To buy or not to buy? That is the question…

The Giraffe and I have been planning to buy a house at “some point” for a while now. When she moved in, we had a point the future of about 18 months to 2 years in our heads. That hasn’t stopped us looking already though. 

We went to see a place last night. A fairly standard 3 bed semi, in a relatively nice area. We have been looking at it online for a while, but the price dropped last week to something more like what we think it’s actually worth, so we decided to go and see what we thought. It’s fairly modern inside (expect the bathroom. That’s HIDEOUS! Usable and clean and perfectly fine, but HIDEOUS) but would need bits and bobs doing to it over the next five years or so. It would eventually need a new kitchen, some of the windows need to be replaced, the front garden needs to be flattened and paved, things like that.  Things that, if we stayed where we are, would need to be done to this place anyway. 

We went in with a list of specific things we wanted to check out. We looked round with a very analytical eye. Both of us were mentally making a pros and cons list in our heads as we went. When we got home, we wrote that list down. It’s fairly balanced and fair. It’s also pretty equal between the columns. The evening was spent pulling the house apart (figuratively, obviously) and deciding what would need to be done when, what we could live with, what we would want to do before we moved in, all the things you absolutely should do before you  consider spending that amount of money.

However, talking about it this morning, we realised that neither of us LOVED it. Neither of us would be devastated if it was sold tomorrow and we didn’t even get to have a second viewing.


Both of us tend towards practicalities. Is the way we viewed the house just a result of that? We have spoken at length about the kind of house we want, what level of ‘needs work’ we are prepared to commit to. So is it surprising that we went in with the perspective we did? 

It’s a nice house, I can see us living there, it’s in one of the areas we would like to be. But is that enough? Is the lack of love a sign we shouldn’t go for it?

Answers on a postcard please.