This is my first blog entry in our new home! We started looking at houses last July, so it's such a relief to finally be home-owners. We managed to simultaneously exchange and complete contracts last Thursday at five to five, when the deadline was five. Thursday was an extremely stressful day, as it was touch and go all day as to whether we would be able to move before all of the Easter bank holidays at all. We were literally sitting in the removal van with all our furniture waiting for a 'yes' or 'no'. But luckily it all just worked out (no thanks to our solicitors) and we were able to finish moving on Friday, with lots of help from our families.
The new house is great. We've not fully unpacked yet but the good thing is that it is so much bigger than the house we were renting. There's three bedrooms, and I've already chosen which one is going to be my library :) The living area downstairs is bigger and the kitchen is enormous compared to what we had before. It's the first time we've had a house where we've been able to put a large dining table comfortably in the kitchen. The other big change is how quiet the house is - we've gone from a terraced house on a main road to a semi-detached one in a peaceful cul-de-sac. There's a forest to the rear of the property and it's lovely waking up to birds rather than cars and lorries.
Of course, the reason we were able to afford this large (for our budget) house is because it's in need of serious modernisation/decoration. I'm talking 70s style blue bathrooms and gold fitted wardrobes. The kitchen is modern but the rest hasn't been touched for at least ten years and it shows. I'm looking forward to rolling my sleeves up and getting painting. The plan is to do one room at a time, as our finances allow. I can't wait to make it into a beautiful house.
I haven't had time to check anyone's blog since Thursday and I'm on a rubbish three network dongle for the internet as our wi-fi isn't getting installed until April 16th. But as it's Easter Sunday (happy Easter!), I plan to relax this afternoon and have a bit of a catch-up. Have I missed anything?