Thursday, 10 May 2007

It's all about the house

So the surveyor guy's just been on the phone having checked over the house we want to buy and....[sharp intake of breath].... on the whole it's fine. [Big sigh of relief.] It's an old house so there is damp and bits and bobs wrong, but that's just par for the course and overall, no huge dramas. Of course, the room that I'd got my eye on as my new office (mine, all mine, gimme gimme) is the main problem area, damp as the Bristol Channel and will need 'tanking' apparently, which all sounds a bit alarming. It did reek when we looked round, but I'd assumed that was just because some smelly students had been staying there, and it was the pong of ripe socks and pants and trainers. (When we looked round the house, there was also the strong whiff of spliffs - with a nice top note of cheap aftershave that had obviously been sprayed around in an attempt to mask it. Did notice a rather smeary mirror lying on the bed too. Loyd Grossman, eat your heart out...)
I had a bit of a wobble at the weekend about, Oh my God, this is the most expensive purchase of our lives and we've barely been in it for 20 minutes! Are we mad? Are we buying a complete dump?, so we're going back for a second look this weekend, and to meet the owner. Can't wait now. I have been holding back from falling in love TOO much with this house, in case there was something terribly wrong with it and we had to pull out but it's all looking good so far...

Next week we might even start talking about exchange dates. And then - at last - I'll be able to apply to move the kids into a new school, to find out if they can be squeezed in. We are going to have to go through an appeal process, I think, so I am braced for some despair, angst and possibly a bit of moaning...

9 comments:

hellojed said...

Good news about the survey! I'm sure your instinct was on the money and that you'll fall even deeper in love with it when you walk through the door again. (I'd block out the school red tape if I were you!)

Lucy Diamond said...

I hope so. We are taking the kids with us to see it for the first time, so I hope they don't all start crying and saying they don't want to live there!

Dina said...

We have been trying to sell our flat so we could buy an old house too... but it has become a bit of an issue as property at the moment is on a stand still.. which leaves me wondering and dreaming for now.

Lucy Diamond said...

Hi Dina - I know, the property market has gone a bit weird lately, not much happening. There might be a surge at the end of this month though, as people rush to put their properties on before these new HIPs come in.
Good luck, anyway, with all your dreams...

Drunk Mummy said...

Victoria Wood said that she spent more time choosing her shampoo than looking around the house she eventually bought. Its so true!
Good luck with the second viewing (make sure you spend more than twenty minutes there!)

JJ said...

I think you've taken the the survery results very positively: you are after all going for another look. The reports always sound monstrous as though the whole place is about to collapse on the ground. Surveyors are such cheerful creatures.

Yes, Lucy, I thought your pornstar name was very difficult to beat! However, I don't think I'd ever want to run into her in a dark alley!

Lucy Diamond said...

I like that Victoria Wood line - sadly true in my case too.
We actually videoed some of the house as we were walking around so we've been able to watch it again on TV, which has been dead handy. Didn't get it all on film though - some of the rooms were full of stoned, slightly paranoid students, so we didn't want to scare them!
My big worry is taking the kids there. I am desperate for them to like it - we are having enough of a job persuading them that leaving their school and friends and everyone else we know is a Good Thing. Still, I do have my secret weapon of promising pet rabbits, if they hate it!

Hi JJ. We haven't actually seen the full report yet, the guy rang us to talk it through on the phone. It might make for horror-story reading though when it does arrive!

Omega Mum said...

Well done with your book. Enjoying your blog. I'm gradually discovering Blogworld as a relative newcomer - either like non-stop coffee morning or living on street that stretches to infinity and gradually getting to know the neigbours.
Good luck with the house (in real world).

Lucy Diamond said...

Hello Omega Mum - love that analogy about the everlasting street - know exactly what you mean. I have been hanging around in the writers' area of Blogworld for ages, but recently disovered the juicy delights of all the mum blogs lately (yours included) - now I'm going to be wasting even more time catching up with everybody!