I got such a great response to all of my "What did you do?" Wednesday topics over the holiday season that I decided to try to expand it into the other 11 months of the year. We'll see how this goes!
Billy and I are inching closer to buying a house (if the real estate stars align for us, of course). We've considered a lot of the big stuff like the number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, and price, of course, but even the limited amount of actual house-hunting we've done has resulted in some questions we had never considered. Follow me on this.
Imagine you're house-hunting. You have a pretty short list of criteria you want, and you happen to find a house on a really great street in a sought-after neighborhood. The house has tons of curb appeal and has a good blend of newer amenities and opportunities for you to put your own improvements in. As you're checking out the backyard, the realtor comments that this house is special because it has a silver oak. You look out the back window and pretend to know what a silver oak is, while sagely nodding in the direction of any tree that looks silvery or oaky. The realtor sees right through you and encourages you to look again. And then you see it.
And you learn that "silver oak" is code for an electrical tower instead of a plant.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, the tower seems to be on the edge of the backyard in an area surrounded by trees. So, from your backyard, you can hardly notice the tower's legs or its upper parts at all, thanks to the trees. Pretty much the complete opposite of this house's front yard view.
So, my question is this -- is the electrical tower's presence a deal-breaker for this otherwise pretty charming and ideal house? If so, why? Resale concerns? Health concerns? If not, why not?
And, just to add a fun little extra twist, let's say that you decide to not think about the house and let the market (hopefully) make a decision for you. Six months later, the house is still for sale, even though it was vacant when you checked it out half a year ago. The selling price hasn't dropped by a dime. Does that change your opinion on the matter?
Even if you aren't a home-owner or actively shopping, I'd love to hear your opinions! We go back and forth, depending on what type of mood we're in at any given point in time.