Bring on the complex bullshit that is the sale and purchase of your second home accompanied by a toddler. No really, this is fun.
I took a two-week break from blogging because I’ve been maxing out my quota of personal time allotted per day due to the decision to sell our home and find a new one. Generally speaking, I love having tons of shit to worry about so operation find second home is in full gear. I thrive in stress breeding situations like most people.
The transaction of selling your house and buying a new one is all good in theory. My specific goal in doing so is to diffuse my desire to punch traffic by cutting down my commute therefore spending less time in it. I realize traffic will never grow a singular face for me to punch, and since I can’t punch everyone in it, moving is the next best option.
Buying your first house is easy. You find a home, make an offer, hope it passes inspection and that’s pretty much it aside from the occasional rare complication. Finding a second home is more complex and there are timing issues. Adding your kid to the mix only sweetens the pot.
It’s only been two weeks since the start of this process and already I have a list. Here are the things that have sucked the most about buying and selling a house (especially with a kid involved).
1) School Systems. Sure you found your dream home but guess what? The school system in that town sucks. Actually, go ahead and cross gazillions of towns off your list because you are basing a life decision on a rating that may not even be accurate by the time your kid is in school. It’s cool though, you can just move a 3rd time when the school that was supposed to be awesome sucks in 10 years.
2) Showings. For the love of god and all that is holy, why does our kid own so many toys? Oh, you want me to make my bed so it looks nice? Well then, another blow dry is sacrificed on the bed’s behalf because there’s only enough time in the morning for one of these tasks. It is next to impossible to keep myself “show worthy” let alone the entire house.
3) Child Care Costs. You’ve worked hard, you are approved for a mortgage that will get you a house in the best town at a fantastic rate. So what does that mean? Absolutely nothing to the responsible adult with a child. Since child care is a mortgage itself, you only want to look at homes one-third of the cost you are actually approved for. Take another huge chunk of houses off your list of prospects.
4) Criminal Offense Registry Websites. Ok, I’m not actually complaining about these websites. I’m just pointing out how much more thought needs to go into your home purchase when a kid is involved.
5) Property Location Hazards (completely fabricated fears that probably will never happen) Houses that are on busy streets, waterfronts, or have creepy basements are all off the list. Drowning, car accidents, and spooky spirit attachments to your kids are not things anyone wants to experience. Better to just cut the risk altogether. Your list just got even smaller.
6) Real Estate Is Like Pregnancy. Just like pregnancy, real estate is a very important, very personal and equally stressful life decision that the general public will have opinions about openly. Whether it is a potential buyer, or your best friend…be prepared for this throughout the process. Although no hormones are involved, it is still an emotional journey.
When you start a house hunt it seems the world is your oyster. You visualize the end result with your happy family in the perfect home. You quickly discover the crop of suitable housing that meets your personal standards is reduced dramatically after having a kid.
Finding a new home is not an easy investment. The decision however, is your own to make and you will find comfort when you know you are making the right one.