I will be the first to admit that finding a house is one of the most stressful experiences you'll experience. It is an emotional rollercoaster especially in an insane market like Seattle.
We started the hunt in January 2014 and it took us 3 months to find "the one." We fell in love with multiple houses, I began remodeling and decorating them in my head, only to get out bid and start over the next week when new listings came on the market.
There will be things you need to compromise on, unless you have an unlimited budget, or get lucky and find the perfect house that is done exactly to your tastes. My best advice is to make a list of non-negotiable priorities, 3-5 is realistic, and a separate list of desirables that aren't essential.
Our priorities included:
1. Location, location, location (Within a few neighborhoods in Northeast Seattle)
2. Hardwood floors (Original is fine, at least the entire main floor)
3. Good layout (We wanted to do remodeling, but wanted to try and not take down any walls since it was our first house and we didn't have a huge renovation budget)
Since most of you have seen the after photos of our house, I wanted to show you the before so you can see how much paint, lighting, some minor renovations and beautiful decor can transform a space. Seeing past the current state of a house can be challenging, but it can also open up more options for you to find the right one!
Please note the amount of beige, orange (aka. cherry), and bad light fixtures that lived in this house before we did. Scroll through below!