We sold our home in 3 days – during Covid!

I really didn’t think I would be writing this, but honestly, we sold our 2 bed apartment, during a pandemic, in 3 days! And to say I went into a huge meltdown is understatement.

Those eagle eyed followers will see some of my content will allude to something happening in the property department. And well, we seemed to have managed to sell our current property and buy our first house!!!

We’d been thinking of moving since we got married, and my anxiety towards money had held us back. But the turn of a new year, and some of those quirky aspects of owning an apartment growing old, we just knew it was time to take the plunge.

And then Corona arrived.

But that didn’t stop us. Instead, we used the lock down as time to prep our home for selling and it clearly worked. Within 3 days of being on the market, we had an offer at full asking and we were suddenly looking for our next home. This is about the time I really started to panic – we needed to find a house!

Paired with new viewing restrictions, the surge in the market and even delays to new builds due to lack of material and several weeks of lock down, it was pure hell trying to find a property. We didn’t want to lose our buyer, but we didn’t have lots of time to try and find the biggest purchase we would have ever made.

But as luck would have it, in just a couple of weeks, we had a offer accepted and we were back on the new build treadmill to buy our first house.

Read : How we prepped for selling our home during lock-down

Our New Home

Its funny, this new build site had popped up on Rightmove several times and I had totally discounted it. I will happily admit, I am a house snob and the illustrated pictures did not do the development justice. After my husband noted it down, and we drove to the site, we requested info and went down to the properties. Within 2 days we had fallen in love with a floorplan ( because it was just a pile of bricks ) and had put our little red spot on plot 168.

Now, 15 weeks after our offer, we are handing over the keys to our apartment, and heading back to my parents.

We are so thankful that we have the opportunity to get out of our property and wait for our new home to be finished. There is always a risk when purchasing a new build that all your ducks won’t align, and your buyer not waiting for yours to be ready. We knew, even when we considered a renovation project, that we wanted to get out as soon as possible, living with my parents till we found a house or ours was finished.

Now we wait, and plan, and spend!

It’s expected our property will be ready by the end of November, if not earlier! So whilst lodging with parents, we will be hunting, picking and buying flooring, paint colours and new furniture! With so many plans for the brand new house and bare garden, we have plenty to think about and plan whilst we patiently wait for the finished product.

After chickening our several year ago to chat money and moving, I am so happy with how everything has turned out. Even when a pandemic, moving deadlines and long wait times were looming, we managed to buy a house that offered us everything we wanted ( and a bit more ).

If you’re thinking of moving, do it!

Be a pro packer – Home Edition

Packing. Who likes it? Packing and unpacking food shopping, clothes, suitcases, moving boxes. Whatever it may be it’s a ruddy horrible chore. Yet, with some packing there is an element of excitement. Especially when it comes to packing up your home ready for the next one.

If you’ve been keeping up with my posts, you’ll notice the running theme of buying property, moving and climbing up the property ladder. And to run with the theme, this post is no different. Whilst packing and unpacking is a ball ache, it’s a great opportunity to get rid of clutter, sift through belongings and organise your home.

So sit tight and prepare for the post that will help you pack up your home like a pro and make moving home that little bit easier.

Read :  Why moving out might just be what you need!

Book and organise transport 

First things first, you better organise and book your transport. Make sure you shop around and consider companies like Shiply, who make it easy to find the best competitive price, whatever you may be transporting.

Before packing anything up, make sure you know you can move everything to your new abode.

Grab supplies

Whether it be bubble wrap, boxes, tape or even coffee and biscuits. Make sure you are well prepared, and armed with supplies to start packing. Make sure you have a chunky pen to label boxes, and have sufficient packaging to protect your valuables.

Don’t buy your boxes straight away, hit local stores and supermarkets first, as many will be more than willing to hand over their used boxes for free! Lidl and Aldi are good spots for boxes!

Blast the music and keep it fun and you will be packing your home up in no time!

Moving onto the packing, Go room by room

Rule number one when it comes to packing – always pack room by room. Start and finish one and move onto the next. Going from room to room, and starting a new one without finishing the last will only lead to confusion, mess and above all else, stress!

Chuck out

This is the perfect opportunity to sift and sort through any of the accumulated clutter or belongings that have no place in the next property. Think carefully before just chucking anything away, but be ruthless too. Remember, anything you keep will cost you in removal fees.

Consider new storage

Storing bulk items like CD’s and DVD’s before you move will make packing easier, and unpacking seamless. If you are an avid DVD collector, why not ditch the cases and invest in a mass storing system that takes up LESS room. Purchasing and storing products in this way will cut down removal space and make them easier to unpack the other end.

Read : Being ruthless with your clutter.

Make a ‘last box’

And by the last box, I literally mean the last box that will go in the van. It needs to be filled with the ultimate utensils you will need from the minute you walk into your new home. Consider a kettle, tea bags, milk and mugs. Also make PJs, bedding and toiletries readily available encase you have a late night of unpacking.  Last boxes are LIFE savers and means you won’t have to hunt down the kettle just for a warm cuppa.

Use hanging boxes

Brilliant contraptions are these! Hanging boxes are great for storing and transporting your clothes whilst in the moving process. And what’s better, they will keep them crease-free!

Give yourself enough time

Do not underestimate how long it will take you to pack up your home. After all, it’s your life’s worth of belongings. If you intend to de-clutter before the move, take this into account, as it will add time to sift through and chuck the junk. You are better being packed earlier than needed, than stressing on the evening before.

Read : Signs it might be time to move home.

Packing up your entire home can be measly, but hopefully this lil post has helped you. Keep going and you will be under-way in no time! 

Do you have any tops for packing? 

Something I need to add to the list? 

As always, leave your thoughts in the comment section below! 

Charlotte x