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

Toomuchtea Fri 30-Nov-12 17:17:20

Good luck Cuddy, and if you're collecting teenagers, Yellow, you can have my DD. She has decided we are ruining her life by moving and hasn't spoken to us for weeks.

Cuddy, if that house is the one you were talking about earlier, I hope it wasn't flooded!

CuddyMum Fri 30-Nov-12 23:36:26

No signs of flooding. It's a good time to check places out to see if they're affected by the recent flooding smile

CuddyMum Sat 01-Dec-12 17:53:02

Had some initial feedback from today's viewing. Son came with his Mum. Liked the size of the house and garden - only quibble was the size of the smallest bedroom - EA pointed out that there were 5 other double rooms and it would be fine for a guest room. They are looking at loads of properties over a large area this weekend and will then shortlist and come back with the daughter. My only concern is that they are bound to find something bigger and better if they're not fussy about which area they live in.


I am another one who has become addicted to Phil Spencer and his secret agent show!! When I watch it I panic a bit because we have not 'dressed' dad's house in any way shape or form!

When I asked the estate agent if we should paint/fix dad's his reply was no...I guess because it is a 'doer upper' and new owners going to rip everything out.
So no flowers selling the lifestyle that Phil is so keen on!

We have had two sets of viewers...both of whom came back for a second viewing. The latest of these were today and they have told us that they intend to make an offer. House been on the market 3 weeks so I am happy enough with that.

Will have to wait and see what thier offer is but the whole time dad's house is empty it is costing money....he died in April and we paying gas/electric/council tax/insurance solicitors fees.

CuddyMum Sun 02-Dec-12 18:11:54

Sounds like positive news Bentneck. Like you say, you don't need to do anything to a doer-upper to prepare it for viewings. It is what it is. Phil Spencer would be pleased with me - I've done everything to the letter but still awaiting that darned offer.

Thanks cuddymum - I do have my fingers crossed for an offer that meets your requirements. And I do sympathise with having to try and prepare for viewings in amongst the chaos of christmas!

Good Luck

Hello again! Well we've finally concluded, and we get the keys on Dec 14th!

CuddyMum Tue 04-Dec-12 12:51:55

Another viewing lined up for Sunday afternoon (not locals) and not heard anything from Saturday's viewer... Should have the tree up by Sunday too! grin

At least being on the market for so long has helped us to re focus what we might be looking for and in which area. The local house we were interested in has definitely gone now but somehow we don't feel as disappointed as we may have done months earlier. We are remaining positive and feel that we would like to move a few miles down the road to Harrold, preferably a doer-upper with a big garden and fields at the back! So not exactly going to reduce the mortgage as originally planned but hey!

Any news Bentneck?

Well done Kato - I'm jealous!

Spirael Tue 04-Dec-12 13:22:34

Yes and no, regarding work to be done on our new house Pootles. wink It's actually a new build where the builder went bust so the bank repossessed. So structurally it's fine, everything is brand new and it's under warranty for build defects. However because the builder no longer exists, we have no snagging fixes available. There's also nothing currently installed, like curtain rails or similar, so that'll all need doing on move day or soon after!

Still not got a date. [twiddles thumbs] DH is harrassing the solicitor, the buyers solicitor is harrassing the solicitor, so hopefully we should find out today or tomorrow whether we're moving next week! They sure like to cut it fine, huh?

Hearing you talk about your lovely DS is making me feel a bit broody, YellowWellies! grin Not allowed another DC though until we've moved, settled and replenished our savings a bit-!

No flood risk for our house or the new house, fortunately. If they flood, the rest of Yorkshire is in a lot of trouble-!

I don't watch a whole lot of TV, so haven't seen any Secret Agent aside from the episode earlier in the year that covered the suburb next to ours and had a very similar property on for a lot more than our asking price. Unsurprisingly, it hadn't sold by the end of the episode.

Congrats on your conclusion, bet you're looking forward to getting the keys next week, Kato! grin I'm jealous too, especially since I still don't know whether I'm moving next Thursday or not-!

Sounds like you're still getting a fair bit of interest with all your viewings, CuddyMum. smile Surely one of your viewers, sooner or later, will make you the right offer-! I'll keep everything crossed for you on Saturday.

Hello cuddymum I am sure I read somewhere that prospective viewers consider where their christmas tree would go as much as other furniture. So I am sure your viewers at the weekend will be impressed!

Thanks for asking how we are getting on - I feel a little bit awkward to tell you that we have had 2 offers. blush
We had 2 sets of viewers, both came back for second viewings and both have made offers yesterday!

The first was the buy to let man who made an offer £30,000 below the some report survey value...despite the fact the survey didn't suggest any major faults/concerns. The estate agent did say that the man was a bit of a chancer and only really interested in a 'steal'.

The second offer was £20,000 more than the first....we are happy with that and decided to accept it. The buyers are in a hurry for various reasons and need the sale completed and key in their hand mid January.
This suits us because dad's house been empty since feb - it's costing money to heat/maintain/council tax/legal fees etc. If we decided to hang off and wait on the off chance somebody else might be interested in the spring it would be more money going out and probably not worth it.

I do appreciate that we are in a lucky position...orginally the house was going to marketed to pay the nursing home fees. When dad died whilst waiting for a place that changed....but this inheritance is money we were not expecting.

I fully appreciate that it is different for you all who need to sale your houses for a certain amount to move on into your new homes. I keep my fingers and toes crossed.

home report not some report!

CuddyMum Tue 04-Dec-12 13:46:40

No feeling broody here - I'm way too old for all that! Would love another puppy though!

Hey Bentneck no need to feel awkward at all! That's a good result for you. I hope they make the house into a beautiful home.

Surely my time will come. I'm very confident that my house is not overpriced now at all - I just need the right people to buy it. Ironically, if I hadn't done the loft extension, changed the kitchen and all the floors etc. the house would probably be worth the price I'm advertising it for now! I guess that's how it goes.

Thanks cuddy

I have faith you will find a you live in a village or town location? Or buyer is local in the village and for various reasons needed this house, at this time and both parties were just lucky the timings worked.

CuddyMum Tue 04-Dec-12 14:14:20

We're in a small market town smile

Just received my Pickfords quote... And I'm pretty sure I've watched them move a family to the Dordogne for less than we've been quoted for moving a mile!

Toomuchtea Tue 04-Dec-12 14:24:37

Congratulations Kato, and yes, I've heard Pickfords are expensive.

Well done Bentneck - it must be a relief to have an end in sight!

Cross fingers Spirael, and Cuddy. Harrold is lovely!

Sale still slowly chugging on here. Still nowhere to go to, but that does leave us in a strong position should the buyers start faffing about. DD not taking any of it well, unfortunately.

cuddy I posted this before...maybe you need to get a guitar out and write a song!!
buy my house

Thanks toomuchtea All feels a bit real now.

Kato The Removal Men is another new favourite of mine along with Phil Spencer!

CuddyMum Tue 04-Dec-12 16:08:47

I think my kids would shoot me if I did that! Very funny though!

Sorry your daughter is not impressed with your move Toomuchtea. If we move to Harrold I have one child who wants to change schools and one who doesn't! That could be interesting.

Have dragged the tree in from outside and it's much wider than I thought when I chose it...

YellowWellies Tue 04-Dec-12 17:13:12

Our buyers' funds are now in place - so it looks like we are all set for completion and exchange as planned on the 11th January. I'm v excited. I hope the house we're interested in is still available then - have a gander: What do you reckon? Nothings going to go to closing over Christmas is it?

In the interim, after living on our remote island with solid fuel heating and isolation - we're renting a new build until we find somewhere to buy - god I cannot wait for gas central heating!!! No effort heating is wicked. Stoking a fire in the small hours when up for a night feed gets a bit wearing.

YellowWellies Tue 04-Dec-12 17:13:50
Toomuchtea Tue 04-Dec-12 18:31:15

I love it - it reminds me of our last house. It's got plenty of space, and it looks a lovely, friendly house.

I did worry slightly about how I would cope with lots of stairs up to the house when I had my DD, but it wasn't a problem. I picked her and the buggy up and lugged them both up. Think I would probably break something if I tried it now, but it was ok then.

I have to admit that's the first tear drop shaped draining board I've ever seen.

Cuddy, good luck. Will they transfer to Sharnbrook?

CuddyMum Tue 04-Dec-12 20:46:56

Fab house Yellow!! Have you spoken to the agent about it?

Toomuchtea - one wants to go to Sharnbrook and the other wants to stay at Ousedale Olney Campus.

It's lovely yellow, can you stick a note of interest in?

YellowWellies Tue 04-Dec-12 21:05:24

We're wary of sticking a formal note of interest in as we don't want to trigger a closing situation if we can help it. Fingers crossed we'll just be able to put an offer in after Christmas.

We figure we'd like to add a conservatory at the back and extend the kitchen into it as the smallish kitchen is the only downside we can spot without a viewing.

chillikat Tue 04-Dec-12 22:03:46

Our investor came back today with a better offer (after 3 or 4 weeks!), though the house we really wanted at a realistic price has gone sad so now we're looking at a couple of houses that we'd previously discounted.
Do you think it's reasonable to ask the buyer to be patient and wait for us to find somewhere? I'm assuming that a few more houses will come on the market after Christmas (or is this a myth?)

CuddyMum Tue 04-Dec-12 22:09:45

Would you rent Chilli?

Toomuchtea Wed 05-Dec-12 09:40:46

Your buyers might be sympathetic - ours have given us time. It's worth asking, and all the estate agents I've talked to in our desperate search for something do say stuff does come on the market after Christmas. Fingers crossed.

Agents left me a message yesterday (had forgotten to take my phone...) about a repossession in the area we want to live in. They're all in a meeting at the mo, so crossing fingers it is half way decent. Has anyone ever bought a repossession? Any hints?

