we FINALLY moved!

2019, goals, lifestyle

Hello!

I wanted to post this on the day we moved but it turns out even when you’re not doing a ‘full move’ (i.e. it’s just a couple of car loads of stuff, the rest of our things are coming at the weekend) it’s still a really busy day! Unfortunately blogging didn’t happen, but here we are a couple of days later.

It’s only been a two months round journey but here we are! My boyfriend and I have our own place – a rented, terraced, one bedroom house in High Wycombe with a fireplace in the living room, a cute little garden and incredible built-in wardrobe storage and I’m in love.

Let’s have a little recap of our journey so far – my boyfriend got a job on his graduation day in 2018 on the condition that he had to have a full driving license. Cut to a year later and he passed his test, I passed my test, I had decided to apply for a masters and we wanted to move to Reading – we went to property viewings in and around Reading, we saw a flat that we loved and we paid the security deposit that evening with a set move in date of four weeks later.

Shock horror, that did not happen.

Three days before we were due to move (and the day before my birthday, might I add) we were told that flat wasn’t safe to move into and the move in date had been pushed back two weeks. However, Lucas (the boyf) still started work and my uni course still started so we spent the best part of a week living in a hotel room then our friend Nick very kindly gave us his spare keys and we stayed in his flat in Reading until we could figure out what we were doing.

It was then that we started to think that Reading wasn’t for us – High Wycombe is where Lucas works and overall, Reading just wasn’t as convenient for my commute to uni or anything. So we went back to viewing properties – and the first viewing we arranged was for this house that we loved and I went that afternoon and it was like fate, it was perfect for us. We saw another flat that was nice but it just wasn’t the house.

The thing that really solidified the decision for us was that we knew where we wanted a Christmas tree to go. We could picture ourselves living here – we wanted to put fairy lights in the bedroom and tinsel on the stairs and if that doesn’t say to us that it’s the right place for us then I don’t know what will.

So we put our application in, paid our security deposit, then initially got rejected by the landlord who didn’t think we could afford it, we then reapplied with some more information (we begged) and we got approved! Then we sorted all the referencing, planned the move in date and everything went to plan. The letting agent was generally much more friendly and much more open about setting a realistic move in date and the work that needed doing and it was just a much more pleasant experience that didn’t feel like fighting.

And here we are! If you have any questions about renting in the UK or anything like that please do let me know! I’m sure I’ll post more updates when we’ve unpacked and started doing as much decorating as we can in a rented property – there’s going to be more shopping, I want to do an Ikea and a B&M trip, I bought a washing up bowl and a drainer and a worktop saver today. It’s all a bit grown up but I kind of love it as much as I resent how much it costs.

I’m starting to feel a bit more relaxed now – everything is slowly falling into place. We’re getting there. I’m getting there.

Thank you so much for reading,

Sophie xx

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new beginnings – moving again

2017, lifestyle, student

Hello!

When going to uni, it’s kind of given that you’ll move at least once a year for about five years – in first year I lived in halls, then I moved to private halls across town, then within that building I had to move twice and now, I’m only a week away from having a proper student house that I’ll stay in for the next 12 months.

I’m excited for stupid things like having stairs and having a separate kitchen and living room and having a garden and carpet, but mostly to be away from this flat that never felt like home. Last year, I started packing about three weeks before we moved and everything was very comfortably done by the time we moved, but this year I’ve not started yet and I need to be finished packing by next Tuesday, because I go away to NASS next Wednesday and the boys are moving all our stuff on the Friday and an engineer is coming to install our WiFi on the Saturday and I’m back on the Sunday.

But I’m okay with it – I’m so excited to have the house and live with people I want to live with and not live in an apartment building and to live a lot closer to my friends and to have a new area to explore and a new room that I can actually decorate.

I had to set up WiFi and a TV license and I’ll have to figure out utilities bills and it all feels very grown up and I think I like it, I’m actually enjoying it.

This is the house that will see me through my final year of university and I’m just so excited to have somewhere that feels so much more like home – I’m excited to start again in a new place and to really begin my journey into more independent living, once I’ve finished university and to wherever I go next (which I scarily need to start thinking about).

I’ll take pictures and do a proper house tour once I’m back from NASS and the house is unpacked and looks a bit more like a home, but I can’t wait to start again, to have this place with my best friends and make it our own.

I don’t know what’s going to happen after third year, but now I’m excited to find out.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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