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Finding the perfect house

Over the last couple of days, I’ve put a lot of thought into where we want to move to.

The house, the area and the price.

Today, I spent a bit of time trawling through Rightmove looking for the perfect house.

I expanded my search a little wider than usual, both in terms of price and area. And suddenly, staring back at me was my ideal house.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. It needs a lot of work and the price was a lot higher than I’d been hoping for, although still in our price bracket.

But what it has got is absolutely bags of potential. The house itself has plenty of space for us all, plus a self-contained annexe that we could rent out.

The whole interior needs an awful lot of work, but that would just mean that we could make it our own.

Outside, there is a workshop and garage which would be perfect for me to work in. There is also land that is crying out for a little development.

Best of all though, it is in the most beautiful area of countryside you could imagine, and near to a lovely school.

Throughout the house hunting process, I’ve found a few houses that I didn’t hate. There really hasn’t been anything that I’ve loved.

As soon as I saw this one, I was certain it was the right house for us. I sent the link to my husband and by the time I’d pressed send, I was on the phone to the estate agent.

While I waited for them to answer the phone, I was imagining which rooms we’d all have, how we’d decorate it and what I’d do with the workshops.

I thought we could rent the annex out cheaply to my sister and her boyfriend for a while if they wanted to get out of home.

We’d probably get planning permission for the little area of development first, to free up a bit of cash to do up the house.

I’d have a farmhouse kitchen, an en-suite master bedroom with a dressing room and a huge bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath.

Outside, we’d have a lot of lawn for the girls to play on. We’d have a trampoline in the garden and a proper swing, slide and climbing frame.

There would be trees so that the girls could grow up building dens like I did. I’d be happy to hire a gardener until I had time to manage the garden myself.

The telephone conversation with the estate agent went something like this:

Ring ring, ring ring.

Hello, this is Rebecca at Shatters Your Dreams Estate Agents, how can I help you?

Hi Rebecca, I’m phoning about the beautiful house you’re selling at gorgeous street, dream town.

Rebecca: Ah yes, that is a lovely house, I really like it. It’s sold.

Me: Great, when can I look arou… sorry, what???? Sold to who? I’ve only just pressed send on the email, my husband can’t have bought it yet.

Rebecca: We might have something else similar, can I tempt you with the house we’ve got on crappy road, arse avenue in scum town?

Me: Yeah, thanks that sounds great, when can I see it?



  1. June 20, 2015 / 9:56 am

    oh poor you – I hate sucky real estate agents that do that to you and then try to sell you something less than what you’d set your heart on! Hang in there – the perfect house will come & you won’t want to have settled for something on crappy road in scum town 🙂 Sending happy house vibes your way x

    • June 20, 2015 / 10:43 am

      Thank you Leanne, I am hoping the perfect house turns up soon!x

  2. Natalie / UEM
    June 20, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    How bloody annoying!! Did you leave your details in case the sale falls through? It’s really annoying when that happens, we had the same with renting where we found a perfect one and then it was gone by the time we called the agent. I’m really chuffed that R’s parents fought hard for this house as there was already an offer on the table when they put one in. I love living here. But, if we hadn’t have got this one I’m sure there’d have been another dream house!!

    • June 20, 2015 / 4:52 pm

      Yeah, I’ve left my details and we’re seeing the agent on Monday about another house so I’m going to pester her then to phone the vendor and tell them that we might pay more for it and we want to look around. I really hope the sale falls through and we end up getting it, it’s just so perfect and I’m so annoyed that it didn’t just fall into our laps!x

  3. Izzie Anderton
    June 20, 2015 / 5:39 pm

    How infuriating for you… don’t give up hope, there’s bound to be something even more perfect on an even more gorgeous street! Failing that the original sale could always fall through!

    • June 20, 2015 / 6:03 pm

      Ah thank you Izzie. It’s so rare to find anything with that sort of potential within our price range. I am hoping beyond hope that the original sale falls through!!x

  4. June 26, 2015 / 8:21 am

    Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that. It’s weird at the moment – it’s like everyone I know is moving house. Around here properties are sold as soon as they hit the market, so some friends is getting really frustrated that every time they ring to book a viewing it’s already gone, while others are really excited because they put their house on the market one day and it was sold the next! We have a big influx all the time from London, which is driving the prices up (instead of being a slum we’ve suddenly become trendy).

    • June 26, 2015 / 3:14 pm

      Thanks Maz, it’s not a disaster, there are plenty of places about. I was just annoyed at the time that I wasn’t being gifted my dream house on a nice shiny silver plate 😉 Mercifully, the sort of houses that we like tend not to be the ones that are snapped up quickly. I just can’t bring myself to live somewhere that’s “normal” so we go for the quirky places that tend to be a little more difficult to sell. We’ve got a week of house viewings coming up from this evening. Deep breath… wish me luck 😉

  5. Anita Oakley
    January 7, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    I was looking forward to a happy end here but this is just horrible! It took us a while to find the perfect shell for our dream home but we finally found and bought it and I’m sure you will find something even better and will be happy about this initial loss. Don’t forget to survey the new house before buying it 😉

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