Ahhh…..the saga continues.  Last week, I wrote about how we weren’t able to get our dream house.  And in the meantime, we’ve been looking at other houses.  In fact, including the houses we saw this past Sunday, I think we’ve seen about 30 homes.  And, from seeing all of those homes, I’ve realized a few things:

  • Everything I like is expensive.
  • There is a reason why some houses are cheap.
  • I’m cheap.

I suppose that none of that should come as a surprise.  While I would really like a nice house, I don’t really want to pay for it.  And, since we’re looking at houses in a super wide price range, I’m starting to get frustrated that the expensive ones are the nicest.  Shouldn’t it be the opposite?  Shouldn’t I be able to please my champagne tastes on a beer budget?  In my dream world, I suppose.  Anyway, here are some of the highlights from the latest round of houses we’ve seen:

Clean your baseboards, people!

Clean your baseboards, people!

One of the houses we saw was kinda nice, but dirty.  I mean, if you’re trying to sell your house for 200K, shouldn’t you clean your baseboards?  Greg thinks I’m a communist, but I think it should be illegal to fail to clean your baseboards when your house is for sale.  Punishable by death.  Okay, maybe that’s a little harsh


Another house we saw was on a beautiful lake.  Unfortunately, it had mold!  I’m scared to death of mold.  There are things I will do.  I will replace carpet.  I will clean.  I will take down a reasonable amount of wallpaper.  One thing I don’t do?  Mold.  I don’t do mold.



One house we looked at had a kitchen that literally blew my mind.  For convenience, I’m sure, they had the fridge, microwave, stove, and dishwasher all in one tiny corner.  I mean, that would be awesome, am I right?  “No,” I say.  “Not awesome at all.”  Plus, the appliances don’t even match.  WTF???  Greg thinks I’m a communist but I think that people should be legally required to have matching appliances in any house over 150K.  Not the brand, just the color….because asking people to get matching brands would be ridiculous.

DSCF2541I really liked this house. In fact, it’s still on the list.  But, we’re still thinking about it because Greg was kind’ve indifferent to it.  Plus, although it was on the lower end of our budget, we felt that it was very overpriced for its size, condition, and location.


Even Greg (who is 6'3) looks ridiculously short in this room.....

Even Greg (who is 6’3) looks ridiculously short in this room…..

Another house we saw had a two-story great room.  It looked awesome but wasn’t practical at all.  I mean, why would I want to heat and cool all of that wasted space?  And, what are we, giants?




What about you?  Don’t you think that certain things should be illegal?  Like, really cheap laminate floors and faux stainless steel appliances?  If not, what bothers you about houses you’ve seen?  Cat hair?  Cobwebs?  Grandma curtains?