I purchased my first (and current) home at twenty-three and absolutely loved it. It's a cute little, all brick ranch in an established, quiet neighbohood close to all the shopping that I need and reasonably close to the interstate. Perfect for a young single person and a renter (both a brother and a college friend over the years). Now, four years later, I have a husband and three dogs so I am starting to notice features that would be nice for the next home. We plan to live in this house for at least another five years, but I can dream right?
Here's my list:
- A door leading from the master bedroom to the back yard.
- Reason: Sometimes dogs want to go out in the middle of the night, or waaaay too early in the morning.
- A soaker tub.
- Reason: I was spoiled at my parent's house and need one back in my life ASAP.
- A two car garage.
- Reason: Rain, Ice, Cold, Heat, I'm a delicate flower
- A large master bathroom.
- Reason: I've seen closets larger than mine
- A mudroom or entry from the back yard that is tiled.
- Reason: Three dogs + rainy days + digging + back door leads directly into kitchen = "NO! DON'T SHAKE!!!"
Now just to be clear, I love my home. It will take a lot to get me to move to a new house and there will be tears over it. However, when I work with first time buyers, I remind them that one day they may outgrow it and to keep notes as they live there on what they may like in the next one. That way when the time comes they can be even more sure of the decisions they make.