When one door opens…it may be the wrong door

We knocked on the wrong door today. Our realtor had called before hand to make sure we could stop by. We met in the parking lot, spec sheet in hand…including the address of the house for rent. We gathered in front of the door and our realtor knocked on the door. A puzzled looking man answered the door, probably gathering up his defense to either reject a vacuum or reject front-door religion. We quickly learn that no, this house isn’t for rent, the tenants just rented it several months ago. And no, the listing agent isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. Maybe just a tool. Kidding.

We found the correct house and walked through two others today. Dilemma ensued as we had to start confirming our priorities. I mean, how do you decide:

  • Smaller house with charm (1500 sqft)? or larger house with less charm (app. 2000 sqft)?
  • Wood floors covering most of house? or carpet covering 2/3 of the house?
  • Small patio? or nice sized patio and porch?
  • Decent yard very close to playground? or decent side yard with no playground?
  • No bathroom on main level (one on upper and one on lower)? or plenty of toilets?

I have to say I can sympathize now with those couples on House Hunters who have to agonizingly pick between three different houses. Sometimes the choice is obvious. Other times the choice is only obvious to me and they go and pick the very wrong one. There are benefits and drawbacks to each house, and there are little nuances that may make or break a decision.

For us, we chose the smaller house with charm, wood floors, small patio, playground nearby and not the greatest bathroom situation. I think what actually tipped us this way was the fact that the playground is within walking distance. That nuance made up our minds.

We’ll see if we’re meant for the house though. The basement is on the darker side and Du’s pretty adamant about getting more lighting down there. We submitted the application today with a request to add more lighting down there. We’ll see…

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5 thoughts on “When one door opens…it may be the wrong door

  1. I’m getting more and more excited about your house hunting! I hope you have a nice camera, because I fully expect you to stalk all the awesome conservatives around Washington (they are a rare breed, you know).

    I hope you get what you want V!

  2. We are in the process of looking for a house, also a rental. Great fun, isn’t it? I’m already sick of it.

    I love the “code words,” too. “Cozy” means SMALL. “Character” means it’s going to be odd, like strange add one that were poorly planned. “Starter home” means it’s in a seedy neighborhood and is probably a little worse than a fixer upper.

    We are going out this afternoon to check out a place. Reminding myself to keep an open mind……

  3. Du says:

    Yes, “darker side”; like no light at all in the third bedroom and no light in the shower and two 10 watt bulbs in the “playroom” downstairs. Just add the music and the “Psycho” movie scene was set.

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