The story begins of moving house

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

As you know we have recently moved house.  I kept quiet about it in the beginning as our house was open for inspection to the public. For our families privacy I didn’t say anything, although a few readers did recognise the house on realestate.com, clever chooks! It was so hard to keep quiet, I wanted to instagram elements of the process, share with you my excitement, but couldn’t, hopefully you can understand.

As I didn’t want to publicly announce it at the time I haven’t blogged about our process of moving. Which I am very excited to now start sharing with you being that the crazy Christmas and back to school period is over.

Why we decided to move house

The twins started high school last year, we moved them to a not so local school. We initially started looking at house’s close to the new school, this was April 2014. From then we went to open homes every weekend.  We got to know the real estate agents very well, some followed up and helped us find homes, others didn’t.

We also wanted to move house because we had lived in our old home for 12 years, despite us thinking it was going to be our ‘forever home’ hubby and I were ready for a change. Well, it was either move or renovate the house, I really wanted to give the kitchen a makeover, I was tired of the dark benchtops and cabinets.

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After going to many open homes we quickly learned I was really picky, I was looking for a home with:

  • main + a bedroom each for the kids
  • at least 2 living areas
  • a room to make into a home office
  • open plan, light and bright kitchen
  • pool
  • a large driveway, taking into consideration the twins may have cars in a few years

This proved to be really hard, mainly finding a house with the right kitchen and enough space for a home office.  We came close once but the kitchen wasn’t open plan and I absolutely love that my kids sit at the kitchen bench while I cook dinner, we chat and interact. I didn’t want to live without that, so we kept looking…. for 18 months.

Because we couldn’t find anything close to the school and we had our heart set on moving we broadened our search to surrounding suburbs.

To cut a very long story short we found a house, not close to the school, in fact it takes longer than where we use to live, but that’s OK!

Funny story about finding this house, it nearly didn’t happen.  It was the Friday night before I said to hubby I am tired of looking and wanted our weekends back to just relax.  I had my vision board of kitchen renovations so I suggested let’s just stay in this house and I’ll renovate the kitchen instead.  But… the next morning hubby found the house up for auction the next weekend (he happened to be looking in a suburb we hadn’t previously thought of living in which was why we had not found the house earlier).  We were dropping a child to a friend’s house around the corner so thought… why not, let’s have a look. Although I was so over looking, I didn’t really want to go but went anyway.  Well… it was perfect, it needed a few little changes made, but we could both see ourselves living in it.  Then the frantic week began… I’ll share that in the next post.

When did you know you were ready to move house?

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34 comments

Janet February 23, 2016 - 8:22 AM

I have been waiting for you to start your posts about moving, not that I’m moving just looking forwrad to read about it and see pics of your houses.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 23, 2016 - 9:02 AM

LOL, so funny Janet, looking forward to sharing the posts with you x

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Sue February 23, 2016 - 9:23 AM

We are moving in 1 week after selling our home 2 yrs ago and our new home taking 1 year to build (a longggg time). We have moved on average every 3 yrs in the 15 years we have been together – so we are hoping this is a 10 year + home. We have moved as our blended family grew (5th child) or shrank (teenagers left home). We have lost money in all but 1 move but we can’t predict the future and each move got us to where we are now. I love the suburb we live in so we built here and can’t wait to move (except for the cleaning the old house part) ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 23, 2016 - 2:04 PM

Our last move was 11 years ago when I was pregnant, we had I would have to say over half of what we have now, don’t remember that move being too bad. But the move this time made me feel like I don’t want to do that again in a hurry, so I don’t envy you having to move so often, hope the move is smooth for you next week. x

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Kylie February 23, 2016 - 9:29 AM

I’m looking forward to these posts Kat! We are looking to upgrade from our tiny two bedroom semi to our “forever” house. My list is similar to yours, 3 bedrooms (we have 2 kids) plus a 4th as a guest room (as my family live a days drive away and visit a few times a year), a home office, 2 living areas and a big kitchen! Love looking at pics of houses, especially kitchens!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 23, 2016 - 2:03 PM

How exciting for your Kylie, I hope you can find what you are after, continue to keep looking it will come, like us when you least expect it.

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Chloe February 23, 2016 - 9:43 AM

Exciting Kat! I’d love to hear more about how to best deal with agents!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 23, 2016 - 2:02 PM

Our agent was brilliant and gave us heaps of tips, will be able to help you there.

