At 7.30 this morning our house was on the popular internet property sites. By the time we got home from work at 5.30 p.m, the 'For Sale' board was up in the front garden and we'd had three enquiries and two confirmed viewings for tomorrow evening.
No hanging about, eh?
In a way, now starts the worst bit - having strangers traipsing through your home at all hours asking daft questions and wrinkling their noses at your taste in bathroom tiles. Of course, my interior design taste is impeccable so any nose-wrinkling that occurs will be down to the ignorance of the potential buyers but I am trying to distance myself from feelings of affrontment, and buffer myself against any misguided criticisms. It is a house, I am telling myself. It is not our forever home. It never has been our forever home. In fact, when we first moved here we had planned to stay only three years, four at the most. And eleven and a half years down the line - well, I think we have lasted pretty well, actually.
Anyway, immediate interest in our sale is a positive and encouraging start to the whole stressy process, and has initiated another bout of intensive searching thos evening for our new home. It's always fun, looking at houses for sale, isn't it?
Andy has got holiday booked for the first week of the school Easter holidays in three weeks' time. It'll be when we start our house search proper as we shall need to have whole days or a couple of days away to travel to our chosen areas to look at houses. We have already decided we are going to take our time over this search. We are not going to be pushed into making hasty decisions, but what we do have on our side this time is over 11 years of joint home ownership experience so we know what to look for based on what irritated us within a week of moving into this house. To that end we shall be:
1) flushing loos to check for water pressure and bizarre howling noises, ditto test showers for leakage and spitting
2) squeezing earth in gardens to check for soil condition and the presence of anything too clayey or sandy
3) scrutinising roof for shoddy, slippy tiles and rusty guttering
4) ditto ceilings under bathrooms for dubious water marks unless we go for a bungalow
5) checking the state of neighbouring gardens masquerading as rubbish tips - unless we find ourselves down a country lane where the next neighbour is half a mile away
6) check neighbouring fields for planning applications for massive new housing estates
That's it. For now.