The deed is done
So our current house is on the market with a local estate agent now even though the decorator is still finishing off some painting in the kitchen. As seems common in this situation we have high hopes of early interest but don’t know whether buyers are out there and we can expect any serious offers.
It would be nice to have a couple of acceptable offers to choose from but in the current UK housing market I’d probably settle for just one that came somewhere close to a reasonable figure.
Luckily we are in a great position and it doesn’t look like we will be completely dependent on a specific sale figure to buy somewhere with land. Obviously that may change according to the offers we receive but the more money we can get on the sale the better!
We have managed to build up a list of around 5 places which meet many of our original requirements but sadly (and unsurprisingly) none of them meet all the points! Now is the time for some serious property viewing, detailed note taking and extensive internet research so that we’re ready to make our move when a buyer is found for our house!
Without giving too much away, here is a brief summary of our current favourites but this list changes regularly according to our mood:
- A “real” smallholding with all facilities in place but only 3 acres
- A small farm (5-10 acres) with easier holiday let potential
- Another small farm (under 5 acres) with possible holiday let to develop
- A rural bungalow with land (under 5 acres) with some facilities in place
- An “ordinary” house with 2-3 acres on the edge of a village
We’ve already seen and rejected quite a few cheaper fixer-uppers on the internet as we’re not quite brave enough for that. However this quote that I came across in many places on the web still seems very apt:
It is an exciting time where the only limits you have are the size of your ideas and the degree of your dedication
However perhaps the more obvious quote I should use is this (see http://www.epicurus.net/en/carpediem.html):
Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero
(Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future)