Wednesday everything went smooth as. First there was the inspection. The previous owner of the house was there to show us how and what. It was nice to see him again. He was happy to hear that his kitchen was getting a new lease on life with my parents. He showed us some things more about our house and gave us our mail (ouch!). Nothing major but the magazine was a bit naff as I had given them a date of 18th of August, not July. But he was nice enough about it.
For SO it was a big thing seeing the house again. After all he’d only seen it once for a bout 10 minutes. In his mind the house had changed, views had changed, rooms had become smaller and bigger again. Darker and lighter etc. Thankfully on seeing the house again he felt just as good about it as the first time we saw it. I am glad he loved it still.
We got to the solicitor and she said: “Haven’t I seen you guys recently?”. Yes she was the same one that did our pre-nup and testament. She was very happy when we explained that we came back because of the previous good service. She was so flattered by it that we got a bottle of bubbly to go with the signing. From what we gathered, from friends, this is not standard when signing the deeds to a house. So it was a nice signing of the contractual obligations.
Our estate agent gave us a drawing of city hall. She was not sure if it was to our liking, but it is. After all it is where we were married just 7 months ago.
After that the formalities. We went straight to the city registry to change our address and get a parking permit. As you are aware registering an address can be a bit tricky. We knew, still we went in without an appointment. Luckily enough it went well. Even getting the parking permit was not too hard.
As we now live in the city centre we got a permit for our car and a visitor permit. We do this despite having our own parking area in the underground garage. But it means that when we have guests they can park in the garage (for free) and we park in the street. Any additional visitors can go on the visitors permit, but stay no longer than 3 hours
After this we went to our new abode. We sat on every floor. Talking about it and just admiring what we had bought. Desperately trying not to remember that most of it is owned by the bank.
The next day we had our parents visit. They absolutely adored the house. Mothers got lost on what level they were (we have 4 levels and a garage underground) and just admiring this gem of a house. My dad put up some lights (builders lights mostly) so we actually can see what we do in every room. We went out for dinner. Walking distance now to inner city and restaurants! That was so good!
Today we made some purchases. IKEA is a great place when you are moving house to get reasonable things at a reasonable price. We bought nice thick, deep grey Jacquard curtains for the bedroom. Initially this will be the only room with the windows covered as we need to keep the light out for sleeping.
We don’t need to do much at the house, but it does need to be done. Tomorrow we, with the help of some friends, are going to strip two walls from their wallpaper and start oiling the floors. We have to move the wardrobes from level 3 to level 4 (in pieces) and we install the newly purchased curtains for the bedroom. After that we are packing stuff again and next week we move house completely.
We can’t wait. It is going to be wonderful!