We went to see one when I was pregnant with DS which the previous owner had set about with a sledge hammer the day they moved out. Everything had gone - internal walls, kitchen, bathroom.....

Spirael Wed 05-Dec-12 10:54:49

Argh... Logistical nightmare going on here. Won't go into all the details, but basically a combination of snail pace organisations means that our move date is being slowly pushed backwards.

The buyers are jumping up and down (though at least they're evidently keen to move, so unlikely to bottle at the last moment), their buyers are jumping up and down, the bank is jumping up and down, the removals firm is jumping up and down, heck even I'm jumping up and down! Though it doesn't seem very effective at getting anything done.

Really hope we can move before Christmas still. Really hope we can move before the 19th, as that's when BT are connecting us and if we don't get it done then, then it won't be done until February they have such long engineer booking times! confused

I am never, ever moving again after all this!! I can't even have wine anymore, it's all boxed up. [stressed]

Toomuchtea Wed 05-Dec-12 13:49:57

You are having a horrible time Spirael. I hope that everything does lurch into action. It is beyond frustrating when there is nothing you can do to motivate people to get off their backsides.

Have found out which the house is: poor people, being repossessed just before Christmas. I know the house, and had always assumed, from the glamorous cars parked outside, that they were doing terribly well.

YellowWellies Wed 05-Dec-12 13:58:30

Good luck Spirael.

Rent? Chilli That's what we're doing between houses - it's much less stressful.

Toomuchtea see I'm a miserable cynical misanthrope but the folks with the glamorous cars are exactly the ones I would expect to be be repossessed - a lot of folks spent their 'equity' and more during the bubble years and assumed the party would go on forever, relying on rising house prices to pay their debts. I know this is awful but in such cases I have little sympathy - the only money you can be sure of is the money you earn through hard work - bubble money was an illusion.

I wouldn't feel bad buying a repo. We have a private rented sector in the UK so it's not as if these people will be out on the street. They might just have to lower their standards, live within their means and get used to driving a used car like the rest of us. I would be nervous about the condition of the house though - some folks sabotage their properties on the way out.

chillikat Wed 05-Dec-12 15:16:51

I really don't think we'd rent - I couldn't face moving twice in a short space of time, especially with a nearly 2 year old we'd have to settle in. I think we'd be more likely to try and use more savings or settle for a not quite right. We're going to see two on Thursday and the seller of the one we want has left a message saying he thinks his buyers might pull out (private sale), we're on pretty good terms so if they do... it's all a bit of a roller coaster.
We're also thinking of leafleting all the properties that we'd be interested in, a lot of the ones we've seen have been downsizing as the kids have moved out so there might be more in the area considering it, possibly waiting until after Christmas to start [optimistic hat on]

YellowWellies Wed 05-Dec-12 16:59:11

Fair dos - we've got a newborn so there's no real issue of settling in at this stage - as long as his cot is there he'll settle. Our move costs are only about £1.5k so given that houses in our target area are falling by that amount a month at the moment - it makes financial sense to sit out for a few months and buy back in much more cheaply. For us buying now would be the dead money. I'd rather wait for somewhere right or nearly right than buy back in too quickly to the wrong house. But m'eh horses for courses. I guess having spent much of my 20s renting I don't see it as the taboo that lots of Brits seem to.

Chilli your private sale sounds hopeful - fingers crossed!

CuddyMum Wed 05-Dec-12 17:26:25

Hope it all starts moving quickly for you soon Spirael.

Toomuchtea - lager wages and champagne lifestyle - it happens. It just shows the extent people go to to put on a front. Go for it! You might have to be prepared for them to sabotage the place.

Chilli - renting isn't all that bad. We did it last time and it was fine. I'd do it again too. We didn't unpack an awful lot - it's amazing how you don't miss things.

Toomuchtea Wed 05-Dec-12 18:15:36

Chilli, I'd leaflet after Christmas. If anyone leafletted me now I'd think, oh yes, I will think about this and do something about it after Christmas, shove the letter somewhere and then be unable to find it after Christmas. I think January is a good time psychologically ( I HOPE at any rate, as that's what we're planning to do) as people are thinking new year, changes, new beginnings etc. As for renting, your 2 yo would probably be fine. My DD was nearly 3 when we last moved, and she was a breeze. Her 7 yo brother, on the other hand.... and I must say now that she is 17 and he is 21 the positions have entirely reversed.

As for the repo, the agents don't have keys yet. I agree, Spirael and Cuddy. Lager wages, champagne lifestyle. Maybe they will leave one of the BMWs, which would be a nice swap for my crappy ancient Astra.

confusedperson Wed 05-Dec-12 18:43:59

Dear mumsnetters, I am new in this thread since I have just decided to sell up and move (see my other thread about downsizing to 2 bed flat).
For those who rent or thinking to rent in between, I guess this is not an option if the mortgage is fixed with early repayment fees and I want to port it to another property? Are those of you who are renting, having new mortgages approved after you find your dream house?

CuddyMum Wed 05-Dec-12 19:08:05

I've never ported a mortgage. We just paid the mortgage off with the proceeds of the sale, kept the balance in the bank and then applied for a new mortgage. I guess this only works when there is equity in the property.

Toomuchtea Thu 06-Dec-12 08:36:10

<waves to Confused> Sorry, I'm not a lot of help either, as I've only ported one mortgage and that wasn't with a rent in between. We're planning to rent if need be, and to do what Cuddy did, as we're fortunate enough to have equity.

Are you planning to sell, rent, buy? I'm not sure how mortgage providers would look at that - presumably you'd be looking to take a payment holiday rather than cough up rent and mortgage at the same time? I suppose the problem would be that you'd no longer have any security (ie the house) for the loan.

Spirael Thu 06-Dec-12 09:59:04

Assuming we do ever move, I think we're going to stand out on our new street! Both our neighbours have two flash modern cars and we're going to be parking our tatty old Fiesta on our drive.

But that's ok, we can aspire to a modern car. Just like we're aspiring to wardrobes. wink At least we'll have our dream forever home in a fantastic area, and over the next 30 years we're planning on living there we can slowly save and work towards making it something extremely special!

However, still no news here. [twiddles thumbs] DH is chasing the solicitor again today. I think we're now just waiting for some queries to be answered by the bank's solicitor, so I may end up chasing the EA to chase them. Again. Considering they were the ones saying we had to move by last Friday, you'd think they'd be eager to get everything done!!

Can't really help, confused... We're porting our mortgage but going straight into another bought property. However, I think I vaguely recall you can still port a mortgage if you sell, rent then buy. I could be making it up, but I seem to recall that's possible, the mortgage goes on hold (presumably with the bank holding the funds) and you basically have a time limit of a few months to find somewhere to buy.

Toomuchtea Thu 06-Dec-12 10:14:18

If you have a chimney breast, you can put up a shelf between it and the wall, put up a hanging rail below it and pin a sheet over the front. Did us as wardrobes for years.

Spirael Thu 06-Dec-12 10:36:34

No chimneys, but we do have a small dressing area in the master room that we should be able to mount some poles across to use for wardrobe space. For DD, my DDad is busy constructing her a makeshift wardrobe to last until we can afford to get her room done properly.

confusedperson Thu 06-Dec-12 11:54:40

Thanks CuddyMum and Toomuchtea.
I am planning to put my house on the market early next year (Feb possibly) and buy in a neighbouring (but much better) area for the same or slightly lower price. I have equity in my house, but the reason I want to port is to avoid early repayment charge (it is fixed until 2014 and ERC would be around 3.7k). Another reason is that I will have a good tracker rate when my fixed expires.

But I have heard that banks have tightened porting conditions and give <3 months to port. I am already freaking about the possible buying-selling chain involved in the process and having to complete at the same time for buyers and sellers. But perhaps it is not alway that difficult, I don't know. I have never sold the house before.

For all the practical reasons I could wait for few years to sell up (fixed mortgage, logistics of school/DC etc), but something inside me rushes me to do it now. I might be wrong. However... when I had my internal rush to have our second child (not broodiness, just irrational gut feeling to rush), I did not know at the time that if we had waited for another 6 months, we could not ever have another child for DH's health reasons.

So I am hoping that my irrational gut feeling to rush, sell up and move has a point this time, too.

CuddyMum Thu 06-Dec-12 12:13:16

Confused, gut feel is a human instinct and instinct is built into us for a reason. You want the best for your children - go for it. Speak to your mortgage provider - it may be that they can explain the best options for you. Sometimes, if you choose to take the mortgage out with the same provider they can waive the ERC. With regard to waiting to market in February, I have to say that in my area there are quite a few new properties that have come on to the market this week. We did think about taking ours off the market to "rest" it but the agents seem to think that properties sell all year round. Thanks to the Internet, it is easy to track property history and when they've been on the market.

confusedperson Thu 06-Dec-12 12:23:52

Thanks CuddyMum. I do hope that my gut feeling is right. I need to wait until after Christmas, though, because my house is not ready yet (kitchen needs repainting) and my family will be over for Christmas, too much of chaos if anyone will want to view. I also need to declutter seriously. Will be giving things away for freecycling in January smile

On other hand, there are no properties on the market at the moment which I want/can afford to buy. There was one for 3 months but got taken out of the market last week. They had a bunk bed in children's bedroom and baby cot in the master bedroom, so I assume they will be back after Christmas. My cheeky plan is to put mine on the market, get a quick offer grin and leaflet the area so perhaps those who want to sell can avoid agency fees.

Thanks for the tip about the mortgage. I need to contact somebody in my bank. How is it done nowadays, do I need to go to my bank branch or can I get advice over the phone through my bank's mortgage line?

CuddyMum Thu 06-Dec-12 12:28:57

Our mortgages have been with Nationwide for quite a while now and when we have moved we have liaised in the local branch and over the phone with the call centre too.

confusedperson Thu 06-Dec-12 12:58:33

Forgot to say thanks to Spirael. I just re-read this thread and happy to notice how well most of you are doing. I am still at that initial stage where I need to start things going but agonising over each step. Not that I don't want to sell - I have already moved to my dream home in my mind - but it is so hard to anticipate every step and what needs/or not doing.

