Don't buy a house. Just, don't. Keep renting. Unless of course you buy a brand new house and/or build it yourself. But whatever you do, don't buy a house from 1947. I might be a bit dramatic right now but let's just say that in the past couple months that we've lived in our home, we've had to deal with many issues relating to having an old home. Let's run through a list, shall we?
1. A week (ONE WEEK) after we moved in, we had to have plumbers out to our house for a leak in a bathroom that was supposedly completely renovated and in great condition. A week later, the plumbers were back for a NEW leak from the same bathroom. As of Monday night, we have a leak in the OTHER completely renovated, brand new bathroom.
2. Our electrical panel/wiring is terrible. It is original to the house and so we're having a lot of issues with it tripping and not being adequate. There are also no outlets in obvious places, like hallways, and most of the outlets are wired incorrectly.
3. Windows. We knew this going in, but our windows are OLD (and probably original). So they are single paned, and I'm not sure if you know this, but it's COLD. So we're always freezing. We have layers of ice on the INSIDE of our windows. Not only that, but the cold and hot air returns are backwards, which means that cold air from the outside is constantly pumping into the house through the vent in our master bedroom (on the side I happen to sleep on).
4. When we moved in, we needed to change all of the locks, 1) for safety and 2) because the keys we were given barely worked and we couldn't use them to get into our garage. Problem? Old door handles are smaller than new door handles. So we had to wait until someone could come out and drill all new (larger) holes to install the new locks.
5. Ceiling lights. I wanted to replace the ceiling lights in the bedrooms with updated, modern ones. Well, we opened the one in our master bedroom only to find out that it's basically a square cut into the ceiling with a specially designed cover that goes over it. Meaning: not simple at all to replace, because we'll have to basically reinstall it.
6. The bathrooms are all newly renovated as I mentioned. However, there are no outlets in either of them except for one in each of the built in sconces on the tile walls. So, not only is this not safe, but it also means that should we ever remove those sconces, we wouldn't have outlets. And relating to the tile walls- we can't hang anything on the walls unless we want to drill into the tile (we don't).
This is all very first-world problem stuff, and I'm embarrassed for having even written it all down. We have a brand new kitchen, two brand new bathrooms, a brand new roof, and a dry basement. So it's a good little house. But when these things begin to pile up, you start to feel like maybe you're living in the Money Pit. What I'm trying to say- home ownership is very bitter sweet. I adore having my own home to go to. I do not adore all of the problems we've been having that are going to cost a pretty penny to fix. But it is ours, and we're lucky to be able to have it. But sometimes you just have to bitch, am I right?