We got it!
- 3 Bedroom with garage, but a really small back garden and no scope for expansion
- 3 Bedroom without garage, but plenty of space at the side to build one and the biggest back garden on the street
We decided on the 2nd option. There was a difference in price £22K for the garage- and I'm sure we could get a garage, or extension built for less than that. When we have a family, the back garden and opportunity to expand the house will be essential. So in the long run, we can save money now and have more later.
So, our name is down on site 466, but we haven't signed any contracts. Since we're the 2nd release this year, we have to wait for another 2-3 months to confirm the price, put the deposit down and sign our contracts- but it's as good as ours. We don't think it should rise by more than £10K in the next 3 months, but nothing is ever guaranteed. We're staying optimistic and hope to be in our new home by Christmas.
So where does that leave us with the sale of our house? Well, we no longer need to leave soon, in fact, we will probably want to hold off as long as possible. It's not as popular a time of year to sell a house. It's cold outside and the days are still dark. We should have more interest in the months coming up to the summer. We haven't had any offers on the house yet- or any viewers, but we only officially signed the papers for the estate agents to sell the house on Monday... so it's early days. It took us 4 months to complete on this house, so we're probably better waiting until the summer (say June/July) to confirm any sale with a buyer. It's still a sellers market over here and people are desperate to get on the housing ladder. So, we're really positive about our ability to get top dollar (well pound) for our house.
Although I have some of the plans for the house, we're going to do a lot of changing to the internal layout to facilitate adding on an extension either during building or in another year or two. Just to give you a taster... entrance hall, downstairs half bathroom, kitchen to the front with french doors to the open plan living/dining room to the rear and french doors to the back garden. Upstairs it's 2 spare bedrooms, family bathroom with separate shower and the master bedroom with ensuite shower room. There is a lovely juliet balcony with french doors in the master bedroom. We're so excited!!!
I'll post the pictures of the plans soon.