I bought my first house about five years ago. I like my house, but if I had it to do over again I might have waited it out until I found something a little different. Let’s look at 10 things I’d change if I were to buy another house.
I got a great deal on my house. It’s a good house and has already increased more than $50K in value. But I also got a lot of work and upkeep along with my purchase. If I ever buy another house, there are some things I’ll look for. You might be surprised at what you find on my list.
11 Things I’ll Look For If I Buy Another House
- Smaller size: My current house is 1400 sq. ft. That’s more than I need. My next house would be less than 1000 sq. ft. I think 600-800 would be perfect.
- Temperate climate: If I could, I would relocate to a climate where both heating and AC are rarely needed. Think San Diego. This would help save money on energy costs.
- Single-car garage: I don’t need a two-car garage, I only drive one car, and frankly I don’t care if it’s parked in a garage or not. Still a small garage is nice to have for hobbies and storage.
- Smaller yard: Heck, maybe a condo with no yard work would be better. But if I buy another house, I’d look for the smallest lot I can find. Big yards are overrated.
- No grass: There are alternatives to lawns. You’ll need less yard tools and you’ll spend less time mowing and trimming the lawn. That gives you time to do things you really love.
- Brick or block: You don’t have to paint brick houses. That will save you thousands of dollars over the years. Cinder block can work, too.
- Hip roof: A brick house with a hip roof creates a very maintenance-free exterior. Especially if you have no eves or trim as you have with a gable roof.
- Remodeled rooms: I’d look for an up-to-date kitchen and bathroom if I were to buy another house. Who wants their kitchen torn up for weeks on end?
- All hard floors: Wood, tile, or cement floors are much easier to care for than carpeted floors. I’d skip the area rugs, too.
- One story: I’d stick with a single floor, preferable with doors at ground level. I’m getting older.
- No screen doors: I’ll take good solid doors but no screen/storm doors please. They just get in the way.
What Do These 11 Things All Have In Common?
Everything on this list has something in common: low maintenance. A simple house shouldn’t require long hours of work. If I buy another house in the future, I don’t want to spend 20 hours a week on upkeep.
There are other things that I could put on the list, like good overhead lighting, fenced back yard, and no basement, but we can’t get everything we want. In fact, when you buy a house you have to settle on some things you may not like. Chances are I’d never find a house with everything on my list.
Perhaps, I wouldn’t buy a house at all and get a condo instead. The only drawbacks are shared walls, committees, and fees. I think I could deal with that. How about a mobile home? I could sell my house and buy two used mobile homes outright. Hmm? And I even have experience living in trailers.
It doesn’t really matter what I buy next, or even if I rent. The point is simply to know what you’re looking for when the time comes for change. Don’t buy the first thing you see. Study your options and be aware.