My priorities are decluttering, painting our kitchen and selling DC's bunk bed and getting a smaller one (I bought the bunk bed way too early for my DC and getting rid of it will improve the look of DC's bedroom massively).
Is everyone of you upsizing? I wonder what your reasons behind moving?

We will be slightly downsizing due to area/school combination and not wanting to increase our mortgage.

CuddyMum Thu 06-Dec-12 13:22:30

Well the initial plan was to stay locally and downsize to something with potential. However, after being on the market for a little while we have had a change of mind. We still want to move to something with potential but to a village a few miles away and probably a slight increase in mortgage. Moving to this village will allow youngest daughter to change to another secondary school but I will still be able to get my other daughter to her current school on my way to work and pick her up - not ideal and she might change her mind and move with her sister. What I really want now is a nice big garden either backing on to or facing countryside. I'm happy to renovate too.

confusedperson Thu 06-Dec-12 13:38:17

CuddyMum it is interesting how the mind changes in the course of events, and how people want different things. I intend to do things where other people might thing I am going crazy. I will be letting go my Victorian (fairly beautiful, I’d say) house with a garden for a smaller 70’s flat with a roof terrace. But this is what I want, that Victorian house is just not for me… Anyone for a 2 bed house in South London, hey? smile

Toomuchtea Thu 06-Dec-12 13:38:24

I would go with your instinct too Confused.

We're downsizing - though it's truer to say that I wouldn't mind another large house, but I don't want outbuildings, at least derelict ones, and not so much ground. The idea is to get rid of the mortgage, and not have the house hanging round our necks like a millstone, and also to move much closer to DD's school so she can walk to and from, and also so DH can walk to the station. Bearing in mind we can't find anything in the very narrow area we want, our plans might yet change. If we do buy, it'll need to be something we want to stay in for a few years.

It took me ages to get ready to sell - in fact, years, as we had things in the deeds to sort out. I did pick up a tip from the Flylady website on decluttering, which was to do it in chunks of 15 minutes a day, and never to get out more than you could actually deal with (in the sense of tidy, chuck or rehome). Mind you, I have to say I never have applied that technique to our attic, and I am paying for it now.

confusedperson Thu 06-Dec-12 13:52:29

Toomuchtea I also will be looking at a tiny area. I will be lucky if a property will come up at the right time (there is none at the moment). Ours will be far from a train station and I will have to drive DC to school, but these are the compromises I am willing to make.

I will try the 15 minute approach. Although my decluttering and tidying up is followed by my DC making an utter chaos, so this will not be easy!!

I am also not sure which cupboard to stuck my DC in if viewers come in an evening? I am planning to use online agency and handle viewings myself...

YellowWellies Thu 06-Dec-12 14:04:04

We're relocating back from the islands to the Scottish mainland and looking also to upsize as we've just had a baby. With the price drops in our target area and the fact that our initial mortgage was piddly - we're looking for our big family ('forever' gah I hate that term) home and probably increasing the mortgage by 50%. We're not in a rush and recognise that the market favours those without chains (we didn't want to sell to anyone in a chain) so we're off into rented initially. This was primarily because we weren't in a position to view houses in our target area as we'd just had the baby and would have to fly from Orkney at a goodly cost to view. It will be much handier for us to view and take our time once we are in the rented house in our new area. It would also save us £500 a trip!

Spirael Thu 06-Dec-12 14:08:40

We're upsizing and moving to a better family area, doubling our mortgage. confused

Our little 2.5 bed semi in a busy suburb has been fine while it was just DH and I. Our families all live hundreds of miles away so we needed to maintain a guest room for them to visit.

However, now we have DD (who will insist on getting bigger!) and want more children, we needed more room. We wanted to go somewhere with better schools and, hopefully, a nice community within a cul-de-sac so DD can play out safely with the other children.

We've gone for a new build because while period properties are beautiful, we just don't have the time or money to dedicate to the maintenance!

It's been over 18 months now since we first came onto the market. We've had plenty of time to declutter. wink I'm a little worried we've nothing left to put into the huge house we're hopefully moving too!

Still no news BTW. Solicitor is meant to be returning DH's call at some point. Not betting on that happening!

CuddyMum Thu 06-Dec-12 14:13:01

I'm still decluttering here and there almost is if we are getting ready to move (I wish). Just do it in bit sized chunks - a drawer one day, a cupboard the next etc. I have tried to get my husband to do the garage but he just doesn't see the urgency or point! I am pretty chilled about packing the house up when the time comes but the thought of tackling a double garage full of crap scares me!

SunsetSongster Thu 06-Dec-12 14:34:09

Hello fellow sellers. Sorry I dropped off the thread for a while but I got a bit nervous that somehow I was jinxing our situation by posting about it. Irrational I know, but there you go.

Things have moved on a lot for us and I am not sure how I feel about it. We've accepted a ~95% offer on our house (yay!) from a couple with no chain and put an offer on the house we wanted. We offered 95% as well as this was as much as we could do (we had previously put a lower offer in on it before we sold our house). The vendor took 5 days in which my hopes were getting higher and higher to come back and reject it sad. We then panicked a little because there is very little in our price range around and we weren't sure how long we would take to move. Then another house came on in the village we want to move to which looked nice so we went to see it, put in an offer thinking it would be rejected, it was, we didn't increase, they negotiated on the house they want to buy and came back and said yes!

So we've now accepted and had an offer accepted and we are the only bit of the chain.

We're a bit nervous about our mortgage going through so won't trust it is going to happen until then (though the broker keeps on assuring me it is fine). I am a little worried though that we have panicked bought a house. I was hoping that this could be a 'forever' house move but there are things that are less than ideal about the house (just about useable 3rd bedroom, on a busyish road, not very big garden) but I think I realise now that we can't live where we want to and afford perfect (and we can't move further away as we are about at the edge of what is commutable for DH as it is).

Part of the reason we wanted to move now was so that we could move to a bigger house before we had a second child but I am not starting to worry that we won't be able to afford to anyway. Our mortgage won't be much more in the new house as we are increasing the loan term but we could decrease our current mortgage and stay where we are. I think we can just go for it and it will be ok - if it happens, we will have one incredibly tight year while we have 2 DC in nursery and then it should be ok - but I still worry I'm wanting more than we can afford.

Anyway, sorry for the mammoth post! I've been lurking to see what you have been up to. Cuddy sorry things haven't moved forward but good you are still getting viewers. Spirael you're house sounds great - I think you have things the right way around - location is more important than wardrobes! Yellow - I love the house you posted! Hello everyone else as well <<waves>>

Spirael Thu 06-Dec-12 14:57:59

Just in case anyone is curious, a link to the house we're (hopefully!!) buying is in my profile. smile I'll remove it in a few days, so if you're interested then look while you can-!

chillikat Thu 06-Dec-12 14:58:36

Well, the house we saw this lunchtime was ok. It's certainly where we want as we'd already looked at next door and the private sale we're still interested in is across the road! Though it's not got all of our desirables it's big enough and we could make it as we want eventually. Unfortunately it's asking price is lots more than next door and across the road went for and it's not that different (terrace) confused.
We're seeing another tonight but suspect that the lunchtime one might be better. I'm still tempted to wait til after Christmas and leaflet and hope others come up then. And still crossing fingers on the private sale.

We're moving for almost the same reason as Spirael - have dd now, maybe another in the future and want room for guests to stay. One of the main things we want is a garden, currently we only have a yard, the house we saw earlier has a kind of formal garden, nice but not child friendly - I'd be making it all lawn.

chillikat Thu 06-Dec-12 15:02:40

House looks fab Spirael - lots of room and that all important sold STC int he corner is yours! smile

CuddyMum Thu 06-Dec-12 15:13:21

Well done Sunset!

House looks fab Spirael - very spacious too!

Chilli it must be hard not finding the house that you feel is the one. I guess it's wait or compromise. I often wonder what will be available for us when we have sold. Husband is adamant that he won't move again.

CuddyMum Thu 06-Dec-12 15:47:03

Well I have had no feedback from Saturday's viewing so I guess I didn't make their shortlist. I wonder if this Sunday's out of area viewer will make it with the forecast snow?

Spireal I am insanely jealous of your dressing room! X

Pootles2010 Fri 07-Dec-12 09:45:21

Thats a lovely house Spireal! Very jealous. It will surely feel very odd for a little while going from a 2.5 bed house to that?! It's really lovely, lots of room for future mini-Spireals!

Toomuchtea Fri 07-Dec-12 09:49:09

It is a fantastic house Spireal.

Just off to look at the repo....

Spirael Fri 07-Dec-12 10:02:54

Thanks all. grin We like it, enough to spend the rest of our working lives paying for it! Hopefully though we'll eventually hold the deeds ourself, having been in the house since it was built. smile

I think our plan is to use the top floor as a big loft and pretend the rooms don't exist for a while, Pootles. wink It is going to feel weird though, going from a pokey house with one bathroom to a house with more toilets and bedrooms than we have people! confused

We just need to lose the STC part, chilli! More harrassing of solicitors is going on today. Just need the sign off from one of them. At least we're starting to talk dates now, finally!

14th was proposed, but that's the day we're taking DD to see Father Christmas - and I doubt we'd get removals for that day anymore. There also isn't enough time to set redirection up. We've countered with the 17th, hopefully that will be accepted.

Found out we absolutely have to exchange a few days before completion though, because the bank won't authorise the installation of carpets/flooring until after exchange. They've said they can always come in and install the carpets after we've moved in... I've said no! The rooms will be full of furniture and boxes. confused

Is the snow bad where you are, Cuddy? We've none at all here, yet. Hopefully your viewer will make it ok!

Let us know how you get on, Toomuchtea!

