Well yesterday (interestingly to coincide with the full moon) I officially signed on the dotted line with my real estate agent and lawyer so now there is no turning back. Lock it in thanks Eddie. I’m actually excited this time, unlike the last time I sold my place where I had a real sense of regret as I had to sell it out of necessity. I still regret selling it and buying my current place but I guess things happen for a reason. If I hadn’t bought this place, which I hate living in, I would never have seriously considered my move to the country. I’ve thought about it for years as I’ve mentioned before but to actually do it… if I was in my old place, my old castle and comfort zone, I wouldn’t have been “forced” to make that decision. So I take it as a positive rather than lament the decision 🙂
So now I’m excited to start packing my house, decluttering it to make it sexy for open house and to lure its future owner into making the offer I want to accept. This weekend I’ll be finishing off the odd jobs I’ve been meaning to do and start staging the house for the real estate photographer. My spring bulbs are starting to poke their green stalks up through the ground so the garden should be looking good just in time to have its picture taken.
In a strange twist of fate I happen to have all of my packing boxes (all 57 of them!). I tried to give them away 3 times but for varying reasons the recipients never got around to it or something came up etc so they’re all still safely stored in my garage ready to be used again. Funny how things work out like that… saves me scrounging for boxes again which was a right pain in the butt last time.
Anyway enough day dreaming, gotta get back to work, lunchtime’s over 😦
Well I’ve officially engaged my lawyer and real estate agent to sell my house today. All the rigamarole and paperwork to go through now but it’ll be worth it. Should be on the market in about 2-3 weeks!
Was spurred on by this lil listing today:
Whole bunch of suitable candidates on offer for verrry reasonable prices. I really quite like block 6. Just need to confirm how far they are from work as I’m getting conflicting reports but I’m going to go out there on the weekend and hike around and look.
Even if my house sells before I find a decent property at least I’ll be ready to go when I do find it! And now I need to start clearing out my house and staging it to make it look all presentable and desirable for propsective buyers. Kinda getting exciting now because I’ve made it real rather than just dreaming about it. heheh wonder if I can get Friday off to do some work 😉
Another thing I thought I’d do here is start posting up my “house building ideas scrap book” images that I’ve been collecting. Basically pictures and ideas that have been inspiring me for my house build. And if you have any neat ideas you’d like to share feel free to post it in the comments.
Long time no see! Not much happening at the moment in the property market. I’m still checking the new (and price reduced) listings going on but there hasn’t even been anything worth looking at lately. Bit awful really and its just a reminder to keep my chin up and that good things come to those who wait. I know the right property will turn up when I’m ready and as I said before I think I need to sell my house first and then hey presto the new property will appear.
For some reason my mind has been turning back to my grandparents on my Dad’s side. They were avid gardeners and I think I’ve inherited their green thumb as well as their gardening books. They had the most beautiful garden at their house down at the coast and transformed their little back yard into a big veggie patch with fruit trees and 2 avocado trees that me and my brother had sprouted from seed. I’d forgotten about those trees until a recent conversation where a friend of mine from the US told me that she’d never tasted avocados (shocking I know! ;}). I wonder if those trees are still there, one day I want to go and find out.
The fact that my grandparents had turned their little patch of dirt into a functioning food forest intrigues me now considering that that is what I’m aiming to do. I’m already following in their footsteps as my current place has an apple, apricot, plum and olive tree plus my little 4 bed veggie plot and herb bed. The property that I want to move to will have all of this and then some on a much grander scale as I’d like to provide for others too but it’s strange to realise that I’m following in their footsteps without really realising it.
In reality, farming your own back yard is what everyone of the older generation used to do out of necessity to survive and it looks like we’ve lost the ability to support ourselves due to technology, agriculture, convenience and lack of time (due to needing to work for money). This picture sums up a lot of my thinking recently:
What I do on a daily basis boils down to shuffling paper for no real worth. If I didn’t do it the world wouldn’t come to an end even if my paycheck did. I’m tied to this job because I need the money to pay my bills and keep a roof over my head and food in my belly. But essentially it’s worthless. I have no satisfaction, I produce nothing and I contribute nothing to the world. Just another desk drone shuffling papers. And it annoys the fuck out of me that I’m forced to do this for the filthy lucre.
Part of the reason that I want my property is to reduce some of that feeling of uselessness. To be able to produce my own food, or part thereof. To install solar power panels so that I’m not reliant on the grid. (bit of fuckin peace and quiet from my damn neighbours dogs!!). I’m still going to need to work to pay off the land but at least in the interim, the small things will make me feel like I’m being part of a solution and self reliant rather than just another consumer.
And to kinda tie in with all of that, the below link is another part of the reasons I want to do what I want to do and is well worth a read if you’ve got some time:
back to the paper shufflin… ;}