Despite living and loving it in North London, ❤Throb and I have been priced out of the area with regards to buying a family home here. This is despite both having credible jobs and a reasonable deposit.
Back in my pre-Mummy days, I bought a flat in 2001 but it is now considerably a different ball game looking for place to live as a family.
As I’m a mummy who muses, I’ve been thinking about a list of considerations that could help us ensure we move into somewhere we love and I’ve come up with the ten below:
1) Make sure the local High Street doesn’t have a lot of people that look like they could appear on The Jeremy Kyle Show
2) Ensure the nearby schools don’t turn out potential convicts
3) The average age of local residents must not be over 80 as Zimmer frames could take over the pavements leaving no room for gem of a daughter’s buggy
4) The house ideally has to have character but shouldn’t be in need of a complete re-build because it last had a roof in 1913
5) Door-to-door time to get to work for ❤Throb and me should not equal forever
6) Staff in local nurseries should look and behave like they actually like kids
7) Clarify from the Estate Agent that when he means local amenities, he is not referring to a parade with Jennings the betting shop, Lidl and the local laundrette
8) Remember Phil & Kirsty’s key word – Location! Location! Location!
It should be close enough to our families outside of London so they can help with raising our child but not so far away that trips to London feel like a passport would be required
9) We might have to compromise! Compromise! Compromise!
Following on from criteria number 8, do not lose your cool when you hear that the 5-bedroom detached house in Radlett, with a real fire place, Aga and walk-in wardrobe that’s not far from the station is priced at double our budget
10) Value for money is key – ensure you can swing more than a mouse in the rooms. No point in moving to the sticks for a box when we can do that and still live on the tube map
Above all, on a serious note, we are looking for a house that will be a home, one that will grow with us as a family and will be filled with love and joy.
We just have to get through the criteria set out above first.