Some big events in life I choose not to talk about too much. The idea that I might somehow change the fate of these events if I actually say the words. On the flip side of that is the fact I actually feel like I need peoples advice when it comes to relocating. I have said it before but often a place may look pretty but completely lack any community spirit or vice versa.
If any of this is news to you. We are currently looking to relocate. Trying to find somewhere that is a good commute to Si’s job and also a place that is accessible to get to London too. It has been such a culture shock. Even though I would like to think I am pretty savvy when it comes to house prices, the properties that we can afford in areas such as Berkshire, Surrey and Hampshire are very different to what we could afford if we stayed where we are.
I have always been motivated by the house we live in. Always wanting it to be a place that I am proud of, somewhere that feels like home and a place where I can use as a creative outlet too. As I am sure many people do too. I find being at home such a comfort and it is where I spend most of my time. Shamelessly turning down nights out in favour of nights in with a takeaway.
The plan was always to get a renovation project. We have no plans to extend our family and so it felt like a good time to have a project again. However after a recent trip to view houses I found myself in floods of tears. (which is unusual for me as I am pretty resilient to change) I am anxious about fitting in to a new area. Making friends and for the boys to feel at home as soon as possible. Most evenings I lay awake worrying whether the boys will be happy at a new school. (Their current one is so friendly and they both love it there) I do know that children adapt really well, I personally moved three times during my childhood and don’t remember there being any problems making friends at school. Yet when it comes to the boys I am so desperate to make the right decisions for them.
The last few weeks we have had some serious discussions about the idea of buying a new build initially (maybe for the first 5 years or so). Moving to a new build would hopefully mean our time (as well as our money) could be spent making friends and exploring a new county. It would be a sacrifice on size of house (you often get a smaller new build compared to a complete wreck for obvious reasons) but I think there are a lot of positives and I like the challenge of adding character to a new build too. The ones we have been looking at are often characterless, very square rooms which works in favour of some of the Scandinavian interiors that I absolutely love.
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We have narrowed our search down to a few areas with Farnham, Fleet and Wokingham currently coming out top. (Actual favourites are Henley-On-Thames and Marlow but our bank balance says no) Out of our short list my preference is Fleet, which I feel is controversial as Farnham is definitely prettier. I love all the woodland surrounding Fleet and I have some concerns about whether I would fit in somewhere as wealthy as Farnham. Whenever I ask peoples opinion they absolutely gush over Farnham but I am keen to find the balance between living somewhere nice and not having to completely sacrifice on space.
That is all the updates that I currently have. We haven’t yet sold and it would be nice if that didn’t happen for a few months because the boys would get to finish their school year. If you have any advice on relocating or the areas I have mentioned I would be so grateful to hear it!
I just hope there are some people that like talking about crime dramas and hair curlers where ever we finally move to!