Relocation exasperation: How important is timing?

Posted on: 15/06/2011

Another week, and it’s all quiet on the offers front again.  We are still getting regular viewings, but as usual, people are saying the bedrooms are too small.  (I reckon everyone’s got used to huge bedrooms somewhere along the line and just can’t comprehend a room that fits a bed but not much else, but I’m veering off topic here.)

We put our house on the market around the end of February. We thought we’d get a sale in no time. Nice enough house, desirable location, reasonable price, etc. We had planned to allow up to three months to sell othe house with a view to moving in the summer holidays…let’s face it, you need another three months for all the conveyancing malarkey to get its act together. And even then, there are pitfalls. Anything could go wrong on any property in the chain, and we could all be back to square one at a moment’s notice.

After the initial month or two of finding this all very stressful, I just couldn’t be stressed about it any more without going nuts (okay, without going more nuts), and adopted the Doris Day approach (you know, que sera sera).  Loved one on the other hand is still stressed out by it. Mainly because through all this he’s not been tackling the keep-the-house-tidy-all-the-time issue on a daily basis, so his exposure to the situation is more low-level, and the stress has built up slowly. He is now a tightly-wound ball of anxiety about the whole thing.

There is a house which, although not perfect, has felt instinctively the right house to buy. This waiting game means we may not get it. This has worried loved one sufficiently to drop the asking price on our own house even further, but in all honesty I can’t be bothered to worry about it any more.  If we don’t get it, there’ll either be another equally good or better house available when we are ready, or there’ll be nothing and we will have to rent for a while.

One thing, though. The waiting game has played havoc with our timing. Our plan to move in the summer holidays and cause minimal disruption for the children and schooling is looking increasingly unrealistic.

How much does that matter I wonder?  How difficult will it be for the kids to adjust in the middle of term?  Will they be able to catch up? Will they make friends easily?  Answers on a postcard…


4 Responses to "Relocation exasperation: How important is timing?"

Joining a school year at an unusual time can be a great way to make friends. You’re new and exciting, so everyone wants to come and say hello.

Good luck with the sale, though – you must all be quite sick of it by now!

I feel the same, now I’ve had a chance to get used to the idea. I do worry about catching up on school work though.

Sacha, I understand your frustrations. Your children are extremely resilient, so don’t worry about that. As long as they are with their Mum and Dad and know that they are loved, it doesn’t matter. Make them a part of the “adventure”!! The waiting is hard though. Enjoy each day because you won’t have today ever again. Most important, give this situation to the Lord and ask Him to work it out for your best!! Works everytime. Not always in MY time, but in HIS!! Now, before I sound too lofty, I’d better say “bye” and that I’ll continue praying for you. Love, Sharon

You are so kind, thank you! And you’re absolutely right, as always 🙂

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