YellowWellies Fri 07-Dec-12 11:54:43

Gorgeous house! Just one niggle - why are the plug sockets so high up the walls though - it's not on a floodplain is it? Or is this due to the building regs update a couple of years ago?

Spirael Fri 07-Dec-12 12:01:42

Not sure why they're a bit higher than usual, YellowWellies. I was assuming it was something to do with either the style or modern preferences.

House definitely isn't on a flood plain, the town/suburb is on top of a hill. If it floods, then the two nearby cities are in an awful lot of trouble! wink

YellowWellies Fri 07-Dec-12 12:11:20

Ahhh they are high in the upstairs rooms too - so it's not a flood thing! Sorry for dumbass comment - must be the new building regs!

Spirael Fri 07-Dec-12 14:40:56

I'm having a very strong urge to strangle a solicitor right now...

The solicitors of the house we're trying to buy have sat on some queries for a week. They've now just turned around and said they're not answering them because it's a repo case, and that our solicitor should contact the council for answers. The council that takes two weeks for any reply.

This is the same solicitor that, five weeks ago, told us we had to move within four weeks.

Argh! angry I can see our chances of moving before Christmas slipping away by the second.

YellowWellies Fri 07-Dec-12 15:12:54

Oh I'd be going bats*it at that... angry good luck

CuddyMum Fri 07-Dec-12 16:03:15

Oh Spirael - how frustrating!

Snow has been and gone here and the forecast has changed from snow to cloud - viewers are coming from Nottingham way.

Locally there have been a handful of new houses come on to the market, one of which is owned by my daughter's friend. It's not too different to mine size wise but is in a road that notoriously sells fast (close to the market square) and it's £75k more. Husband thinks that maybe people will look at ours too for comparison but I'm not sure. My daughter was at her friend's yesterday and they have viewings today and tomorrow. It would be typical that they get an offer quickly - I can't help feeling a little frustrated.

Toomuchtea Mon 10-Dec-12 10:15:06

That is beyond frustrating Spirael. Here I have been deluged by another set of queries, to which the answer in the main is "read what you have been sent." They've also asked for building regs for something that was done in the 1970s, thirty years before we bought the house, and which of course we have. angry.

The repo was saw was ok - almost no garden, but the main off putting thing is that the agent is proposing putting it on at the same price as houses which have just sold in the same road but are double the size (if not more) and have large gardens. Also saw another house on a very, very busy road, which we really liked, though is quite a way away from where we want to be. Not sure if it's a compromise too far.

Cuddy, people might well look at yours for comparison, and I know what you mean about it being frustrating if the other house gets an offer. How did the Nottingham people go?

Pootles2010 Mon 10-Dec-12 14:59:20

How maddening Spirael. Hope things look up for you!

Have just spoken to DP who's got day off - apparently someone rung up this morning wanting a viewing, dp and his mum blitzed the house bless them, then this chap (investor) looked round and has put an offer in! All in 3 hours! It's too low, 125 when asking price is 135 (and we really do need that), but its a start! Such a relief....

CuddyMum Mon 10-Dec-12 16:33:05

Is your plan still to go into rented then Toomuchtea? Does the house on the busy road have a decent garden?

Heard nothing back from the Nottingham people. To be honest, it didn't actually look like anyone had been in the house at all when we came back - but I'm too chicken to ring the EA and I know the agent who was accompanying the viewers is off until Wednesday! It was Dickens of a Christmas yesterday so Olney was absolutely heaving - hope this didn't put them off (if indeed they came). Heard nothing back from the people who came last Saturday either and although the woman who came the Tuesday before said she would come back with her husband, I'm not sure she will as they have amended their house details to "no upper chain".

Pootles sound like a good starting point. Do you think he'll up the offer at all?

CuddyMum Mon 10-Dec-12 16:37:19

Bloody hell!! There's a house for sale in my street - 5 beds and £50k less. Urgh!! I know they got it cheap and will still make a good profit. I could actually swear right now angry. I think I give up...

YellowWellies Mon 10-Dec-12 21:00:26

Oh crap Cuddy what are you going to do?

CuddyMum Mon 10-Dec-12 22:41:51

Yellow - I shall sulk and probably do lots of swearing!

marshmallowpies Mon 10-Dec-12 23:19:59

I dropped off the thread as also didn't want to jinx things...still don' it's all fingers and toes crossed for a move before Christmas and I'll update in a few days if it looks like we're going to manage it! Lots of chasing of agents & solicitors to do tomorrow.

So sorry yours is moving so slowly, Spirael, we had solicitors sitting on documents for a week because they were missing ONE piece of info from the land registry which never turned up anyway, so they decided it wasn't important after all. Gah!

Very weird being on the countdown to 'last full week' in my house. I've loved it so much over the last few years, will be very strange not living here any more.

Spirael Tue 11-Dec-12 09:26:35

Morning all! Still manic, confused, chaotic and otherwise stressful here. confused

Had surprise/hope/nightmare this weekend when the contract and information pack turned up for us to sign on Saturday morning! Nice of the solicitor to warn us. angry Ended up grabbing it and reading through the 150 pages while DH was driving us down the country to visit SIL.

There, ran round to get non-family witnesses to our signatures and then had to chase around post offices trying to find one where the post hadn't been collected yet. Got to one where the post man was there, getting the bags, but no matter how much I begged he wouldn't wait for me to get to the counter to get the letter on special delivery. sad angry

Ended up lurking outside the solicitors yesterday until someone would take the letter inside for me and hand it to our solicitor. Fortunately someone eventually did! Going to be doing the same today, since we had another thing through to sign yesterday.

The rest of the chain is pushing to move this Friday. shock We've said no and counter suggested next Monday, as they won't put the carpets in our house until we've exchanged and we might not exchange until Thursday, meaning no carpets until after we've moved - nightmare!

We also have no removals set up at present, as the firm we were going to use is now booked up. Found this site however which might solve that problem. A bit risky, but we've roped in friends to carry our valuables and we're only travelling a few miles. Will report back on how it goes-!

Still, at the moment it's looking tentatively optimistic we might be moving in less than a week. shock confused wine I optimistically set up redirection yesterday (it takes a week to kick in), figuring I'd cancel it if the move doesn't go ahead in the next week.

On the plus side, with all this stress I've managed to lose a dress size in two weeks. grin

Sorry to hear about your rival house, Cuddy. sad We had/have one, but it's priced £10k more than ours. Have you seen the pictures yet? Maybe they didn't finish the refurbishment, or it's not as nice inside as yours?

Pootles, £125k is the stamp duty barrier... You might struggle to get higher. Though might be able to negotiate some reasonable fixtures and fittings costs?

Glad to hear things seem to be going ok, marshmallow! Sounds like we might actually be in about the same place at the moment. I'm not too sad to be leaving my current house, I'm more excited about living in the new one. grin Only sad thing is my DD was born in this house (homebirth), but I'm not staying just because of that. wink

CuddyMum Tue 11-Dec-12 10:51:02

You're both nearly there Marshmallow and Spirael! You'll both be in for Christmas and can relax and enjoy smile

Rival house pics are rubbish and the EA they are using never does floor plans and nice brochures but he has a ridiculously low fee and no shop window etc. They bought three years ago at only £10k less so not as cheap as I thought and they won't make any profit at all but then neither will I. Husband just wants to take ours off now but I still want to move and we can't do that if we're not for sale. Feeling confused at the moment and miffed at the lack of feedback.

Pootles2010 Tue 11-Dec-12 11:07:34

Wow Spirael, sounds chaotic! Moving in right direction though hey.

The guy who came yesterday said he didn't want to pay over the stamp duty barrier, which is fair enough. Unfortunately, we need 133 absolute minimum, otherwise we won't have the 10k equity which we need to pay the deposit for the mortgage. There are two houses on our little cul de sac exactly same as ours that went for 135 and 138 within last couple of months though, so i'm hopeful!

YellowWellies Tue 11-Dec-12 13:35:08

I guess the other folks just want to move more Cuddy there could be a shit reason for a low price - divorce, job loss, bankruptcy so don't send them too many evils!!! grin It is a fecker for you and a real make or break moment I guess. Do you chase the market down (if there's sells it will set a new floor for prices in your area that would influence mortgage valuations on your property when you get an offer) or do you cut the price, or do you take it off the market? Oh god hon, not what you need before Christmas.

I'm now feeling like a traitor as I'm cheering the fact that the house we want to buy hasn't gone to closing and isn't under offer yet. I want that market to grind to a halt and yours to speed up Cuddy

Spirael wine

CuddyMum Tue 11-Dec-12 13:51:53

My gut feel is that if we don't start getting proper feedback that we should just call it a day. I'll see what my EA says when she is back on Wednesday. I've often wondered if you can auction a "normal" house - does anyone know?

Toomuchtea Tue 11-Dec-12 13:55:07

Your house looks what you're asking Cuddy, and the rival one is nowhere near as nice. As YellowWellies says, there could well be a reason for a price that's so low. I can completely see why you're gutted though, and it is horrible to have to mentally move back in, as it were.

We're still not sure whether to buy or rent. If we find a house we like enough, we'll buy and stay there a few years to make it worth it. If not, fingers crossed something rentable turns up in the New Year.

The repo we looked at was nice, but with a teeny garden, and the price the agent is suggesting is mad. If it were 100k less we'd snap it up. I must admit I thought selling the house would be the really difficult bit, not finding somewhere to live.

Fingers tightly crossed for you both Spirael and Marshmallow. Nearly there.

Toomuchtea Tue 11-Dec-12 13:55:58

Cuddy yes, you can auction a normal house.

marshmallowpies Tue 11-Dec-12 14:01:40

We have exchanged on the house we're buying and about to exchange on mine, waiting to hear that deposits have gone through! Was not expecting that till tomorrow so had to ring up and get buildings insurance ASAP.

