Last year, my fiancé of 7 years, Tom, and I decided to buy our first home together. We had been looking for 12 months for our perfect property, and actually lost count of how many we viewed. As both sets of parents live locally, we wanted to stay within a reasonable distance from them.
Buying a property is stressful, exciting and expensive but it is all worth it in the end. Eventually, after months of searching on Rightmove, Zoopla and local estate agents, we found a house that we really liked. We viewed it about 3 times before making any decisions, taking our parents with us to get their opinion.
Luckily, both my dad and uncle are surveyors, so they were able to give it a once over before we decided to make an offer. It took hours to decide on a figure, and when we finally did put an offer in, it seemed like ages before we got a response. We were so shocked when our offer was accepted a few days later! Then all the hard stuff started; organising a solicitor, a surveyor, house insurance… I never realised how much there was to do when buying a house!
Eventually, after a very long and stressful 4 and half months, we finally exchanged contracts and completed and were able to sign for the keys the following week. It was such as relief to get those keys in our hands.
Sadly, it didn’t all finish there as we had to have building work done in the kitchen before we could move in as the main RSJ beam had to be replaced.
We also found out that we had bad wiring. Having the whole house rewired took a further 1 month, but eventually we moved in to our new home on the 8th December, just in time for Christmas.
Have you bought a house? I would love to hear your first home stories!