The House-Hunt is Over!

I’m happy to share that we’ve actually made an offer on a house and it was finally accepted.  Whoppie-bloody-doo-dah!  I can’t tell you how relieved I am right now.  As much as I love looking at houses,  I’ve realised now that it’s so much more fun when you’re just sitting on your couch in the comfort of your own home and watching other people do it in my favourite property shows like “Location, Location, Location” or “Move to the Country” than actually doing it in reality.

As first mentioned on this post, the practical house has indeed won us over in spite the lack of enthusiasm on our part when we first saw it and this suitable home also happens to be in a good location.  Does this mean we’ve succumbed into location over property?  I shouldn’t think so, in the end, it was all about the darned ever-so-sensible house/choice for our little family.  I am indeed a grown-up now.  Whoopie-bloody-doo-dah.

I’m wondering though – is it really over?

The hunt is.  But my stress-level is still churning, especially since my husband warned me that though our offer has been accepted, all is not %100 over till we’ve exchanged.  You see back home even though payment hasn’t really exchanged yet, once you sign in the dotted line, it’s as good as done and dusted.  Apparently here in England, things are just a bit more complicated and even though offers have been accepted, one can still back out and it can also take ages before you can heave a sigh of relief and declare that the ordeal of buying/selling your property is indeed over..

So we’re on a different hunt now – the search for a good solicitor.  I’d like to share  a few things I’ve learned so far:

  • Whatever country you live in solicitors are expensive, so make sure you do your research when looking for a good but affordable one.  Remember just because your estate agent recommends someone, doesn’t mean you have to absolutely use them too.  My husband phoned the firm J, our agent recommended and he nearly fell of his seat when they told him their fees.
  • So we shopped around and asked recommendations from friends and family, made calls and asked for quotes.
  • And also went online. While you’re trying to save money, however, when choosing the cheapest make sure that they are “proper” solicitors.  Remember, you might end up spending more if they do a terrible job and might have to hire professional negligence solicitors in the end, which may of course cost you more.  I’ve also learned that it helps to actually read the reviews on the solicitor’s website.  At the same time though, take the comments you’ve read with a grain of salt.
  • If you’re buying a house with a mortgage, make sure that the solicitor you’ve chosen is accredited by your mortgage company.
  • And lastly, selling/buying a house in this country is utterly maddening!  I absolutely refuse to move again unless it’s my dream-period property which is a lovely detached Georgian/Victorian or Edwardian house.

Fingers crossed, if all goes well we might just be in our new home by spring time!  Wouldn’t that be great?

But I’m going to miss this little house though.  We have memories here long before little T was born, when life was simple and oh-so quite and it was just me, my husband and Mutley.  Now the Mutt is gone and it’s me, my husband, little T, Boots and Doc.  And I will especially miss my tiny kitchen, the place where I blogged the most.  Here.

But of course, we are all excited about the whole move.  I’m trying not to be overenthusiastic though till the final-final exchange is done lest the chain breaks.

Have you sold/bought a property in the past?  How long did the completion take?

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  1. The Vanilla Housewife

    I love your kitchen! I’m sure you will miss it a lot but making memories in the new one sounds wonderful.
    Wishing you the best!

    • Thanks Jhanis! I love it too. It’s small, but I absolutely adore it 🙂 Here’s to lovely new memories – that is, hoping the chain won’t break!

  2. dianaroggenbuckebrown

    Good luck with it all. I too love location, location, location and escape to the country but as you say house hunting in real life is no way near as fun as it is on these shows.

  3. livinginthelanghe

    Congratulations!! And best of luck with the next steps in the process. In my experience it normally takes a couple of months from this point, but we’ve also had a few places fall through right at the end because of chains collapsing (despite having been told there was no chain!). It’s not fun, but hopefully you’ll have the perfect place at the end of it!

    • Thanks! A couple of months?! Ack!!! Now excuse me while I go and put my head in the oven… Do you think my husband will forgive me if I go abroad (with my daughter) for a bit and come back when it’s all over? 😉

  4. MontgomeryFest

    Woohoo! This is great news! I have my fingers crossed for you too. I purchased my home in Dallas and I remember there being soo much waiting until the rush+deadlines and then waiting some more, it was about a month all said and done. But once its over, it’ll be nice to settle and create new roots! That kitchen is lovely!! I’m totally swooning here…

    • Thank you! A month? That’s not so bad 🙂 … Yes, I love this little kitchen too. Will definitely miss it!

  5. Anne Russell

    Great to hear that you have found a new place ~ hope it all goes smoothly for you. Our eldest son and his wife are in a similar situation to you but in Surrey ~ shocking how expensive houses are in some areas!! They are hoping to have everything sorted in 8 weeks. Way back in the late 70s I remember a similar time scale for our own house purchase ~ fortunately our seller refused ‘gazumping’ which was rife at that time!!

    • Thanks Anne! I know, that’s what I’m worried about. Not so worried about this nice young couple who is buying our house. A bit worried though about the other house, especially since an estate agent owns it. I just hope no ‘gazumping’ occurs!… Will update you soon! Do come and visit again. This time we will have extra room for you and John 🙂 x

    • Yes! But for me that’s not the hard part – mine would be waiting, especially since I’m a very impatient person 🙁

  6. Good for you! Congratulations. 🙂 So, that means when we visit, it won’t be that house you have now. Noooooo….

  7. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    I’ve bought one house, and was surprised that all of the “rules” and “laws” were actually very flexible. Apparently the fact that the other party has 10 days to respond by law is actually not true… and that messes with my OCD and rule-loving heart!! But, in the end… so very worth it! I’m so very happy for you and your family! I can’t wait to see pictures of the new kitchen!

    • Thanks Kate! Don’t really like the “new” kitchen, but I’m sure I’ll eventually manage to give it my own stamp soon! 🙂

  8. Life in the Wylde West

    I’m excited for your change, to see new pictures. I do hope it all goes smooth and you will feel settled in soon. Your kitchen though, oh my word! ADORABLE!!! I love it. You have a knack and you can take that knack with you wherever you go.

    • Thanks Tracie 🙂 I’m trying not to be so excited since house-selling can sometimes move at a snail’s pace here in England. I do hope that all goes well and that it will be over soon.

  9. Congratulations on the new home! Well, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that all goes through without a hitch!

    • Thanks so much! 🙂 But I’m learning how to be patient here. Apparently, buying/selling houses here in England are known to be excruciatingly slow 🙁

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