Spirael we should be moving a week today, packers come on Monday. Wish I could say I'd gone down a dress size too but it sadly wouldn't be accurate...hmm

You can auction a normal house. It doesn't have to be a wreck or a repossession. But the prices achieved at auction are often quite low.

Spirael Tue 11-Dec-12 16:42:45

ARGH!! Apparently we're moving on Friday. THIS FRIDAY. shock We have no removals, utilities or floors. [runs round like a headless chicken]

CuddyMum Tue 11-Dec-12 16:48:54

Oh my!!

Pootles2010 Tue 11-Dec-12 16:51:07

Ooooh Spirael thats exciting! Very jealous! Goes home to calm house with no boxes grin

Can't believe thats just suddenly been decided though! Do you think removals will be able to sort themselves out in time? Good job you did that mail re-direct, thats one tick off the list at least...

Toomuchtea Tue 11-Dec-12 17:41:02

Criminy Spirael! Very best of luck. Have thanks and more importantly, brew and wine. And breathe.

CuddyMum Tue 11-Dec-12 19:12:50

Spirael - how will you move your furniture? Still exciting to be in before Christmas smile.

I had some feedback earlier via email from the EAs. Nottingham people like it but are not quite in the "very good position" that they said they were - they haven't actually sold... Perhaps their good position was feet up on the sofa, mince pie in one hand and a Bailey's in the other grin.

Now, I've heard this "we're interested but not sold" line a number of times now so am not holding my breath. Am not sure whether they will have seen the competition house come on Rightmove and wonder if they will come and have a look at that too (as you would). I have said that if we do finally get an offer that we would rent to avoid a chain situation and I know we would exchange quickly (based on when we bought).

marshmallowpies Tue 11-Dec-12 22:13:19

Spirael there must be other removal people glad to take on a job at short notice at this time of year, admittedly they may charge a pretty penny for it...hope you can work something out!

Luckily we'd booked the removal people already, DH has done post redirection, and today I've done buildings insurance, council tax, BT and water. Electric and gas still to go...but think I might end up on hold for hours to get that sorted...

Spirael Wed 12-Dec-12 12:34:19

Phewf, we have removals! That was my main worry, but a small local company have given me a good price to move everything. Their reviews are good, so hopefully that'll work out ok. smile

Utilities should be ok, but right now they can't find our new address on the system. confused They're going to investigate and get back to me once they've verified our new house exists!

For floors... Still don't know. The bank won't order them until we've exchanged, and until they're ordered we don't know which ones are/aren't in stock and if/when they'll be able to fit them.

We haven't exchanged yet, but I believe everything is in process. Bit of a manic hiccup this morning where they needed our insurance quote for the new house, but we're transferring our existing policy. Hopefully that's now sorted. [crosses fingers]

At least with removals sorted, I can relax a bit. Floors are annoying, but not the end of the world. I might try and start feeling a bit less stressed and a bit more excited... Only two more nights and then I'll hopefully be living in my dream forever home! grin

I've never had an ensuite before, I'm really looking forward to having one. And my new hob has a wok point! Excited about using that too. wink Little things.

Toomuchtea Wed 12-Dec-12 13:32:05

Hurrah! So glad it all looks to be working out.

Spirael Wed 12-Dec-12 14:21:07

[bangs head against wall] May have spoken too soon... The bank are now claiming they've never received the valuation so are not releasing the funds. I thought they had to have the valuation before the mortgage offer?!

Either way, no funds, no exchange, no move. confused

DH on the case this time, but argh!

suzilywoozily Wed 12-Dec-12 14:39:14

Afternoon all,

Could I join your gang?? House went up yesterday and I am already nailbiting. I started the post 'Is this a cheeky offer??' so could do with a refuge where people aren't going to tell me my house is overpriced!

Hope things are going well for all of you.

CuddyMum Wed 12-Dec-12 16:54:20

Hello Suzily - welcome! I did read your other thread and can't believe they viewed four times! The most I've had is three times. The cleaning up is the worst part - it takes me a good 5 hours.

Noone here will tell you your house is overpriced smile.

Spirael Wed 12-Dec-12 16:59:36

This whole thing is a rollercoaster ride. confused Ok, so it turns out our bank had contracted some surveyors who had contracted a valuator to go out and value our property and none of them actually bothered talking to one another.

DH shouted at some people and suddenly our valuation has been discovered and passed to the bank via email. Should be logged on their system for the morning, that should should be the last thing we need in order to exchange. 24 hours before we're due to move.

I have 24 hours then to try and get through three different companies to sign off getting our carpets laid and arrange with the shop to get someone out to fit them tomorrow or Friday morning. Not holding out much hope that'll happen, to be honest!

So I'll need to move and leave all my possessions in boxes so I can move them all around the house, tetris style, next week so they can come and put flooring in every room. Until then, we're on floorboards and concrete.

[goes greyer]

Spirael Wed 12-Dec-12 17:02:28

blush Sorry, that was another exceptionally long and whingy post. I'll try and stop complaining.

Hi suzily, welcome to the madness inducing antics of moving house! wink Sounds like you've got interest straight off the bat at least, so hopefully it won't take you too long to get an acceptable offer!

Pootles2010 Thu 13-Dec-12 10:12:20

Don't apologise it does all sound a bit stressful! Hoping they've got it all sorted out this morning?!

Pootles2010 Thu 13-Dec-12 10:31:33

Actually - would you all mind having a little look at our house on Rightmove if you get a minute?

here I'm not sure if we need pictures re-doing. He took them on a really dingy cloudy day, and I think it makes our house look worse than it is - what do you think?

Also thought about trying to smarten up the living room a bit - paint it a lighter shade, buy new cushions maybe, do you think it would be worth it?! Estate agent thinks not, but seeing as we've had one viewing so far I'm not sure i trust him...

confusedperson Thu 13-Dec-12 13:16:22

Pootles, here is my personal opinion: 1) It does look like the pictures were taken on a dark day - a lighter day would certainly be helpful, perhaps cheaper than repainting darker walls smile 2) the house looks somehow exposed - front garden without a fence/gate, overlooked back garden, no curtains.. I would atleast change that heavy curtain in your lounge to some light transparent day curtain.
Otherwise, a tidy neat house, well done.

Pootles2010 Thu 13-Dec-12 13:42:16

Thank you confused! I really do need honest opinons - very helpful thank you! There isn't really anywhere to put a fence/gate, hard to explain but no one one else in our estate has one, you just get your two parking spaces, then a bit of gravel, then your front door really.

Agree about the garden - its a bugger, as in the summer those trees are in leaf and you can't really see the houses, and the garden looks lovely! Can't really see what i can do about that in short term though?

Thank you for curtains idea -will def look at that!

Spirael Thu 13-Dec-12 14:02:59

Still not exchanged. angry It's currently the bank holding things up, having found the valuation they now seem to be processing it at a snail's pace. Having a horrible feeling we're going to end up trying to exchange and complete on the same day.

Assuming we do still actually move tomorrow (which still isn't guarenteed!!) we're certainly going to have no flooring now. Which means we can't start unpacking and have to move everything again some time next week. [sigh] Assuming we can get flooring before Christmas!

It's meant to rain all day tomorrow. PITA for moving, but at least the removals can't wreck the non-existant carpets/floors!

You have a lovely house, Pootles! Agree that the photos seem quite dark though, but then all the days are pretty dark this time of year. Rooms look nice and modern in line with the house, as well as clean and tidy.

I also would suggest changing the curtain in the lounge, possibly to blinds to match with the rest of the house? Personally I'd see past that if I were looking for that type of house in your area, but some buyers are self absorbed bloody minded morons with the intellectual capability of a teabag more difficult to please!

TerracottaPie Thu 13-Dec-12 14:40:46

I'm just marking my place here for the new year. Plan is to get the house decluttered, freshen up some of the paint, do some more decluttering and then get some EAs round and put the house on the market before the end of January.

I'm not looking forward to this process at all (understatement) but we want to build a house and so kind of need to get started really! It won't be helped by being 5 months pregnant by then but I'm counting on some sort of early nesting kicking in and helping me crack on with it all grin.

I expect come January though I will probably be posting asking you all why oh why did I not get started on this sooner? Repeatedly.

Happy viewings everyone grin

Spirael Thu 13-Dec-12 15:47:14

We are apparently going to exchange and complete tomorrow. Oh good. Why am I having visions of being sat with a lorry filled with our possessions being told that the whole thing is cancelled??

Hi Terracotta! Welcome to insanity. The whole selling and moving process is lovely and easy and always goes as smoothly as everyone can possibly manage. Oh yes. wink

Toomuchtea Thu 13-Dec-12 16:01:02

Very best of luck tomorrow Spirael.

Pootles, if you can get the photographer out on a sunny day (should there ever be another one again) it would make a huge difference to the photos. I think I'd also move the doll's house out of the way, at least temporarily!

I like the front of your house: I did notice the bins as they're so bright, but I guess everyone else has them in the front too. Could you get a couple of tubs with pansies to put either side of the door? Or would they walk if you tried it?

You've done a fantastic job of de-cluttering though. I've never, ever managed as good a job as that.

Pootles2010 Thu 13-Dec-12 16:11:00

Well the de cluttering went well, trying to get ds in the car once it was filled with all his crap, less so grin

The bins aren't ours, they're next doors (ours is the house on the end). You can just see our brown one down the drive, but it's not the bright one.

There isn't a dolls house - do you mean the little cooker in the living room? Yes i agree that needs moving. I think we're going to change living room curtains, paint it, and replace cushions, get pots for the front, and then get him to do photos on a nice day. I do have a rose in a pot by the front door, but of course its a bit sad at this time of year. Might get cyclamen or similar.

