Searching for a home of ours...
The last two weeks have been pretty crazy. Lots of late nights at various engagements (school governing meetings, training, blogging engagements...) and then after that trying to sort out stuff, all kinds of stuff.
One of the biggest things that has happened which has really made our lives take a turn for the super-busy side is that we have been looking for a property. We've had quite a few viewings, and been oh so disappointed with the ridiculously high London prices. In many cases I think the asking prices are just ridiculous. Just absolutely ridiculous.
Two weeks ago we went to view a house. My husband had already seen it, and we had a second viewing together. It wasn't perfect, but it had potential. Room to grow even, something that could be our forever-home, or at least for the next 15 to 20 years. It required modernisation, and something where we could really put our graft in, and turn it around into something lovely and to our tastes. And add value over the long run, maybe even an extension or a loft conversion.
So we made an offer. The asking price was way over our budget, so we made a low offer, and skimmed 20% off the asking price, quoting all the different things we would have to do to the house to bring it up to modern standards. Our bid was rejected.
After a bit of to and fro through the estate agents our final bid was accepted. 15% off the asking price. Stretching us to the max, but still achievable. And we are feeling really good about it. Now we have been going around like crazy trying to scramble together the mortgage, getting building surveyors in, checking out everything we could, worrying about being gazumped, or not getting the mortgage, and imagining what we would do to the place once we move in. We have short-term plans, and long-term plans. Lots of plans!
So now, if everything goes to plan, and everything works out, we could be moving to our own home by April. Exciting!
So this Sunday, after a crazy busy week of work and other engagements, and trying to move things along, I tried to have a moment of my own, flipping through a massive haul of interior magazines, and dreaming of my own home...
How was your weekend?
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