Home Sweet Home: a Story & a Giveaway!
Can you believe I have been in my new house for over two months now? Well it’s true!
I have been busy settling in and sorting things out but I have also just tried to soak it all up. This is our dream house. Finally we are in a place that we grow into rather than grow out of. The house where I can see my kids develop into teenagers and into adults.
A home where Nathan and I can comfortably grow old in. Except for the stairs – they may be a little hard to negotiate when we are old and grey and riddled with arthritis….
I suspect I have been savouring it all and, in a way, jealously guarding it because it took us so much time and energy and expense and heartache to get here. I also suspect that’s why I haven’t shared a lot of it with you all as yet.
You see, it’s still MY place, MY sanctuary.
The truth is, the road to this house started over ten years ago when, in 2002, Nathan and I bought our first house. Well, technically it wasn’t a house, it was a unit, but it was a foot in the market when prices were sky-high and properties were selling within hours of being placed on the market.
It was a villa in a large complex, easy to maintain, cute and very us. However, after welcoming two children in eighteen months, we decided we wanted to upgrade to a real house with a real yard. So in 2006 we sold, rented for a year and bought our first real home in 2007, a homely little house with a massive 900 sqm backyard.
Overcompensating? You bet!
Fast forward a few more years. We had added another child to the brood and were now a family of five living in a tiny little house on a huge block with one living area and a single toilet. The kids were rapidly growing and we all needed more space to spread out and have our own space.
Despite the great location, it just wasn’t working. After looking futilely into extensions and renovations it was clear that something had to give.
So, in 2012 we sold our first real house (sadly and very reluctantly) and moved into another rental while we sorted out our future. After attempting to buy a property which fell through and subsequently becoming disenchanted with the offerings on the market we took the plunge into unknown territory and bought a block land.
We had high hopes of building our dream home on our dream block of land with views that would never be built out. However, after having setbacks with a couple of potential builders we realised building really wasn’t quite right for two indecisive people such as ourselves. So it was back to the property market for us.
After endless open houses with reluctant kids in tow, countless hours spent researching online and a continually revising our list of requirements, we finally found the one. After a period of tense negotiation we finally secured it and the rest, as they say, is history!
While lots of things changed throughout all those years, one thing remained a constant – our drive to research the property market and identify the best property available for us and our situation at that time.
In those early years we relied on the good old weekend property guide in the local paper but nowadays there are endless ways online to find “the one” from the comfort of your own home, in your jammies, while you watch trash TV…
One such avenue is realestateview.com.au which provides a whole plethora of information for would-be buyers. As well as providing property listings it also has an advice centre and a blog with heaps of useful information whether you are looking to buy, rent or even let a holiday rental.
It also has a fun interactive quiz that can tell you what type of buyer you are, whether it be a Stress Shifter, Master Negotiator, Digital Mogul or The Supervisor. Apparently I’m a Supervisor – I would much rather delegate the dirty work to others than do it myself…alas, while true, I have never quite mastered that even in all the moves we have undertaken!
To celebrate my successful move after all these years and because the people at realestateview.com.au are a generous lot, they are offering one reader the chance to win a $50 Officeworks voucher. That could come in handy even if you are not considering a move in the near future!
To be in with a shot just tell me your number one tip for a successful move. My number one tip is to outsource whatever you can – removalists, cleaners, gardeners – make it as easy on yourself and your family as possible!
The best tip (as judged by me) will win the voucher. It’s that simple.
The competition will run until 6pm AEDST Thursday October 17. Note the giveaway is open to Australian residents only.
Disclaimer: I received a $5o Officeworks voucher as part of this promotion.
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