It has been nearly four months since we first went to see the house and so we were very excited to receive the contracts in the post this week.  Despite the house being chain-free there have been several delays but at last it feels like we’ll be picking up the front door keys soon.

We initially lost out on the house to another buyer, then had to convince the seller to let us remove one of the kitchens (in order to prove to the mortgage company that we wanted to buy the property as one house and not flats) and then got stuck in a queue getting the mortgage approved.  During this time we have tried not to get too excited in case anything stopped us from buying the house but hopefully we’re nearly there.

The Boyfriend was actually away when the letter arrived (which delayed us again!!) but he’s now back and today is ‘signing day’.  Due to the fact that the property has been empty the whole time, we thought it best to go and have a final check and so went to look around yesterday.  It was slightly daunting as every mark, wobbly floorboard and crack will soon be on our to-do list rather than just something we notice and quickly walk past but it was also very exciting.  We’ll have our bed, a shower (which we double checked still works) and an oven (also checked) so we should be fine!


About katerenovates

Hello and welcome to Kate Renovates - a blog about my attempts at renovation. The Husband and I have now been living in our house for four years and changes are being made slowly. It's an unloved Victorian townhouse that had been converted into two flats. Armed with a little bit of know-how and bags of enthusiasm, we have turned it back into one house and are transforming it into our home. Many of the original features remain but the flats had been rented out and so none of the rooms were in great shape. Luckily, it has a fully functioning kitchen and we recently finished the new bathroom and so things are getting more and more comfortable all the time. We're learning as we go and sharing our ups (and downs) on here as we try (fingers crossed) to bring the house back to life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog or any tips you may have on our house project, so to contact me, please email
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