Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Wednesday, still hanging on

     With all the highs and lows of house hunting I am just trying to stay positive.  It is emotional to look at houses.  I can love a place but know in my heart that it is not right for us. Right now I am contemplating a larger older home(which is my dream home) but it needs work, and has high utilities because it needs new windows.  The water bill would be much lower and the taxes, but the insurance would go up.  It is larger than we need and I worry about the footprint.  However love the ambiance of the house.  Then it will require workmen to build a garage, replace windows and we would need to do some major landscaping. We can move right in when we close.  But do I want to take care of a house that is this large?  I do right now because I love it and have always wanted a large older home, but will I regret it?  Will it become too much to maintain?  I am going to look at it again tomorrow with my sister.  If we completely go through and fix up what bothers me we could make a pretty penny on this house.  1602 15th street Lewiston Idaho.  It just need so much work and hubs cannot do the work.

     We can also build new but may end up with a small mortgage, and still have to put in a yard and major landscaping.  Plus have to wait 8 to 12 months to have a house built, which means storing everything which has a cost and moving around to different places to stay with people, and still trying to run the shop 3 days a week.

     As  no other houses are available that both hubs and I love we are stuck waiting for something to come along, which we can continue to do as we have plans on where to stay and how to still run the business.  It just always weighs heavy on my mind.

     Hubs is leaving tonight to go and watch the Schmills for a few days.  I wish I could go with him but too much sewing to do.

     The inspectors for ur drains are coming over in a few minutes and I had better get to work.

I am very discourage with the grocery adds.  Everything is going up and no real good sales.  But then I am just not in the stores much to find sales either.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.

Kim

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    1. It is, but boy do I wish I was 20 years younger.

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  2. I agree, Kim - the house is adorable, but I do think you'd regret all of the work & upkeep it would require. I personally would lean more towards a new-build - you could get exactly what you want, how you want, etc. I just know as we get older the less we want to be bothered with housework & yard work, let alone major maintenance/renovations. Praying that this will all work out for you.

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  3. Don't be discouraged by the ads. Remember, the middle of the month never has many good ads due to people getting ss checks on the first of the month. I did fret but now just sit back and don't shop. I can save my money for the good shopping times. But, I know what you mean about not seeing bargains in stores.

    Will he go along with this move? I have not looked at the house yet.

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  4. With older houses comes old problems.
    All the best to you,
    d

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  5. The people who work as nurses, the people who work as food workers, you know, the working class, the baby boomers abused their entire lives. Good luck boomers! You'll soon be dependent on those same nurses and food workers who you treated like shit. Maybe you boomer's shouldn't have treated working class and poor people like trash. What goes around comes around.

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  6. OK Kim, I am going to play devil's advocate here. I did look at the MLS pictures and the home is gorgeous, but if you are moving from your house because you think it will be too hard to maintain, I think you are jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Houses that require a lot of work are either for people with a lot of money to hire said work done, or young, strong people with more time than money and bodies that can take the abuse. Of course that is just my personal opinion. I have a romanticized idea that running a B&B would be fun, but then I think of the day to day operations and realize it is a lot more work than I need at this stage of my life.

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    1. You are right Anne. Went and looked at it today and made the decision it is too much work. Love the house though. I have thought about a bed and breakfast also, but I agree with it just being too much for me. I can bed and breakfast my own kids.

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  7. The house has potential, but it looks like a lot of work and upkeep. I know you like to stay busy and it looks like this house will definitely keep you busy.

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    1. The, problem is the shop keeps me often times too busy so when will I find time to work on a house?

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  8. Oh my gosh, what a beautiful house. Are stairs something you would consider in a new house? That would be a concern of mine, but it sure is beautiful. It's too bad there are not more houses you can look at right now.

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    1. Stairs don't bother me in fact mom's doctor wanted her to climb the stairs once a day to keep muscles going and she was able to up to her last week, but this house I realize will be too much.

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  9. Whoa! That is a beautiful BIG house. As a single person nearing retirement I am also looking at downsizing. I just can't imagine that that house fits the definition of downsizing in any form. I would think you will be happier to bite the bullet and either find/build a smaller house with a smaller yard so that you are not constantly trying to manage the upkeep. Good luck in your search!

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    1. I know, I know, but I hate that I know... bear with me while I live in my dream world.

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  10. Its too big for ya'll unless you need all that room to wall hubs up in his own wing. Just make friends with the buyer of that house so you can visit it and enjoy it without the work.

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  11. Being in your 60's, as your Profile says, please don't get a larger home. Down the road, you will regret it, my Dear.

    And if your husband can not do needed work, please don't get a home, which needs work done on it.

    I agree with LADYBUG above... A smaller home, (on one floor too,) with a small yard. At your time of life, and later, the smaller the better. We know, we had to put a shower in our downstairs bathroom, and move our bedroom down, to our front room. Living on one floor, becomes the best, all ways.

    Good luck with your Quest!!!

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    1. Okay my realistic buzzer is going off big time. I wish I was younger.

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