There is a wonderful line in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson.

“We had two bags of gross, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers…and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozem amyls.”

I don’t even know what an amyl is but I do know that even this early on in the house hunting process I could totally roll with Hunter and the attorney. 

When house hunting, within the course of a day…hell, a few hours, your mood can change multiple times as you bump from being gleefully excited to mentally drained.  We’re still pretty new into our house hunt, having only looked at roughly 10 homes.  Today we revisited two with my parents, one of whom is a former real estate lawyer who was armed with binoculars, flashlights, and a legal size notepad…and a shitload of observations that our virgin eyes hadn’t even noticed the first go round.

Let’s just say…it was stressful.  It certainly could have been worse.  Both houses are pretty move in ready but my dad came up with several questions that concerned us.  In both we had issues getting hot water.  In the first house he wasn’t sure if there is a buried oil tank, and in the other the upstairs floors are a little sloped and the layout of the master bathroom and bedroom is awkward.  Walking through the kitchen in a towel…not an issue in a temporary apartment, more than a little akward in a house.

Are these deal breakers? WHY ARE YOU ASKING ME??? I’M A FIRST TIME HOME BUYER AND SCARED SHITELESS!  In the first house we could easily move in as long as the internal/mechanical stuff could be fixed.  The second is more customizeable, which could be wonderful but is also very scary.

Spending so much time watching home buying shows I always thought that doing projects would be OH SO FUN, TEEHEEHEE!  I suppose projects I was actually thinking about were things like changing kitchen tiles and maybe knocking out a wall to expand a bedroom.  But the idea of slanted floors and 1929 walls is a little daunting.  We have friends who own houses that aren’t perfect and there are “those rooms” where no one goes.  When I go to those houses I don’t really think much of it but now I’m wondering if we could live with oddities, at least for a year or two.  The big thing I’m looking for in a home is peace, privacy, and a place to grow into.  After living above elephants for almost a year, the thought of having our own place where we can sit in the living room in silence is what pulls me out of the first time homeowner vortex.

I know that there will never be the perfect house nor am I looking for one.  Projects can happen slowly over time…so am I being a silly virgin by stressing over these things? What are deal breakers and what are fixer uppers?