House Buying: What to do if you get it wrong

House Buying
I’ve been considering writing this post for a while, as it feels like a very personal thing to share with people, but after some searching I felt like it was something that needed to be shared as I couldn’t find anything else that talked about it openly.

Earlier this year, as we went through the process of house buying, you’ll have seen numerous posts about what to look for when you buy a house, the do’s and dont’s, as well as some more upbeat posts about what had made us buy our current house.

But reality has hit.

And truth be told – we don’t love our new house (note I’m calling it house, not home) and unfortunately it seems that no amount of character is going to make up for that.

What does it boil down to? It’s difficult to say – its fair to say we were misled by the previous owner slightly, but the location and the style of the house just doesn’t suit us. In theory – I love Victorian houses, with high ceilings, ornate fireplaces and quirky features. In reality an old house scares me – I’m terrified of wood worm in our original floorboards and damp in our thick, old walls. We thought a 20 minute country drive to the town we both grew up in wouldn’t be a big deal. Turns out it is. Such small things, but combined we’ve fallen out of love completely.

6 months after moving in we put our house up for sale. The thought of the money we’ve wasted over the years makes me feel ill. We’ve made a little on this house, to cover our selling expenses, which considering the time we’ve been here is very lucky. We’re hopeful that we’ve found another property, and at the moment are trying our best to be patience as the legal side of things begin.

The reason I wanted to share our experience is because house buying is scary! It’s really exciting to own a home, but it’s also a massive expense (probably the most money you’ll ever spend) and in most cases, you view it only a small number of times before making the decision about whether you can live there or not. I’m sure most have had more success with house buying than we have – and I would imagine that’s from having a clearer sense of what’s important and what can be compromised on.

Our advice isn’t to immediately sell your home if there’s something that can be changed however! For us it ultimately came down to location, but if we’d needed more space, or to change the internal layout, there’s a few things we definitely could have considered. Whilst the process has been quite a painful one to go through, we’ve definitely learnt that the key thing for us (after 6 years and what will be 6 moves!) is location. We’re creative and can turn something into our home, but we’re never going to be able to pick up bricks and mortar and move them. We can definitely appreciate the saying – location, location, location!

We’re clearly not experts in the process of house buying, but hopefully by sharing our experience it might reassure a few people out there struggling themselves!

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