When I was single, I lived in rental houses for 3-4 years when I realized that I could buy a house and my monthly payments would be less than my rent payment. So I embarked on a house hunt and eventually decided on this adorable cottage. The house was just slightly less than 1000 square feet but the yard was a double lot. The cute little house and the big yard sold me. After move in, the first thing I did was to add my touch to that yard. After about five years, I married Mr. Menace and he moved, but none of his belongings did. There was no room. Eventually we faced the fact that we needed to find the perfect home for us.
So I began another house search. But with some really specific criteria, it was a difficult search. The new house needed to have a huge garage or a separate shop for my husband’s tools. It also needed to have a good sized yard for my gardening passion. We wanted 2 bathrooms and at least 2000 square feet. All this needed to be found within a specific area of just a few miles. Because we own rental houses, all in various states of remodeling, we wanted to be within minutes of them for convenience.
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Each house I looked at was either too small, or had no garage or shop, or had a tiny yard. I must have looked at two dozen houses. I finally located one that was perfect! Well, maybe not perfect, but as close as I was going to find within the small location circle. I was sure it was the one. I took Mr. Menace to see it and he immediately agreed. After all, it had 5 garages. That’s right. I said FIVE GARAGES! That more than made up for the fact that the yard was not large. We signed a contract on it right away. However, we put a contingency on it that my house would sell before we closed.
The housing market crashed and nothing was selling. The Tornado of 2011 had wiped out a lot of the community where we were buying and as insurance money came through, people were rebuilding, or buying existing houses. As luck would have it, someone wanted and bought “our” five garage house. Lesson learned. If you really want a house, do not put any contingencies on the purchase. Just suck it up and buy it.
I was sure excited to see the inside because I was already IN LOVE with the outside! I saw 2 garages as we walked up. That was a good start. When we walked in, I was pleased to see that it had basically the same floor plan as the house we lost. Some slight differences, but I knew that Mr. Menace would agree that we had found a house just as good as the one we lost. In fact, the yard was even better! And the curb appeal was spectacular. We immediately wrote a contract. No contingencies.