One sure sign that it’s not a house we want: a recently-deceased welcoming committee on the kitchen floor.
Another sign: cobwebs on the front door knob. If someone else doesn’t want to see it, we probably don’t want to see it either.
Still, Friday afternoon/evening we added two more to our “let’s think about it” list.
A brick ranch (we seem to hit those almost exclusively), the first home we really liked had a few advantages:
- Nice kitchen (though pictures don’t do it justice)
- Big dining room
- Screened porch connected to an open deck
- Fairly decent lot
The big problem with candidate two: siding. We want brick. The more we think about it, the higher it moves on our criteria list.
Top left: Good parking
Top right: Skylight, openness, arch
Left: Spacious kitchen
Candidate Two also had a wonderful little nook that could serve as a computer area, and it had a spacious, semi-wooded backyard with a lot of potential.
The prime candidate is still the one with a wonderful backyard and a full basement. Indeed, it’s the lack of basement in the above two houses that really make them less than perfect candidates. A basement means one thing: storage. An unfinished (or partially unfinished) basement also provides the opportunity for weekend projects that will, if properly done, increase the overall value of the home.
Today, we’re going back to all three, though, to make some sense of them — which could be a euphemism for making an offer…