WE ONLY WENT AND BOUGHT A HOUSE! I can’t believe I finally get to say that we are homeowners, it’s been a dream of ours for many years. I am a little slow with getting round to writing this as we’ve actually been in the new house for almost six weeks now, but better late than never I suppose! I just felt like this was something I had to document so that we can look back on it in the future. It definitely feels like the start of a new chapter for us.
Last year we were finally in a position to start looking to buy after living in our previous house, a private rental, for 10 years. We viewed this house at the beginning of September 2020 and fell in love with it straight away, so we put in an offer on the same day. The house was really popular and the seller received quite a few offers, so it went to best and final bids. We upped our offer and just had to hope that that would be enough. After a painful few days wait we found out that our offer had been accepted, despite not being the highest bidders, the seller had picked us anyway. I assume that had a lot to do with us being first time buyers. We were over the moon, but then came the stress…
I won’t go into this in too much details as it was incredibly slow and stressful and I don’t think I’m mentally ready to go over it all again yet, haha! But basically we had one problem after another. At one point the house was down valued so we had to renegotiate with the seller. Eventually we got our official mortgage offer, by which point everything with the solicitors had been done so we were in a position to exchange quickly. In the end we exchanged and completed on the same day, which again was incredibly stressful but at least we got there in the end! All in all it took seven months for us to complete on our purchase, which I think has been pretty standard recently with covid and the stamp duty holiday slowing things down.
As I mentioned earlier, we have now been in our home for six weeks and we are settling in well. It’s taken me a while to feel happy here though if I’m being completely honest. I always knew that I would struggle leaving the old house, after 10 years there. I’m not good with change and it’s really triggered my anxiety, so it’s been a lot for me to process. But I’m finally starting to feel at home here now and I know it will get easier with time.
Our new house is a three bedroom, semi detached ex council property. It ticks so many boxes for us – it has a driveway, downstairs loo, en suite shower room, garage, loft space and a garden big enough for a trampoline! All things that we lacked at the old house. It’s not perfect and there’s lots we want to change but I’m excited to put our own stamp on it.
We’ve already made a lot of progress with the decorating, mainly because I’m impatient and want everything to be done right now! The kids rooms are painted and apart from waiting on a few last bits, they are pretty much done. The living room is also coming together nicely. We are currently in the process of tiling the fireplace and I am so pleased with how it’s looking.
We have more decorating to do in the dining room, our bedroom and the hall and landing need painting but we aren’t in any major rush to do that. I think we deserve a little break! It’s been a full on few months, that’s for sure. Over the next couple of years we hope to add a porch to the front of house, install french doors out from the living room and also the garden needs a lot of work. It’s so nice knowing that this is our home and we can do whatever we want to it. It’s quite surreal really after renting for so long.
I will be sharing more home content on here as and when each room is completed. I’m also sharing lots over on Instagram. I’m hoping to write blog posts on Evie’s bedroom and Max’s in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for that if it sounds like your kind of thing. I can’t wait to share more with you all.
Thank you for reading x