It’s that time again. Although it’s only been just over a year, we’re looking to pack up shop and move again but this time at least we’ll be moving into our very own castle / pile of bricks. I’ll tell you what though, as thankful as I am to be in this position, buying a property in or around London is an absolute minefield. Prices are just insane and I think half of the landlords out there have clearly been on the silly sauce if they think people will readily buy what they’re selling. We really, really wanted to build but sadly just couldn’t quite make the sums work this time around so instead we’re simply aiming to get one foot on the property ladder in the best / smartest way possible and putting our build plans on ice… for now. This means that we’re super open minded about properties but it also widens the field of search by about 100 times so you know – we’re buried in listings, estate agents emails and endless cups of tea right now.
The dream would be to find somewhere at a great price, ready for a fairly hefty renovation. Fingers crossed that all the other potential homeowners out there are looking for an easy stress free move so that all the fixer uppers out there are free for us to take our pick from.
If all goes to plan things could be happening relatively quickly so as well as moonlighting as a running blog, this lifestyle blog of ours could also start to feature home and renovation, fairly heavily. I gotta say I’m pretty excited about that prospect! Get ready to watch me geek out over paint and tiles and fixtures and fittings… Oh my!
Anyone out there bought and renovated a property? Or built from the ground up? Any advice would be more than welcome and I’ll be keeping you all updated (whether you like it or not) with our progress.
So exciting! Hope you find your dream place and I can’t wait to read your home decor posts!
Yeahhhh! Love that there are at least a couple of people who will be interested in this shizzle! Ha! me too, love! I’m so excited! (I’m sure a month or so of living in a building site will soon end that! Haha!)
Also, trying to comment on your blog but it keeps trying to comment from really old wordpress and blogger accounts… Not sure how to fix it!? Comment below! :/
‘I absolutely love the level of knowledge and depth of detail you go into here! Also, I’m so jealous of your dancer skills, I have two left feet! Until I’ve had a g&t… then I turn into Beyonce! :D’
Good luck Hayley! I wish I could afford to start looking, but that’s not happening any time soon. Humpf.
Will gladly follow your renovation efforts, as that’s one thing I’d love to do in time with my own place! In a fairly long time, I reckon, at this pace. 😛
Thanks love! Yeah, we’ve gotten very lucky to be honest! Just need to find that perfect pile of bricks now! 😀 Glad we’ll still have at least one reader! Haha! Have you looked at buy to let mortgages? Much easier to get? Worth a try maybe? xx
We bought an old house and lived in it for 7 years before we decided to tear it down and build new. I’m glad we waited to do that because we really thought about what we needed / wanted in a house. We got SUPER lucky with the rebuild – amazingly it only took 3 months from start to finish. We were expecting closer to 5 months. The one piece of advice that I’d give is if you want to stick to your timelines / budget, don’t fall in love with anything that’s going to take longer than a couple of weeks to get. 🙂 Enjoy the house hunting!
Oh my days! 3 months is amazing!! But then I guess that’s partially down to 7 years of planning! Haha that is great advice… Even with a hefty renovation we’re going to have to be pretty strict with ourselves! Thanks lovely!