You may or may not know that Joe and I are looking for a new home. We rent at the moment, but we’ve been saving up for a home of our own for quite some time now and we’re finally in a position to actually buy.
This is very exciting, obviously…
But also incredibly stressful.
Because we found our home. It’s a 16th century, Grade II listed cottage in a half-acre of interesting garden, with a double garage, outbuildings, and needing complete renovation. Perfect. We were hopping with excitement.
Until somebody beat us to it.
We had our mortgage in principle, all our finances set, and had made decent progress on which walls to move and how to make the most of the original features… about to take a second viewing just to make sure… when the agent called and told us the owner had accepted another offer.
We tried anyway, putting in an offer of our own – which was actually higher – but to no avail. I can respect that: the old gent had made an agreement, and he was sticking to it. But I am gutted.
Two sales had fallen through in the last few months, so I’m still holding onto a glimmer of hope (while feeling guilty for hoping that it all goes tits-up) but I think we’ve lost it.
There’s a stark lesson to be learned here: we knew, you see. We didn’t really need that second viewing, but we were doing what everyone else does – being sensible.
Well, you know what? Fuck sensible. You only get one shot at this life and very few mistakes are utterly irredeemable. So next time we view a house and we just know, we’re putting an offer in on the spot. Because losing that cottage was – and is – heartbreaking.
And it was the second time it’s happened in a few months (although the first time was logistically much more difficult and we probably weren’t ready).
So, whether it’s about houses or something else: take your chances when you get them. Don’t sit around and wait, because the Universe doesn’t give a fuck about you. Things won’t come right “if they’re meant to be” – nothing is “meant to be”. That attitude begets failure and bitterness.
You want something? Make it happen.
You’re lucky enough to be presented with a great opportunity? Take it. Even if it doesn’t look entirely “sensible” at first glance.
Remember: very few mistakes are truly irredeemable… but you rarely get a second chance on something amazing.
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PS That description of our perfect house should give you an idea of what we’re looking for. So it’s kind of frustrating when estate agents send through suburban bungalows saying they “match our criteria”… except when something like this house turns up. Is it or is it not giving you the double-finger? It is, isn’t it?