Sunday, October 18, 2009

Long time, no blog!

Oh my God! It's been so long since I've blogged, and soooo much has happened.

The biggest thing is that we've put our house on the market, and bought a new one!

We've been thinking about it for a long time, and always put if off due to the many baby boys we have been producing. Since Austin has come along, our small house has seemed tiny, so we thought about extending. We love our suburb, adore our street and neighbours, so it seemed like a logical thing to do. After chatting to my mate in the chemist (we can talk for ages, until my boys start whinging that they want to go, and I don't even know her name!), and her telling me that they investigated extending but it wasn't worthwhile, and the fact that she sold her house straight away and bought the perfect one, we decided that we would be over-capitalising, and sought some agents opinions on the house. In the meantime, to get an idea of what was out there, we inspected a house that fit the bill (4 bedrooms, family room). As an afterthought, I asked to have a look at another one that interested us.

You can probably guess what happened. We had a look at the first one, it was OK, nothing special and didn't fit the rest of our bill (rear access, room for a big shed). We had a look at the second and just fell in love. The house was so cool, three levels, with three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs; eat-in kitchen, lounge room, main bedroom (with parents retreat!), bathroom and laundry on the main level; and family room and dining room (to be converted into playroom) downstairs. It's all architecturally designed, so not the cookie-cutter house that is often found in it's vintage and this area. It's all original too, so there is plenty of chance to make our mark. The outside is a bit of a mess, not that family friendly at the moment, but so much potential.

We hadn't even gotten an agent's opinion on our house when we saw it, but it was all we talked about, all weekend. We knew we were hooked. We picked an agent through the week, and we are all sorted now. We have a sign up, the property launch is all booked, and if we don't sell on the day, for how much we want, they drop their price back to the cheaper package. You can't really lose. We went back through the house with all the hanger's on last weekend, Mum, Nan, Monty and the boys all gave their opinion, and they were hooked as well. We made an offer, and after a lot of faffing around, they accepted! We have a three month settlement (we don't get the keys until the 27th of January!) so we have plenty of time (I hope) to sell.

Darren and I are shocking about the sale. The front of the house is spotless, of course, and every time someone slows down in front of the house we peek out the window like a pair of old nannas. We also check the property website a couple of times a day to see how many hits our house has (last count: 97 hits in 24 hours).

Three weeks to go until the big day!

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