I said I would keep you updated on the situation of purchasing my first home, and this is what this post is all about.
A few of you may have seen on Twitter that I have been making some very good progress in the last few weeks. Just to get you all up to speed, mortgage was approved in September from Santander, most things for the house have been bought (including a very cool sofa!), deposit has been paid, occupants of our house have moved out and we’re ready to move in! All being well we should be getting our keys this Friday!
As many of you will know, the feeling of handing over that money leaves a big lump in your throat! Seeing all that cash in your account one day, then it being gone the next is a very sobering thought, but the end result is so very much worth it.
But my God it was stressful at the end! The last few weeks were probably the most hard work out of the whole process. Because the solicitors dealing with the people moving out were so poor at their jobs, much of the information and progress we had to find out for ourselves. But because nothing was certain, we have been left in suspense up until the end of last week. I have come to learn why people become so frustrated and annoyed with solicitors. Although I have to be honest and say that we used a family member for our conveyance work and she was absolutely spot on.
The plan from next Friday is to clean and get all the things we want to do to the house done ASAP, and we plan to actually move in on November 30th and December 1st! To say we’re excited is an understatement, but we’re also very excited. This is probably one of the three biggest things we’ll ever do in our lives and we cannot wait to get going!
Wishing you both a long and happy future in your new home. Your first Christmas in your new home – very exciting!
(I moved into my first flat on 23rd December and had 14 people for Christmas dinner …and it wasn’t a big flat – we had the best time ever).
Thanks a lot Sharon! Hopefully we’ll be a bit more ready when Christmas comes around ;-)
Firstly, congratulations. Secondly – you are no different from 99% of the population who’ve gone through buying a house! Thirdly, imagine all that stress and frustration quadrupled when you come to buy the next one AND sell the current one. :-).
Why we permit the buying and selling of houses to be so stressful I just don’t understand. I’m the last one to encourage government intervention, but the process could be made a lot more straightforward for everyone.
But congratulations again – hope you will be very happy there.