My house is a little mid terrace number, nothing fancy but it’s mine. Today three estate agents have viewed the house, I’m doing a comparison as that’s what they do on the telly. Now is not the best time to sell, as I posted before work isn’t very secure, but we’ve been working towards this idea of a move for over a year. When is the right time? Primarily, we are moving because of schools, which is very boring. A rise in the birth rate means we are very likely to be allocated the local one. It’s not my choice. Also, I have a yard and would like a garden and I brought this house 10 years ago, pre-Mr Noo, we would like something else, something together.
An elderly man lived here before me, he’d had the house since the 40’s, he was obviously very happy with it as he’d not changed a thing, it had the original electrics and a card in the meter dated 1942 which said ‘do not remove’. Along came me, big chunk of equity from selling a flat in Fancy London and too many evenings in front of DIY SOS and Property Ladder. I had plans. I thought ‘doing up’ a house would take a couple of weeks and involve cheery builders in matching fleeces. I drew up a list; re-plastering, new boiler, heating, kitchen, bathroom, floors, electrics, some internal walls a ceiling or two down. Oh and decoration through out – that should do it, so easy – on the telly!
A lot of weeping and a couple of years and the finished product. This house very much has my stamp on it, it has four double electric sockets in every room because I’d lived in lots of rented houses with one plug socket per floor and developed a paranoia of excessive extension cables. I’ve chosen all the colours with no deference to anyone else’s taste (would anyone else live with red walls?). I don’t know if I thought this house was my forever house, I tend to live without a plan and in the moment, even now we are not sure what our next ‘move’ will be, just that we will move. I am certainly very fond of this house.
This isn’t a look round but it’s some of the best bits, the things I like, will miss and can’t take with me. Three estate agents 15K between the values – what’s that all about?