Home Build Update #1
On June 30, 2012, we took the plunge and placed a holding deposit on a block of land.
Our block of land.
We are excited. We can’t wait to build the house of our dreams. We can’t wait to become a member of the new local community. We can’t wait to finally be settled in our ‘forever home’.
But there are a few challenges in our way. Like the fact we are complete building novices. We didn’t even build the wooden swingset in our old backyard, that was my Dad’s handiwork!
I know that shouldn’t really matter as we’ll get builders to do that for us, but I would feel more confident if we knew a little more about the whole process. I can see a steep learning curve in front of us…
It also doesn’t help that we don’t have the best track record at making decisions. It seriously took us nearly 4 years to finally come to a decision about the future of our last house and we are already confused at the plethora of house designs and building companies out there.
Our decision-making problems come down to the simple fact that we are not confident that we will make the right decision. We have been burned a few times already and this is a huge step for us. You can understand our desire to not get this wrong!
Finally we are grappling with our own aversion to taking risk. We don’t want a huge loan but we still want our dream house. Classic case of wanting the cake and eating it too. Or having champagne tastes on a beer budget. You get the picture.
We will eventually work that one out but it is consuming us at the moment. Do we try to stretch ourselves to get our dream house or do we pare back so we can have a good house and still afford to have little luxuries along the way as well?
What would you do?
In other news, we have signed the contract for the sale of the land and are currently awaiting instructions for exchange and we have applied for a loan too. It’s all happening. We just have to decide on the right builder and the right house at the right price for us. Simple, huh?
While we may be less than stellar at making decisions, I know we are incredibly lucky to have a choice at all. That’s why I’m linking up with Kate Says Stuff for Thankful Thursday.
Just so you know I plan to post regular updates about the building process so make sure you come back again soon to see how we are progressing. I do expect us to make some progress, eventually…!
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