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House search has started

I thought I was going to wait until next spring to start looking for a new house, but since I've started looking I've realized how much I really want to move on and find a new place. My current house has been good (bought new in Dec 1998), but it has several things that just annoy me in terms of functional layout: master bath is a shared bath too for main living area, tiny garage, want to shorten work commute, not an open layout and other things.

I looked at my first two houses yesterday in Chancellor's Ridge (just south off Southpoint Mall between Hwy 751 and Fayetteville Road). I really like this neighborhood and the American Tobacco Trail borders it with dense forest. The prices are not bad too and it shortens my commute up to 10 minutes.

Sadly, neither of them were a fit. They were nice places, but functionally they did not work for me. The first was a townhome and it just did not feel like a home--more like an apartment (ok, a 2000 ft2 apartment). The house was really nice, in a cul-de-sac, borders on the Corps of Engineers land and well kept. However, the layout is not for me. It's open, but it has an open, formal dining room that I just have no use for. If I could turn that into an office, cool, but this will not work.

I needed these first few showings to really set my mind on what I want and don't want. It also makes me very aware of how my current house is in no way ready to be sold. This lights a fire under me to really finish up some renovation work on my house (touch ups on the kitchen, redo the bathrooms (sink, toilet, lights, tile floor mainly) and definitely need to work on the curb appeal.

There is no good time to move. You just have to make that jump when opportunity knocks. Moving sucks, but staying in the same place that you're not enjoying anymore is worse. I'm on no set timeline, but would like to move by summer.


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Apr. 10th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
After all the work you've put into the kitchen, among other things, you've certainly added to the value. Sounds like it's still a pretty sluggish market out there, though.

I've got a few things I want to do here (next up: replacing plain white tile in my kitchen with Caesarstone or similar product) before I move on. And, I do want to move on. I live in a 6 unit townhome complex, and it's just too small a number to keep a Homeowners' Association going properly. Only two of us are committed to it, and the others seem to have the mindset of many apartment renters - everything is someone else's problem to fix.
Apr. 10th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the house hunting club.
Apr. 10th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
I look forward to following you on your house hunting trails!
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