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LouLou February 23, 2016 - 9:48 AM

October 2015 we decided it was time to sell (after 15 years, 4 kids and a dog later). We are yet to put it on the market but 2016 is our year. Lots of tidying and prettying up to do first – eg. paint paint and more paint. Very mixed emotions about selling but it’s safe to say we have totally outgrown this place. I sit on our patio watching the trees and listening to the birds and start to miss it even though we haven’t even sold or found a new place. We are both comfort zone people. This decision has taken 3 years to finally come to the conclusion that the time is now right!!! I think I’m going to be fussy like you when it comes to choosing what the next place should have etc….. Wish me luck!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 23, 2016 - 2:01 PM

LouLou I thought I was going to be the same, our old place was what we thought was our forever home, we are home bodies, we rarely holiday, the last non-blogging holiday we had was 5 years ago as we enjoy the comforts of home. I cried when we moved from our old house, thought I would miss it terribly, but honestly I haven’t looked back, I haven’t missed it. When we came home from a few days away in Sydney for a wedding recently I thought maybe I’d feel funny coming back to this house and want the comfort of our old house, but we’ve been able to make this house feel like home. Your ready to move, but take your time to find what you want. Also taking the time to get your house ready for sale is really important, will add extra value to your house 🙂 Good luck x

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LouLou February 23, 2016 - 2:28 PM

Thanks for your encouragement. I’m definitely inspired – well 80% and 20% nostalgic!!!!

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Lyn February 23, 2016 - 10:14 AM

I’m staying in a house (renting). I really jealous to read about your new home. I still don’t have a place to call home. But just want to share,

1. I’m looking for the kitchen like yours.
2. I’m looking for another room to be my home office too.

I’m 31 years old.
My husband 32 years old.

Maybe, we can move into new home in 3 years by now.

Is it too old for us? Some how, i feel just like you, Kat. I just rent. Because of waiting is sucks.

Renting is sucks too.. ergh!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 23, 2016 - 1:57 PM

One day Lyn you’ll find exactly what you are looking for. Do you have a dream/vision board, I had a kitchen on my vision board for a good 3 years, finally got it!! Wishing you all the best with your search, renting does make it very limiting in what you can do in a house.

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Lyn February 23, 2016 - 2:22 PM

Yeah, will do. I looooove your kitchen and i missed my time in Toowoomba unit house but really have good cabinet / storage / backyard store. Houses price in Malaysia is too extreme. Hopefully one day, i can have a place to call home..

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Sue February 23, 2016 - 10:33 AM

We are just beginning the whole process. 3 years ago we moved to a little country town in SA having had enough of Adelaide. But this Christmas our daughter announced she was moving her family back to Australia after living in the States for 10 years. After only have Skype and FaceTime with our 3 grand daughters and 3 visits in all that time there is no way I want to be 3 hours away from where they’ll be. So I’ve got 12 months to sell and re buy back on Adelaide. I had given up on them ever moving home. Considering she went over for 2 years, 10 years ago….lol. So now I’m in a major mess. I run a patchwork and quilting business from home and my husband also has a small business making and selling homemade fudge. So I’m decluttering, painting, gardening, caring for him, as he has MS and running our businesses. Any wonder I don’t sleep. I’ll be reading with interest for any tips and treasures you have. I’m actually considering renting for 12 months so I’m not rushed into a decision on where to live plus apparently house prices are going to drop so if we hold off we might gain a bit when buying in a depressed market.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 23, 2016 - 1:55 PM

How exciting for you Sue that your family are coming back!!!! You’ll love the tips I will share on getting the house ready for sale, and I think also renting is a good idea, then you won’t be rushing into a purchase. When we first started looking we had an agent come out to provide an appraisal on the house, he wanted to put it up for sale then and there even though we hadn’t found a house, he said, ooh you’ll find something, there are lots of houses out there. Sooooo glad I didn’t listen to him, as we looked for over 18 months, if I put the house up for sale I would of had to rush a purchase of a house.

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Samantha February 23, 2016 - 11:55 AM

Hi Kat, We’ve been in our house for 6 years and we still love it, but wanted to look for a place with a shed and a pool. After looking around, we’ve come to the conclusion that for us to move, we’d be taking on a mortgage that neither of us would be comfortable with, considering our ages etc. After a bit of consideration, and a LOT of measuring :), we’re looking into putting a pool and shed onto our land. As the kids are getting older, we have to go to the park now anyway for a decent game of cricket or soccer so we’re not worried about losing some land space. We’d also be slightly overcapitalising but as we can pay cash for it all plus all plans to move would be cancelled until we decided to downsize, we’ve pretty much decided that’s our way forward.

