We always expected the house would go quick…It was built in the late 1950’s which makes it relatively modern compared to the majority of the period properties in our area. This means it has the advantage of being more square with a nice wide staircase rather than a steep and narrow one, it also lacks damp and other issues you get with older properties. And even if I do say so myself, well it is a lovely house, beautifully decorated and pretty much ready to move into! The garden is also pretty lush, as designed by Barry. We love our house, and were fairly confident we would be able to sell it for the asking price.
The first step we decided on after the decision to move to France was made, was to get the house valued by estate agents and go from there. We initially thought we might let out the house. However we soon realised that we might be able to buy something outright in the area of France we’re looking at. With that, and following a good valuation, we decided to go ahead and put it on for sale instead.
When the first agent popped round and talked about the house and its’ value, I could see Barry tensing up and his body language showed how nervous he was. I said to him “are you freaking out because you realise this is really happening?”, to which he said “just a little bit!” .
A few valuations later and the house was on market! It didn’t take long for viewings to start taking place (and with it the pressure to keep the house tidy & clean every. single. day!). On 25th October 2017 the house was on Rightmove, two days later we had our first viewing, and almost two weeks later, we had a few offers to choose from. The estate agent was on loud speaker waiting to see whether we approved the offer or not. Barry and I just looked at each other, realising once again that yes, we really were going forward with all this. We said yes, and so just like that, the house was off the market after just 13 days!
I think this will be a recurring theme throughout the preparations: is this actually happening? Are we actually making this all happen?
With every step we take, it’s a reminder that yes, we are selling our house, and moving to France. Our emotions still seem unclear how to process it all. There is a lot of excitement, but also quite a lot of nerves and worries about how things will work over there (what about work? what about schools? what if we’re imaginig this idyllic life but it turns out to be awful!).
But then again, we’re not going to know until we actually get there, are we?
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Have you recently moved and/or sold your house? How did you feel putting your house on the market? Nervous? Excited?