Apr 3

Thu '14

A big move?

Over the past couple days, Peter and I have been talking very seriously about moving. When we bought and moved into our current home in 2008, I never thought we would ever move again. I wanted to be a one house girl. Seriously, moving is such a pain in the butt!! However, we are now thinking about our future and that we might need some more space when we start having kids.

Our house is about 975 square feet on the main level and it is perfect for the two of us right now. We have our master bedroom that houses our very large kingsize bed. Then we each have our own room where our computers and personal possessions are kept. There is a decent sized living room and kitchen and our little bathroom is great. The basement is currently rented out by a young couple and so it is off limits to us. That’s okay. It brings in some extra money and we can’t say no to that! However, due to our limited space, we have storage in every nook and cranny of our top floor. Things are perched precariously and messily and it’s not very nice to look at or entertain in. If we had a child, it is 100% NOT childproof and trying to find a place for everything would be a nightmare. Hence, the idea of upsizing to a bigger house.

At first I was opposed to the idea of moving, but it is just making more and more sense to me now. We have been looking at realtor’s listings all day and will go to see a few this coming week. I have to say it will be nice to get away from all this construction around our current house right now. We used to have beautiful green-space behind our house, which was one of the selling points for us. Now it has been demolished and it currently a giant mess of construction. I HATE IT so much. Our house vibrates from the pounding and digging. It’s hard to sleep in past 7AM because they are out there at the crack of dawn drilling and nailing and messing around. Plus, they are constantly blocking off the alley and access to our parking pad with their large machines. I know construction is just a part of life, but it’s almost unbearable. I would have been okay if we had been notified of this new addition, but it just started one day a couple years ago and hasn’t stopped since. They are supposedly rebuilding a senior home (which is currently located across the green-space) or something along those lines. I really have no idea. See before and after pictures below and please ignore the sorry state of our fence 🙁 :

Before Construction Construction

Although, we will still find a place in south Calgary, I will be sad to move away from this area. It is SO close to shopping that has every store I could ever need within a few KMs. Plus, it is a hop, skip and a jump away from Fish Creek Park. As a runner, I love being able to go down into the park whenever I want while starting and finishing from my house. It’s very convenient. We will try our best to find a close location to Fish Creek, but it may not be in the cards.

We are looking for a house with at least 3 bedrooms upstairs (and at least 1 downstairs) and most importantly, A GARAGE! Never again will I live in a house without a garage. In fact, before we started talking about buying a new home, we were planning on building a garage in June. However, if we are moving, we won’t be building one.

The current plan is not to sell this house, but to rent it out when we leave it. That way we will still be pulling in a bit of rental income and we’ll own two houses. The hope is that we will be approved for a second mortgage. That may be the hardest part of everything. Well, we will come to that hurdle when it comes. We need to find a new house that we both like to start off with! We should be quite busy in the upcoming weeks!

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3 Responses to “A big move?”

  • kathy @ vodka and soda
    April 4, 2014 @ 4:56 am

    moving is the worst. i told my husband after we moved into this house that we are never moving again!

    however, we’re getting the itch to move again.

    hope you find something you like!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

  • Cat
    April 6, 2014 @ 11:38 pm

    Ah wow, that green field looks nice! It’s a shame that construction has taken its place. Construction noises are terrible too, especially early in the morning.

    Moving is definitely a pain though, and I’m hoping I won’t have to do it for a while. Hopefully you’ll find a nice big house and can stay there for a long time 🙂 Having a garage is a must for me too! There’s actually hail storms here once in a while, and the garage has saved my car several times now!

    Good luck with everything!

  • Karin
    April 10, 2014 @ 2:40 am

    Wow, they really ruined your view, didn’t they..?

    I understand you want a garage. We didn’t have one until we moved into our current house, and now I can’t believe we ever lived without. It’s just so practical!

    I’m one of the few people I know who actually like moving, so I don’t feel your pain at all, haha! 😉
    Good luck house hunting, I hope you’ll find something suitable.

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