We meet the homeowners from this week's episode of Love It Or List It Australia.
This week we chat to Les and Lyndi after they decided to list their Frewville home to take a step up the property ladder.
While Lyndi was adamant that she would stay in their family home of 14 years, Andrew won her over by showing the couple exactly what they could get in the Adelaide housing market - and it was too attractive to resist.
Why did you 'List It'?
"It was a very tough decision… we went back and forth between each other, do we love it, do we list it, but we finally landed on list it! Some may question why we listed it given the gorgeous renovation, however after having Andrew show us what properties were available on the market and to see that the value had increased by more than our budget, it was easy to get caught up in the moment.
"We looked again at the Payneham South house and it just wasn’t quite right for us. We have now had a chance to live in our beautiful new home, within the location that was always important to us, so we have decided to take our time to see what else is on the market in a more practical location for our family. While the Payneham South house was stunning, it simply would not be easy for us to make the move, with the three kids who are all very busy with activities close to where we currently live. We have decided to keep looking and if something the ticks all the boxes comes up, we are going to seriously consider making the move and then another family can enjoy this beautiful new renovation."
What were the top three reasons for your decision?
"1.The stunning extension on the Payneham South house was superb and made us think about what else may be out there. It opened our eyes up to suburbs that hadn’t been on our radar, thanks Andrew!
2. The road is still busy in Frewville, even with a beautiful renovation, which is a bit of an issue.
3. The kids were all really keen to move to a new property given they have all lived here their entire lives.
"However, there was still a bigger gap in our property and the potential alternate properties than we had hoped for. Plus, Lyndi isn’t sure she can move away from Frewville Foodland just yet!"
How has your life changed since the show?
"The new renovation is stunning and living is much easier and calmer, with more space and an extra bathroom. We are loving the walk in robe/ ensuite and it feels very luxurious, almost like we are staying in a hotel each and every day. We love waking up and opening the velux skylight to let the sun stream in, it certainly makes it hard to get out of bed.
"The kids are using the spare room and Lyndi’s parents have already visited and stayed in it as a guest bedroom. It really is the multi-purpose space we were looking for. We love how the kids can be in their own space, but still close to us."
Most surprising thing that happened during the filming process?
"The selections of tile, paint colour and even lighting were not what we would have chosen, but we are so thankful we trusted in the design skills of Neale and Joanne from Broadfeather. Each and every one of the tile choices, paint colours, lighting choices and even shower heads work so well and we love it all. We honestly don’t feel like there is a part of the renovation that we don’t like!
"We can’t believe how well it all ties in together and suits the vibe of our family. The house feels huge now with the great use of space and it feels like a lot was fit into the old carport space. The filming itself was certainly out of our comfort zone, but we enjoyed the process, getting to know the crew and Neale and Andrew. We feel very fortunate and grateful to have been a part of this process, so thank you to everyone involved."
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