Saturday 31 March 2007

Big Deal


On Friday 30th March 2007, I bought my first property. In all truth I can't believe it myself as it has happened rather suddenly, but having paid a deposit (and finding out what flooring costs today), it is beginning to seem scarily real now.

It is a small 2 bedroom flat in Celbridge, Co Kildare. There are 2 bedrooms ~ well ok 1 bedroom, 1 craft room ~ a bathroom, a living room/kitchen combined, a balcony and a 'tardis' as my fried Eddie has labeled the store room. All in all just about big enough to swing a cat, just not sure if it is big enough to swing 3 cats!

I've spent most of the week walking around in a daze. I got a call from an estate agent on Tuesday afternoon to say they had a property for me, which I could view on Friday. It didn't seem at all real, and I was scared to get too excited until I saw it for real. But even after paying my deposit, I was stunned. Luckily my great friends, Joe, Valentina and Eddie came with me for moral support (and decorating advice). I was so glad to have them with me. And even more so when they took me to the pub for a celebratory pint of Guinness.

Of course now the real fun starts. My head is spinning with all the things I have to do, I don't know where to start. I've spoken to my bank, who don't think the mortgage will be a problem, so I need to get cracking with that. And the list of things to investigate is endless ~ everything from utilities to flooring, appliances to soft furnishings and heaven knows what else.

All told though I think I'm very lucky. I so much wanted an opportunity to provide security for my future, and hopefully this is that chance. I'm sure the next few months will be stressful, and I have a lot to learn, but I also want to make sure I enjoy this time, and sometimes step back and appreciate what I've got.

In fact, some of you may need to remind me I said this in the very near future ;-)




9 comments:

Neasa said...

Congratulations Audrey! Take loads of photo's for "before and after" DLO's!!!!! Enjoy it, it's not everyday you buy your first home. ((((hugs and best wishes)))))

Kate said...

Congrats Auds, I'm so excited for you. Yes take loads of pics, we're such a nosey lot :-) LOL

JACKIE said...

Congratulations Audrey a great/ exciting challenge good luck with your new home.

Karva said...

WOW well done Audrey that is fantastic news and so exciting. Best of luck to you and I hope you will be really happy in your new home.
See you in a couple of weeks in Tullamore :)

CoCo said...

Congrats Audrey! It's great news....good luck. Also the blog is fabby!

Anonymous said...

Hi Audrey,

Fleur here (Jills friend) just wanted to say congrats on your new home and best of luck with it. :-)

eva birdthistle said...

Wayhay Girl! Big congratulations, just keep reminding yourself that it will be worth it! I promise you, when you spend your first night there you'll have the biggest smile, look around and say "its all mine" :-)

Audrey said...

Thanks everyone for all the lovely comments !!!

Ithiad said...

It looks so nice! Bit scary that you're all grown up and a houseowner now. When can I come visit?