I’m so thankful Dave and I are often on the same page and can easily talk through each step of the house hunt – and boy, do we talk! – but it is a challenge because neither of us are very skilled in the decision making department. We have a great agent – I will call him M – guiding us through the process though, which is so important in a competitive market like D.C. (If you need a recommendation, let me know and I’m happy to put you in touch with him!) Poor M has to play therapist to us at least once a week, and last night was no different.
This weekend we saw seven houses, which is actually low for us since we saw 13 the weekend before. We experienced our third should-we-or-shouldn’t-we (I’m dubbing this SOS – seems fitting.) home, and ultimately decided not to make a move. Maybe we’re a little gun shy, but I think we just haven’t been in the right place at the right time.
The first SOS house was one we saw our very first weekend out with M. We were nowhere near ready organizationally, mentally, emotionally. (Now we find ourselves comparing everything to that house.) It really checked all the boxes on our wish list and would have been a great investment too.
Last weekend was the second SOS. (The kitchen, oh, the kitchen!) The main level of this house was beyond amazing – great entryway, nice living room with a big front window, huge open kitchen with exposed brick and a beautiful back deck with a direct view of the Washington Monument. The rest of the house was a little quirky and it was at the top of the budget in a neighborhood that didn’t thrill us. Not to mention the listing agent was a “my way or the highway” kind of guy, so we passed.
Yesterday’s SOS more than met our wish list, but neither of us were in L-O-V-E with the house, and would definitely have to fight for it. Inventory here is super low, so there are often multiple offers on one house, and this would be no different. Maybe we would have decided otherwise if we felt about it like we did the last two, but alas, we’ll be back out on the hunt next weekend.
In related news, I am officially moved in to Dave’s apartment now – complete with closet, drawer and bathroom space! (This step is a big move forward for us, and I’ve been looking forward to it for several months now. Logistically I’m excited about no longer moving things back and forth between our two places, and Dave is excited that I will do
most all of the grocery shopping now.) My furniture and other belongings are still in my house, where they will stay until we find a permanent home or the end of August, whichever comes first. The way things are going, it looks like the end of August will be here first though, and then into storage it will all go!
Any short-term storage recommendations for DC? What tips can you share about house hunting and picking the right home? We need all the advice we can get :)
Have a great week everyone, and be ready for another update next week!
*Yes, I know I skipped parts one, two and three – but this was our fourth weekend out, so figured it was appropriate.