We bought our current home some six years ago – and my how those six years have flown by. When we moved in, it was just Damian and I, and, in that first year we did a lot of work to the house – new doors at the front and replacing all the guttering to start. This was swiftly followed up with some big electrical work and then a complete overhaul of all the bedrooms – new ceilings and walls, plastering and skirting boards and flooring. We barely stopped to catch our breath. Then, 14 months after moving in, Mr D arrived.
Since then the house has filled with two more children, and with them more and more stuff. A house that once felt huge is starting to feel cramped. We have continued to do work including cleaning and boarding out half the loft space to create storage, replacing the skirting and flooring in the dining room, replacing radiators and installing a wood burning stove. We have replaced the roof, turfed the garden and the house is very different to when we bought it.
I’m generally content with the house but, a few weeks ago a house came up for sale, that, at a push we could afford. It is bigger and has the larger family kitchen I crave. I can see how the space could work for us but it would also mean committing more money to mortgage payments, and of course the higher water, council tax and fuel bills that come with a larger home. It would mean a significant change to our financial plans for the next ten years.
Since seeing this house I feel restless in our current home. There is work that needs doing that we can’t do at the moment – our hallway is in dire need of replastering as well as new flooring going down along with new skirting boards. The hallway has dark flooring that makes it feel dark and tired. Our kitchen units are old and and need replacing and our dining room is crying out for a lick of paint.
I like the idea of moving to a new home, but I think the reality of packing it all up and moving, with three young children in tow puts paid to that idea for now! Last time around we packed our stuff into a storage unit and bounched from spare bed to spare bed for a few weeks whilst we waited for the purchase of our new house to complete. There’s no way we could do it that way this time!
Last time around we did the move ourselves, hiring a van and roping in help from our parents to move the heavy furniture around. I recall getting up and driving to the new house really early just to get the kitchen stuff unpacked. Damian thought I was mad, but I just wanted it doing ready for us to live in.
The difference a house move would mean this time around is that there is no way we could manage it all on our own and I think we would look to hire a house removal firm via Shiply to help. I think it would be the easiest way to do it and would be worth every penny. Even just moving all the furniure this time is a headache. We have sofas to move as well as three beds, a cot and of course more wardrobes and drawers for us all.
However, unless the house that I’ve seen comes down significantly in price then, for now, a bigger home is just a dream. To combat my restlessness I’ve convinced Damian to do some decorating. He has been busy doing some of the boring things like repairing a drain, refelting a roof and other such things. The jobs he tells me I don’t ever notice need doing – he’s right. If it was up to me the drains would have collpased by now and the roof would be leaking. He has also finished painting Mr H’s bedroom (this is a project that because of really poor quality paint saw one wall be painted FIVE times….). He has also painted the bathroom this week so the next step is to reseal around the bath and give everything a really deep clean.
Our next project to think about is the dining room – I’m hoping this is the project for August…. although this might be optimistic as it’s a big job and I know Damian is keen to get some repointing done to the side of the house. We need to sort out the storage in the dining room as it where a lot of our home ed stuff is kept and we really need to get things a bit better organised. I’ve see a paint colour I like and the next step is to have a think about the furniture in there and how we can utilise it better.
After that, I want to take a look at the kitchen. There is a drawer that needs repairing and I’d like to change the flooring – it’s an awful deep gray at the moment and it’s just so dark and dowdy. I think a lick of paint in there, a new blind and new flooring might really brighten things up. If anyone has any tips for making plain white tiles look more exciting let me know – I’d love to have something a bit more interesting on the walls in there when we get around to sorting it.
I know once I get the clutter under control in the dining room then I’ll feel a lot happier and the restlessness will ease… so for now I’m busy planning and drawing up to do lists and stalking rightmove… just in case the dream house drops its asking price.
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