Our house is too big, it was too big when we bought it and as we've gotten older it feels like it's gotten even bigger. We've been here 9 years and we both like it better than any house we've ever had, but hauling stuff up the stairs into the house is getting to be a hassle. And keeping it clean is more work than I want. Each day I pick something to clean, other than the kitchen which gets cleaned every day, and today it was bathrooms----4 of them! Who needs 4 bathrooms? Two would be great.
We've talked about how long we can realistically expect to stay here and figure that with luck maybe 3 more years. We would like to be closer to our daughter in Maryland, but we don't want to be too close to Washington D.C., we would prefer a semi-rural setting. We'd like a single story house, that's what we were looking for when we bought this one. I don't actually mind the stairs going upstairs, again, it's those coming into the house that are wearing us out.
So we've started looking at houses online, we're long term planners. We made several trips down here to Georgia before we moved here and we'll probably make a number of trips to Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware and Maryland before we decide where we want to be.
We've always moved a lot, being in the military saw to that, when Mac was in we lived 3 different places in Germany, Turkey, Colorado, Texas and Georgia twice. Since Mac retired from the Army we've moved 3 times, twice across country.
If we were to keep this house it would involve adding an elevator or at the very least a Dumb Waiter, I wonder if that would be cheaper than moving.