What a few months it has been. Actually, what a 12 months it’s been. Last September Alan and I viewed the empty NHS building right next door to our house. We only went to see it out of nosiness, with no real intentions of doing anything with it. However after seeing the size of the building and the potential to do our own grand design project we started to think more seriously about it. So we decided to put in a really low offer and see where it would take us. After going to a closing date and then making us wait weeks afterwards we found out that our offer had been accepted.
That was the start of what was to be a really stressful following 10 months. We sold our house really quickly (as we had agreed to complete the sale within weeks of getting planning permission to turn the building into a residential property) and our buyers were extremely patient in agreeing a move in date, while we awaited the planning permission, then contended with the collapse of a ceiling, multiple building and mortgage surveys and a whole lot of to-ing and fro-ing as no one seemed to really know how to process this sale of a commercial building which was to become residential eventually. Our initial agreed completion date on both properties was in March. This came and went, as did the revised dates in April, May and June.