My husband and I have come to the decision that we should aim to move house next Spring (2009) as our flat really is too small. We’re not ready to move just yet, as we have lots of decorating to do, but we really want to put the flat on the market in the springtime so that we hopefully will sell and move in time for the new school year in September.

Today, I’ve been preparing my bedroom to be decorated. Unfortunately, and we can’t quite work out why, in our flat we suffer disproportionately with condensation damp. When I looked behind my chests of drawers under my bedroom window I was horrified at the state of the wall, and have since moved the furniture all around so that we can let more air get to the affected spot. We will also have to rearrange the living room as that is similarly affected behind our sofa. So, today I have been bleaching the walls to get rid of the damp stains before treating it with specialist paint in great quantities to try to prevent it recurring. It looks so much better already, and I can’t wait to get some paint on the wall to really see the difference. I’m doing it all in easy stages as my back isn’t quite better yet, although it is much better than it was last week. I have to phone the doctor tomorrow to get results of the x-rays which were done last week. However, I digress…painting! Husband is going to help to strip wallpaper from the other walls over the next few days, although he is on late shifts at work this week and so he’s trying to fit all his home things into the mornings.

I think we’ll just do the plain cream walls and white ceilings thing, so as to present a blank canvas to viewers. I had hoped to have a bit more of a feminine bedroom this time, but I’ll have to wait until we move for that. In the meantime, just having it tidy and freshly decorated will be lovely! I’ve got new curtains and bedcovers to put up and on once it’s all painted, and we will then also get some cream/beige carpet to replace the really old and faded red carpet which is down at the moment. However, knowing that we’ll definitely replace the carpet makes it easier when painting, as we don’t need to be so careful about protecting the floor from the paint and wallpaper strippings!

I’m wondering about having cavity wall insulation installed to combat the condensation damp. If anyone reads this who has had similar problems, and managed to resolve them, please leave me a note to let me know how you managed it!


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