New Build Homes and weighing up the cost

Now onto the next part of our home buying journey and I’m going to take it slightly further back before we talk about choices.

Before we bought our new build we had weighed up our options a lot. We knew we could afford the house but it then came down to whether we would be able to afford carpets/flooring as not all new build companies throw this in as part of the deal.

In our last house it had laminate flooring in the lounge and dining area. This was perfect for life with a baby, especially the weaning stage when all you had to do was wipe it up quickly. We knew this was something we might want in the kitchen area of the home and started to research our options to see how much it was going to set us back.

We came across Flooring365 who offer a range of flooring including laminate, vinyl, parquet and wood. My eyes were first drawn to the parquet which looked incredible and I knew it would be the one for me if we went down this route.

*collaborative post*

Flooring365 offer the option to order a sample of their products so it’s a great way to try before you buy in a way and see what it would look like in that room. This is the perfect service as with most newbuild, you will have a choices appointment where you go and select the tiles you would like, the kitchen colours etc. It’s not an easy decision to make and the sales office advised us that usually people come back 3-4 times before making a decision as they really don’t want to get it wrong.

I knew that hard flooring in the kitchen was the obvious choice and spent many an hour pouring over websites to find good deals and ones that I really loved.

When browsing their site, I also noticed they had a live chat feature which was great for asking questions about the flooring types and really finding out how much it was going to set us back. As someone who prefers to use a live chat function over phoning a company, this was a real positive.

When it came to the choices appointment later on in our purchase, we went twice to the sales office to look at all the flooring options they had, kitchen choices and tiles. We also took photos of some of the choice we liked so we could really compare at home and held flooring samples against kitchen colours so we knew we were choosing the right ones.

Now that we are in the home and have been for 3 weeks now, I absolutely adore all our choices and would not change a thing. In my next post I will be sharing some images from our choices and what it actually looks like in real life.

Laura x

*This is a collaborative post*

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3 Essentials That You Need in Your Home

Whether it happens that you’re renting or own a property of your own, your home can provide a sense of security. There are many ways to ensure that you feel safe and secure in your home and one is by making sure you have things that help and protect you at arm’s length at all times. In addition, it’s imperative that you have essentials that you may need in case of an emergency or dangerous situation you may be facing at home. Although what exactly these essentials are may vary from person to person, this article is going to list three that you should consider for your home.

First Aid Kit

When thinking about essentials that you need in your home, a first aid kit should be one of the first to come to mind. This is because you never know when you may have a minor accident whether it be cutting yourself in the kitchen or spraining an ankle. In light of this, you should try to ensure that you always have a first aid kit at hand. Some things that you may need in your kit are plasters in different shapes and sizes, sterile gauze dressings, antiseptic cream, tweezers, as well as various types of bandaging. 

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Saving for our own Home




All my recent posts about moving or doing up our house have made me reminisce about our own journey to owning this house and how we managed to save for it. We purchased our house in a village called Stamford Bridge which is around 10 miles East of York and if you’ve ever driven to Bridlington; then you’ve driven through it. If you fancy seeing just the highlights then you can watch the video I recently filmed with Post Office Money below.

We purchased our house which you can see above (this was the first photo we ever saw of the house when it came on the market), in June 2016 for £250’000.00. It was the absolute top of our budget at the time but we instantly fell in love with it once we’d been round it and put an offer in within 30 minutes of leaving the property. 12 Hours later on Saturday morning we had a call from the estate agents to advise us the property was ours and we were over the moon! The journey to this point was a rollercoaster and we had to cut back on things as well as compromise on our original location in a bid to get to that stage but I wanted to share that it is in fact do-able.

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