Decisions are SO hard...what would you do?
I am so torn as to what might be best for us (78 and 68 yrs old)...and would like your thoughts.
We have the opportunity to buy a house, built in 1991 and remodeled in 2006... that is appraised for $119,000 for $77,000..but would have to build a double garage, since they turned the one originally on the house to a master bedroom, bath, and closet....so that would be approx. $30,000. This home sits on the exact piece of ground that grew up all of my younger days...so it tugs at my heart strings to remember all of the time I spent on that ground.
But this is in a VERY small town (about 850 people) and has only a Casey's convience store and a clinic with a practitioner. This house is very convienent for older people...1/2 block from school events, 1/2 block from the church, 1 block to city library, 1 1/2 blocks to bank and post office and Sr. Center....and no stress of building.
We do have a piece of ground in the same county but 24 miles away....approx. 3,000 people, with doctors, hospital, country club, golf course, grocery store, fast food, etc.......but the cost of building will be well over $100,000 more than we can buy the house in the smaller town. With the difference in price, we could buy a small rv and do some traveling and maybe go south in the winter.
My DH says, it is up to me....it makes him no real difference. He is an architect/contractor before his retirement, so building is no stress for him. I have done it 3 times and swore never again....
I would appreciate it if you could put yourself in my shoes, and tell me what your thoughts are.......cheaper house vs. more conviences.