Yesterday, I revealed that Greg took a new job in an awesome town about 30 minutes away.  And although we’re excited about his new job, we’re a little bummed that we have to move.  Well, kind’ve.  We’ve actually batted around the idea of moving for the last few years.  You see, we currently live in a small town about 30 minutes east of Indianapolis.  It’s fine here, I suppose, but there are nicer places to live nearby.  Most of the nearby communities have better school systems, more parks, and more things to offer.  There are also some things that I hate about my house, which makes moving to a nearby community an attractive option anyway.

Greg’s new job will be in the town of Noblesville, Indiana, and we need to live within a 20 minute radius of his new place of employment.  This means that we can look for a home in these three towns:

  • Carmel, Indiana (#5 school system in the state)
  • Fishers, Indiana (#8 school system in the state)
  • Noblesville, Indiana (#12 school system in the state)

Since I’m cheap and don’t want to pay for private school for my kids, I’m pretty stoked about our new school options.  My daughter starts kindergarten next year and I would prefer to keep her in the same school system if possible.  Being a kid is hard enough without having to move around and I don’t want to decide to move when she’s already a few years into school.  So, although things haven’t gone exactly as planned, it’s a pretty decent time for us to move over all.

As we start looking for houses this week, I will be giving frequent updates on our progress.  But, for now, I wanted to talk about the things that I don’t like about my current house.

Our Current Home

Our current home has 4 bedrooms and three bathrooms and is located in a suburb east of Indianapolis.  It’s about 2,400 square feet and was built in the late 70’s.  There are things that I do like about the home, but there are other features that drive me absolutely crazy.  Here are the things I hate about our house:

DSCF2482Front Yard– Our house is on almost a half acre lot, which is nice.  However, most of the yard is in the front which makes me insane.  Our back yard is still a decent size but it has a ton of trees which makes almost makes it hard for us to have a play set for the kids.  In our new house, I’m hoping to have a larger back yard and fewer trees.

Kitchen– My kitchen makes me want to freak the *F* out.  Although it’s fairly nice, it’s super boxy and not open to the rest of my house.  When I cook, I feel like I’m trapped.  And, why is my stove directly next to my refrigerator?  Furthermore, I cannot open my dishwasher and oven at the same time because they are directly across from each other.  It makes me crazy!  In our new house, I am hoping for a kitchen that is open to some part of the house and appliances that are spread out evenly throughout the kitchen.

Master Bedroom- You can’t really tell from the picture, but my current bedroom is super long and skinny.  I also do not like the fact that it only has one tiny window at the very end of the room.  Because of the lack of lighting, my bedroom always seems dark and dreary.  I would really like a bedroom with more windows and more light!

DSCF2454Master Bathroom- The master bathroom in our current house doesn’t have a bathtub and only has a walk-in shower.  There are also no windows which makes it very dark and depressing.  On a positive note, my skin always looks amazing in my bathroom because I can’t see anything.  Regardless, I would really love a master bathroom with at least one window.  Oh, and a garden tub, Jacuzzi tub, or bath tub of some kind would be nice.

Office- My office is currently housed in our formal dining room, and it’s super small.  I would really like for my office to be in a loft or a bedroom with carpet.  Using our dining room as an office worked fine when our kids were little since we didn’t require much space to eat.  But now that they’re bigger, I would like to have a room to eat in.

Stuff I will Miss

DSCF2451Great Room- Our great room is 23 by 14 and I really hope that our new house has a living area that big.  It’s great for the kids because they can run around, dance, and act crazy.  I would also like to have a fireplace in our new house as well.

DSCF2452Play Room- I love having a play room for all of my kids crap.  I really hope that our new house has some sort of room that I can put all of their toys in.  Even after I sold a bunch of their stuff in my garage sale this summer, they still manage to have so much crap!

 

So, there it is.  Can you tell that I’m picky?  Being an OCD clean freak really does come in handy when you’re moving.  Who knew?  A few days ago, I wrote out a list of things that I do want and do not want in our new house and anybody that read it would think that I’m absolutely insane.  I have some high hopes for our new home.  And as always, I have champagne taste on a beer budget.  Houses are slightly more expensive where we’re moving, but not by much.  I really hope to find something that I love within my desired price range.  Stay tuned to see what happens!

Do you think that I am being realistic in my search for the perfect home?  What do you dislike about your home?  What would you look for in you decided to move?