Finally settled!...........

Houchens Head

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.............. I think!
Well, me and 'er indoors have just finished our 4th move in 10 years. That's 5 different addresses. Coventry, 2 x Isle of Wight and now 2 x in Malvern. I think we'll call it a day. We now have a nice bungalow with decent views of the Malverns out of the kitchen window.
Anyone else always feel the need to keep moving until it feels "right"?
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.............. I think!
Well, me and 'er indoors have just finished our 4th move in 10 years. That's 5 different addresses. Coventry, 2 x Isle of Wight and now 2 x in Malvern. I think we'll call it a day. We now have a nice bungalow with decent views of the Malverns out of the kitchen window.
Anyone else always feel the need to keep moving until it feels "right"?
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I think you're mad H, I'm staying put, can't be arsed with the hassle!
But enjoy you're new place mate (until the next one!).
 

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Good time to move as the stamp duty (up to £500,000) is £0.
You are talking to the expert here aswell as we’ve had 7 houses in the last 20 years.
Just sold again and am expecting to move in the next 3-4 weeks.
 

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We've moved about a bit, but due to changes in jobs rather than a desire to change houses. We love where we are now (5 years in Worcestershire, same as HH, but with a view of Bredon Hill and the Cotswold Edge rather than the Malverns), and plan to stay here until we retire and release our equity (we have no kids to leave it to).
 
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I've moved twice in my life, I would only move again if I came into money or had no choice.

I've got nice views (edge of Peak District) and a house in a decent area, just hope we get through this next economic downturn unscathed.
 
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We were in 2 minds as have a really nice house (old cottage/farmhouse) in a rural area and not much (apart from a few dear and sheep) to bother us.
The garden is killing us though and we are/were out there every weekend with the chainsaw cutting down trees and bushes and burning/getting rid of them.
Then rinse and repeat the week after!
The appealing thing was that we were in a fortunate position to sell and buy another reasonable house not far from where we are and go mortgage free.
Not bad to be in that position in your 40’s 👍
 
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.............. I think!
Well, me and 'er indoors have just finished our 4th move in 10 years. That's 5 different addresses. Coventry, 2 x Isle of Wight and now 2 x in Malvern. I think we'll call it a day. We now have a nice bungalow with decent views of the Malverns out of the kitchen window.
Anyone else always feel the need to keep moving until it feels "right"?
🚚 🏠 🏡 🚛 🚚
As you know I finally moved from Bell Green to a bungalow with a Potters Green address. Been here just over 3 months so about settled in now.
Not as quiet as I expected as there has been a shooting in the road around the corner, cars outside all hours, and loads of drug dealing, but other than that ! But love the bungalow so can't complain.
As I'm in my sixties this should be my final abode before I leave this mortal coil. The Malverns is a great place to live, so can see why you have stayed there.
 
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We’ve done 4 moves in 8 years. Last one Friday before the lockdown to a lovely small town north of Oxford. Wife now tells me she wants to be in a village. Honestly now not sure whether to change the house or the wife!
 

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Moved twice but I have never felt settled in the house I’m in now despite it being lovely . Wife and daughter love the house but I’ve never really felt like that
We are talking about moving in about 2 years but I’ve told them the house we move to will be the last one so has to be perfect for all of us
 
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We’ve done 4 moves in 8 years. Last one Friday before the lockdown to a lovely small town north of Oxford. Wife now tells me she wants to be in a village. Honestly now not sure whether to change the house or the wife!
Think carefully - but remember the old one that went something like 'my wife left me for my best mate. I still miss him'.

We keep moving. We're currently in a house we downsized to five years ago, but we're both getting itchy feet again.
Expensive hobby though.
 

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Mate of mine has moved 23 times in 47 years. He’s been in his current home for 15 years.....

he Always had houses with fitted stuff, never put pictures up etc. He reckoned if he was told he had to move out, he could be ready in 4 hours.

He’s settled now. Got 1 picture up.
 
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I love the area I live in and the outside of the house but hate the kitchen and conservatory area.

Looking to knock through the kitchen and conservatory and extend out to make a large kitchen, with bi-fold doors, an island etc.

Started my building control application this week and it has confused the hell out of me. Anyone got experience of doing these or done one recently?
 

Houchens Head

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Mate of mine has moved 23 times in 47 years. He’s been in his current home for 15 years.....

he Always had houses with fitted stuff, never put pictures up etc. He reckoned if he was told he had to move out, he could be ready in 4 hours.

He’s settled now. Got 1 picture up.
Strangely enough, our last homes have always had loads of pictures up on the walls - mostly kids and grandkids - but I decided that this move, we wouldn't put any up. Plain walls all round! (Except for my big "Godfather" poster in the front room!)
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Houchens Head

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Good time to move as the stamp duty (up to £500,000) is £0.
You are talking to the expert here aswell as we’ve had 7 houses in the last 20 years.
Just sold again and am expecting to move in the next 3-4 weeks.
We used to own our house in Tile Hill, but for the past 10 years, we've rented. A lot less hassle!
 

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We used to own our house in Tile Hill, but for the past 10 years, we've rented. A lot less hassle!
Yep-I guess it is especially when it comes to maintenance and repairs.
Only thing is if you are like me is that you are buying someone else’s house for them!
 

Adge

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I love the area I live in and the outside of the house but hate the kitchen and conservatory area.

Looking to knock through the kitchen and conservatory and extend out to make a large kitchen, with bi-fold doors, an island etc.

Started my building control application this week and it has confused the hell out of me. Anyone got experience of doing these or done one recently?
Yep-about 18 months ago I built a double garage.
Building control/planning application was straight forward for me but there were stipulations regarding building materials etc-I had to use reclaimed bricks/Rosemary tiles etc.
What is it you are struggling with?
 

