Notes on buying a house

Notes on a buying a house - This Little Space of Mine

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…

  1. 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.
  2. Everyone will have an opinion, but grit your teeth and stick to your guns.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

10 Comments on Notes on buying a house

  1. Louise
    07/05/2015 at 10:02 am (3 years ago)

    Woohoo how exciting! We bought our flat 3 years ago and have just put it on the market today – we’re now house hunting yet again but this time for an actual house rather than a flat. You’re right that it’s incredibly nerve-racking but also very exciting! Best of luck to you πŸ™‚

    • Leanne Beale
      07/05/2015 at 10:26 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you Louise! Exciting times for you too – I hope searching goes well. Keep us posted. πŸ™‚ xx

  2. Jenny
    07/05/2015 at 12:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Congratulations! Gosh it does sound so exciting and nerve racking – thank you for sharing your thoughts through the process and I can’t wait to read more. We aren’t quite close to buying a place yet but I know this will help out when we come to it! jenny xx

    • Leanne Beale
      07/05/2015 at 12:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Jenny! I hope it does help you when the time comes; I remember reading similar posts when we were saving and it helped to know what to expect. I’ll be sure to share more very soon. πŸ™‚ x

  3. Zoe - floral and feather
    10/05/2015 at 10:10 am (3 years ago)

    Ahh congratulations!! It’s the most stressful thing ever, but once you get the keys it’s all worth it! Totally agree with all of those points – and we only opened the champagne once we were in too.

    • Leanne Beale
      10/05/2015 at 4:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Zoe! I cannot wait to get the keys and move in. πŸ™‚ x

  4. Ky
    10/05/2015 at 5:34 pm (3 years ago)

    πŸ˜€ I am so excited for you guys! When we were looking we only viewed 3 places, and even now 3 years later we don’t regret our choice one bit. x

    • Leanne Beale
      10/05/2015 at 5:46 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Ky! πŸ™‚ That’s good to know, plus I love your place! xx

  5. Alina
    11/05/2015 at 4:06 pm (3 years ago)

    BEST OF LUCK! I recently bought a house of my own and know the emotions you’re going through. It’s all so so worth it, I promise πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to see your interiors posts but in the meantime I’ve got loads of tips on my blog, The Fairytale Pretty Picture. And if there’s anything you’d like me to cover let me know, I’d love to help you out! x

    • Leanne Beale
      12/05/2015 at 9:20 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Alina!