Once again, I’ve been neglecting my blog… Never good for a wannabe writer.
However, I have been busy moving house. The mortgage was finally approved, the seller got her act together and Andy and I are finally on the property ladder!!!
Even though I have probably already spent half the time moaning about the new house, I’ve not regretted our decision one bit. Without sounding like a smug ‘look at my with my mortgage’ person, I have listed below my already top 5 things about being a home over and would love to see if anyone else agreed when they got their first property.
We’re currently in the process of decorating what was a very bland, boring and beige (well, magnolia, but that’s not good for the alliteration) house. I love that we’re able to add our own stamp onto the property and are no longer restricted by the landlord’s poor taste in decoration. We agreed from the very start that our house was going to be bright, colouring and welcoming.
We are even ripping out the old carpets and have replaced the very 80s looking light shades. It’ll take a bit more saving up before we are able to do the bathroom and kitchen but what’s the point in doing everything at once?
Once we’ve finished phase one of revamping, I will make sure to post some before and after photos just for showing off purposes mainly.
We’ve been so lucky in being able to purchase a 3 bedroom house. Whilst it’s currently only the two of us we don’t technically need all three rooms. But why the hell not?
There’s plenty of room for us not to be on top of one another and it’ll be nice being able to say to friends and family “hey, why don’t you just stay over tonight?”
3. Being able to make decisions
The thing I hated most about renting was when the inevitable problem happened with the property. Whilst now if something happens to go wrong I can just call a plumber/electrician/builder to fix it, it used to be; call the landlord, wait at least 2 weeks for a response and when he finally got his act together, he would do sweet f.a. about any issues we raised.
Even though now it’s us who have to pay for any repairs, at least we are now in control of what gets fixed and what doesn’t.
4. Having a garden
We didn’t have a back garden in our flat (for obvious reasons, it was a flat!) and we actually have a proper garden this time round, with grass and everything!!! OK, so it currently looks like a tip and compare to everyone else’s gardens on the road, ours is a bit of a blot on the landscape.
But like with decorating, the garden has so much potential to be AMAZING and I can’t wait to get my hands on it over the summer. I look forward to being able to have a BBQ or 5…
5. The already emerging community spirit
We’ve not even moved in yet but I’m already starting to see a very nice community spirit going on. Every person who we bump into on the road always says hi and stops for a chat. One of our neighbours just puts the bins out for everyone and someone else volunteered and has chopped the trees down at the end of our garden and wanted nothing in return (n.b they are our trees and she did ask first).
I have always loved community spirit and its sad that we don’t have enough of it in Britain any more. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it continues.
No more to add for now, will keep you all posted =)