Online dating and online house hunting:
Many of our friends know that Matt and I met on a online dating website. At the time, I just finished with school and was incredibly shy. (I've now done a complete 180 thanks to my job!) I had a really hard time meeting people and online made it very easy. It was like window shopping for a man. lol It was mostly entertainment and not anything I took seriously. Until I met Matt. :)
However, online dating taught me a few things:
1. Pictures can be deceiving. Just a headshot may be hiding his special wolf t-shirt.
2. Profiles can be deceiving. "I like to kick back and enjoy myself" translates to "I drink beer until I'm stupid and puking everywhere. Then you can clean it up."
3. Go with your gut. If you have a bad feeling, your instincts are kicking in for a reason.
4. Give people a chance. On paper, someone may not seem to be your type but you may be surprised once you get to know them.
When we started house hunting online, I was amazed at the similarities it had with online dating.
1. Deceiving pictures? Check! Isn't it amazing how awful neighboring houses are carefully cropped out of pictures? Rooms can look beautiful online... only to discover the work is shoddy and a bit scary.
2. Deceiving descriptions? Check! "Cute little dollhouse" means that only DOLLS will fit inside the house.
3. Go with your gut. There were a few houses that we didn't spend more than 15 seconds in. I just had a baaaaaad feeling. Like the one that smelled a bit funny. A bit funny like they were hiding a huge water/mold problem.
4. Don't prejudice yourself. The house we ended up buying? I almost refused to look at. lol I'm glad that Matt convinced me. I had a gazillion reasons why I didn't want to, but the second I walked through the door, I just knew. It had good bones. It felt like "home". And the cosmetic work it needed? Not an iota of a deterrent.
Stay tuned for some of those deceiving pictures, the "real" pictures of the walk-through, and some "afters"!