Don’t Compromise, But Like Sort of Compromise..

As with most things, generally sensible people will understand that a house might not come with absolutely everything you want, but you can make it work. If you’re really looking for a two bedroom, don’t settle for one. Understand what your “can’t live withouts” are, those “would be nice but not necessaries” and “if there’s shag carpet in there we’re making a run for it’s.” Understand where your limits end and what you actually want to live with and deal with in the long run.



In a personal house hunting experience, a particular house seemingly had many of the things we were looking for; two bedroom, open kitchen plan, decent backyard and detached garage. However, the bathroom was smaller than both of our President’s hands combined. The door literally smacked into the toilet when opened. We tried to visualize a pocket door working, but in the end, neither of us were settling for it.

On top of that, our smaller car barely fit into the driveway. If this is something that’s important to you, do yourself a solid and pull your car(s) into the driveway to make sure it’s a clear path, otherwise you’ll be dealing with a headache of cement and property lines down the road.

The ultimate goal is to get to a happy medium between your dream home and somewhere you can comfortably reside.

The ultimate goal is to get to a happy medium between your dream home and somewhere you can comfortably reside. Remember, owning a home and/or property is not only a privilege, but can be a smart investment. As long as you do your homework, making a house your own home will be a rewarding experience.

Lori Hardworth

Lori is a native New Yorker with a chip on her shoulder who found it as hard, as it was easy, to embrace the west coast culture and vibe. Three years and many trips to Whole Foods later, she is working in the film industry (Hollywood, babe!) and is happily in love with Eric and their new home. As an evolved punk/ska kid, Lori embraces a compassionate lifestyle complete with a thick Long Island accent. She enjoys cooking for others, eating snacks, being in nature and making South Park references wherever possible.

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