Our baby girl is 6 weeks old, our toddler boy is just about to turn 3. These guys are keeping us more than busy, but we thought it’d be real fun if we tackled *two* of the biggest things you can do in your life at the same time – having a baby and selling/buying a house. To say “Eeek!” doesn’t really sum up how I’m feeling!
We (obviously) didn’t plan to be doing things quite like this.. We had our house on the market for most of last year, but after a lot of soul searching took it off again at the end of the year, did a load of work to freshen it up – a little bit of internal building work to make it more usable, new carpets and paint, as well as a bit of a layout change – we did this for us to enjoy rather than to make it more sellable (although that’s always a consideration when spending money on houses things).
Shortly before baby girl was born, we decided to give the house selling thing another go. Space was the main driver here.. Even after clearing out a great deal of our unwanted/unused belongings, it was time to face the fact that we had after 8 years outgrown our current house.
We expected it to be on the market for a period of months before we found a buyer. But to our surprise, the first day back on the market, the first people to view it put in an offer.. We had sold our house!
So that all happened when Bibi was about 3 weeks old. It was time to find somewhere new to live! But where? JB and I have always thought that we would have no bother finding a new house when the time came. We didn’t bother viewing any while on the market last year, because if you find & fall in love with a house, it could well be snapped up by someone else before you’ve sold. We didn’t have the time or energy to be going down that road.
But all of a sudden – Action Stations! We had to arrange viewings and find somewhere pronto. So we booked appointments for JB to go and view some potential new places, under the agreement that any he didn’t like or feel were suitable were automatically discounted (after all, you’ve both gotta live there!), and any that he did like, I would arrange to view.
The house we’ve bought was the second one I viewed (JB viewed 6 in all). The first one I saw was lovely but I just couldn’t warm up to it, even after I went to look around a second time. I don’t know why, but there was something about it that I wasn’t feeling.
When I looked at the second house JB had suggested, I felt completely different. It immediately felt homely and welcoming to me. The space flows really nicely and I could see us loving there. I had to take Zeddy and Bibi with me, our little toddler boy strolled in like it was his very own already! So interesting to see how he interacted with the space!
So despite the fact it needs work to bring it up to date – something that will take us a few years to save and get stuff done bit by bit – it was the clear winner. We made an offer and it’s been accepted!
All systems go! Appointing solicitors and sorting the mortgage out… Busy busy.. Lots to do! And two little people to care for among it all! We should be moving in around 6 weeks and I can’t wait!
Except for the packing and unpacking at the other end. All that I could do without! Our ‘free time’ currently amounts to 1-2 hours a day, before we have to go to bed to make sure we get enough sleep (5.30am is a late waking up time at the moment – whether or not I’ve had to get up for a night feed too) so I’ve no idea how we’re going to get sorted.
Better start now! Id be delighted if you’d share any house moving tips. Better still, pop to York for a day & give us a hand! joking! kinda…