So after nine months of waiting and four months of blogging it was finally time to go on our first viewing – scary! With one appointment booked in and the best intentions of going to as many other as we could, we set off for Tooting Broadway early on Saturday morning.
However, it didn’t quite go to plan. After standing around outside of the apartment building for about twenty minutes, we decided to call the letting agent. We were informed that the good people at Belvoir Lettings had cancelled all their appointments – but not informed anyone. A great start to the day, but we were determined to press on. So we sent an angry tweet and did exactly that.
Heading to three separate letting agencies around Tooting Broadway, we managed to book in three viewings. However, it was the first that really caught our eye…
Along Garratt Lane, in probably the furthest place from our ideal location possible, we visited a humble house on Fairlight Road. It was a one-bedroom house, but was priced at £1,300 – so we were a little sceptical about paying so close to our top-line budget in an area we had never considered.
However, upon seeing its painted wooden floors, retro bathroom and garden (yes, garden) we fell more than a little bit in love.
The house looks like it’s recently been painted and it had a real homely vibe about it. We could tell that we were ready to move in before we left the building. There’s something about overly gushing where you’re going to put ‘that armchair’ in the bedroom in front of the letting agent that shows you love the place.
So we made some calls (to the wise owls which are mum an dad). Having a clearer understanding about how the deposit and references procedure works, thanks to our friendly advisor at Barnard Marcus, we decided to go ahead and make an offer. We’ll be playing the waiting game until Monday to find out if the house will be ours ( – albeit for two years), but we’re keeping our fingers crossed because we don’t think we’ll see another like this any time soon…
Wish us luck,
David & Mark x
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