The decluttering, cleaning, vacating, pandering, nailbiting antics of the stressed out house sellers

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Spirael Thu 29-Nov-12 14:08:31

Starting a new thread, since our old one was almost full!

Anyone suffering the stresses of trying to sell a house is welcome to join us; anyone here to tell us our houses are crap and/or overpriced is not. wink

CuddyMum Thu 29-Nov-12 14:52:34

The title does some it up rather perfectly! grin

I hope I'm allowed to moan about houses I've viewed that are mingin' and overprices wink

YellowWellies Thu 29-Nov-12 15:18:26

<Settles fat arse onto sofa and makes self comfy> Aloha ladies!

Spirael Thu 29-Nov-12 15:28:38

You're fine unless the house belongs to someone on the thread, CuddyMum. wink In which case it's lovely and a bargain.

You'd better not be squashing the pillows or making a mess over there, YellowWellies. Unless it's my house. In which case you're all invited round to make a mess!

Though DH and I are doing pretty well ourselves, in the past week we've accidentally melted some varnish and broken a tile. Oops! Tragedy. grin

CuddyMum Thu 29-Nov-12 15:36:02

Oops - I meant "sum it up" and "overpriced" of course (distracted by Rightmove open on next tab)!

Enjoyed a couple of weeks of mess until the last viewing! At least I made the effort for the viewing unlike the house I viewed yesterday - tut tut! Toilet lids up and dirty showers urgh!!! Enormous crack in the dining room, old people following us and the EA around... shall I go on?

chillikat Thu 29-Nov-12 15:50:01

I lurked on the last thread but signing up for this one.
Had a second viewing last week who is a FTB but although she seems to really like the house she's worried about next door looking a bit scruffy and being up for let confused.
I think we're resigned now to nothing until January, though I've got to tidy up tomorrow for family visiting.

YellowWellies Thu 29-Nov-12 15:53:06

Spirael me, make a mess? <showers biscuit crumbs over son's head whilst poorly multitasking BFing and MNing>

Toomuchtea Thu 29-Nov-12 16:11:22

Hello - now found the new thread. Not much news here - still not found anywhere to move to. Sale not progressing terribly fast, but then it isn't as if we're in a chain. Chance would be a fine thing.

Spirael I am sending my mess your way.

Welcome chillikat. I think you've done pretty well to get a viewing this side of Christmas!

chillikat Thu 29-Nov-12 17:19:47

I should add that we've been up for sale since June / July.
had one offer from an investor a fee weeks ago but his circumstances changed and he pulled out before we accepted. Trying not to look too hard until we get an offer but we only want to move a few streets to somewhere with a garden.

Toomuchtea Fri 30-Nov-12 09:02:31

Good luck. It is as horrible process. Are you slightly cheered by having an offer?

Pootles2010 Fri 30-Nov-12 09:44:34

May i join you ladies? We've had house on market since last Monday, hardly had a sniff of interest. It's gutting, because there's a house we really want and I just know we're going to loose out on it sad

NorthPolo Fri 30-Nov-12 11:00:54

I would like to join too please! I was also lurking on the last one and am now rather terrified of what we are letting ourselves in for but we want to relocate nearer to family. We're not going up for sale until next year as we have loads to do to the house first but it's good to get motivation to sort things on here.

We have 2 small dc so progress with decluttering and packing things ready for storage is soooo slow. I packed one box the other day and the 3yo immediately unpacked it with great joy - And we still have Christmas presents to arrive and find a home for!

Spirael Fri 30-Nov-12 12:36:46

Welcome to the delurking lurkers! wink

Since last Monday isn't long, Pootles, give it some time yet. Especially at this time of year! Things will likely pick up once Christmas is done. And you may not lose the house you want, they could be suffering a lack of interest too.

The fact that you've already had an offer (even if it fell through) is a good sign, chillikat. smile Hopefully it's just a matter of time until the right person comes along for you.

Well, still nothing to report here. Grilled the solicitors this morning and they're still awaiting the searches from the local council, who cannot be chased but do have a deadline of next Wednesday.

However once they get the searches in, and assuming they're fine, then we can move in less than a week if we want to, apparently. shock The solicitors have suggested exchange/completion on the same day, but I might try and get at least a couple of days between them. confused

Not sure what to do about removals now. If we book and pay then our removal is guarenteed (and they've been warning me their dates are filling up). But, if we have to move the date (and the date won't be cemented until exchange) then we could be charged hundreds of pounds. Ugh, what to do?!

Still, sounds like we could be down to less than two weeks until we can lose our deadbeat current house and spend our first night in our dream home... grin [crosses everything] [packs boxes]

YellowWellies Fri 30-Nov-12 12:57:33

Hmm Spirael that sounds like a bit of a threat from the movers - the number of house sales and moves has collapsed with the stagnation in the market - I bet they're not as busy as they make out they are. Our movers were desperate for work and are going to do the packing and unpacking for only an extra £200.

