Time to move into a more suitable property
Me and MrsB decided its time to move into a more suitable property. Multiple sclerosis and age have finally caught up with me. Our Victorian five bedroomed terraced house is beautiful, but not at all practical. The local council built a wet room a few years ago. It made washing and going to the loo a whole lot easier. It still left a host of other problems for me that were slowly turning into major issues.
Stairs and the downstairs loo
Stairs and the downstairs loo were major a headache but there were others The lovely garden was turning into a jungle and that broke my heart. The house is on a hill and walking across, up or down a slope are now impossible. The hill also sucked power out of the lithium ion batteries of my mobility scooter.
The problem with old houses
Old houses need so much tender loving care (TLC) and money always needs spending on them. I could only offer virtual TLC and that was not good enough. Looking at a wall and imagining it with a new coat of paint is not the same as painting it. The house needed re-roofing and the electrical wiring was a bit dodgy. Basically it was showing its age in more ways than one.
Time to move
About 2 years ago MrsB and myself decided that the situation could not continue. At the end of the day there was no option open but to move house. That’s all fine and dandy but there were numerous problems to fix before moving house. First of all we had to wrap our heads around the idea of leaving the house, easier said than done. Other considerations included closing our doggy day-care business Started in about 2005 it was a part of our lives in more ways than one. The lodgers had to go we had up to 4 of them on a Monday to Friday basis The biggest problem for us is finding a more suitable property?
Our children had long since flown the nest. Our son lives on the other side of the world in Sydney. Moving to Australia was definitely not an option. One daughter lives in Heidelberg but neither of us speak German so that option was a non-starter. Our other daughter lives in Woolwich Arsenal, southeast London and this definitely has possibilities such as good communication links into London. Its not a cheap area but it ticks so many boxes. Right now we are renting a flat in Woolwich while we look to buy. This halves the stress of moving house.
Life in Berkhamsted is now over for us, we will miss the town. The house went on the market in September 2022 and the sale was completed ten months later. The new owners moved in on 21 July 2023 After 40 years it is time to begin a new chapter in our lives. We have downsized to a 2 bedroomed flat on a new estate. No stairs, no worry about the garden or house maintenance. Now there will be new stories for the website