So, I’m absolutely gutted to say that, despite my announcement on Monday, we were not able to move today (Friday). I know there will be disappointment as you are waiting on me to share more of the new house but alas, the buying and selling system in this country is so incredibly flawed that things like this can happen. Unfortunately, we received some incorrect information from our solicitor and was told that everyone would be ready to go come Friday but we then found out that this was not the case and the owners of the property we are buying were still missing information and weren’t as far along as what we’d been told.
At this point, we’re just waiting to see how much more time it will be before we can move in. Wayne has a job that he’s going to be starting in early March and so we are really pushing for everything to happen as quickly as possible.
Despite my disappointment (and a million other emotions), I’m trying to look at the positives. We thought we were rushing into a move unexpectedly and we had so much packing to do that we were going to enlist the help of some movers for the packing part but now, we may be able to get it all done ourselves and save the costs of that. It also means I have some more time to actually organise the packing a little better (and clear a few drawers/cabinets I hadn’t got to) so that’s a plus!
I know for my readers in the US and beyond, it may seem a bit strange that a move date can suddenly appear and then change within a few days. The truth is, the whole way the process is structured – in my opinion – is deeply flawed and there are so many things that can potentially go wrong for everyone involved in the ‘chain’ of homes throughout the entire process. It’s incredibly stress-inducing but well, it’s just what we have to deal with. As an ex-pat, you know how much I love living here in England and there are so many positives but the house buying and selling system is a nightmare!
My not-so-pretty-at-the-moment living room!
Of course, I thought I’d be taking this week off the blog and returning next week when we were in the house but my schedule has kind of been thrown out the window! Ha! So I’ll just have to apologise now and say my posting may be a bit sporadic over the next couple of weeks as we try to work out the details of the move dates and I’m going to continue to pack up the house! Our home has been torn to bits as you can imagine and we’ve got boxes in nearly every single room so I don’t have any pretty pictures to share – sob!
Massive thanks to everyone who commented on my post, though – I’m so happy you are as enthusiastic as I am for us to get stuck into a whole new project! The support and excitement have been amazing and I’m so grateful you guys are along for the ride!
Happily, I’ve been able to squeeze in a little DIY that I’d been planning for a while that I’m super excited about which I’ll be sharing on Monday. I also want to chat soon about some gorgeous Spring colour trends that are inspiring me at the moment so do stay tuned for that! In the meantime, I hope you can just be patient as we transition into our next adventure – I promise it’ll be worth the wait!