Hi Terracotta! Agree it might be an idea to start on decluttering now - especially if you're anything like us, you're get a whole truckload of new crap at Christmas hmm

Good luck Spirael, it'll all be fine wine 'this too shall pass' and all that.

suzilywoozily Thu 13-Dec-12 16:34:31

Hi All,
Thanks for the welcome - very glad to hear no one will be telling me my house is overpriced! Our 'cheeky offer' viewers have some more houses to view before they get back to us, but we have another viewing for next week too so could be worse.
Cuddymum - yes the cleaning is awful - I'm hoping as time goes on I will relax about it a bit. I don't honestly think any one is not going to buy a house because someone has left a towel in the bathroom, but right now I am feeling the need to do a frantic OCD clean before every viewing - its exhausting!
Spirael - I am really pleased to have had a bit of interest, even if its not at the level I want it is a good start I suppose - must be more positive, otherwise I can see this being a very painful process! So sorry to hear you are having a stressful time. Keeping my fingers crossed for you that all goes well tomorrow.
Pootles - You have a lovely house which looks impressively de-cluttered! I think a bit of natural light on a brighter day could make all the difference (and maybe the curtains as others have said).

CuddyMum Thu 13-Dec-12 18:39:34

So Spirael by this time tomorrow you could be eating a takeaway in your new but flooring free home? Yay!

Pootles - as the others have said, see if you can get the agent to retake photos on a sunnier day or with a better camera. Although, we have a crappy agent in this area who takes really bad pictures and does no floor plans etc and he still manages to get sales.

Pootles: other than what everyone else has said, I'd say that your kitchen looks quite bare. You've decluttered perhaps too effectively there. A nice fruit bowl with attractive fruit and some flowers on the windowsill might make it look more inviting. It's a great kitchen for a 2 bedroom house though!

Also tell your agent to put the photos in a logical order. We looked a gazillions of houses on rightmove before we bought this one (the photos for which were crap, actually), and it's very annoying when it jumps around from room to room and then back to a previous room. I think the photos should give a tour of the house.

The floor plan is very good though.

CuddyMum Fri 14-Dec-12 08:23:59

Spirael - wishing you all the very best for today smile

Toomuchtea Fri 14-Dec-12 08:59:28

Thinking of you today Spirael.

Spirael Fri 14-Dec-12 13:37:12

Thanks, but it's fallen through for today. sad

Bottom of the chain has a funds issue, naturally found this out after the lorry was loaded with all our things. Had to be unloaded again, so now just sitting atop a pile of boxes waiting to hear if/when we're moving next week.

Not sure how we're going to get through the weekend with toddler DD. Everything is dismantled... TV, dining table, beds, etc. Utter, utter nightmare!

YellowWellies Fri 14-Dec-12 14:12:42

Oh crap wine may next week bring better luck xx

Pootles2010 Fri 14-Dec-12 14:50:15

Oh crap, really sorry to hear that Spirael. How bloody annoying. Can you go and stay at relatives or something?

CuddyMum Fri 14-Dec-12 15:58:38

Oh God Spirael - I'm so sorry. Are you able to stay in a Travel Lodge or similar?

That's absolutely dreadful. It's ridiculous that the system can have things fall through when you've got everything loaded onto a van to move. You are now obliged to drink lots of wine and have a takeaway.

Spirael Fri 14-Dec-12 19:23:56

Nearest family is 100 miles away, unfortunately! And we're so financially crippled we really can't justify any hotel time.

We've managed to dig out the mattresses and make up floor beds, fortunately DD has been an absolute star and seems to be finding the whole thing a big adventure. Dinner was microwaved chocolate croissants...healthy!

Turns out the problem was that the FTB at the bottom of the chain forgot to sort out building insurance so their mortgage wouldn't release the funds. angry

Everything tentatively rearranged for exchange Monday, complete Tuesday. Just hope it happens then or the whole thing might collapse, as our buyers are off on holiday then for weeks and I doubt the bank selling our repo house will wait - given we're already over the time specified to move!!

Some good news is that my removals firm agreed to come back of Tuesday and move us again for no additional charge. I could have kissed the guy!!

marshmallowpies Fri 14-Dec-12 20:30:23

Oh Spirael! That's so frustrating. I remember when I was a FTB, the importance of getting insurance was drummed in so thoroughly I wouldn't have dared forget it!

And based on my experience earlier in the week, insurers ought to be able to fax the front sheet of a policy to solicitors as no excuse for them not being able to sort out insurance & provide proof quickly, no need to wait for a letter to be delivered. hmm Sorry, probably not helpful to hear that now...

Anyway, looks like we both move on the same day. Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly next week...

confusedperson Fri 14-Dec-12 20:49:56

Sorry to hear Spirael that it has fallen through. Think of it as temporary inconvenience. Have some wine wine

Welcome TerracottaPie I am at the same stage - I actually disregarded our local agencies(expensive!) and bought 12 months of online agency marketing and paid £600 for it, but asked them to take photos in the end of January, as I still have some serious decluttering and painting to do.

I feel slightly sad as we will be downsizing for a better area/better school and hopefully a home of easier maintenance, and very few people actually understand that.

indiegrrl Sat 15-Dec-12 19:05:14

Sorry to butt in after a brief comment some weeks ago then silence due to mental life. We are lucky: v. smooth thus far, and short chain: FTBs getting our place, we're buying from a woman moving to a house that's empty. You may sense the 'but'. Now inches from exchange. BUT FTBs started getting v. anxious. Desperate to complete on 11 Jan: they've given notice on their rented place and taken annual leave. Our vendor can't move before 18th, solicitor still getting ducks in row. That suits us fine, but now DP getting blackmailing emails from FTBs about their impending homelessness. If there'd been a delay I'd understand it, but no one, including their solicitor, ever gave them reason to believe that 11 Jan was do-able. They are the people moving the least distance (few streets) with the least stuff, so really not prepared to offer to go into rented to save them a couple of weeks. Rant rant. Gotta get it out of my system as they're coming round tomorrow to measure up and I'm going to be the one saying 'sorry, def not 11 Jan' while not appearing to be total cow.

indiegrrl Sat 15-Dec-12 19:07:49

PS Spirael, that's bloody terrible. I dealt with vendors like that a few years ago, they just did not do their homework, actually ended up leaving house we bought as a pigsty (and their dad's death certificate...) when they eventually moved out. But your plight far worse. wine

I'm not selling, so not joining the party....
Wait for a sunny day, take your own photos and email them to agent. I suggest standing at the other end of the garden, take a pic back towards the house from fence line. And state how long the garden is. Agree about the order. It's taking away the mystery of your small but perfectly formed house.

Also, yes flowers in oversize vase in kitchen, brighten lounge put a few pics back up, maybe a large wedding day one as you most likely selling to young couple?? (Sorry if assuming too much)
The upstairs hall colour is the only one that I would repaint something much lighter and fresh - choose a dulux fresh colour off a strip, you won't need much and it won't take long.
<<skulks back to lurker status just a bit interested in houses>>

CuddyMum Mon 17-Dec-12 08:14:04

Hope you exchange today Spirael in readiness for completion tomorrow.

Spirael Mon 17-Dec-12 09:33:32

I hope so too... Everything is an absolute nightmare at the moment!

I've been so ill over the weekend, I've been taking maximum doses of various flu/cold meds just to try and function. Poor DH has been trying to look after me and entertain the toddler with zero facilities.

Dragged my sorry self into work today because of crazy rules about sickness/holiday times and I'm just hoping I can make it through the day without passing out or throwing up!! At least DD is in nursery, so can actually have some healthy meals and proper entertainment.

DH should be talking to the solicitors now/imminently to try and find out what the hell is happening. I really, really hope everything is still going to plan. confused I'm not sure exactly what we'll do if not!

Even if things are going to plan, DH can't get tomorrow off work so assuming the move does actually happen then I'll have to handle everything by myself. I've had to juggle holiday so I have no time off over Christmas in order to get the day myself.

Toomuchtea Mon 17-Dec-12 09:49:41

What a nightmare Spirael. Fingers crossed everything does work out today.

Spirael Mon 17-Dec-12 11:28:27

Still not heard anything. [twiddles thumbs] DH spoke to the solicitors this morning, apparently our previous solicitor left the company on Friday (might explain why they were so rubbish) and DH had to push to find out who was now responsible for our file.

Eventually got through to the guy, who by all accounts had no idea what was going on and sounded like he should still be in primary school. He murmured about contacting the other solicitors in the chain and then calling DH back.

That was the last I heard. I have a horrible, gut wrenching fear that the whole thing is in the process of collapsing. sad

marshmallowpies Mon 17-Dec-12 15:06:57

Holding your hand very hard Spirael. I've been so lucky this time to have solicitors that didn't seem to drag their feet over every last thing, but I've been there before with a previous house purchase that fell through. Fingers, toes & everything that can be crossed, crossed.

Spirael Mon 17-Dec-12 15:41:59

Thanks marshmallow. smile In fact, thanks everyone! I think I'd be even more stressed out than I am already if it wasn't for you lovely lot on here that I can vent to and receive words of encouragement from.

Well, we still know virtually nothing. Our new, youthful solicitor has actually surprised both DH and I by returning our calls - a first in this whole sorry saga! Unfortunately his hands are tied a bit as the problem is right at the bottom of the chain and he doesn't have a direct connection to that solicitor.

Far as anyone can establish, the FTB are still having problems getting their bank to release the mortgage funds. Murmurs are that everything is now in place, it's just taking time to process. But there's no confirmation to be had anywhere.

Regardless, looks like we're definitely not exchanging today [sigh] which means tomorrow we'll be going for simultaneous exchange and completion again. Because that worked so well last time.

I really don't know what to do. DPiL and my DF are driving hundreds of miles to help us move and they're planning on setting off way before the any offices open to make sure they arrive in time. We were really hoping to have some security by now through the exchange, but it still hasn't happened!

Do I let everyone set off on their long journeys and risk the same thing happening tomorrow as it did last week? confused I don't think I can take Friday happening all over again! sad

YellowWellies Mon 17-Dec-12 15:57:36

Good luck - I don't know what to suggest re the long distance travel. If you tell them not to come maybe it'll happen smoothly? Sods law would dictate that that approach might work?

