2. The journey of a thousand miles is likely to end very, very badly.
3. There is definite potential for a house-hunting themed Demotivator.
4. NEVER, EVER, EVER GET MY HOPES UP. I cannot think of ONE TIME that has ended well, and isn't the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again while hoping for a different result?
5. No matter how tempting, DO NOT excitedly tell the children all about the house you finally decided on, after much agonizing, until you have closed on the house, lest something should happen, and you have to listen to their bitter complaints about the house that got away. (THANKFULLY, this occurred to me in time and, therefore, I did not have to learn it from hard experience!)
6. In the future, I need to ask the realtor to do a more thorough check on any house I want to see so that I do not get my hopes up unnecessarily, only to find out that there was an easy-to-find reason that I could not have that house.
7. Looking at 12+ houses per day, knowing that you have a set amount of time to find a house that will meet the various needs of your large family is not any sort of vacation.
8. House-hunting is A LOT like dating
9. Be sure not to
10. The house-hunting notebook was very helpful for keeping track of the details of various houses since they all blur together when you see so many in such a short period of time. Part of the reason it was so helpful was because I took notes on every house we visited and made sure to write things down in the "Pros" and "Cons" categories.
11. It is quite disturbing to walk into a house and be assaulted with the unmistakable smell of drugs, cigarettes, old person, or animal pee.
12. It can be uncomfortable to walk through a house when you know that somebody else already lives there.
13. If something looks to good to be true, it probably is.
14. Just like looking at my first baby's face in the hospital did not help me figure out what to name him, only one house called my name....and that one didn't work out. So.
15. If you only have 5-6 days, make sure you see as many houses as you can in the first days, so that when things go wrong, you'll still have some time.
16. It's a good idea to have a 2nd tier list, just in case none of the 25+ houses on your 1st tier list work out.
17. Have MINIMAL preferences/requirements so that you aren't disappointed with whatever you end up with. OR
18. Have All The Money so that you can buy what you need.
19. People can be jerks.
20. There is not enough ice cream or chocolate IN THE WORLD to make some things better.
21. I must be allergic to house-hunting because it has made my eyes and nose leak MULTIPLE TIMES. Maybe someone else should be in charge when this must be done again in 3 years (*SOB*).