Letting our house – it’s happening!

Things have moved a bit slower than anticipated with our big move to Japan. Nothing major has got in the way, but a culmination of smaller things has led to us taking a bit longer to get the plan moving.

Following a bit of decorating and fixing of DIY mistakes that we’ve put up with for the past five years, the house is now ready to start offering out to rent. So far, the process has been pretty simple; we invited three independent letting agents to give us an estimate, and have decided that, as we’ll be half way across the world, we would also opt for a managed service.

This basically means that for 10% (as an average, landlords may vary) of the monthly rent the landlord will act on our behalf to keep an eye on the place and fix any minor problems. If there are bigger problems, they’ll sort out a contractor. We opted for a company called Lets Go Professional because they only deal with rentals (rather than lettings and selling) and also after meeting the landlord that would represent us, we felt they offered the right amount of communication and involvement.

They did a great job of taking pictures and describing the house and you can see the listing here

To be honest it’s all a bit surreal at the moment, and although we’ve been trying to cut down on clutter for years, this move has been the final push. So far we’ve gotten through 5 boxes to the charity shop and about the same amount of junk to the tip.


The empty bedroom. Until last week those shelves were full of collectibles.

It’s also been quite mentally exhausting. I take after my parents as a bit of a hoarder and this has made clearing out hard for two reasons. One is the financial value of things; I’ve never been able to part with games knowing that I’m only getting a fraction of the value I originally paid out, but this exercise has been a great way to get my head around the idea that I’ve had my monies worth of entertainment out of them. The other, and more substantial mental block is the ‘that might come in handy later’ complex. For example, over the years I’ve been a collector of gaming goods, but seeing a stack of almost 100 GamesTM magazines in the middle of the living room floor that I knew full well we’re unlikely to be read again. It was time to let them go, but as ridiculous as it sounds every time I went to move them I’d flick through one and think about the retro articles, and what if I want to read them when I come back…

The next step to renting the house was cleaning it up. As you might expect, we have a fair amount of fun stuff dotted around. Our house is like one big otaku teenager’s bedroom, full of Hello Kitty, Totoro toys and Gundam model kits; hell we even have a projector set up in the bedroom for when we’re feeling particularly lazy, but we need to show the house for the home it could be, not what we’ve made it.

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So the rooms are empty, save for equipment we use every day like cameras and computers, the TV etc. and hopefully the next post will be in a few weeks to say we’re leaving!

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