We bought this house just over four years ago and we love living here. I would never have contemplated moving house again if it weren’t for the pain in my knees.
When we were looking to buy we checked out some bungalows as well as a three storey semi-detached and lots of two-storey semis.
I really liked the three-storey house but Ant felt a bit claustrophobic on the top floor.
The house we have now was the first one we saw and we both kind of fell in love with it. Rightly or wrongly, we then compared every other house to this one and none of them measured up.
Because we liked this one so much, we let our hearts decide and didn’t really think about mobility problems I might face in the future.
I’ve had back and knee problems since my early 20s. I had a slipped disc in 2000 and suffered from sciatica for many years.
A couple of years ago I started getting pain in my knees. It’s very painful going upstairs and as they got worse, I started wishing we’d looked at more bungalows!
Early this year I started seriously thinking that we’d have to move sooner rather than later, even though none of us wants too.
A couple of weeks ago I had another slipped disc and it took me forever to get upstairs to go to bed at night. Because of the pain in my back, I started putting more pressure on my knees when standing and walking.
My back is much better now but I still can’t get upstairs very well because of the pain in my knees.
I’ve been checking the prices of bungalows in our area; we have to stay in the area so KayCee and Ella can stay at their school.
I was feeling a bit deflated because bungalows are going for far more than we paid for this house.
I have to admit to not knowing much about the housing market and when I talked to Ant about the price of our house he said it’ll have increased in price since we bought it.
I went on the internet to see if I could find out how much our house could be worth now and I found a tool on SunLife that helps with just that! All you have to do is put your postcode in, select your address and see how much more your house is worth.
Home Improvement Needed
We’re not going to rush into moving. Whilst it is painful at the moment, I can still manage the stairs. This is good because our house price will increase even more if we do some home improvements.
The 2 bathrooms need completely redoing. It’s been on our list since we moved in but funds haven’t allowed us to do them yet. There always seemed to be something more important to do first.
Now we’re going to make them a priority so that when we do come to sell, we can be sure of getting the right price.
Excited About House Hunting
As much as I love our house and don’t want to move, I have to admit, it is exciting looking for a new home!
This is a collaborative post.