Moving house?

Recently I wrote about how my house is feeling too small and also about split second decisions which change the course of a life When I wrote those two posts I genuinely had no idea what would happen next.

We’ve had our eye on a house round the corner for a good two or three years now. We know the people who lived there are very elderly. There’s one thing you can guarantee about very elderly people – they won’t be living there forever. So we were waiting to see if the house would go up for sale. My husband had talked about possibly putting a letter through the door – just to let them know we were interested when they came to sell. I wasn’t at all sure. How do you word something like that?

We’d also talked about an extension. To be honest, I was quite excited about the extension. It would mean a fair amount of disruption, but it would mean a much bigger house, without ever leaving the house, garden and road we love. Even with an extension, the garden would be a good size. I wasn’t sure if the dream house round the corner would be THAT much bigger than our existing house, certainly no bigger than our house with this amazing extension we were thinking about.

But my husband was determined to find out about the house round the corner. So he wrote the letter. It was worded perfectly. I could never have written something like that. A few days passed. Nothing. Then a phone call. Would we like to go and see the house?

We went to see the house and it was perfect. We fell completely in love with it. It’s bigger than we expected, with not four, but FIVE bedrooms. The garden is far bigger than we thought too, almost as big as our own. It has two bathrooms, plus two extra toilets, a large kitchen AND a utility. All I want from life is enough bedrooms to go around, a large kitchen and a utility. But this had more – it had character.

I considered how long I would be prepared to wait for it. I couldn’t do four or five years. But at a push I could probably do two, if I knew that house was waiting for me at the end of it. It would be the light at the end of the tunnel.

My husband stayed to chat to the owner, then he came home and said ‘I’ve bought it’. He was joking of course, but not completely joking. Because in the last few days they’d found somewhere to move to, they’d had their house valued, but hadn’t yet put it on the market. Our letter had arrived at EXACTLY the right time – for us and them. So my husband agreed a price with them. If we can sell ours in a reasonable time, it’s ours.

Sale Signs

This is not our house or the house round the corner

So, assisted by my parents, we’ve embarked on a huge de-cluttering, cleaning and tidying mission. Stuff has been got rid of, walls have been painted. Our house looks… rather nice really. In the estate agent’s photos, it looks amazing. I would be tempted to buy it myself. If I wasn’t so desperate to get out of it.

We’ve had our first viewing and they really, really liked it. Enough to make an offer. A bit lower than we’d like and they’ve still got a house to sell, but it’s a really good sign. Maybe the next person will be prepared to pay a bit more – and maybe they won’t have a house to sell.

Who would have thought that letter I was nervous about writing would have such a dramatic and positive effect?

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. How exciting for you!! Hope all goes well, it’s amazing that your letter arrived at just the right time.

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  2. I can’t believe it!!! Is this the house you’ve talked about before then?? Fingers crossed Sarah x

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  3. Remember your post about fate and ‘things happening for a reason’? It would seem that fate has dealt another hand to you and your family….well done to your husband for making the first move 🙂 How exciting!

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  4. Wow! How impulsive and exciting! Good luck with it 😉 I love moving house :))) x

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  5. Fantastic! I hope you manage to sell and buy the house of your dreams:) yaaay!! It’s a sign for sure:)

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  6. Well done for taking the chance – sounds like the house is meant to be yours. I encouraged my mum to do something similar just recently and write to the owner of a property she loves. Who needs estate agents! Helen

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  7. OMG talk about sliding doors! How very exciting for you. It certainly sounds meant to be. Best of luck with it all.

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  8. Wow that’s incredible! I hope you manage to sell yours quickly! x

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  9. Thanks very much, everyone. I can’t believe we’ve had another ‘sliding doors’ moment!
    Good to hear that others have done this successfully.
    It is the one I’ve talked about before, Uley Girl!
    Can’t believe that some of you love moving house! That is the aspect I’m dreading! Planning to get a removal firm even to move round the corner.

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  10. Wow, that’s fast! We’ve had our house on the market for 12 weeks now and aren’t getting anywhere with it. Hope we get a speedy change of events like you!

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  11. Thanks very much, everyone! As ever, it all hinges on everyone being able to sell their house. Aaaagh! It’s very early days, but I reckon it’s all looking positive so far. No doubt I will be keeping you posted, one way or another!

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  12. Wow amazing! Will think lots of positive thoughts for you but it sounds like it was meant to be 😉 xx

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  13. Wow. What a great way to find and buy a house! Sounds like it’s ideal for you.

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  14. Thanks very much, ladies! I think it will be ideal for us (fingers crossed!).

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  15. Fingers crossed for you, this is a great story. You could be in your new home for Christmas x.

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  16. Who would have thought that writing a letter would provide you and your husband a positive sign and effect? Looking forward to your next post about moving home.

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  17. Thanks very much, Lesley. That’s what I’m hoping! We moved into our current home on 21st December with two toddlers – it was pretty manic!

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  18. From the look of things, I can say that that house ’round the corner is meant to be yours, don’t you agree? Just when you decided to take a step closer to buying it, things started to fall on their rightful places as though the house has been waiting to be bought by you. And I think that’s what made purchasing this house all the more exciting than the fact that it is what you wanted for a house. Well, how are things going? Please update us!
    Armandina @ Churchill Mortgage

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  19. That’s great news, I hope everything goes well for you, I know what you mean about feeling awkward about the letter, you didn’t want them to think of that famous saying “would you jump in my grave so quick” as it may have been literally. Keep us all posted on how the sale is going.

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  20. I hope you are all doing well. Happy New Year and good luck!

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