Lots of lucky vibes from us. Fingers, toes, eyes and legs crossed for you my dear!

You've got me nervous about our move now. We're moving on the 11th January but our solicitor is closed for Christmas from this Friday until the 9th January - maybe I ought to check and double check everything now.

Pootles2010 Tue 18-Dec-12 09:57:47

All the best for today Spirael - really really hope this all works out for you.

CuddyMum Tue 18-Dec-12 10:59:27

Everything crossed for you Spirael!

Toomuchtea Tue 18-Dec-12 11:25:47

And crossed here too. Have just received contracts for signing here, which is vaguely alarming as we were told we wouldn't exchange before Christmas, and we still have nowhere to live. On a quick flick through I can't see anything about an actual completion date.

But - at least I still have somewhere to live for the mo. Really hope everything does finally work out for you today Spirael.

Spirael Tue 18-Dec-12 11:28:44

Supposedly everything is in place but the FTB at the bottom of the chain aren't answering calls, texts or emails so nothing can start moving and no-one knows what, if anything, is happening. sad

Toomuchtea Tue 18-Dec-12 11:59:40

I am sending mental chilli your FTB's way.

CuddyMum Tue 18-Dec-12 13:58:05

And I shall send a rocket for the FTB's backside...

chillikat Tue 18-Dec-12 15:34:06

Fingers crossed Spirael. And a wine later.

marshmallowpies Tue 18-Dec-12 16:55:52

That FTB must be getting all the bad karma in the world...hope it gets sorted for you soon!

We are in the new house, had tea, waiting for the removal men to finish up. I want to sleep....

Spirael Tue 18-Dec-12 20:02:56

So, good news and bad news here. The bad news is that, yet again, we haven't moved. sad The good news is that we finally exchanged this afternoon. smile Completion is now scheduled for Thursday. Third time lucky?

The FTB deserve everything anyone can throw at them. I won't go into all the details, but after we missed moving on their preferred date last Friday (due to their problem!) they had decided to deliberately try to stall the sale until the end of January for their own utterly selfish reasons. shock

It wasn't until I got stroppy and insisted we exchange before the end of the day or my house was going back on the market, then my bank got involved and backed me up by saying if we didn't exchange by the end of the day they would be taking back the mortgage funds they'd already released - destroying the chain, that the EAs and Solicitors magically managed to talk to one another and arrange the exchange.

So, now I get to run around for the third time to try and get everything arranged so we can actually move. Even closer to Christmas than before, so I just won't have chance to get some things sorted. So we'll be without internet and TV, no online food delivery, we may or may not have any carpets, etc.

But hey... At least on Thursday we should be finally in the shiny dream house. Probably. Just got to hope everything works, because we've got no chance of getting fixed anything that doesn't for a week or more!

Spirael Tue 18-Dec-12 20:05:57

Bought wine this afternoon. smile Though I did have to dig out the bottle opener...

CuddyMum Tue 18-Dec-12 20:27:41

Yay! I'm sure all will go well on Thursday for you! Have a big drink - you deserve it. Hope you are feeling better too.

CuddyMum Tue 18-Dec-12 20:33:10

Oh and well done Marshmallow - enjoy your new home.

marshmallowpies Tue 18-Dec-12 21:46:36

Spirael...on the bright side if your new house is a new build, you can move in to a blank canvas which needs no work apart from adding your touches. On the other hand I'm contemplating acres of woodchip, mustard yellow carpets and a boiler that pre-dates the Ark! So much to do, and right now, no time to do it in...

Toomuchtea Tue 18-Dec-12 21:56:27

I never cease to be amazed by what people think is acceptable behaviour when it comes to selling houses. Thank goodness you have at least exchanged Spirael, and even if it doesn't work, you'll find a way round it. It will be a camping out Christmas.

CuddyMum Thu 20-Dec-12 08:26:29

Hope today is the day Spirael!

NorthPolo Thu 20-Dec-12 08:57:44

Yes good luck for today Spirael I keep checking for updates and hoping you are in your lovely new house! We are not going on the market till next year but our house is pretty much guaranteed to be bought by a ftb and I'm dreading it.

Toomuchtea Thu 20-Dec-12 10:18:49

Checking in here too. Very best of luck for today Spirael.

Spirael Thu 20-Dec-12 11:37:30

We are still waiting for the removals van to arrive. Seems to be today's trial! However money is moving so we should soon have keys-!! grin

YellowWellies Thu 20-Dec-12 11:41:16

Good luck Spirael!!!

Pootles2010 Thu 20-Dec-12 12:19:47

Oh that sounds promising! Everything crossed for you Spirael!

Sinkingfeeling Thu 20-Dec-12 14:08:04

Good luck Spirael - hope this is second or third time lucky for you! smile

Spirael Thu 20-Dec-12 14:59:21

Our house is now sold, just waiting for the funds to transfer so we can get the keys to the new house! [chews nails]

Currently I'm technically homeless. confused

marshmallowpies Thu 20-Dec-12 15:13:49

Hurray for Spirael!

I spent the morning doing more unpacking & now sorting out the most important address changes. Still shattered & bone-tired but feeling better than yesterday, when I had to go back to bed in the middle of the day as I was so tired!

DH just returned from fetching more of his furniture out of storage - more stuff to find room for, somewhere!

CuddyMum Thu 20-Dec-12 20:33:03

Spirael!! Are you in?

CuddyMum Fri 21-Dec-12 15:32:02

Well, would you believe it? We have a viewing on Saturday! Ah well, it'll make us clean up now.

Spirael Fri 21-Dec-12 22:37:42

We are in. grin Technically we were in yesterday but I've been busy running around attempting to resolve one nightmare after another. confused

Will rant the details once I have a proper keyboard but the main issue is that we spent the first night with no gas supply, so no central heating, hot water or cooking. shock Bloody freezing it was. Finally resolved late this afternoon.

Good luck with your viewing, Cuddy!! Will keep everything crossed.

Toomuchtea Sat 22-Dec-12 13:45:37

Good luck with the viewing Cuddy. Thank goodness you're in Spirael. We had the no gas thing last but one move. I sympathise. I hope the house has warmed up now. Well done - you deserve heaps of thanks, biscuit, brew and more importantly, warming wine.

CuddyMum Sat 22-Dec-12 15:14:28

They like it - they have viewed before. They have two houses one of which is sold. So they are looking at perhaps renting out the other property as they are struggling to sell it. They also viewed the competition house but hated which is good but bad for the owner as her partner has upped and left her without warning! Bad timing or what?

Hope you have warmth (and maybe flooring) Spirael.

Have you found a rental yet Toomuchtea?

Toomuchtea Sun 23-Dec-12 18:42:45

Sounds hopeful Cuddy. Glad that your viewers liked your house, but I do feel for the competition. Ugh.

No, we haven't found a rental yet. Full steam ahead after Christmas I think. Sigh.

Spirael Mon 24-Dec-12 09:53:16

Had plenty of wine over the past few days. grin Once we got the heating up, the house actually went to the other extreme and we woke up to a tropical 25 degrees! Bit of a change from the 5 degrees the day before. Been juggling thermostats since then and I've got it to settle at a reasonable temperature now, at least.

Basically, the problem was that the bank hadn't been paying the gas bills for the house (so there's going to be a whole lot of fun with debt collectors going forward I fear as they will try and make us pay the bill!) so the supplier had been out and switched the meter to a pre-pay one. Problem is, water had gotten into the card reader so it had broken, so we couldn't top it up to get any gas supply. shock

We'd contacted the supplier who had agreed to send an engineer out within four hours, but the appointment was then cancelled and we weren't informed. hmm By the time it reached the end of the time the engineer was meant to have visited in, it was 10pm and the phonelines were closed. So we spent a very, very cold night with toddler DD and my disabled OAP father in the house!

Needless to say, there was a lot of grovelling done the following day by the supplier and an engineer was hastily sent out and the meter replaced. Though I did still have to shout at a few people to make it happen. Unfortunately they can't change us from a pre-pay meter until mid-January (but have agreed to do it for free, thank goodness), so we're paying through the nose for gas until then. But hey, at least we have gas/heating/cooking/hot water for Christmas!

Loads of other niggly problems too, for example finding the cabling for the aerial points so we could get the TVs working, but I've managed to get that sorted. No floors, earliest they can install is mid-Jan (grr) so we're living on concrete, but we have plenty of rugs down now.

But, we're in and we're starting to unpack and get settled. Initial niggles aside, the house is everything we were hoping. It's fantastic to wake up in a big bedroom, use the ensuite and then get dressed looking out over beautiful views before sauntering downstairs to make breakfast in the enormous kitchen and then sit in the big lounge. grin grin grin

Sounds good from your viewers, Cuddy! Any sniff of a good offer from them? wink

Good luck finding a nice rental, Toomuchtea! Hopefully lots of lovely new places will appear once Christmas is over and done.

CuddyMum Mon 24-Dec-12 10:04:02

Glad you're getting settled - niggles aside Spirael. No offers yet - apparently they're speaking to a mortgage person so we'll see.

marshmallowpies Tue 25-Dec-12 07:26:22

Happy Christmas everyone! wine - and best of luck to those of you hoping for a buyer in 2013.

Spirael, we've had struggles with the heating too, we spent the first few days boiling hot until we worked out the thermostat. Now much more under control but the house overall is so warm we sleep with the bedroom window open (in December!)

The boiler is almost as old as I am - from 1977 - so replacing that is first priority next year.

Pootles2010 Wed 02-Jan-13 11:57:55

Happy new year everyone! Spriael glad you're finally sorted! We have finally got an offer we're happy with!

