On the move: Is it finally happening?

So after the moving trials of 2013, we re-started the house buying / selling process earlier this year. This resulted in the usual expected frustrations of negotiations, mortgage applications and all the other tedious and trying activities that come with moving. However, we finally exchanged on our sale and purchase yesterday! After the weeks of anxiety and stress, I’m feeling a weight off my shoulders knowing that this is as confident as I can be that the move will go

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Remembering what will be will be – easier said than done!

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

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On the move, or perhaps not…

Back in May, Sam and I decided to put our house on the market and look to buy our next house. We started the process at the start of June and I blogged about the process along the way to act as a ‘reminder’ of everything it took. However, being the private people we are, I held the blogs back until such a time as the process was complete. Just when we thought we were getting close to exchange, something

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On the move – part 8: And it drags on…

It has been a while since my last update and we are now well in to September (Thursday 19 September). Things have progressed but perhaps not as fast as we might have liked. After the survey came back, we found there were some damp issues with the property. So, we requested a follow-up survey which identified some work that needed doing. After some to-ing and fro-ing, we agreed a price reduction and it felt like we had reached the final

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On the move – part 7: Feeling out of control

We are now in to August, Wednesday 7 to be precise, and things are ticking along. Our house (as in our current home) was surveyed on Monday as was the house we are looking to buy. This resulted in an ‘acceptable valuation’, thus allowing the mortgage to be confirmed. There is something weird about being happy that you can borrow a scary amount of money which you will pay back a gut-wrenching amount of interest on, but anyway… We’ll have

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On the move – part 6: A considerable amount of paperwork*

A couple of weeks since my last moving related post (18 July) and the chain on our sale is now complete. Last week we got all of the forms from the solicitor and I spent numerous hours over a few nights, with help from Sam of course, completing them and collating supporting documents. Tedious but necessary of course. The purchase forms were much shorter and easier to complete. Of course, the purchase will come with a lot more reading. We

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On the move – part 5: Progress

It has been a few weeks since my last post (it is now Friday 4 July) and things have progressed since then. After my last post, we had further viewings in the week and in to the weekend. On Saturday 22 we even had a couple mooching round for a good 20 minutes. Come Monday morning, we had not one, but two offers. Two offers! Unfortunately, for different reasons, by Wednesday neither we go-ers so we were back to viewings

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On the move – part 4: Viewings

Now the Open House is done, we are in to normal viewing mode. It’s Wed 20 June and we had our first ‘normal’ viewing today. We dropped the key at the EA yesterday and it felt quite strange giving my key to some random people. It also felt odd knowing that at some point when we were heading home from work, people were in our house. Having viewings in the day is slightly different to the Open House because there

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On the move – part 3: The Open House

Saturday 15 June, 11:55am finds Sam and I peeking out of the front window in the lounge, waiting for the Estate Agent to arrive. Meanwhile, a small gathering of people are lingering on the parking bay opposite the house, clearly waiting to come in and view. Yes, it is our Open House. The Estate Agent was due early but turns up just after 12 noon. As she rings the door bell, the viewers are already on the drive waiting to

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On the move – part 2: Viewing some houses

It’s now Monday 10 June in our ‘Buying and Selling’ story. The Open House is this weekend and, when I checked in with the Estate Agent on Friday, we had about 6 or 7 viewings booked in. Not bad and hopefully we will have some more interest as the day approaches. This time in 5 days it will be done and then we will just have to wait and see if we get any interest. The weekend just gone we

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (4 & 1). I'm a Gardener, am houseplant obsessed and addicted to tea. By day I work in tech and also look after my littles. I'm trying to get our family to live a more sustainable life. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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