So, suddenly, we have a bit of land. This bit of land.
And that’s a bit of native reserve on one side, and then the sea beyond.
We were expecting the whole process with the other buyer to take a lot longer and be a bit more fraught. We thought he might come back with a better offer. We thought he might rush through a sale of his own house. We weren’t counting our chickens.
But in the end, just 3 days after we finally got our contract signed, the other buyer has dropped out. The section is ours. We just need to forward the seller the deposit.
We know that it’s the first step in a very long journey. Rob has never owned property before, but I have and it didn’t work out so well for me the first time around. Buying a “fixer-upper” with my ex pretty much took a struggling relationship and flushed it right down our filthy, apparently-used-by-vagrants toilet. Ten years ago, I swore I’d never do this again. Build another house? You must be joking.
But hopefully it was all just a process of learning what not to do this time. Don’t try to do all the building work yourself. Hire contractors. Don’t cut corners and under-fund the project. Tackle what you can afford, and finish before you move in. Don’t underestimate the importance of little things like curtains and a place to do your laundry – the long-term lack of that stuff will drag you down. Hanging all your wet clothes on ropes across the living room every day isn’t “like camping”, it’s “like a slum”.
… Oh, and don’t buy an old commercial property in a high-crime area. The amount of burglaries and vandalism you’ll suffer is heartbreaking.
Not here though. Not on this little piece of land…