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Packing Up Our Life

Last Wednesday we got the grand news that we had exchanged contracts and would finally be moving house! I mentioned a while ago how after having lost 3 buyers towards the end we had lost the house we had put our money into and intended to buy. This left us house-less when buyer number 4 came along and we had lost all confidence in buyers to move forward in finding a new house to purchase, so we sat back and let this sale take its course.

We did in fact continue house-searching but we felt under no pressure to find somewhere fast. A couple of offers down the line we had one accepted. Again, we sat back. We told our solicitors NOT to begin any searches and we didn't contact our mortgage adviser to begin the process of a mortgage offer. We'd lost enough money, we needed to know these new buyers would actually go through with the damn thing! When we finally came to exchange this meant we had to step off the property ladder as we had nowhere ready to purchase.

This made us technically speaking homeless. Rental homes have a minimum of a 6-month contract. We definitely didn't want to be tied into that! We also have a dog AND a non-house-trained puppy. So that wasn't an option either. So we went begging to Grants parents who agreed to take us and our beloved furry friends in. They have quite a small house with four cats already, so I'm slightly dubious about how 4 fully-grown adults and 6 animals are all going to live in content together in one small household. Hopefully it wont all end in disaster!

So we set about packing up our life. Our bed was broken beyond repair so that was the first thing to go to the skip. The sofa, we hated, and didn't want to take up their whole house with our stuff, so we sold it for the grand total of £20 (someone got themselves a bargain there). So we're now living off blow-up mattresses and having to sit on the floor. If our buyers pull out now we're well and truly screwed on the bed/sofa front.




We had intended to rent a van to move all our stuff across, but unbeknown to us, you have to be 25! I'm 23, and whilst Grants 26 he doesn't hold a license! So that plan got chucked out the window and instead we're having to make lots and lots and lots of trips in the car. I have a 3-door Corsa too, so not exactly fit for transporting lots of items. But hey ho.


Working in a supermarket also has its benefits - a never-ending supply of cardboard boxes! Wahey. I also ordered 50m of bubble-wrap of the internet... although having started packing, I'm wishing I'd gone for the 75m now!

Goodbye Life, whilst our stuff isn't technically going into 'storage' in the traditional sense (being a storage unit), none of these boxes will be opened again until we have a place of our own again. I just hope I haven't packed anything important I'll need to reach!

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