Well Karl has decided that living here with me is coming to an end. No yet but sometime in the near-ish future. He’s looking to buy a home and hopefully in the next year or so he’ll find something that he’s comfortable with.
Housing in our area is hard. He would really like to live in Decorah which is about a half hour from where I live as he loves the community. It’s bigger and has more “happening”…but it’s a little further from work. Decorah is also expensive.
Friday morning we went and looked at two houses there. Karl wasn’t really looking to necessarily buy either one. We were more looking at what a house under $100,000 in Decorah would get him….and sadly, we found out not much.
This is house number one. It’s been a rental property for a bit. It was on a nice street….it’s stuco.
The kitchen was tiny and needed some help. We’re all about help but not really as much help as this house needed. For example we’d be okay with having to close in this kitchen window and fixing the wall adding more cupboard space. Okay with taking out this weird island….
But this laundry room…a bit tiny. Seriously, Karl is 6’4″. How is he going to maneuver to get the laundry from the washer to the dryer??
The bathroom was good in and of itself…We can replace handles..but we can’t move it to an entirely different location. It’s off the kitchen. Again he could live with that…but…not his favorite choice at all.
Removing wall paper is no biggie….
The carpet was good. The floors…crooked. Really crooked. The house had settled in a not so good way. That, can’t be fixed.
The shining grace of this place? The garage. It’s a two stall plus. It was awesome. It had an upstairs loft area too!!
With some TLC and no crooked floors it might be okay…plus new shingles- plus all the other things that Karl and I with limited construction knowledge couldn’t see. The yard was really small and he was hoping to have a garden.
This is the next house. Obviously the condition of the outside was an issue but the inside pictures looked promising. We could see that there had been plastic on the outside of the windows….ugh.
Once we walked in, we knew it was a no though. I forgot to take pictures…except for these two….
Check out that cute tiny bathtub. It was sit in sized. I’d never seen one like that!!
The house must have been some style of apartment living with a communal kitchen. It was weird. Karl and I decided that in a way, every single room except the bathroom was some version of really just a wide hallway.
If we thought the floors were crooked in the other house, these were worse. The kitchen was better here but that’s about it.
Check out this funky built in bed??!! Karl said- Mom, what is that? I had to explain that it was a space to put a single mattress on….interesting right?!
This house was about $10,000 more and there was no garage. So this one was out. The other one….It’s out to.
The problem is this. He could buy a decent house in an outlying town and pay about $40,000 less for the house.
For example there is a house in a town close around here…they are asking the same price as the second house…around $90,000. Sorry the pictures aren’t the best…but you can see the house looks better….
…and there is a double car attached garage.
I have been in the house before. A gal Kayla went to school with lived here and it was a good house then. Structure wise, solid. I highly doubt there are crooked floors. Granted it’s been a long time since I was in it but structure doesn’t change…From the realtor pictures, it looks okay inside too. The kitchen could use an update but for now, it was good.
He’d really prefer to live here in Waucoma but there are no houses for sale….ugh. I’d love for him to live in Waucoma…but if there are no houses, there are no houses….(If anyone local is reading this and knows of anyone thinking of selling, let us know)
So the hunt continues. After what he saw today, the thought is that Decorah, although his preferred town to live in, is likely out. It’s hard to put money into a house that isn’t one he’d be able to have a family in or resell…
So many decisions…but the first decision is made, he won’t be living with me for forever.