How to find the perfect house – our story
As the main theme and source of inspiration of this blog, I wanted to share behind the scenes story of our home. How it became ours and what has happened to it in the past six years we’ve been living in it.
There was lot to say so I divided the story in parts, this is the part 1, where it all started and how we bought our dream house.
We decided it was time to move in 2010.
Our previous house went on the market in December and had an offer accepted about month later. We had also found a house we liked, it ticked lots of boxes and would have been very practical house for us in many ways. But we never felt excited about it. No fireworks or sparks or warm fuzzy feeling when we got through the front door. We were keen to move on and were determined we would learnt to love the house as it really was near perfect on paper (sounds like online dating, right?) so put an offer in and it got accepted.
The waiting game
After the accepted offer, starts the waiting game. Waiting for the building surveys and solicitors to sort out all the paperworks. Sometimes renegotiating the price if surveys show unexpected things. Everyone wants to move quickly but things always happen so there are always delays. There is often long chain of houses, everyone trying to sell and buy at the same time. So many potential things to go wrong and then there is more waiting to be done. Or someone changes their mind and the whole house of cards falls apart. After you’ve patiently waited for weeks, maybe months, all the paperwork is ready and you can exchange contracts and the the deal finally becomes legally binding. Pulling out after this point means you have to pay fees.
Change of heart
Just a few days before our contract exchanging day, I was browsing rightmove one Friday evening and found that my favourite house in our favourite village had come to the market. And it was within our budget too. I had been driving past this house when visiting my friend and thought it was such a beautiful house. Red brick Victorian beauty. I remember saying to my husband that people who live there must be so happy. I got so excited, my husband was grumpily resisting at first (we had been paying for surveys and solicitors fees for the other house already) but agreed to go see it with me the next day.
When you know you know
We came to see the house on a Saturday and it was love at first sight. I mean there was a Magnolia tree in full boom in the front garden. Who would be able to resist that? Previous owners had been living here for 42 years so it needed updating and plenty of TLC but it felt right. Garden was beautiful, all the rooms were big, light and square. Layout was a little odd at places but had so much potential.
Things did move pretty quickly after that. Second viewing on Tuesday, offer accepted on Wednesday and building survey done on Friday. Sold our house separately and the house we turned down found new owners quickly too. Moved in after two months and have been here happily ever since! Sometimes you just have to make decisions with your heart and not with your head.
In the part 2 I’m talking about the home renovation work we did in the first couple of years.