Starting the househunting process
27.08.2015 - 07.09.2015 70 °F
And so the journey begins; wondering if a move to Canada is in our future.
At home, I’d spent time looking online at properties for sale. Our problem is this: we don’t know where we really would like to settle, will kids and their families join us. I also had lots of questions about immigration.
While on the road in the US I sent some requests to various realtors for places we thought might work. As the answers came in we found that there were far more properties to see than we had time for. Also, distances were becoming an issue.
We settled for an area south-east of Kamloops for the 1st group of houses to look at. Kelli, our realtor, found several houses for us to look at online and then to select for an inspection. I selected 4 of the homes to see.
We drove the 4-1/2 hours to the Kamloops area and met Kelli. She’d done a great job in selecting properties that might work for us. And really, she went way out of her way to spend time with people who don’t even know exactly what they are looking for.
The 1st house had lots of issues: water damage on the ceilings, holes in doors, insulation torn off of the wall in an unfinished room, fencing falling apart. We quickly left, someone else can work on this one.
2nd property has lots of possibilities. The house is small for everyone, but there is a huge workshop, small workshop, places for animals, a gazebo that overlooks the valley and river below.
3rd property also has lots of possibilities and a really great patch of farmland.
4th property looked so great on paper, well online in this case. The realtor thought it might be perfect too: a 2 story log house with unfinished basement plus 28 acres. It was vacant so it seemed we could move in quickly. Well, photos can be deceiving! The house had apparent leaks everywhere and someone had squirted foam insulation in between every log and wherever there was a space. We found water stains on ceilings and in the A-frame ceiling paneling was coming off. Furniture, musical instruments, food, wine and clothes were in every room and there was a smell of cigarettes. Vinyl flooring had been removed in some of the rooms, some vinyl was completely lifting. Then we went down to the basement to find what had been a “grow op”. No pot was left, but anything one would need to grow was there. Someone else can work on this one. To boot, the acreage was on steep hills and packed with trees.
We will be off to Vancouver Island to look some more.