I thought the list we ran through would be a fun read for you - cringe when you read through them, but learn from them - and don't let them happen to you! When you're looking at property, really try and focus on those items you might not even notice are missing until you've moved in or have been in the home for a while.
Rush hour traffic is so bad right past the driveway that you'd have to send up a flare to get out into the street.Â
The "custom closet" isn't fit for two people's wardrobes and has to be replaced to the tune of $600-$1000
The HOA won't allow for the installation of an electric car charger in the communal garage so you have to get a new car
The in-unit washer dryer is on its last leg and has to be repaired or replacedÂ
The walls/ceilings are thinner than you expected and you can hear all of your neighbors nocturnal activities
You only get one-to-two hours of sunlight through your condo's window
The neighbor 3 doors down has a screaming newborn baby and you can hear it in your house at all hours of the day
Doors open up to walls and block the wall space or makes it so you can only place a bed/furniture in one configuration
The cable cord is in a weird place, making it necessary for the home to be rewired or cords/furniture have to be creatively placed
There is a noisy steam heater, making it practically impossible to sleep with it on during the cold winter monthsÂ
After placing all necessary kitchen appliances on the counters, there is practically no space to prepare and serve food
There are only 2-3 outlets in the kitchen, making it hard to use all the necessary appliances or keep some plugged in
Your neighbor has 4 children that were away at summer camp while you were purchasing the house. Â Now they are back!
You'll address all the basic fundamentals during the home inspection process if you're buying a place, but I challenge all of you to think about the one or two things that could really make a difference in whether or not you're happy living in your next home. This means you too, renters! Keep those at the forefront of your mind when you shop for a home or a rental. It could make all the difference for your happy home!
As always, feel free to leave your own housing 'war stories' in the comments!