We have been here three years and a bit, and in this time we have learnt to love it but we have also had enough time to tire of its faults. It was our home, but a home that needed improvement.
When moving house on a budget, everybody knows that at some point you have to compromise. But however many things we have compromised on, this new house in Basingstoke is still so worth it.
What won’t I miss from Willowside? I won’t miss the noisy neighbours, I won’t miss the parking issues. I will definetely not miss the small kitchen and all the storage problems. I won’t miss the pebbled entrance, or the tiny-freezing-cold loo. I will easily forget about the electric heaters, the noisy pump and the non-mixer tap in the bathroom sink.
But there are also a few things that I am certainly going to miss. I will miss the proximity to work. I will miss looking out of the bedroom window from the bed and seeing all the trees full of birds and squirrels. I will miss the quiet and tranquility of my road after 9pm – no noise!. I will miss the fireplace. I will miss the village green and all the local amenities.
But when putting both lists on a balance, the new house has got so many more advantages that I will soon stop missing anything about the old house (except the short journey to work, I suppose). I wonder if I’ll still think the same after we’ve moved in!