We're in the throes of house-hunting. Again. This time propelled by my wonderful estate agent, Elisabeth; whose secret deepest longing must be to get us housed and settled ASAP!
She calls regularly to update us on houses we've viewed, houses new on the market, houses outside our specified neighbourhoods (this happens when,"It ticked most of your boxes and so I thought it was worth a look"), she is good.
In my books, house buying is a mix of heart and head. The houses we're considering are all head and low to zero heart. This doesn't feel right. Is it possible to be too sensible when making such a (huge) purchase?
I'm not holding out for my dream house, it's just that I'd rather feel a little excitement over the place we'll call home for the next few years. What's become apparent from house viewings is that we will need to address our stuff. For instance, one (or both) of our beds will have to go, to be replaced by a double (or queen if I'm lucky) bed. To be fair this would be the case whichever house we settle on. Houses in our price range don't have bedrooms large enough to properly accommodate a king size bed + bedside tables + room to open wardrobes + dressers without engaging skilful manoeuvres. And there are few things I hate more that feeling cooped up in a room chock-full of furniture!
I knew at the onset that house buying would be all-consuming, overwhelming, scary and make us question and doubt ourselves, each other, even our family and friends. Lately I've been doing what I do in these situations, I've been asking questions.
I've asked everyone I know about their homes: their favourite space(s), how they got it (inheritance, auction, own build...), what they would change, what they can't live without...I learnt so much.
For the curious:
My favourite space is: my "hotspot" - a corner of the living room where I sit with my back against the radiator and knit, read, watch TV, eat my dinner...
'how they got it': we're renting.
I would change: the thermal efficiency or swap the windows for hermetically sealed double glazing, damn the consequences.
I don't know that I can't live without it but I would miss the airing cupboard.
How would you answer?
How would you answer?