood, but aren't ruling any of those options quite yet
[] I'd prefer hardwood instead of carpet, but that's always a change that can be made later
[] Master suite privacy -It doesn't have to be in a totally separate part of the house as the other bedrooms, but I definitely prefer it not to be right on top of the other bedrooms like our old house.
[] Big Porch/Sunroom/Deck/Patio - Doesn't have to have all those things, but at least one would be nice. Sitting outside/entertaining is something we like to do.
[]Bonus room of some sort- We currently use our den as our office/homeschool room/playroom/art studio/etc. and it would be nice to have a designated multi-function room for those purposes.
[] Spacious dining area- We have a pretty big dining table...goes back to that "room to grow" thing I mentioned above.
[] An actual laundry room- Our current house has a laundry closet inside the kitchen...I absolutely hate it.

None of those things listed are an absolute necessity. I realize how incredibly privileged we are that we can even actually entertain a "wish list" when it comes to purchasing a home and I certainly don't take that for granted. I pray that whatever home we end up in, we'll spend our lives making wonderful memories within it.

We have found a few houses that we like and are planning on going to view very soon, but we're also going into the process slowly/cautiously. We just don't want to rush into this decision because it's a big one and I'd just rather wait it out and find the house that's PERFECT instead of rushing into one that's just O.K.

I'll certainly keep you updated along the journey until we find the perfect one! Have any home-buying advice for a young family? I'd love to hear your tips! Leave me a comment and let me know.

Until next time,

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