Jan 082012
 
One of the most exciting times in a person’s life is the day they begin thinking about purchasing a home. It doesn’t matter whether you are preparing yourself to buy a home in St. Louis in, Maine or California it can be the most exciting, and at the same time, most stressful time in one’s life. I remember the day we began thinking about our own home. I was full of excitement and fear all in the same breath.  Then the stress of finding a home hit me. Years later we have our home and I wouldn’t change a thing about it except for the kitchen.

You ask, why I am so certain I wouldn’t change a thing? I planned it that way. I knew what I could live with and what I couldn’t live without.

I knew I could live with:

1. Anything needing a cosmetic change – all in due time

2. Small bathrooms – why would I want to clean a huge bathroom or heat one for that matter in today’s economy – I want to simplify my life

3. The bedrooms didn’t have to be huge – for the same reason as settling for a smaller bath

4. Just about any layout provided there was a way to get my son in and out of a bedroom and the main areas of the home

5. There being no garbage disposal – a plumbing expense if it were to fail that I would rather live without.

6. An upstairs – but would much rather not – I’m only getting older – I needed to think of when I would hit old age

I couldn’t live without:

1. A window over my kitchen sink

2. A fan over my stove

3. Nice big closets or many of them

4. Pets

5. Having neighbors close by preferably with children my daughter’s age. I didn’t want to live in the sticks where my daughter would be asking to go to a friend’s house a half mile away. I knew I couldn’t take her if her brother was home and I sure wouldn’t want her walking where I couldn’t see her – so this was high on the priority list.

6. The area around and near my home being somewhat flat land so I could get my son out in his wheelchair

7. A ranch style home. I wanted to prepare myself for the retirement years – now.

8. I needed an open floor plan with plenty of space so there would be plenty of room for people to move about when my son who is in a wheelchair (large) joined us in the main areas of the home.

9. I needed a home that had a room, or one that could easily be added on to the home, that would accommodate my son’s medical equipment long term.

These are only some of the things I could live or live without. Make yourself a list right from the get-go.

Next, I needed to find a realtor that was going to work for ME.  I had heard of a Realtor many years before our search began and I contacted her to see if she was still doing real estate and could help us. I told her of my many ‘can’t live without’ criteria needed for my home search. She listened and we went on a hunt. Within no time we found the perfect home. If I had found a Realtor that wasn’t willing to listen to my needs – then that Realtor wasn’t going to be for me and I would have moved on. Remember – it’s your money, your life and you have to do what works for you and your family.

*All views and opinions in this post brought to you by Bucks2blog  on behalf of St. Louis Homes for Sale are 100% mine.

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Comments (2)
  1. It is funny how we all want different things or need them to be different for one reason or another.

  2. Isn't it funny how we all have different wants? We are looking for a new house and I WANT to be away from people- I don't mind smallish bathrooms- mine now is huge and a pain to keep clean so I agree with you there, but I NEED a big bedroom, and I like stairs. If this was going to be our last house I'd probably want a one level, but for now I like HAVING to walk up and down them. LOL marie h

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