So, we are finally no longer “property virgins” (a programme on HGTV for first-time home buyers) since Friday morning! The purchase of the apartment took 3 months as it does in Belgium, and you can imagine that we panicked for a while when on Thursday our notary called O to tell him that one of the two balconies was illegal! As you can seee below it is quite incredible / absurd to think that a balcony on this building could be illegal as the front and back are covered with balconies and have been part of the facades since the construction. Anyway, the notary came to look for himself and then told the commune (municipality) to do a visual inspection. He is confident that they will realise that an error was committed in the 1970’s when the apartment was registered with one, instead of two balconies.
O actually removed the fire place before the apartment was legally ours! At least I convinced him not to tear down the wall between the living room and kitchen before we had signed… (and the wall is staying put, for now at least)
The Master bedroom that will be done first! The bathroom cabinet with the mirrors to the right was found in Ikea’s bargain corner yesterday morning. Marianne recommended it to us when we visited her newly renovated home in Älmhult in June.
The pink bathroom will be renovated later but the cabinets have been thrown away. We will move the sink to beside the bath tub and put a washing machine in its place by the entrance. We are hoping to install a second toilet inside the bathroom, as at the moment we only have a separate toilet – typical for Belgian and French homes.
We have now moved to the third temporary accommodation apartment (looong story, I will explain another day) today, and next Sunday the apartment has to be liveable! That includes:
- a new floor in the bedroom
- painted walls and ceiling
- a bed, or at least a mattress!
- a kitchen – more or less… I have said that I can live with a fridge and a microwave to heat up V’s food
- a washing machine
- a wardrobe
- hole where the fire place was covered up to protect V
- and of course a new toilet as the old one is completely limescaled up / the apartment has been empty for 7-8 years…
Wish us luck! Or rather O, and his brother (arrives on Tuesday), who are responsible for the renovation work! I will keep you posted…