Thursday, 20 February 2014

making the right move


We have found the most wonderful place available to rent and with an offer on our house we could make the move. But is moving to rental a good move?

It would mean we would live in a place that we would never in a million years be able to afford, an old farmhouse. But in a classic heart versus head situation am I being swept along with the romance and turning too much of a blind eye to it's remoteness, damp and homage to 80's decor?

Whilst the boys would have miles of countryside to explore, would cutting them off from their village life be a good thing? I would imagine that a lot of people will want to live here, so we might not even get to choose but right now my head is spinning with endless possibilities, although one things for sure, my mother will think we're crazy!

Did I mention the bread oven in the barn?


10 comments:

  1. That looks amazing! It's hard to be sensible sometimes isn't it? What does the rest of the family think? Don't be misled by the romance and yet ....!

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  2. So, I am totally biased, but we jumped off the property ladder and have no regrets. We live in an old stone farmhouse in, literally, the middle of nowhere. We could never have afforded to buy (I am unlikely to get a mortgage again because of changing UK immigration policies) and the house in wonderful, the school is amazing and the kids are happier than they have ever been. Tomorrow we pick up our dog and next week we get our exbat chickens. Happy doesn't cover it.

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    1. I did think of you when we looked around here earlier Kat!

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  3. As the wife to a farmers son, don;t do it. We couldn't live in that remote a place. I adore that my boys can just pop out and play with friends. When my husband was growing up he had no one but the animals and his brother to play (fight) with

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  4. Why not try it and see? Call it an adventure and if you decide it's not right for you then you can always move, but if you don't try you'll be wondering what if...It may be that this suits the boys at their age now, but when they become older they might want to live closer to their friends, cinema, clubs etc. I think it sounds really exciting, and I know it's what you've been dreaming of. Good luck x

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  5. Is it listed? I work with listed buildings, not in sth glos but I did grow up over there. Intriguing that it's for rent not sale. Damp isn't usually a problem and is normally due to a house being unlived in, but I have noticed the gutters- they are rusty so if you do go to see it try to do so when it's raining so you can see whether it leaks! If you know anyone who works with old buildings ask if they'll go with you to look it over. I usually say to people if they love the house and are happy to live with its eccentricities then go for it, but obviously it's different if you don't own it!

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    1. Brilliant advice, thank you Ally, I'll do just that x

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  6. We rent our cottage too and as others have said, it's a property we could never afford to buy and it's in a beautiful area. BUT while jumping off the property ladder is liberating to say the least, do think about how and when you will want to get back on. My husband is approaching 50 (shhhh, don't tell anyone) and mortgages are shorter and harder to find the older one partner gets. Also interest rates are super low and set to stay that way for a while so you'll have to be careful to protect your lump sum from your house sale. We've watched ours dwindle in the last two years and it's not fun to realise that getting back on the property market at some time in the future may be harder than we think. But then having said ALL that, you only live once, life is a big adventure and following your heart and jumping in with both feet first is the best way to make big decisions I reckon! x

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  7. Is there any way that you might keep and rent your own current home while "experimenting" with the farmhouse rental for a couple of heres. This could be a short chapter or become more, depending upon what you have learned from it about yourselves, a rural home, the community, the finances long-term, and more. . .
    Linda

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