How we Designed and Bought a House in Pakistan during Covid-19 Remotely

How did we buy a house in Pakistan in a Coronavirus time without actually seeing the house..?

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A house in Islamabad, Pakistan

The Ad that got us

My husband found an ad on Facebook it was a house for sale as a grey structure. Some bathrooms had been tiled. Some flooring had been done. However, most of the house was still unfinished. It screamed like a mad amazing project to get involved in. We were toing and froing should we even consider buying a house in Pakistan..?

The Hard work

We’ve spent a lot of time on video chat looking at the house in question. We chose handles for the kitchen cabinets on whatsapp. We chose white cabinets for the kitchen, which later transpired in Pakistan, they don’t do white cabinets for kitchens. We got some weird washed out lilac colour instead! Can you imagine the shock when we saw it?

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One of the examples of the bed frames and this one is less elaborate
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A photo taken by my fabulous husband
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The porch area the doors and niches designed by fabulous husband

What’s Next?

We’ve bought this amazing house what’s next? First and foremost our task is to finish off the house as there are some details unfinished. The finish of the house should be another blog post too… It’s not that straightforward. It’s the same idea as what’s easily available and acceptable in Europe is slightly different in Pakistan. Fascinating!

“Our prime purpose in life is to help others…”

We, my husband and I, ask ourselves how are we going to help others? We often say to each other: “We’ve done this and that, how are we going to help others? What are we going to do with it now? What’s our plan?” Now that we’ve got this house we can travel around Pakistan, choose an area that needs help most and do good deeds such as build a school.

I am a writer who learned to code! I write about personal experiences within a humanist and global context. Find me on Twitter & Instagram @erikachaudhary

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