Up, Up and Away! Actually, Not Really.

I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but we’ve been house hunting for almost a year now. We have a house, but it’s getting too small for our growing family. We made some bad decisions early on and bought a house that we outgrew within the first year of our marriage… added on and outgrew it again.

So now we have a house that we’ve paid WAY too much for that we’ve outgrown twice. Good times. It doesn’t have the type of storage we need or want (basement) and because of the shape of the lot, we can’t add a garage. That’s all second to the fact that it is short 1 bedroom for the kids. I know that kids can share rooms and all that, but my 2 girls are like polar opposites. One is a morning lark, the other is a night owl. One is a neat freak, the other doesn’t care. They hate sharing a room and I hate all the fights.

On top of all that, we’re having some structural issues with our house. The middle is sinking. The husband went under to investigate and found that the dirt is washing out from under one of the footings. Google blames it on the dry winter, I blame it on the A-hole that built next door, filled in a small pond and graded his lot to drain basically into our crawl space. It floods EVERY year now and there’s nothing we can really do about it that won’t bankrupt us. I called the town when he was building and lets just say he greased the right palms because literally nobody cared. Not the building inspector, not the conservation chairman. Nobody.

We’re really hoping to move, but I just don’t see how it’s possible. Our budget isn’t spectacular for this area. More like below average. We make too much to be considered poor enough to qualify for special programs, but we don’t make enough to buy a house that’s dry, level and not in a terribly unsafe neighborhood. We’d like to stay on a decent amount of land, but apparently anything on acreage costs big money… unless we currently own it, then the land is actually not valuable at all and doesn’t increase the value of the home. Go figure.

The oldest child is in school now and the middle child starts next year so we kind of feel like this is our chance. We could probably sell our home easily enough if we fix the structural issue, but then we’d be homeless. Literally. Rents near here or closer to my husband’s job are more than our mortgage right now and there’s nothing on the market to buy. We’re sort of stuck. Has anyone been in this position before? Where you need to unload a house with some issues — but at a fair price — and buy a new house in a seller’s market? Our realtor really wants to get our house listed ASAP, but I’m not worried about selling. I’m worried about finding something new that we can afford that meets our needs. I don’t want to move again in a couple of years. I feel so defeated.

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