Chris starts his new job tomorrow, and we couldn’t be more excited. Once he starts, we’ll finally be able to get serious about something we’ve been thinking about for a while – house hunting.
While we’re excited, it’s also pretty daunting. If you know anything about the DC area, you know it’s pretty expensive to live here. I live outside DC, in northern Virginia. In general, the further out from DC you go, the more you can get for your money. The cost of homes here sometimes makes me wish we lived somewhere else! We’ve been lucky enough to live only 20 minutes from my office for the past year and a half, but our house budget is pushing us farther out. It’ll be a big change when we move.
Chris and I have talked about what we want in a home. While this is a home we will likely stay in for a long time, we both know that the house we buy now is probably not our forever home. We may be in a completely different place financially in 10 years, so we are looking for a home we can grow into, but since we know we may eventually move, we’re a bit more flexible in the area we’re in and some of the features the house has. After all, that can always be changed.
So what’s on our wish list?
- A townhouse. While it would be great to have a single-family home, it’s just not in our budget, and we don’t need all that space yet. Why should we pay to heat and cool it? I’d hate having a empty house, plus it’s just more to clean! We’re staying on the smaller side on purpose.
- 3 bedrooms
- 2 or more bathrooms
- A decent kitchen. We’re ok with the kitchen needing a little bit of updating, but we want something with lots of potential.
- A basement. We’d prefer finished, but unfinished is ok too, since we can finish it ourselves.
- A yard, even if it’s a small one. I’d really like a garden, and I’d like some space of our own for Abbie to play in.
Everything else? Totally flexible on. We’ve been looking around online and there are a few that have caught our eye, so we’re hopeful we’ll find something we like.
What did you look for while house hunting? Any tips for us as we start the process?