Can’t wait to read the rest of your series!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 23, 2016 - 1:52 PM

sounds like you have a good plan Samantha, but if you are staying there for many years, why not make it how you want to. Happy building with the shed and pool!

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CC February 23, 2016 - 12:09 PM

I don’t think you’re picky at all Kat, that’s pretty well my list and we have 3 cherubs. We have been looking for a while now and have been here in our house for 10 years, I would love to know where you ended up settling and where you found this gem you speak of! Shame it’s a longer drive to school, but hopefully it’s not working out to be too much longer.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 23, 2016 - 1:50 PM

We built our previous house so I was able to create exactly what we wanted, but it was hard looking at already established houses to have everything we wanted. We did deliberate for awhile there if we should build, but spare blocks around here is scarce or over priced. The drive back and forward in non school time is great, but add the additional school traffic and it takes double the time if not longer, but it’s worth it, really happy where we are. I hope you can find what you are looking for soon.

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CC March 4, 2016 - 7:31 PM

Kat, just to clarify… you have sold your home already haven’t you…?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 8, 2016 - 7:38 AM

Yes, we sold it last year and moved into our new home.

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Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me February 23, 2016 - 1:54 PM

Following with GREAT interest as we are looking maybe doing this is, if we find the right place… x

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Mel February 23, 2016 - 4:09 PM

We are currently house hunting, I can’t imagine waiting 18 months! But my list of must haves is long 🙁 With 2 kids already and twins on the way, we definitely need 5 bedrooms and 2 living areas. Which is proving hard to come by!

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KVK February 23, 2016 - 8:43 PM

My hubby & I have just sold our house in Melbourne, to move to Qld! We’ve put a lot of blood sweat & tears into this house over the last 8 years! We really still like it, and we have amazing gardens. It sold in 6 days so I haven’t had a chance to come to terms with the move that I once felt would be exciting! I hope we can find something suitable in our budget, in a nice area… Any tips on areas around 40 minutes out of Brisbane would be much appreciated ?!

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Caroline February 24, 2016 - 6:02 AM

We have just bought a house really looking forward to seeing your posts. I am finding myself running round in circles and not getting very far. Any useful tips will be helpful x

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Deb February 24, 2016 - 11:05 AM

It is so interesting to hear how people choose houses. I have been to so many open homes over the years and most times I can tell straight away if its what I want or not but every once in a while you strike a house that will grow on you after a second visit and a bit of thought. Ideally I would love to one day build a house using all the good ideas I have seen in houses we have lived in.

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Melanie February 26, 2016 - 11:39 AM

When I was 7 months pregnant with my eldest son, we moved from our 2 bedroom villa (which we were going to outgrow) to a 5 bedroom weatherboard home. It’s an old house that tells a story. The lady who owned it before us was happy to see it bought by a couple with a baby on the way, because she had raised her 5 children here. While hubby did most of the physical moving, those last few months before birth were definitely busy getting settled.

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Fiona February 26, 2016 - 3:28 PM

Don’t leave on such a cliff hanger Kat!!! We have been in our home for around thirteen years, like you its time to expand. We previously had our house on the market for about eighteen months. I found it quite stressful – a grouchy mum who was often at the kids to tidy up after themselves…just in case(I know we do that anyways this just felt worse)!!! I hope I have learnt enough with this experience to be a bit more relaxed next time;-)

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Karina March 10, 2016 - 7:32 AM

Hi Kat,I love your blogs and I am really looking forward to your follow up blog about your move.
When do you think you might post that??? you left us all hanging LOL. We have sold our house and have an 18 month settlement and would love to build and I love hearing other peoples selling, buying, moving stories 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 15, 2016 - 7:53 AM

I’m so sorry, time is getting the better of me lately, I will get there soon.

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Nicki April 14, 2016 - 9:58 PM

Cannot wait to read more. We are looking at moving and I knew you would have great ideas

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife April 15, 2016 - 12:40 PM

Will you be selling Nicki, I’m going to try and cover buying, selling and moving all in the series, but it will be over a few weeks. Let me know if there is anything specific you need to know, happy to help 🙂

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Duncan Pattinson December 26, 2016 - 3:16 AM

Are you planning to cover Conveyancing? So many instruct a Solicitor when an offer has been accepted.

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