A warm welcome

We finally exchanged (meaning all the money has been transferred not just from you to the conveyancer, but also from them to the property developers – only then do you receive your set of keys)! Contractually, financially, in reality we now own our own place.

While we haven’t moved in yet, we used this day to have a look if anything had changed since the first site visit. We were surprised to find a welcome gift from the property developers waiting for us!

While the flat is empty, it’s quite easy to find a home for everything – not pictured are a scented candle and a fluffy towel. We do reserve the right to change our minds on that count however! What we did spot was a crack in the washbasin board, and reported that the developer right away.


A window-shopping trip

After a first visit to our future home we had to start thinking about how we would furnish our home. Thankfully the Philosopher’s parents are incredibly kind and have offered a multitude of possessions to us to take on to our flat, but given the size and dimensions of the rooms, a three-seater sofa just won’t fit inside.

While we didn’t actually measure our flat (stupid mistake never to be made again, I hope), I traced the outline of the flat from the building brochure, and tried to make the square foot numbers coordinate in scale to the drawing. That gave us approximate numbers which to either meet, or aim for less.


The other problem is of course trying to get a concept from your head onto paper, if not into an actual room, and the more people are thinking about the same problem, the more confusing it gets. For the love of everything that is important to you, don’t be like us and forget the measuring tape or neglect to use it. It will make every decision that follows so much easier.

A site visit

The Philosopher and I are finally moving into our own place. This is the culmination of a consideration of more than a year, but I won’t bore you with the details, as the process was an arduous one:

  • Getting finances in order to be considered by a mortgage lender – only to get an agreement-in-principle;
  • Scouting property developers websites to see if they had any sites that were in commutable (and livable) distance from our respective workplaces – that also took part in the Help to Buy equity loan scheme; and finally
  • Getting the money together for a deposit.

Finally we did manage to find a place that ticked all the miscellaneous boxes we needed or wanted ticking, and we are settling down (for now) in Canning Town in our 1BR flat. Below are pictures from our very first site visit, approximately two weeks before completion.