Sam and I are trying to move again. We’re still slightly burned by our experiences a couple of years ago: On the move – or perhaps not. But we’ve been doing our best to put that to the back of our mind and approach this new attempt with fresh enthusiasm.
One thing which is certainly true about moving home is that ‘what will be will be’. I keep reminding myself of this. But it’s really hard to not get frustrated about things even when you have no control over them. There are so many variables in the house buying process, and so many dependencies on other people. These are things which upset me a lot.
What’s more, the housing market really has gone mad – even more so than when we last tried to move. There is a lot in the press every week almost about how there is a real lack of supply for first time buyers. But I would say the same is true for those trying to move up the ladder in to family homes. In my view it’s a self-perpetuating problem because if we can’t find a family home to move to then we don’t free up an ideal first time buyer (or down-sizer) house.
What’s more, anything decent seems to come on the market and go within days because people are worried that someone else will take it if they take a moment to stop and think. It seems bizarre to me that people don’t have the opportunity to properly think through the biggest purchase of their lives. But then again, rash spending seems to just be the culture these days…