Like vs Love

Our house has been on the market for two months now. In that two months, we’ve only had three viewings, and out of those three viewings, only one has bothered to give feedback. We have another one lined up for this weekend, and some others have enquired via rightmove, and we have an editorial going out in the local paper tomorrow.

I know that two months isn’t really a long time, but once you’ve made your mind up to do something, you just want it to happen. So we’ve talked, and the option of renting our house out so we can move sooner has come into conversation. My in-laws have very kindly offered for us to move in with them while we wait for our house purchase to go through should we see one we like.

Today, we looked at three houses. One was a definite no. I knew as soon as I walked in. To be honest, I didn’t even want to look at the upstairs, I just did to be polite. One we loved, but it needs work doing: a new kitchen, new windows, decorating all through and a new bathroom. But it’s the right size and meets all our needs. The other house was nice. Really nice, we wouldn’t need to do anything else to it for a while, it’d need a new kitchen in a few years, but the living room was an awkward shape and we’d struggle to find a layout that worked. We liked it, but we didn’t love it.

So what do you do? How do you choose? Do you go for a house that you like that you wouldn’t need to spend any money on that you like, or a house that needs things doing to it that you love?

What would you do?

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One thought on “Like vs Love

  1. Because you are renting yours out you have the luxury of being able to wait for the right one. Therefore my advice would be don’t buy it unless you love it straight away or can see the possibilities immediately and remember you can change anything except the neighbourhood. I bought the one we lived in and loved for 22 years on the basis of the downstairs and really didn’t care what the rest looked like – I wanted it anyway. Victoria has just bought her first place on the basis of falling in love with one room. Luckily the rest was great too. Don’t rush. It’s a buyers’ market (and you get on with your in-laws)!

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