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I want a new house

September 15th, 2008 at 06:24 pm

I want a new (to us) bigger house. I do not need a new house, I want one.

One with preferably 4 bedrooms, one for boys, girls, us and his stuff.

a dining room would be nice as well to play games on.

I think moving would be a lovely way to declutter, though I imagine my husband wouldn't bother, he would just pack his stuff up, but regardless if we had a whole room just for him. I could close the door and ignore it...or invent some silly tale about how a bogart invaded the room and now we can't use it, regardless I wouldn't be tripping over his stuff, and the garage could again hold the car.

So how does one find the perfect house with a reasonable price?

6 Responses to “I want a new house”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Go out into the boonies? That's what other people would tell me!

    Seriously though, how about What about HUD's website?

  2. monkeymama Says:

    Agreed. You move somewhere cheaper.

    I got 2.5 times the house for $10k less with my move. All the incidentals cost the same, or even less. (Property taxes, insurance about the same such such a LCOLA, but utilities are down because of the energy efficiency of the place). Maintenance will be more expensive over the long haul. Then again, I don't have $250 monthly HOA anymore. It might just even out...

  3. scfr Says:

    Ahh ... Excellent question, but you may not like my answer which is: "There is no perfect house." Seriously. It seems like I have spent about 1/2 of my adult life house hunting, and it does not exist. It's either going to be too expensive, or too big or too small, or too old, or in a not-so-good location, or there will be something else wrong with it.

    But it's definitely possible to find a "good enough" house and then make the best of it.

    As BA & MonkeyMama suggested, you can move somewhere cheaper. Another option is to buy a fixer-upper and fix it up yourself.

    But have you thought about ways you could make the house you already have work better for you? Is there someplace you could put up some walls to create a room for your husband (for example, in the basement, the attic, the garage, or enclosing a porch)? If it's stuff that he doesn't use regularly, what about a storage shed in the backyard?

    Good luck.

  4. fern Says:

    Moving may precipitate decluttering, but once you get into a bigger house, that will most definitely just invite more clutter.

    Seriously, is this something you really want to do? You said yourself you don't need a new house, you want one. This being, after all, a frugal website, i feel dutybound to tell you to stay put.

  5. Petunia Says:

    No answer for you about finding houses. . . but I can understand your feelings. Homeschooling does make a house feel a bit smaller!

  6. princessperky Says:

    Ok so I know I could stay put...we do have three bedrooms with 4 kids it isn't unreasonable, and yes move or not DH will acquire more stuff....

    but I found a house I want. 150K for about 1500 sq foot. close to church (where scouts meet) I only saw pictures but the back yard looks on a 'greenway' planned non build space. just like our current house, I love my wooded back.

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