I love our house, I really do. This is actually our second home that we have owned. Our first house was bought in November 2000. It was a 2-story fixer upper that we thought we could handle. Plus it was pretty darn cheap and something we could afford. Turns out it was a heck of a lot more work then we could do or afford. Even with my Dad and Step Mom’s help we couldn’t do it. So in late 2007 when someone offered to buy the house from us, we jumped at the chance especially since it was about double what we originally paid for it.
When we sold the house we hadn’t found a new home yet so we ended up staying with my MIL. That was pure hell and a topic I won’t get into at the moment. We ended up staying there from December 2007 until August 2011 when we finally moved into the home we are currently in.
Our home is surrounded by woods (as well as a few other houses) which means we get a lot of bugs and animals visiting/living in our yard. That doesn’t bother me expect for when the overly large spiders make their way indoors or when animals get into the trash. I actually love the location of our house. It’s only about 5 to 10 minutes away from a few stores (such as Shop N Save and The Dollar Store), gas stations, restaurants and the high school Raven attends, which is the same one Mike and I graduated from. It is off the beaten path and out of city limits. So we live in a rural setting with some of the convenience of urban life just a short distance away. The nearest Walmart is about 15 minutes from our home and the mall is about 20 minutes away.
Our home is older and shows it’s age in many ways. It was built in 1920, has some small cosmetic cracks in the ceiling and walls and the floor creaks in areas. It also makes a “settling” sound throughout the day and night. These imperfections are just another reason why I love our home. Even though a newly built home is nice, I personally prefer the charm of older homes.
Another plus about our home is that we only have about three more years until it is paid off in full and all ours.
There are some things, however, that I don’t particularly like. One thing is that it’s only two bedrooms. Now, the house is just big enough for us and I’m actually fine with the size (even though some remark that its small) but it would be nice to have guest bedroom for when our out-of-town family visits. Another downside is that we have no closets whatsoever. But we do have a full basement and attic so that gives us some extra storage space.
Another thing I don’t like about our home is that the people who lived here before us started a bunch of home improvement projects but never finished them. We have a 2 stall garage that was newly built but they never finished it. We need to add garage doors (there are none on it at the moment) and siding to the garage . We also have to finish digging out one side of the driveway since they never finished it and would like to either gravel or pave it. But all those things are projects that we can slowly do ourselves.
Probably the thing I hate the most about our home is the road we live on. There is nothing at the end of the road except houses but the amount of traffic on it is ridiculous! And since there is a straight stretch on the road in front of our home, jackasses speed up and down it all the time at all hours of the day and night. It is usually pretty quite here except for when vehicles speed up and down the road. In fact years before we moved in here, a boy (I think he was a teenager) that lived in our house was killed when a vehicle hit him as he crossed the road in front of the house to get on the bus to go to school.
What about you, my lovely readers. What do you love/hate about your home?