Houchens Head

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Yep-I guess it is especially when it comes to maintenance and repairs.
Only thing is if you are like me is that you are buying someone else’s house for them!
Maybe if it was privately rented, Adge, but ours is with a large Housing Association.
 

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Think carefully - but remember the old one that went something like 'my wife left me for my best mate. I still miss him'.

We keep moving. We're currently in a house we downsized to five years ago, but we're both getting itchy feet again.
Expensive hobby though.
Actually, my ex did leave me for my best mate!
 
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Houchens Head

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Oh right. Citizen?
No, it's a Birmingham based company called Platform Housing. They have around 46,000 properties, so a fairly big company.
 

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Me and my mrs of 6 years are currently in our 4th different place. 5th if you want to include parents house! Can’t stand the stress of moving. The mess of stuff being everywhere for ages. Get settled and suddenly she gets itchy feet, and I’m not on about athletes foot!
 

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We bought our house off plot four years ago on help to buy so we've got a year until the interest in the 20% government loan kicks in. Thankfully we've been saving in that time to be able to pay it off so we're good either way, but with the stamp duty break at the moment and the fact we'd need to move at some point in the next 3 years for school catchment we've put ours up for sale.

Once we move again that's it for me until we're old enough to be on one of those daytime TV shows blagging a free trip to the Algarve on the pretence of buying a holiday home
 

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This is our fourth house, the first three were all off plan and I sold the first one because it needed painting. The next two we managed to lose money on but we managed to get this one
really cheap but have spent about 100k on it. If we had stopped in either of the first two we would be well free of the mortgage. This is our favourite house a minutes walk from a park and some nice neighbours and my kids will hopefully get into Higham Lane from here.
 

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This is our fourth house, the first three were all off plan and I sold the first one because it needed painting. The next two we managed to lose money on but we managed to get this one
really cheap but have spent about 100k on it. If we had stopped in either of the first two we would be well free of the mortgage. This is our favourite house a minutes walk from a park and some nice neighbours and my kids will hopefully get into Higham Lane from here.
Our last one was a ratty but big Edwardian bungalow which we bought for about 40k under the asking price in 2010 (they were dreamers who thought they were going to make a killing on late mum's asset).
We spent about 60k sorting it, but five years later we cleared 40k on it, so it was certainly worth a punt.
Won't make anything like that on our current one though.
 

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Our last one was a ratty but big Edwardian bungalow which we bought for about 40k under the asking price in 2010 (they were dreamers who thought they were going to make a killing on late mum's asset).
We spent about 60k sorting it, but five years later we cleared 40k on it, so it was certainly worth a punt.
Won't make anything like that on our current one though.

We paid £220,050 and have spent about 100k if not a little more, our neighbours house sold for £350k recently and ours would be worth a little bit more than that.
 
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Due to buy a ‘project’ house with my ex; perfect area, and an absolute bargain but we split up a week before completion.

Completely changed tactics and fairly impromptu bought on my own off plan. As did the girl I was sort of seeing at the time. Mine was built before hers and she moved in, never to move out. We decided to sell both, mine sold really quickly so we moved into hers while it was still on the market and at the time she was about 8 months pregnant. Found out we were expecting again quite soon after the first so took it off the market as interest has dwindled and she didn’t want to move again while pregnant (understandably).

Intention was/is always to move but made a few improvements to make it an actual home, and some nice to haves such as landscaping the garden. Decided to put it back on now second baby is here as we’re both desperate to move (I have been since day one) to our next house which will be a project but definitely our long term home, but we haven’t even got a viewing yet. So so frustrating, especially as (accepting I’m bias) it’s a nice house in a good area and has a real USP with the garden.

As is always the way, we keep seeing loads we’d want as well!

Not sure how that turned into such a monologue, but to the OP’s point, I don’t feel settled and very much in limbo - just mega keen to move especially with stamp duty.

My partner even mentioned getting a quote from one of those quick sell/buy companies but not sure I want to go down that route.
 

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Due to buy a ‘project’ house with my ex; perfect area, and an absolute bargain but we split up a week before completion.

Completely changed tactics and fairly impromptu bought on my own off plan. As did the girl I was sort of seeing at the time. Mine was built before hers and she moved in, never to move out. We decided to sell both, mine sold really quickly so we moved into hers while it was still on the market and at the time she was about 8 months pregnant. Found out we were expecting again quite soon after the first so took it off the market as interest has dwindled and she didn’t want to move again while pregnant (understandably).

Intention was/is always to move but made a few improvements to make it an actual home, and some nice to haves such as landscaping the garden. Decided to put it back on now second baby is here as we’re both desperate to move (I have been since day one) to our next house which will be a project but definitely our long term home, but we haven’t even got a viewing yet. So so frustrating, especially as (accepting I’m bias) it’s a nice house in a good area and has a real USP with the garden.

As is always the way, we keep seeing loads we’d want as well!

Not sure how that turned into such a monologue, but to the OP’s point, I don’t feel settled and very much in limbo - just mega keen to move especially with stamp duty.

My partner even mentioned getting a quote from one of those quick sell/buy companies but not sure I want to go down that route.
I did some digital marketing work for one of those companies years and years ago, my advice is don’t bother...a week of working with them as a client was enough for me and seeing what they were up to, really, don’t do it.
 
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If it suits HH just carry on - only moved three times since we were married 28 years - been in the same place for 20 years - Just spent my Pension payout on an extension so going nowhere - we rattle a bit as its big but i dont mind that - gives us space :)
 

Kneeza

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Just totted up. I've moved 11 times since I left 'home' in '74.
Feels like more than that somehow.
Hate to think how much I've paid solicitors and estate agents. Gah!