Well... there is no time like the present, as the saying goes, and I am certainly making a start on my dream home.
The first, and most important step, is to decide how to finance this dream move of ours. Of course most of our money - if not all - is tied up in our home and that cannot be released until we actually want to move. How much we get for our current house is down to market forces and to be honest I don't really care too much about that... we shall get what we shall get for it and it will just have to be enough!
The plan is that on or shortly after 25th September 2013 we shall sell this house and rent something for about 3 or 4 months in the country/area of our choice (maybe northern Spain but looking at prices at the moment you can certainly get more for your money in central Portugal). While we are renting we shall investigate places to purchase find what we want and start living the good life. Yes I know it may not be as simple as that... but we are talking 'The Plan' here. the exact logistics of each bit will be decided upon nearer the time and will of course take into consideration whatever circumstances (changes) that have arisen between now and then.
The only concern I have at the moment is paying for the move and the possible storage of our things. We really do have to sell this house first and then move - it would be too complicated to do it simultaneously - it's stressful enough trying to buy and sell houses in the UK never mind getting into a foreign house chain. We do not intend to sell much of our current belongings - we are already paring down to what we consider the necessities for the kind of life we want to live.
For the last couple of years I have been gathering together items that will be useful for our proposed 'Good Life' style to come. All my gardening equipment are top notch tools that we deliberately chose top of the range when we bought them because we intend for them to last for many many years to come. All my kitchen equipment (pots, pans, baking trays etc...) are also good quality items designed to see me out!
We have treasured furniture and items that have a certain style that we like and would find almost impossible to replace. All of these things will have to be either stored until we buy somewhere or brought by removals van. I think this is going to be quite expensive and since I do not want to eat into the budget for the house and land purchase - I am going to save this money from the housekeeping. How much? Well I can't be exactly sure because prices do tend to rise and everywhere I have searched they want more exact details before they will give a quote so... on a pure guess I am thinking £5,000 to £7,000 ... is that too little? Too much? What do you think?