Living up north means that saving a deposit for a home wasn’t such a crazy idea as a young 24 year old, and by 25 I was picking up the keys to my very first home; a one bedroom apartment just outside the city centre. At the time of buying my property, it was in the middle of the recession and the property market crash; house prices were at rock bottom but just starting to rise again, so it was the ideal time to snatch a bargain. Buying at that time worked out well for me, as I was always going to gain money on my property and there was little risk of losing out, unless there was another major market crash.
So, it’s been a fair few years since I bought my property and I have aged a fair bit in that time too – much to my dismay. With me getting older I have gathered a whole load of junk along the years, and no amount of Marie Kondo-ing the shiz out of my apartment is helping; the truth is I am out-growing my once spacious apartment. When I first moved in I was skint and barely had money to furnish my home, let alone fill it with junk. Because of this I think it’s time to move on soon; sell up and upgrade to get a little more space for all my makeup – I have a lot of makeup.
In fact I was looking at house prices in my area the other week trying to decipher how much I could likely get for my property and if that would equate to a loss. Turns out that this isn’t so easy to do with apartments as they’re all up for different prices based on size, kitchen choices, which side of the building it’s on, etc. Luckily I found a handy online calculator which means I can put down my manual one and save myself a headache – maths never was my strong point. You pop in your postcode and it let’s you select your address and then bam, you get to see how much your property has risen (or fallen) in value. Apparently, I have made ~24k on my property just via the market rising, which is pretty good considering the economy still hasn’t fully recovered… How adult do I sound right now?
Since I found this out I’ve basically been hitting up all the online estate agents like William Pitt, and checking out everything in my price range – although the thought of moving house fills me with a junk clearing dread. I mean, how do you safely transport so much makeup haha.
At the moment I haven’t really found any properties that stand out to me, and I certainly don’t want to rush into it like I did with my current one only to find that in a year it’s too small. I guess looking at houses isn’t such a bad hobby to add to my life is it?