Friday, 2 April 2010

My brain hurts...

Just for a short time it would be nice to stop thinking - or at least to only consider banal stuff like how much chocolate to eat and whether I really need a second glass of wine. (I do, actually) We have been stuck in analysis paralysis for a week or more, the final and most traumatic of the decision making process which has been gathering pace since last summer.

Last summer, we decided we really would benefit from more space, and despite loving our current home we decided to put it on the market and at the same time consider the alternative - extending. The latter initially appeared ideal but we hadn't bargained for our new neighbours (retired couple with little else to do it seems) putting up the mother of all fights to ensure our plans were blocked, befriending the local council and making THE most ridiculous song and dance about the mere duplication of what everyone else in our situation has been doing on this estate for years. I guess it served to focus the mind, and although we revised, resubmitted and had plans of a sort passed we became committed to moving.

Then R changed jobs, and the nice little plan or dropping J at his early morning school bus each day started to look less than realistic. Throw the proposed dissolution of our Middle School System into the equation, with the peak disruption poised to coincide perfectly with H's transfer and moving started to look extremely attractive. Time to simplify, consolidate and upgrade. Cool.

Pity the Recession didn't share our new found enthusiasm. The ridiculous HIP requirement has resulted in a housing market less fluid than treacle and now completely lacking in the "just testing the water" percentage which previously gave a more dynamic feel. We've had plenty of viewers. We *apparently* have at least two buyers - but they can't sell either and thus the whole thing grinds to a halt something like Essex roads after the Winter of Discontent which created more pot-holes than the lava roads of Lanzarote. I know - I've been there.

So, in a potentially futile attempt to swim against the tide of apathy endemic in the housing market we are going to brave, possibly foolish and most definitely proactive. We're buying, never mind the selling.... but which one? A choice of two...... and that choice is, quite literally, doing my head in. We've done the floor plan comparison, walked countless times from each to the school three of the children will attend, considered the immediate locality for both and compiled copious "for/against" lists. None of it helps but seems to merely add to the general confusion however, so I seriously think we have only one option left, that of tossing a coin!

So major changes are imminent in the lives of all family members which we (all, actually) find quite exciting, and hopefully we will surge past the current Stalemate and emerge with a new home and proposed lifestyle in the next week or so! I'll keep you updated - and if you know anyone who wants to buy a lovely 4 bed, please send them our way!!

18 comments:

  1. Ooh good luck! Moving house is so stressful so I hope it all goes as smoothly as possible for you :)

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  2. As this was 5 years ago, I'm wondering what the outcome was...did you move? Did you manage to sell your place?

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    1. Yes! Eventually!! But we lost the house we were trying to buy, and the one after that so had to sleep on floors at Mum and Dad's for 6 weeks, but ended up with a lovely new home.

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  3. oh dear i remember this, luckily it all falls into place when you realise what you truly need and want , good luck x

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  4. I have never been in a position to buy a house yet but I am really dreading it! I am sure everything will work out for the best x

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  5. I find moving house totally stressful from start to finish, I hate it x

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  6. Moving house is such a stressful time - I hope it all worked out well x x

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  7. I'm glad it all turned out ok in the end! I dread the day when we will need to move house....

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  8. I found moving house the most stressful thing ever. I hope your move (to whichever house) is smooth and peaceful. Oh and begone nasty neighbours

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  9. Oh gosh what a trial this must have been for you (glad to see you did find a house, even if it wasn't one of two you thought it would be). x

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  10. My friends family are having that situation with a neighbour at the moment, one who they had always got on well with and helped out. People! I'm glad you got a new house in the end, I desperately want to move - too small for our needs!

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  11. Moving house is just such an upheaval but sometimes you have to go for it. I hope that it all worked out for you.

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  12. It sounds like you had a bit of a nightmare from the get go. Im glad it all worked out for you in the end though and hopefully you are all super happy with the house you are in now? xx

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  13. Oh yes change can be really good, all the best, Mich x

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  14. Moving house is so stressful but I also quite enjoy it - change is good I always think!

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  15. I am desperate to move house and we really need somewhere bigger but hubby was made redundant last year and although he is working again now it wiped out all our savings

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  16. Hope you found somewhere you loved in the end! Moving house is so stressful isnt it.

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  17. I hope it all went well - I have moved couple of times and it is horrendous!! Kaz x

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