'Negotiations continue on the purchase of flowery sofas and the use of pink paint on the walls'

As one of life's great worriers, I can get stressed out easily enough without the help of life-changing events.

So it is with some trepidation that I have embarked on what is meant to be one of the most stressful things you can ever do - buying a house.

Well, the reference to house is rather loose. I actually mean a flat smaller than the one we currently rent, but that's the London property market for you. Yes, I live in the city where a broom cupboard in Kensington can set you back£200,000.

I have moved on more occasions that I care to think about and each of those was stressful enough. When you then add into the mix estate agents, solicitors, a mortgage, valuations, surveys and more fees than you can shake a cheque book at, it will soon be time to get the Bach's Rescue Remedy out. It was last used in the weeks before my wedding.

At least we have eventually found somewhere to buy, after weeks of utterly dispiriting flat hunting. Looking for a decent flat to rent has always been laughable enough, and when you throw in the world's most insane house prices you have a recipe for high blood pressure.

Although we also have to find and fit a new kitchen and squeeze the contents of a two-bed flat into a one-bed, I am looking forward to the day when I am no longer pouring money into the pockets of landlords and can do whatever I like with my own home.

That said, negotiations continue on the purchase of flowery sofas and the use of pink paint on the walls.

Thanks to my new home's close proximity to the A10, from my living room window I will also have a close-up view of the comings and goings of the North London branch of the ambulance service's finest, all to the soundtrack of sirens. The purchase has not been confirmed yet, so please cross your fingers for me.

At least I can be grateful we are not in a chain and vulnerable to the last-minutes changes of heart that come with it.

But when I fretted out loud the other day about the horror this must bring, it was quite reasonably pointed out that we should get this purchase out of the way before I start worrying about the next one. Anyone seen the Bach's?