Displaced

Living in a new home feels odd.

When my wife and I moved into our first home together, it was a new build flat. We were utterly thrilled with it. Being the first owners of a flat was also wonderful, but I think it may have also spoiled me a bit. Certainly, home owners would always hope to move into a new home and instantly be satisfied with their exceptionally expensive purchase.

Now that we’ve sold our flat and bought a house, what I’ve found is a lovely house but one in serious need of work. Locks don’t work as well, the hot water doesn’t flow as quickly, the thin walls and creaky floorboards make it far easier to disturb my sleeping baby, the paint is cracking around the radiators, and most bizarrely of all… parts of the house have not been cleaned in years. I never saw all these cobwebs when we were viewing this place.

Which raises my main point… Viewing properties is the most common yet least effective way of deciding whether to buy a home. I recall our first viewing of this house being roughly 15 minutes long. That’s not enough time to decide if you want to spend the rest of your life here. I’ve spent more time in B&Q figuring out what colour paint I want.

Ideally what you’d need to do is live there for a day or a week there to road test it, which obviously isn’t possible (unless the current occupiers are really really accommodating).

That isn’t to say I’m unhappy with it. I’m excited to have a house and am already working hard to improve all the issues with it.

If there’s work to be done, we’ll do it. If neglected parts need some love and attention, that’s what we’ll show them. Because when it comes to family, a house needs to be a home. And if we take care of it, it’ll take care of us.

Expectedly, the first 48 hours were spent living among stacks of cardboard boxes while we assembled the units to pack away all our things. It was one of those times where I couldn’t do all the things I normally would… I couldn’t air-dry dishes normally as the drying rack was still packed away. I couldn’t change my socks because they were all dirty and the new washing machine hadn’t arrived yet. There was no TV or broadband (dun dun dunnnnnn). It was a time of hard work and no creature comforts.

So naturally, there’s no initial “ooooh aaaahh” of enjoying the purchase. Instead it’s “Oh wow, this is going to take way more work than I thought.”

Nevertheless, the future is filled with opportunity. And I believe that hard work can lead to some of the greatest things in life… including a safe, comfortable home.

The new chapter begins 🙂

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