eaving London was never going to be an easy decision and so the past few weeks have been a big change for us! After 10 years of living in London we packed up our tiny two-bed flat and got the keys to our very own 3 bed semi in the suburbs
We’d been talking about moving for a while now – our pricey mortgage coupled with the hectic commutes and long days at work just didn’t make sense anymore. The only issue was deciding on where to go. I’m originally from Hampshire and Dave’s from Newcastle so finding a new home in between was always going to be a bit of a mission. In the end we settled on moving closer to my family – somewhere that wasn’t too far from Southampton airport so we could easily fly up and see Dave’s family too.
Our flat in Streatham was on the market for almost four months but eventually we got the offer we wanted. Yay! We ramped up our search down south and booked a full Saturday of house viewings. On the list was a house that needed a lot of work. We took a look around and later that day put in a cheeky offer £20k below the asking price and by the following day our offer was accepted!
We wanted the move to be as stress free as possible and so we paid for a removals team to come and do all of the heavy lifting for us – especially as out flat was on the first floor. I can’t tell you how amazing it was. We literally stood back and watched the three men take everything out of our flat in just a couple of hours. Heaven!
Our flat in Streatham was on the market for almost four months but eventually we got the offer we wanted. Yay!
After a short 70 mile trip down the A3 we let ourselves into our new house and did a mini run around like hectic kids on a sugar high – there’s just so much space!! We also noticed a bunch on moth eggs everywhere but hey we’ll deal with that later. Eek!
I’m so excited to get cracking on with the house (and believe me there’s a lot of work that needs to be done) but I’m also going to miss London. It’s been a fantastic 10 years and I’ve made some lovely friends along the way. It’s only takes 1 hour 20 mins on the train so I’ll definitely be back to enjoy all of the nice touristy things that old London town has to offer.
In the meantime, pass me the wallpaper scraper!!