Tuesday, 10 April 2018

OUR FIRST HOME


Francis and I started looking for houses/flats to buy around November last year. We made an offer for a one bed flat in West Bridgford, Nottingham. A favourite place of ours for meeting up with friends and socialising but very expensive for house buying! We were gazumped by a higher offer; therefore maybe this was a sign that the flat was not meant to be and there was something better around the corner.

A two bed cottage was for sale in the village where my boyfriend and his family live. A lovely part of Nottingham, in the area of Rushcliffe and next door to West Bridgford. The location was perfect; however I’ve never lived in a village before! Luckily from spending time with Francis and his family, I already knew so many people around the area and have spent a lot of time in the local pubs! We made an offer and it was accepted! I’m happy we bought a house instead of a flat as there is a lot more space and it will be much more easier to sell in the future.



The Cottage 

So, our new place is a very old building with cottage features. A quaint and cosy space with lovely rustic doors and brick feature walls which add such lovely character. The whole place has been refurbished and painted in neutral tones so we really do not have to change much straight away, which is brilliant.  

The Process 

People say buying a house is really stressful! To be honest, I haven’t been as stressed as I thought I would be. The most stressful part was getting a move in date arranged which seemed to constantly drag on and I needed to organise my time off work. We made an offer for the house in early January and moved in early April. With having no chain, I thought the process would have been a lot quicker. Luckily, we got the keys the same time Francis' half term had fallen, which made the process a lot easier! It is these moments I am grateful my boyfriend is a teacher! 


Save! 

This week we have had so much to buy. Wardrobes, hoover, washing machine/tumble dryer, dressing table, bed, utensils; the list goes on. I'm so pleased we saved a reasonable amount so we could buy a lot of items at once. On top of this, you have solicitor and mortgage adviser fees, but it's all worth it. Buying a home is a huge hurdle and once achieved you can relax. We can now have more trips away, which is so important to us, as there are plenty of places we still want to see. When splitting the mortgage and bills between Francis and myself, it works out cheaper than the all inclusive rent I was paying for my flat, which is amazing. 

I’ve dreamt of having my own place to put my own spin on for ages. I’m so incredibly happy and excited. Our friends and family are the most important thing for Francis and I and we can’t wait to start inviting them around to our new home. I also can’t wait to have the second room as my dressing room...

As first time buyers we had to ask so many people for advice! If you have any questions about buying a house, if you are going through the process or even thinking about it, then please ask away as I would love to help. 

Much love.

LLH
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