A Day in the Life: April 2014

This month the Day in the Life link up was meant to happen on the 10th and I actually took photos and everything this time but house buying and moving and cleaning and life got in the way of getting the post written. And here it is 10 days later and I don’t really remember much BUT I do have some photos.

For about 2 weeks it had been raining non stop here so every time we visited our new place it was grey and dreary and the 10th was no different. In fact, one of the things I remember most from this day was the fact that I checked the mail and there were a few snails in the process of devouring all of our mail. So we had some snail mail, literally! Get it, snail.. mail..

Snail Mail

Snail Mail

We also learnt a bit that day about what data cabling we have in the place and it’s actually pretty decent! Nearly every room is connected so we will have the internet everywhere! While we were testing that, I remember taking this photo and marvelling (again) at how cool our stair lights are.. yes stair lights can be cool! 

Fancy stair lights!

Fancy stair lights!

Mostly, I remember being nervous about moving and hoping everything would go ok. Also, walking to work in the rain, again. Fortunately, it did go ok and our moving day cleared up and it was the first day of sunshine we’d seen in a long time.

We’re also working on a new blog, the domain I bought about 20mins after .house was released on the 9th (10th for me) and we think it really suits all our new house things. Take a look if you’re interested – ournew.house – new TLDs are fun!

 

We bought a house!

Yup, Jarrod and I are now bonafide (Chrome is underlining ‘bonafide’ and wondering I actually mean ‘debonair’.. no Chrome) home owners! We (when I say we, I mean Jarrod walked in the rain, I was drinking cider at work) picked up the keys on Friday afternoon after a nervous day of waiting for settlement to be completed. There was going to be  a potential hitch in our settlement but, fortunately, everything went smoothly.

Funnily enough, the settlement was probably the least stressful part of the whole process. If there is one thing I’ve learnt from buying a house, it is that it’s very stressful and frustrating and confusing. You have to deal with 3 separate parties (Solicitor, real estate agent and broker) who only tell you the parts of the process that are relevant to them. I found the real estate agent to be the worst, pushy and rude and just an overall jerk. Although, are there any real estate agents in the world that aren’t jerks? Unfortunately, I’ve never met any.

They all say they’ll keep you in the loop as well, then they don’t. I feel like if they all just were nicer to each other and didn’t snark and blame each other for hiccups the process would probably be a whole lot easier. It seemed that no one was ever at fault for anything, it was always something someone else did. I don’t know how people do it every day. It would drive me crazy.

 At one point, I considered just giving up and renting forever because it was easier. Obviously Jarrod would never have let us do that but I was just over all of the crap we were getting put through.

We’re on the homestretch now though, we visited a few times over the weekend and made our first home purchases – some solar lights for the garden – and considered what else needed to be done and what else we just wanted to do, you know, because we can. I wish I had some decent photos to show but it’s been rainy and gloomy for more than a week here and my photos turned out pretty poorly.

Overall, I’m glad we went through with it because the place has everything we wanted; a nice kitchen, 2 storeys (Jarrod wanted stairs), a downstairs toilet, an ensuite and a decent laundry. Oh, and NBN (basically faster internet). We also got a whole lot more which I’ll hopefully be able to show when we’re there on a nicer day.