Thursday, December 03, 2015

New House, New Start

So tomorrow we finally move into our new house from the rental property we've been living in for the past 4 months.

When we moved back to the UK from Australia in August, the last thing on our minds was buying a house. We wanted to wait a year to see how we felt about being back before making such a huge decision. I had my eye on the UK housing market, but nothing too serious. In Australia we had a very large house, as do a lot of Aussies, so I knew that finding a house to suit our new Aussie ways was going to be rather tricky and it was going to take some time to find a suitable property.

However....... I kept driving past a house on the way to school that had a For Sale sign up and I couldn't stop thinking that it looked just perfect for us. It looked big, detached, next to a cemetery (quiet neighbours!! Yes, I've heard that one a few times!) walking distance to High School for my eldest who starts next September and would cut a good seven minutes off my current school run. It was also just a stones throw from the house we were currently renting and we were loving living so close to town.

I googled the house every day for 4 days on the trot, worried that it would be way above our price bracket, but the house didn't actually go onto the internet until 5 days after I initially saw the sign.

As soon as I saw it, I excitedly clicked on the link, dying to see inside the house and was gobsmacked to see that not only was it the perfect house for us, but also that it was within our price bracket, if not way below!!! It also had plans in place for us to do an extension on the back, meaning we could also add value.

Fifteen years of watching Phil and Kirsty obviously didn't go to waste on me!

Before I could stop it, I found myself calling the agent and booking an appointment into seeing the house that very day. The very next day we found ourselves sat in the car speaking to the agent and hearing that our rather cheeky and determined offer of 10k below the asking price had been accepted!!!

Fifteen years of watching Phil and Kirsty REALLY didn't go to waste on me!!!!!

So with a crazy year just about to get even crazier, we set off on the path of purchasing a house after only a month of landing back in the country!

Tomorrow is moving in day and our shipment of all the rest of our "stuff" from Australia finally arrives next Tuesday. It feels like such a long time ago that we packed all our belongings and sent it off back in July/August. It will be so nice to sleep on a proper bed for the first time in months and for the girls to get to play with their toys again.

Here are a few pics of the house and we can't wait to start turning it into our first UK family home. I think we might wait a while before starting a reno (do you say reno in the UK?? I can't remember??) but knowing us I wouldn't be surprised if the builders were knocking on our door on New Years Day!! LOL!!

Dougal and the girls loving their new outside space.


  1. Great house! I too love watching Kirsty and Phil, I could watch all of my favourite home lifestyle tv shows from the uk all day. Selling houses, love it or list it, grand designs and escape to the country

  2. Thank you for your excellent post, and congratulations on scoring the house you wanted! My hubby and I are on the lookout for a home in which to grow our family. Fortunately, we agree on almost everything we want. Double fortunately, we have a buyer's agent working on our side. I have high hopes that we will soon be "home."

    Julia Stewart @ Daytona Buyers Agent

  3. Sometimes it takes years to find your dream property and other times, you find it much sooner than expected. When you know what you want, such as a large house with lots of space that is close to town, it's easier to spot the perfect home when it comes on the market.

    Rupert @ Gulf Shores Real Estate And Homes

  4. That is a great looking home and a great sized yard. One of the things I have always struggled with is yard size. It has either been way to small and basically barely existent or just massive and unfenced. I have always had a dog so having a fence is pretty vital so hopefully I can find something like this.

    Jacqueline @ Buyer's Option Realty Services

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