This year Matt and I stated that our number one New Years Resolution was to buy a house. We both now have jobs that we enjoy, that we see a future in and both work in the same area. So now that we have some roots we’ve decided to buy a house after renting for the past 7 years. It makes sense after all. However it’s not just as easy as saying “We’re going to by a house!” Matt and I now spend a lot of our time to-ing and fro-ing about what we both want.
Well actually I can tell you what I want.
I want a big old house that is structurally sound but needs some TLC. It should have at least 3 bedrooms, be at least semi-detached, have traditional Georgian features… I’m talking alcoves, large skirting boards and fireplaces, have a good sized garden and parking, and be in a good neighbourhood, a town that isn’t too big or to small, a town that has a few friendly pubs, perhaps a wine bar, a few restaurants, a deli and bakery. Sound idyllic doesn’t it! The problem is, this house doesn’t exist! And if it does exist it’s way beyond my price range!
Anyways that’s what I want… not what WE want. Matt (I think) quite fancies a new build house; the idea of having a house that is ours… one that no one else has lived in it. At first this was my absolutely nightmare! I thought that new builds were box houses with no personality and little space. However after being dragged to a few new developments and speaking to the sales teams the idea of having a house built for us, that is of an acceptable size and well within our budget does has it perks!
So old or new?
The next battle we’re having is where and when?
I know exactly which town I would like to live in, the problem is it’s pricey! If I wanted to live there I could probably afford to buy a shed or a garage to live in, and with all my crap I don’t think it’s the best idea! So some sacrifices are having to be made! The problem again is we’re fairly new to Lancashire, so finding a town we like is tough. But then also finding a house that we BOTH like that is within our price range that’s in a nice, trouble free estate or area within the town we like is tough!
I’m starting to see why people resort to good old Kirsty and Phil to help them find a house! So can someone do all this for me please!