Shopping for a house – my experiences, good and dangerous!


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When you have adopted my weblog for some time or comply with me on social media you in all probability know that we purchased a brand new residence earlier this yr. While Stuart had been by means of the house-buying expertise beforehand, I hadn’t so it was very eye-opening for me. There have been some bits that have been a lot simpler than I had imaged and a few bits that I discovered actually annoying and arduous. At present I simply wish to share a bit about that course of with you.

our house

The above photograph is our new residence once we purchased it. We’ve got modified rather a lot now so it appears very completely different on the entrance since we had the backyard achieved up considerably and naturally, have modified issues like curtains!

Making a suggestion on the home

Placing within the supply for the home was a lot simpler than I believed it could be. There have been a number of easy checks that have been achieved to see if we had the suitable funds and that was about it. After the supply was accepted it moved on to the searches and surveys.

Getting a conveyancing solicitor

I’ve by no means purchased a home and we needed to discover a conveyancing solicitor! Fortunately as Stuart had beforehand purchased a home we went with the solicitors he used years in the past, a neighborhood agency we knew had status and began the method with them.

On account of ongoing covid considerations, we needed to confirm id and supply all paperwork on-line. While to some this would possibly seem to be an added stress for us it was good and made issues appear to get sorted simply.

Having a house patrons’ survey

Having been suggested to get a house patrons survey achieved we rang round native surveyors and located one which sounded respected and was native sufficient to know any issues with the builds to look out for.

The surveyor organized with the vendor and went to do the survey every week later and after that, we received a complete report. All quite simple up to now. The survey did spotlight a number of considerations that we would have liked to return to the vendor with however on the entire we have been comfortable.

The ready for a completion date

We had our supply accepted on sixteenth November and by a month later we have been all able to proceed however that is when our vendor began dragging his heels.

He couldn’t discover the proof of the boiler being mounted (the surveyor noticed it has a “don’t use” sticker on it!) and all the things out of the blue appeared to nearly cease. At this level, we began worrying that the sale would possibly fall by means of and wishing we had checked out insurance coverage when shopping for a home that may imply we misplaced nothing if this occurred.

Agreeing on a completion date

As soon as we have been near completion agreeing on a completion level aspect of the acquisition went actually easily. We urged a date they usually agreed! We then needed to get residence insurance coverage in place from the date of exchanging contracts and begin checking out different issues comparable to removing van, getting the web into the brand new home and the final bits of packing!

A couple of different points we confronted!

Listed below are a number of different points we faces which I believe will both make you smile or realise that nothing ever goes easily!

Ben examined constructive for covid on the day we received the keys for the brand new home!

After we moved in we found the new water tank has a leak and wanted restore and that Ben’s bathe leaked into the ceiling!

The earlier proprietor had left a great deal of stuff that was not agreed in the home and backyard so we needed to liaise with them to have that moved.

Stuart and I examined constructive for covid the day after getting the keys for the brand new home!

Have you ever purchased a home?

Did you discover the method comparatively straightforward or did you could have comparable stresses to us? Let me know within the feedback beneath.

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