Photo courtesy of cordera.com
When we watch real estate shows on TV, my boyfriend and I always have a laugh when a potential home owner has highly specific, uncommon preferences. For example, we once saw an episode of House Hunters on HGTV that followed a couple whose main criteria for a home was that the driveway be wide enough for side-by-side parking. So, their dream house at a reasonable price was out of the question if the driveway required one of them to park behind the other.
I'm sure we all have our hang ups, though. The last time I was apartment hunting in Boston, I obsessed about the number of outlets in each room because I had lived in a very old home before where there were few outlets. I had a little check list that I brought with me to each appointment and I clearly remember counting outlets. I'm sure the brokers thought I was crazy.
I'm curious about what your "must haves" were the last time you house hunted (or what they will be when you start your next search). As I've mentioned in the past, I'm still about two years away from that process, but I've already started to think about what I want. Right now, most of my thoughts are pretty general (number of bedrooms, basement of some sort, etc.), but I wonder if I'll eventually have something as specific as the side-by-side parkers on House Hunters.
By the way, the photos is an attempt at sarcasm.