Sarah Beeny Autumn 2017 - 52
JULIA, 41, AND PHIL KIDD, 43, HAD
OUTGROWN THEIR THREE BED SEMI IN
SURREY. IT WAS TIME TO MOVE UP THE
PROPERTY LADDER... HERE, JULIA SHARES
THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF THEIR STORY
e've lived near Epsom, Surrey for seven years
and love it. Our children, Charlie, nine, and
Katerina, six, are settled at school and we have
friends and work nearby. However, when our
extended family visit, we have to clear the
downstairs playroom and set up a guest bedroom. Groan! We
needed a proper fourth bedroom. Phil said we should start
looking around. ooks like we're definitely moving.'
he first house we viewed was
a 1930s semi that needed a
lot of work. New bathroom,
new windows, redecoration
- how much was that going
to cost? All for a house that
wasn't that much bigger than ours. We walked away.
'An agent called about a house on a prime road which 'needs a bit
of decorating'. As soon as we pulled up outside, Phil said, 'absolutely
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not'. It was too much of a project. We run our own recruitment
business; we don't have time to take on something that needs so
much work. he agent o ered to show us the garage. Why asked
hil firmly. I told you we are not going to buy this house.
'While I was searching online one night, I spotted a couple of
new builds that looked interesting. One really stood out. It looked
big, the garden was a good size and the development was small.
It was the show home and the last of nine to be sold.
lthough it was a cold, wet anuary a ernoon when we viewed
it, I knew immediately it was the one for us. I loved the glossy
white kitchen, the utility room and the open-plan dining area
with bi-fold doors. The kids ran around making videos and within
minutes, they'd already picked out their bedrooms.
'Phil played it cool and said we would think about it. We went
to see another new build, but it didn't feel as nice. It just reinforced
how much we liked the first one and we realised that we had to get
our house on the market straight away.
'We arranged a second viewing pretty quickly and while having a
good look around again, we tried to gauge how much we could get
knocked o the asking price. he agent said there was definitely a
deal to be done, but we had to sell our house first.'