We got the house!! All those magic crossed knitters' fingers did the trick ;) Thanks everyone!
We're signing our lives away and paying two weeks' rent tomorrow, and then will pay the bond etc when we get the house in about a month. Plenty of time to de-clutter and pack etc!
A friend has offered garage space to store boxes in, so I'm taking a car load over now - our place is small, and starting to look like a cheap cardboard maze! The double-handling will be worth it.