what i will/will not miss

September 2, 2009 at 3:40 am 3 comments

Something I think that all first time home buyers should do is to take a look at where you are currently living.  Decide what you like and don’t like about the place so you know what to look for in your home.  Below is a similar list that Jeff and I made.  We looked at our duplex and listed the things that we will miss and the things we won’t miss.  Now that we’ve been in our first home close to a month, it’s fun to look back on our list.  Read on to see the things we won’t miss about the duplex.

Will not miss:

  • noisy train nearby
  • having only one bathroom
  • narrow driveway and parking on the street – Jeff would use our one garage spot and I had to park on the street.  Sometimes I couldn’t find a spot, sometimes I would come out to find my car covered in bird poo or spider webs.  Parking on the street everyday was no fun.
  • having neighbors above us – we had the lower unit in the duplex so we would always hear people walking around, fighting, and playing loud music right above us.
  • doing laundry in a creepy shared basement
  • gross spiders – Lakewood has a lot of spiders, I think because it is so close to the lake.
  • creaky floors – We had all hardwood floors which were nice but old.  They were very creaky!
  • old stove – it worked alright but I always wondered how old it really was and if it was just going to stop working one day.
  • tiny dishwasher – mom and dad liked to joke about our “tiny dishwasher”.  It was pretty small (see pic below), but it was better than not having one at all.  I’m glad to have a normal size one now!

old dishwasher

  • small kitchen
  • lack of privacy

Will miss:

  • snow plowing done for us – our landlord hired a company to do the snow plowing so we never had to worry about it.
  • landscaping done for us – a company was also hired to do yard work and maintain the lawn.
  • not paying for repairs – if we needed something fixed we didn’t have to pay for it.  That was nice!
  • nice park nearby – I really liked Lakewood park, it had nice views of the lake and the city.
  • all the storage in unit – I definitely miss the built in storage we had at the duplex.  There were built in book shelves, built in drawers, built in cabinets.  It was great!
  • price – our principle and interest on our mortgage is only a little bit above what our rent payment was, but once you add on the property tax and insurance, it’s a lot more than what we paid for rent!

Entry filed under: Home Buying Tips, Moving.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dan Haylett  |  September 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Congrats Kim! I can’t wait to see it. It only seems like yesterday when I was coming over to check out your new apartment in Lakewood.

  • 2. lanette woll  |  September 3, 2009 at 7:15 am

    You made a lot of good points. As you have already seen, there are lots of pros and cons for each place. “perfect” is an illusion, and there is no such thing as a perfect house! But when the overall picture is good, you know you’ve made a good choice!

  • 3. Lisa Rocco  |  November 11, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    i would do anything for your “tiny dishwasher”!!!!!! my sink is constantly full, not to mention the never ending sippy cups!! lol.


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