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Moving to the country?
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sara    Posted 07-24-2003 at 09:01:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My husband and I are going to look at a farm house today. I've been pestering him for years to consider moving to the country. The problems began when I first moved here. My husband bought the place where we live now because it has a big garage. He works hard and doesn't notice things like the neighbors who vacume their lawn with a shop vac on Mondays, the lady who waits for me to go outside so she can ask" so when are you going to do something with this lawn?" Don't get me wrong, for the most part it's not a bad place to live.There is little crime here, a decent school, little stores etc. But I always feel like something is missing. I worry that I am attracted more by an ideal lifestyle then the life itself. Any advice?

john    Posted 07-25-2003 at 18:24:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A move to the country increases your workload 1000%, more than you will ever know.
Word of caution-make sure it is a mutual dream, a mutual decision.
Being newly divorced due to a move, I know from first hand experience-it was my dream, not hers-she just could not make it.

Jimbob    Posted 07-24-2003 at 11:05:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rule #1- Never mess with a womens' nest. Marry a farm girl who does not want to move to a city or find a girl who wants out of the city.

Rule #2- Life is good if you follow rule #1.

JanO    Posted 07-24-2003 at 09:41:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
As a real estate broker I can say first hand, that your experience is exactly the reason why I hate to show a home to just one member of the family. I've always insisted that both husband & wife are there to make the purchase of a property if it's possible.

On a personal note, I can completely relate to what you've gone through. My husband & I purchased our house together, but while I was looking at all the work that had to be done,(it was a real fixer) he was looking at the garage and dreaming about what he was going to do with the little bit of land we have. I really didn't want to buy this one, but he insisted that he could do all the work and it would be fine... now it's almost 14 years later, and the only reason it's finally completed is because I hired somebody a few years ago to complete all the projects that he "started", (ie, new tile in the kitchen, sprinkler system that needed to be completed, bathrooms that were only partially functionable) Hubby argued and insisted that I was throwing good money away, but I saw it as an investment to my sanity.

I hope the farmhouse is everything you want it to be. Good luck on your move. Your going to love country living.

Annie in KY    Posted 07-24-2003 at 09:13:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oh, I heard the big garage thing too when we were looking. I said you can always build a bigger garage. My obsticle was when hubby saw a house that came with a backyard that was a private 8 acres lake. Now, mind you the house was not something I could have been happy in. I told hubby "you can have that house and 8 acre lake but, keep in mind you'll also get a wife who is crying everyday because this house is unlivable" He thought about it and bought me the cabin in the woods with a pond and now we're both happy. We are retired military so I know about having to keep your lawn no longer than 3-4" for housing inspections. Now, we just sit on the porch and flip a coin if we should mow this month or next.

Well...    Posted 07-24-2003 at 09:07:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is something to be said for a big garage, but I'd rather have it where no one is going to complain about my lawn, cars on blocks, construction supplies or the smell of burning wood...

Hope that answers your question...


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