Buying a family home is so much harder than buying property pre-children. Suddenly all those things you could give up like the extra bedroom, the big garden and even driveway parking if needs be become a real issue when children are added into the mix.
And with prices at a premium it often feels like something has to give in terms of the perfect family home. Or at least that’s what we found when we were looking for a house.
Living in a one bedroom top floor maisonette was certainly not practical but for the first two and a half years of Little London’s life we made do.
So when we started looking for a new house, we decided we didn’t want to just make do. We wanted somewhere we could live and raise our family from. Although that was easier said then done.
Before getting the offer accepted on the house we ended up buying, we had lost out on quite a few properties. Our final and best offers were always the second highest bids. And to be honest we were in a strong position. A large deposit, a mortgage in principal and we had no chain. But it did us no favours.
One house we lost out on had over 90 views in one day and they got an offer of £60,000 over asking price. If we had had that extra money we would have been looking at property next level up! In the end we started looking at properties next level down in an attempt to actually get a bid accepted.
In the week that the Brexit results came in we viewed a property and put in an offer. We had one other couple bidding for the same house. But luckily everyone else had been scared off from the market due to the uncertainty Brexit might bring. Our best and final offer matched their best and final offer and luckily because of our situation it meant we were picked to go ahead.
I can not tell you how frustrating those months and weeks were though to find that property.
Which was why I was happy to accept an invitation by The Quarry to visit their planned development site for a new community build in Erith.
They were hosting a family fun day which I thought would be great fun to pop along to with Little London particularly because they had so much in store for the little ones.
^^Face painting by Emily’s Entertainment.
^^ Cakes by Crumbs Bakery.
And CBeebies Jess French was there, showing a variety of mini beasts that would typically be found in the area. (Note: don’t discuss squashing spiders with a real insect enthusiast!)
Buying a new build can be the best decision when thinking of moving. Especially if you manage to secure a property off plan giving you a great saving in the final purchase price once complete.
And in today’s climate with property, the competition is fierce so purchasing something which you can buy at a set price is just so much easier than having to go through the rigmarole of putting in bids that increasingly go up in value.
It can be quite difficult to visualise how a space might look but the carefully drawn out plans, computer generated images and architects 3D model of the primary school really helped to give the development site some real visualisation. There will also soon be a show home on site to give an even more detailed perspective!
And being close to the planned Crossrail link means getting into central London couldn’t be easier.
What I loved the most though was how much thought they put into the family home and into the enjoyment of the children that might live there. With a new primary school being developed on site the children will all live in a community of familiar faces.
^^3D model of the primary school, which has been designed to allow maximum natural light into the classrooms.
With playgrounds being built into the design and a wildlife area being created to home a variety of animal species that currently call The Quarry site home it’ll be quite the place to grow up. Especially in London.
The houses are very Scandinavian in look- my style preference, and each house has views of the River Thames with its own garden. There is even secure under croft parking which will eliminate street congestion on the site. Everything is just perfectly created for family life.
Buying a new build has been sold to me. But more importantly buying a new build off plan to get those extra savings has been sold to me. Being able to move into a place that’s brand new, clean, functioning, with guarantees and just ready to start family life is so much easier than the effort we went through to buy the property we ended up in, and now having to get work done to bring it up to scratch.
We already know that the house we bought isn’t our forever home, so in a couple of years I’ll be keeping my eye out for new build developments with that community feel, something they’ve managed to perfect with The Quarry development.