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House Hunting – An Update

Alternative title: As it stands I think I’ve signed for credit checks and for a mortgage in principle and for the deeds and for the rights of my first born child to be handed over to the Devil within moments of birth (good luck with that one Lucifer lad, if the sprog is owt like it’s ma it’ll be a right little bastard …). 

As I mentioned in my last house hunting post M and I had an offer accepted on a houseSince then it’s been a bit of a waiting game interspersed with paperwork. So. Much. Freaking. Paperwork!

But, I can now confirm that the only thing we’re waiting on … is the date of moving!

(Feel free to commence excited squealing here, you know you want to!).

I am terrified, I am excited and I feel so utterly sick, all at once. And that’s not just because I pretty much got lost in the bathroom section of Ikea and became overwhelmed by the assortment of bog seats (who knew there were so many) … Oh no, it’s because I didn’t expect to become a home owner at 30 (though I may be 31 by the time we get the keys – totally not counting or anything). Call me a pessimist but I’m of the mindset of “it ain’t real until all the paperwork is done” … All our paperwork is done. So I guess it’s real.

I also didn’t realise how important things like Toilet Duck and tin foil were … They don’t tell you this shit in school. All I remember from those days (yep, a “back in my day” moment) is using algebra to work out the size of a pen if I owned a goat and how to sketch an apple … That’s probably the reason why my school got demolished! I don’t want to own goats, I want to own chickens … How do I work out the size of their enclosure? That wasn’t in the freaking syllabus! One minor miscalculation and they’ll be all over the cul-de-sac.

Needless to say that May is going to be an interesting month as we start to pack up our belongings (that will live in boxes until we can afford furniture), we start navigating the various bills we’ll have to pay (urgh … So grown up), we start to learn about each others foibles (M is already aware of my obsessive checking tendencies) and no doubt I’ll get multiple kettles (or toasters) for my birthday.



“A towel, [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have” – Douglas Adams … So lovelies, which one would you pick? I’m thinking purple, you can’t go wrong with a purple towel can you? (Guarantee there’ll be pics like this all up in my Insta for the next few weeks if that’s your thing).


So, what should my first act as a homeowner be? Bake some cupcakes and say hi to the neighbours … Or dance around in my underpants to JLo “On The Floor”? I think we all know which option I’ll end up going with.

R x

PS – I am one very happy Clarets fan today and am still very much on cloud 9! I have made no secret on here (or on Twitter) of my love for Burnley FC (and for George Boyd with his L’Oreal style locks) so as you can imagine their promotion to the Premier League is just amazing! It’s been a squeaky bottom season with all the “will we, won’t we” moments so screaming my head off and (accidentally) tipping over the coffee table as the final whistle went yesterday was incredible.




Martin Mere (#LHB_Travels)


  1. It’s such an exciting moment – Enjoy it! Don’t buy too much too soon..get a feel for the house before filling it with furniture..I wish someone told me that! 🙂 x

    • Ruebi

      Excellent advice Lauren! (I must focus on just enjoying it rather than panic over what we have yet to do) … I doubt we’ll be able to afford much beyond a set of towels and a lamp when we first move but we’ll get there, slowly but surely 🙂 x

  2. Wow, you’re seriously going to be a home owner at 30? That’s way cool. I will be 30 next month and we just rented our first real home (ie. a family home rather than an apartment) six months ago. I hope all the waiting and getting excited/terrified/sick will make you stronger and the moving process will go as smoothly as possible. Oh and I love the color purple! #weekendblogshare

    • Ruebi

      We got the date for exchanging the keys through and yep, it’s happening 2 weeks before I turn 31!!! 😀 (I’ve been saving for a place for so many years it just seems weird to be seeing the result of it). Part of me is really excited, the other part is absolutely terrified! We’ve gone for a family home too as we figured it would be better to find somewhere now rather than when the time comes for us to be starting a family. We’re pretty much going to have a sofa and a bed for a while but hey ho, got to start somewhere right? And I totally agree with the choice of purple! It’s totally the best colour x

  3. Ah yes the paperwork in a house move (or anything involving conveyancers and solicitors…) is just never ending. My thoughts are with you. I reckon you should go for a mixture of purple and lilac/the light pink towel. Who cares that it’s a light colour anyway… #pocolo

    • Ruebi

      It’s quite funny really … Not long after the blogpost went live we got the message that the date for exchanging keys is going to be sooner than we expected! … My first thought was “oh heck, I’m not going to have internet for weeks! How will I blog?!” lmao! Priorities huh? x

  4. Congratulations on buying your home, a whole new level of fun starts now. Good Luck and enjoy

    • Ruebi

      By fun you mean “spending hours traipsing around Leeds and Manchester in search of a kettle that is the same green as the toaster”? Because I spent my birthday doing that … I did get cake though so it wasn’t all bad! Oh, and I did find the kettle 🙂

      Think I will be more chilled when the house is cleaned, furniture is in and I can relax in my yoga room (aka the spare room).

  5. You’ll be pleased to know I squealed in the appropriate place! And probably the inappropriate places too !! Hope you now have a date, as waiting sucks. Thanks for linking up to #PoCoLo and sorry it’s taken me a while to get here x

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