If feels very calm at the moment. But I know it will not last. So I’m savouring the moment.
House move calmness
It’s coming up to three weeks since I accepted the offer on our house. After the initial flurry of activity, my solicitors have gone quiet. Checking progress, there is a tick against every action that has needed to be done and they are now waiting for the buyer’s solicitor. I’m not surprised, as there is less work for my solicitors to undertake.
But, I’m sure there will be a flurry of questions to respond to soon. However, the buyers requested to pop round to measure up and check a few points. Naturally, I’m more than happy for them to pop round, it’s all part of the sales process.
The buyers are a lovely couple. When they came to view the house, they took their time, really chatty and asked lots of questions. The viewing was more than an hour and they looked at every nook and cranny. The length of the viewing was a little un-nerving. I’ve never had a viewing for that period of time. It was definitely worth it.
After they put the offer in and it was accepted, they asked if they could come back. I obliged. Two coffees and lots of questions later, the tape measure was out. An hour later, they finish off in the garden. Their farewell message “we hope to be in by Christmas”.
The day after, I welcome their building surveyor. A couple of hours later, all done. Whilst I am very calm about things, it is also a nervous time. There are no negative signals, if anything, the opposite.
With the confidence the house sale is progressing and activity gathering pace, we’ve continued to look at rental properties. We’ve a triangle of small towns we’re looking at to ensure easy bus or train to college for my daughter. Demand definitely outstrips supply.
Sharing my news
For the last couple of days, my distraction to looking for somewhere to live, is to tell my mum and siblings of my plans.
My mum lives about 5 hour drive away. Due to the recent pandemic, she’s been shielding and taking great care to look after herself. Like anyone in their mid 70’s, she is endures the occasional health challenge. A recent hip replacement was tricky for her, but has given her loads of energy to get back out walking her dog.
I jumped in the car, and headed south. After the general catch up, I told mum I’ve sold the house. A barrage of questions. After the initial shock, she is really supportive. This is a massive change for her, and I know that she will be going through a whole mixture of emotions. But she supports all of her children in their decisions, and this is no different. However, it will be tough for her.
My siblings are different. We’re supportive and there for each other, but we don’t live in each others pockets. We all live at least a 2 hour drive apart and we have separate lives with our respective families. We’ll drop anything to help each other out, but also acknowledge our independence.
So a simple photo of the ‘sold’ board on WhatsApp was enough to let them know of changes a foot. Quick few messages. No doubt there will be some inquisitive phone calls later.
It’s been a couple of days sharing my exciting news. Now back to the packing and sorting the house out for the move.
Best wishes – Felicidades