As you may have seen last week… we’re buying a house! Back at the beginning of March we had a rather nervy few days while we waited on an offer of a house to be accepted. It was pretty tense and involved a lot of phone calls to Stu (who was on nights and in desperate need of sleep), my Dad (for parental advice) and the estate agents, all while trying to do a days worth of work.
Now we’re back from California, and we’re so very nearly there, I feel a bit more comfortable talking about it. I can’t wait! I’ve dreamed about owning a home for a long, long time.
You can probably expect to see a whole lot more of home interior posts in the coming months; my head is buzzing with ideas! In the meantime I wanted to share with you some of the things we’ve learnt from the whole process so far…
- Do your research! We only saw 5 properties in all but knew we were on to a winner when we saw our (fingers crossed) home. Was it gut feeling? Maybe. But more so we’d been researching properties in the area for the best part of a year, meaning we knew a good house when we saw it and felt comfortable when we put our offer in.
- Everyone will have an opinion, but grit your teeth and stick to your guns.
- It’s OK to be a little clueless. I know it’s stark contrast to point one, but throughout the process so far I haven’t always known the logical order of mortgages, contracts, insurance etc. and what comes next. We’ve listened to recommendations from family and friends and got ourselves an independent financial advisor who we’ve always been able to speak to.
- Remember the picture of the house you had in your head. Obviously be flexible, but we saw one property which we liked and would’ve been a good investment but knew it wasn’t quite right. Again, maybe that’s gut feeling, but we were both very head strong with what we wanted and knew a town house would never be us long term.
- It’s all a little odd. I felt ecstatic and incredibly lucky when our offer was accepted yet once the adrenaline rush passed I started to feel a bit blue that it wasn’t all happening immediately. Then when we exchanged people told us to open the champagne, but we were a bit indifferent. That might’ve been the jet lag, but it just seems so surreal at the moment.
So there you go. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for us and I’ll of course keep you posted!
Photo credit: DTTSP