IELTS Letter to a friend after purchasing a house

IELTS Letter to a friend after purchasing a house

You were looking for a home, and recently you bought it. 

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter,

  • Tell why did you buy it
  • Describe the house
  • Invite your friend to your house

Write at least 150 words. You need not write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows

Dear ______ ,

IELTS Letter 1 to a friend after purchasing a house

Introduction

Dear Rajesh,

I hope this letter finds you in good health. It’s been a long time since we interacted, and I wanted to share a piece of news with you.

Body Paragraph 1

As you were aware, it was always my dream to gift a house to my wife. The long-awaited bank loan finally got approved a month back, which allowed me to fulfil my dream. We have now moved into a new house which is near to my wife’s office.

Body Paragraph 2

We have named the house Shri as my wife is is a devotee of Lord Ganesha. It is located in the city’s heart and has typical Indian architecture with a small garden around and wooden flooring. The famous interior designer Vidya Naik has helped to build interiors. A private parking space is significant relief from worrying about the safety of our car.

Body Paragraph 3

This Saturday night I have organised a small house party for all my friends to celebrate this achievement. I am already counting you on the list of guests, and I insist that you bring your wife along.

End Paragraph

Call me in case needed. See you at the party.

Love

Harsh

Review

Strengths

The author maintains the informal tone of the letter throughout. Also, the letter satisfies the instructions given in writing task 1. Lastly, there are hardly any noticeable grammatical errors.

Weaknesses and solutions

The author cannot maintain coherence while shifting from one idea to the next. For example, consider the three sentences in body paragraph 1. Those are not related to each other at all. They come across incoherent ramblings for the IELTS examiner. Instead, the author could modify the same information as follows.

My long-awaited dream of gifting a house to my wife finally came true when the bank finally approved our loan application a month back. We have now moved into a new home, which is near to my wife’s office.

The above sentence makes much more sense. Also, it offers an opportunity to make more complex structures and show your writing skills. 

IELTS Letter 2 to a friend after purchasing a house

Dear Sana

I hope you are doing well. It has been a long since we had any communication. I could not write to you earlier as I was busy looking for a house.

The reason we decided to shift to some other place in our growing family. My daughter is now four years old and would need a separate room soon. Also, we were facing the severe problem of water shortage in that locality.

The new house is perfect for us in all aspects full stop it is an independent bungalow having a kitchen, three bedrooms and a terrace. It is located in the suburb of Pune and has shopping malls, schools and hospitals in proximity. Also, the bus stop is not very far and has a good frequency of local buses.

Since we have shifted to this new house, it is all set. We have planned a small house warming party this Sunday. We would love to have you at my place on this occasion. As your husband is fond of flowers, he would love the flower gardens in our backyard. 

Let me know about your plan. I am hoping to see you soon.

Warm regards,

Shalaka

Review 

Strengths

  • The letter addresses all the instructions in the task. All possible subtopics are divided into separate paragraphs. The author maintains the tone of the letter well. 
  • The letter is much more coherent as all points are logically connected with each other. Also, it has appropriate linking devices. 

The choice of words could be a bit better but the current vocabulary is not out of place. Also, the grammatical structures suffice the evaluation criteria of IELTS. 

How to differentiate among IELTS formal, semi-formal and informal letter

IELTS Letter 3 to a friend after purchasing a house

Dear Thomas

I hope this letter finds you well. It’s been quite a while since we met. I have great news to share with you.

My family and I recently moved to a new house. As you know, we were a family of three last year, so the old house was a bit congested. So we were looking for a new, bigger home and purchased it last month.

Three bedroom apartment with parking. So now we can park your car in a safe place. The rooms are pretty spacious, and the view from the balcony is breathtaking. Additionally, it is only 20 minutes away from my office, so I can simply cycle or walk there for a few days.

Next month the monsoon is arriving and since my apartment is on the top floor, the view of the city would be majestic. I would be happy to plan a trip this monsoon with your family and stay with us in our new apartment. It will be a small reunion. We all could enjoy a good barbecue evening on my terrace. You do not have to worry about the accommodation for your family as we have an extra room that should be adequate.

I am waiting for your response. Let me know ten days in advance before your arrival. Thank you

Love 

Nikhil

Review

Strengths

The author follows all instructions in the task without any issues. Also, he or she maintains the informal tone expected in the letter. Also, he or she has used some linking words. The words used are acceptable.

Weaknesses and solution

There are a few sentences especially in the second and the fourth paragraph that are not very clear.

As you know, we were a family of three last year, so the old house was a bit congested.

This sentence could be better written as follows.

As you know, last year we welcomed our son to our family, so the old house was a bit congested.

Also, there are many other such examples in the letter where specific information without repetition of ideas can help the author express better. 

IELTS Letter 4 to a friend after purchasing a house

Dear Tom

How are you? I hope this letter finds you well. I have great news to share.

You are already aware that I was looking for a job change for a long time. Recently I was selected for Accenture as a senior analyst. So I thought of moving my house near my new office.

This new apartment has three bedrooms, a comfortable living room and a wonderful terrace overlooking a beautiful garden. I would say the deck is the best feature of the house as my children spend most of their evenings playing there. Also, we have a dedicated parking space.

It would be a great idea if you and your family could come over for an overnight stay. We can spend some quality time together. We can what some movies and children can play with each other.

Let me know when you can make it. Call me this weekend in case you need any help. Thanks

Warm regards

Jayal

Review

Strengths

The letter follows the instructions in the given task and maintains the informal tone as well. 

Weaknesses

The second paragraph focuses a lot on the change in the job rather than the change in the house. Such references can be distracting for the IELTS reader. In such cases, the examiner may think that the student did not get the instruction and cut your bands. 

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