We’ve found and bought a new house! It’s just down the road in Cabarita, it has a backyard with grass, a guest room, a room each for the girls, a bath in the main bathroom, and a double lock up garage attached to the house. Yippee! We are very excited.
I’ve already been to buy a good old fashioned sprinkler (a classic orange pyramid shaped base with three chrome spinning arms) and pick up some paint colour swatches, and Matt now has a PHD in deck design following extensive research into the Building Code, Australian Standards and having read EVERYTHING there is to read on the internet about decks. The house itself is very liveable, has everything that we need (and more!), but we can’t help dreaming about all the projects we can take on to make it even more homely. Planting a herb garden is top of my list, and buying half of Bunnings is top of Matt’s list.
We found out on a Sunday night in late November that the house was going to be ours, so we made a quick call to our Real Estate agent and told her that with Christmas fast approaching, and with only a 10 week settlement on our new house, we’d need to sell our Breakfast Point apartment quick smart. Could she have photographers there Wednesday afternoon? Yes. It was at that point that my life turned into a home make-over reality show mash up of House Rules and The Block with a ticking clock.
On Monday morning, this is what our place looked like (possibly the worst it’s looked ever).
By Wednesday I’d lost at least a kilo cleaning, running around visiting nurseries and florists and buying outdoor chairs, the obligatory ‘fancy’ bathroom products and fresh towels, cleaning some more, piling up clutter for Matt to take to the garage (in between him putting coats of oil on our weathered deck), and cleaning some more.
Our Breakfast Point apartment wasn’t really designed for a young family of four, but by Wednesday at 1pm when the photographers knocked on my door, our place was looking slick again and ready for the Professionals and Empty Nester buyers. This is how our place scrubbed up. Ta daaaa!
I’m guessing that the 2.5 days of make-over madness was worth the effort because within four days the eventual buyers had made an offer (..if only they’d continued at that cracking pace!) and after three weekends of Open Houses and four private viewings, our apartment was officially sold and we could relax.
Settlement is 6th of February and we can’t wait.
A special shout out to my very clever fella for navigating the way though the complexities of mortgages, solicitors, contracts, tricky Real Estate agents, slow poke buyers, and all the while keeping his cool.
Click here to see the new place in Cabarita. More of our Breakfast Point place can be found here, and if you still want more (including some pictures of the girls room) you can click here and you’ll be taken to my sisters rather lovely blog.