Pootles2010 Fri 30-Nov-12 12:58:41

Wow how exciting Spirael! I know it would be ok normally, its just the house we want is a repossession, and they've put the price down by 10k yesterday, so I think they'll get snapped up by investor who can move quicker than we can sad

Its gutting because its a lovely big house, and the only way we'd get something that big in the village we want. Hey ho....

Apparently there's a woman who lives opposite end of country who's looking at ours and two others in our town, she's in a rush because she's accepted offer on hers, and got 6 weeks to move, but no dates been mentioned for her visit to view them yet. I imagine she'll end up renting here for a while, thats what I'd do anyway.

Spirael Fri 30-Nov-12 13:05:36

The house we're buying is a repossession too, Pootles. smile It was listed last year, reduced by £30k in May and we had an offer under asking price accepted in October. So don't give up yet!

I have got quotes for 7 different removal firms, so I guess if this one is busy I could always just go with a different firm instead. wink I had two I really liked, the main reason I went with this one was that they were cheaper by £60. £60 however is cheaper than £200 to move dates!

Pootles2010 Fri 30-Nov-12 13:19:35

Gosh that is encouraging. Hope yet!

If there's 7 different possible firms, i think you'll be fine. Like Yellow says, i think they'd just trying to put the wind up you. Is there a lot of work to be done on your house?

YellowWellies Fri 30-Nov-12 13:56:38

Now I'm home BFing Junior am addicted to Phil Spencer Secret Agent - there are a lot of greedy overpriced vendors and his basic advice is cut the price - the market's falling. Interesting to see Phil's total about face on the market.

CuddyMum Fri 30-Nov-12 15:21:07

I love Phil Spencer Secret Agent!

Got another viewing tomorrow - not sure who or what time yet as am awaiting a return call. I also get my chance to give feedback on the property I viewed this week. Phil would have been in his element!!

YellowWellies Fri 30-Nov-12 15:23:17

It's just so nice that he's dropped the banal phrase 'snap it up' - as we all know there is nothing quick and snappy about buying and selling houses. Kirsty seems to have given up on the property market. I think this new realism is a good thing. Cheap houses are good for society even if it means that folks can't make a killing just by decorating anymore - so it's back to having to work for a living. M'eh there's no such thing as a free lunch.

Woo Cuddy. Tell all on the feedback....

Toomuchtea Fri 30-Nov-12 15:35:30

It is so cheering to be able to give feedback instead of having to hang around waiting for it.

I haven't ever seen Phil Spencer Secret Agent - what am I missing? Quite a few years ago there was a programme where a chap went in and sorted the interior of people's houses out if they couldn't sell them.

And YellowWellies I entirely agree that cheap houses are good for society.

Pootles, I think that at this time of year, most people are concentrating on Christmas (unless they're like us, with a sale chugging on and still nowhere to buy....) Things will probably liven up after Christmas.

YellowWellies Fri 30-Nov-12 15:41:13

That's what we're hoping toomuchtea, we've found somewhere we could be interested in but really don't want to fork out £500 on flights to go and view it right now - as we move down close to it, (into rented) just after Christmas and it would be nice to avoid the trip. Or avoid having to send DH down to Fife for a viewing (with his work paying - if he can claim a 'meeting' or other need to be in the Edinburgh office) whilst I'm left home alone with our 38 day old baby. Not quite up to going totally solo for an overnight trip just yet. I'm hoping stuff quietens down over Christmas - apologies to everyone hoping the opposite.

CuddyMum Fri 30-Nov-12 16:03:10

Viewer tomorrow has nothing to sell and want lots of rooms.

It felt good giving feedback! In brief house was a shithole, uncared for and bursting at the seems - overpriced but in a good area on a good plot - bags of potential for the right price. Looked much better in the brochure! The EA wasn't surprised - other feedback has been the same but he knows we are brave!

CuddyMum Fri 30-Nov-12 16:08:45

YellowWellies - do you want to swap a new baby for two door slamming teenage girls? smile

Toomuchtea - you need to watch Phil Spencer Secret Agent - it's on each afternoon - I love a bit of Phil!

YellowWellies Fri 30-Nov-12 16:11:57

haha Cuddy well we have a wee boy and he seems to be the image of his Dad - a very easy baby (touch wood) but the thing is - his Dad was a total arsehole as a teenager. shock Maybe I'll investigate boarding schools and miss out the 12-18 years.... grin

You have to watch Phil toomuchtea he's a real breath of fresh air now he's off the bubble-tastic script nonsense

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