No this isn’t the typical “how much house can you afford” personal finance post. When I ask “How much house should one buy”, I’m not talking about price. I’m talking about space. After spending some time in Germany and Korea, it’s interesting (and kind of depressing) to think about how big American homes are. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some 3,000 square feet of space, but when you’re in Korea and a family of five lives in a 1,200 square foot apartment, it definitely puts things in perspective.
We dream of having a garage. We desperately want more than one bathroom. And a second bedroom would be epic so guests don’t have to sleep on an air mattress in the living room. Seven hundred square feet can start to feel pretty tiny after a couple of years.
I’m a firm believer buying a house should be a long-term decision. If you aren’t willing to own the thing for a minimum of ten years, you probably shouldn’t buy it. But if we abide by this rule, we must then ask ourselves what kind of house should we buy? Do we buy a house that perfectly fits our current needs, or do we buy the house that will appease our needs ten years from now?
We start thinking about things like kids, and yard sizes, and garage space, when in reality, we have no clue what those things would look like in our life. What if we buy a four bedroom house and find out we can’t have kids? What if we buy a house with a small yard, and realize we feel claustrophobic with the neighbors so close? What if we buy a house with a big garage, but decide we prefer parking our cars in the driveway?
Ahhhhhhhh, thinking about these things stresses me out. I can’t imagine the anxiety that comes when one actually begins the house hunting process.
So reader, I ask you: How many rooms are there in your current house (and how many people under that roof)? Do you wish you had more space, less space, or have just the perfect amount? When does home size go from reasonable to excessive?
p.s. we broke 1,000 users on MANteresting yesterday. Guess that means I have a non black-bar face shot to put up in tomorrow post. See you then suckers (literally). My favorite nail from yesterday: Islandception.