We’re still shopping for house and van/second vehicle. I thought we would have made more progress than we have, but so far we’ve just eliminated specific houses and cars.
It’s kind of a frustrating process.
For one thing, the van market seems to be a seller’s market for what we are seeking. Fairly low inventory for sale and higher prices than I’d expect. Also, the pricing seems to be all over the place. It’s hard to see a pattern with pricing. I hope we can find something nice that will work for us soon because this is getting old.
Houses…yeah. Also still looking. We’re pretty sure about seeking:
- 3-4 bedrooms
- 2 full baths (at first I thought 1.5 baths would be a good minimum but now we know we want two full baths)
- 2-car garage
- one-story house
- gas furnace
- 2 separate living spaces (a living room and a separate family room/den/etc.)
Those are the musts. Beyond that, we have some strong would-likes, but things we could be flexible on. We’d love a sunroom or deck/outdoor area and fence but those are things we could add later, for example.
We have toured older (like 1950s-60s) houses and some newer construction and we like aspects of both. The newer construction we’ve seen has some nice layouts and sizes and whatnot, but it also has some pretty restrictive HOAs and some unfortunate workmanship. The older houses we’ve seen have a lot of charm, but many of them will need a lot more money in maintenance. It’s like a lot of these houses we’ve seen have been pretty neglected over the years.
But, more houses seem to be popping on the market as the summer rolls on so that’s encouraging. With each house we see, we learn a little more about things to look for in houses, or things we definitely want or definitely don’t want. We weren’t sure about two-story houses but after being in a few of them we realized yeah, we really prefer one-story houses. We’re too lazy for all those stairs.
For you locals, we’re looking in a variety of areas: Washington Township (Marion County), Brownsburg, and Carmel/Clay. Oh, and the Merridian-Kessler neighborhood reminds me so much of Mt. Lebanon where we lived near in Pittsburgh. The old style of house (1930s or so), well-maintained and updated, and extremely pricey. But they’re adorable to look at anyway!
How long did it take you to find your house? How many did you look at before you found it?