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Viewing a Property Checklist: His Perspective

Viewing a Property - His

Whilst viewing our 8th property this morning we noticed that we both look for very different things when we first view a property. There’s lots of great lists already out there: Rightmove, BBC, and Primelocation, to name a few. But we wanted to share our own, from a male and female more personal perspective. Today we’re sharing Simon’s list, and in a few days I’ll share mine. Hopefully it’ll help somebody out there who isn’t sure what they should and shouldn’t be looking at! Continue reading “Viewing a Property Checklist: His Perspective” »

Sneak Peak: Our Christmas

One of my favourite things about being an avid blog reader is seeing how others style their home at Christmas. In the spirit of sharing here are a few snaps of our home all ready for the festive season. Have a great Christmas everyone!

Our traditionally decorated tree in red, gold and green:



The table all ready for festive feasting:



The first time I’ve had a poinsettia, and kept it alive!



A few special additions to our tree this year following our trip to New York:




The joys (!) of house hunting

Despite telling ourselves that we would hold off until 2015 to begin the hunt for a home we truly loved we’ve been unable to resist and have been hunting since mid November.

To provide some history behind our previous house hunts – we purchased both pretty quickly after viewing only 3 or 4 properties. We bought with our heads and always with an end goal of “How can we improve and add value”? We only viewed 1 house that gave us that “feeling” that you hear so much about (Location, Location, Location I’m blaming you) and that was unfortunately removed from the market. This search seems to be the opposite.

So far we have viewed 6 or 7 houses, which is pretty good going considering how slow the market is at the moment. But we are doing it completely differently. This time we want a house to love – not just one to improve and move on with. Something with character that just feels right. Are you beginning to see why we are still looking?!

The majority of the houses we’ve seen so far blend into one, although one stands out for the wrong reason with a yappy dog called Prince! We have seen 1 house so far that fits the bill, on all but one thing. Price. Whilst we can afford the house it would be a stretch and with previous debts still fresh in our minds this isn’t something either of us is comfortable with.

So we’re waiting, biding our time and hoping something will change. And it’s AGONY! We are in a fortunate position to be able to buy at our age, but that’s very easy to forget when we desperately want to move forwards and find our next home.

In the meantime, any tips? How have you kept patient whilst hunting for your next home?