It’s now just over three years since we moved into what will hopefully be our forever home. That is unless the lure of The Good Life proves too much and I retire to the countryside with an army of goats and donkeys. I love where we live, a little pocket of tranquillity here in London. For me, this house is definitely one of the great loves of my life and we both feel very lucky to have found it.
It wasn’t always that way though. In fact, when I came to view the house one cold December day in 2013, after we’d seen it online and thought it showed promise and then Pete had seen it and loved it, I was totally underwhelmed. Like the first date when you really wish it was already time to go home. It felt impossible to see past the tiny kitchen, the overgrown garden and to think of all the potential it had. About how we’d never grow out of it and could turn it into a truly show-stopping home.
Thankfully the rest is history but isn’t it crazy that we part with so much money typically after a viewing which often lasts only 15-20 minutes at best? Between us we did see our home three times, Pete having viewed it first when I was at work and then me visiting once during the day and once during a rush hour to get a feel for the area. I chuckle to myself at the thought that people could decide to spend the rest of their lives together after just three short dates but stranger things have happened.
We spent the first year as homeowners feeling a little overwhelmed by what we’d taken on. I’d been renting since I left home (where aside from keeping a place clean, maintenance is someone else’s problem) and Pete had owned a house outside Cambridge which he’d bought even before it was built so had very little to do with his place. In the first year alone we had to damp proof the ground floor after huge damp patches started appearing on the walls, spent a freezing winter with ancient double-glazed windows and every time the washing machine ran a spin cycle it fused the electrics in the kitchen. Not a match made in heaven by any means.
Somehow though love found a way. We’d committed to this home, to restore it to the glory it deserved after decades of neglect by previous owners. And of course you can never know from that first viewing about every little issue that a house may have even if you do the most diligent research which we did. We had a great team too from the estate agents (yes, even there we lucked out) to our financial adviser and conveyancing solicitor, all people who can help make the house purchase process as painless as possible.
As time has gone by we both only love our home more and more. We have so many plans and work hard to bring them to life, never regretting for one second the decision we made to buy this house. Whether you’re thinking of buying your first home or will be planning a move at a future date, The Law House Chiswick conveyancing solicitors have put together a fun infographic with top tips to keep at the front of your mind when having that all-important first date with your future bricks and mortar. You never know, it might just be love at first sight…