A couple looking to invest came on Sunday, put in offer of 130k few hours later (we wanted 135), we said we wanted more, then this morning they came back with 132,500 which we're going to accept! So exciting/terrifying! First steps are to ring mortgage company to confirm, then we'll ring them to accept, then we need to put the offer in on new one I think...

We want to get gasman/electrician/builder in to get quotes, does anyone know if you can do this before putting offer in? Or does it depend on seller/estate agent?

CuddyMum Wed 02-Jan-13 13:06:32

Well done Pootles! How exciting.

Our local couple are still very interested but now need to sell their second house and are going to reduce their asking price. So we shall see what happens. As far as we know the Nottingham people are interested too.

Toomuchtea Wed 02-Jan-13 14:31:27

Well done Pootles! Better news for you Cuddymum - let's hope the second house sells quickly now it's New Year.

Here I have been doing the envelopes through doors thing, and also accosting people in the street (I know no shame) and we have two possibilities for things we might buy. Our sale is going ok still, and buyers want us out end of Jan, so wibble, wibble, wibble.....

CuddyMum Wed 02-Jan-13 16:26:15

Ooh - interesting Toomuchtea!! Don't ask, don't get. I'd like to avoid renting if possible as I am thinking about getting another pug this year and I know people aren't keen on pets, especially puppies when renting.

Toomuchtea Wed 02-Jan-13 16:31:04

Thanks Cuddy. Have made an offer one one now (original buyer has been dicking them about) so cross fingers they go for us.

chillikat Wed 02-Jan-13 20:55:39

We've done the same toomuchtea with the notes through doors just after Christmas. Think we maybe did 60-80 houses and we're got 3 replies so far - have seen 2 and both possibilities, seeing the other at the weekend. Pretty good for the cost of some ink and envelopes and I think it's the right time of year to do it with people thinking about plans for the coming year.
Just seen they want you out by the end of Jan! eek!!

Toomuchtea Wed 02-Jan-13 22:09:34

Good luck Chilli. We're waiting to hear about the offer. If that doesn't work, it's back out with the envelopes.... and the approaching random strangers in the street.

YellowWellies Thu 03-Jan-13 11:47:28

Cuddy it is illegal for a landlord to state 'no kids' or 'no pet's or even 'no smokers'. The legal precedent is that when you rent a place it is your home and that you are legally entitled to do anything that would be considered normal in a home. The landlord might prefer no pets but m'eh if it's just for a short time don't tell them?

fleetwoodfox Thu 03-Jan-13 13:56:46

That's not quite right in England & Wales YellowWellies (and definitely not good advice!) - the only "illegal" things are those covered by discriminatory legislation (so landlord's cannot discriminate on grounds of age, sex, race).

Landlord's can specify that they won't rent to smokers/those with pets on HB and can include it as an Special Condition (so it is deemed agreed between the parties)

Good luck with the house selling/ new houses

CuddyMum Thu 03-Jan-13 14:04:22

I would always declare the pets when renting and invite the landlord/agent to see my existing home to see that I don't live in a fleapit smile. My teenagers would cause far more damage then my animals!

Toomuchtea Thu 03-Jan-13 14:09:29

Yes, same here. No news on our offer as yet. At least they haven't dismissed it out of hand. Now seeing if there is any chance of persuading one of the no pets landlords to change their minds - though if anyone were to be invited to see my lovely home at the moment they would struggle to see it beneath the tide of boxes.

YellowWellies Thu 03-Jan-13 14:14:58

Landlords can specify it as a special condition but so far as any activity specified as such is deemed something that would be expected in quiet enjoyment of a property - such conditions have been found to be unfair contract terms in the law courts.

YellowWellies Thu 03-Jan-13 14:16:45

Just offer an additional pet deposit - I've never met a landlord yet averse to taking more money off a tenant grin and it gives them reassurance that should your pet go postal and trash the place there is more money for refurb. I've never had a penny taken out of pet deposits in the past - so most landlords really don't object to responsible owners in practice.

Toomuchtea Thu 03-Jan-13 14:45:43

Just heard landlord of one (the most expensive one, of course) will allow pets. So that's something. Back to the boxes....

CuddyMum Thu 03-Jan-13 16:17:01

That's good Toomuchtea - are you taking the chickens too?

Toomuchtea Thu 03-Jan-13 18:09:34

Alas no. One I am going to have to cull, as I put up with her horrible ways (she feather pecks and egg eats) but no one else will. It's a shame, as she's a lovely healthy hen, but she's pushing on a bit now for a hybrid breed, and doesn't lay any more. The other three I am hoping to lodge with a friend until I can find somewhere permanent.

Happy New Year!

Fantastice news spiraek - I hope you have a very settled 2013 in your new home.

For the rest of fingers are still crossed you get what you are hoping for.

I have spent the festive period emptying dads house...if all goes to plan in less than two weeks we will have sold!

toomuchtea - have had to find homes for all sorts of things but a least I didn't have to worry about hens! (Although dads wee dog went to live with an old lady whose dog had recently died...we received a christmas card from the dog!)

SlimJimBra Mon 07-Jan-13 18:03:24

<pokes head round newly polished door>

Hello sellers smile

I didn't realise there was an ongoing thread, can I join you? I have just posted a thread about dressing the house for sale - then saw this thread and realised I might do better to ask on here.
We're about to put our 3bed end terrace on the market because we've finally found a 4bed we'd like to put an offer in on.

Toomuchtea Mon 07-Jan-13 19:11:22

Great news Bentneck. I hope all continues to go well.

Hello *SlimJimBra". Best of luck with your sale. Are you on the market yet?

News here - our buyers have finally, FINALLY, finished querying and instructed their solicitor to issue contracts...... my stress levels have been sky high, but I am feeling almost human now. Still don't have anywhere definite to live. The owners of the one we've offered on are so traumatised by their previous bad experience, they won't accept an offer from us until we've exchanged. Rental place we looked at was lovely, though I shall still be spending most of my life in the car, lugging people to and fro.

Is v v expensive house we love, love, love, but would mean another mortgage, and no longer having a mortgage and downsizing was the whole point of this move. Gah.

CuddyMum Mon 07-Jan-13 19:24:07

Hello Slim! Welcome. I saw your post. I would say just make sure your house is clean and tidy for viewings. The last house I viewed had toilet lids up (yes, the man lid too) and were unflushed - yucky. I guess they opted for the if it's yellow let it mellow approach!

Hope you exchange soon Toomuchtea! We originally wanted to downsize but as the kids say YOLO! I would like chickens one day. May I ask about how one goes about culling a chicken once its laying days are over?

Had to do mammoth whole house clean after work for a viewing at 5.30 pm. I could have said no but the guy has nothing to sell. Local people definitely still interested and have reduced the price of their second house.

Toomuchtea Mon 07-Jan-13 19:26:06

SlimJimBra, ah, you said you're just about to go on the market. Best of luck.

Toomuchtea Tue 08-Jan-13 08:58:39

Cuddy, good luck with the viewing.

One culls a chicken by wringing its neck (which is a quick, swift, pull, not an actual twist!) You can take them to the vet but I never do, as it's far more traumatic for the chicken, being separated from its mates and wafted off in the car, to hang about in a waiting room with chicken enemies like dogs and cats. I can't say it's something I enjoy doing.

Slim, I'd also say watch how the house smells. Clean is good, but don't go overboard with air freshener or candles. I always wonder what someone's covering up if a house smells of those, and I really dislike the smell of most candles and will actively avoid any shop that sells them, let alone a house that does.

Toomuchtea Tue 08-Jan-13 15:48:41

Spit, fume, rage. Buyers, having said yesterday they were completely happy, having spent the past 8 weeks raising query after query, and that we would exchange this week, have found 2 more things they need to ask about.

Pootles2010 Tue 08-Jan-13 16:10:40

Oh dear toomuch thats rubbish. Are they things that can be quickly sorted out?

We're no longer on the market... The house we wanted so much has gone sad

Someone else offered 120 on day we were going to make offer, we put in 125, then the assett management company (who own the house) said another offer had been made and accepted... since found out it was 125, same as ours. Guess they must have been cash buyer? Anyway we've taken ours off market, and going to leave it for now. Bit gutting, but nice in a way not to have to worry about it.

Toomuchtea Tue 08-Jan-13 17:37:48

Oh dear Pootle, that is gutting. Are there any similar houses in the area?

I don't know what they need to ask. Our solicitor has been trying to get in touch with theirs to find out, but no luck yet. She's trying to persuade the other solicitor to submit the queries via email rather than snailmail.

I have rung our EA to get him to put rocket under buyers. They have said they want us out by end of Jan, but there won't be a hope in hell of that if they don't pull their finger out. Worse, from our point of view, we will probably lose the one and only possible house as they won't accept an offer from us unless we've exchanged (they want a v quick sale, which suits us fine), and there is another buyer waiting in the wings.

CuddyMum Wed 09-Jan-13 15:25:02

Second viewing on Sunday!

Hope your buyers stop asking questions soon Toomuchtea! Are the questions being raised by them or by their solicitors?

Sorry that you are no longer on the market Pootles - is it not worth marketing your house in the hope that something new comes up?

Toomuchtea Thu 10-Jan-13 13:44:02

It's the solicitors. The buyers are very keen to get going themselves. However, I think we do now have somewhere to go: had an offer accepted this morning. Fingers, and everything else, tightly crossed.

Good luck with the second viewing Cuddy. Excellent that a cash buyer wants a second look. Fingers tightly crossed for you too.

Pootles2010 Thu 10-Jan-13 13:49:52

We're not really looking, we'll be in a much better position in the autumn (share save thing matures), was just this house was too good to pass up (small, expensive village - this one was 40k lower then any of the others).

All sounding good for you guys though smile fingers crossed...

CuddyMum Thu 10-Jan-13 15:02:40

Sounds good Toomuchtea - is this someone you approached?

Toomuchtea Fri 11-Jan-13 09:01:32

I hope something good comes up for you later in the year Pootles.

Yes, the accepted offer is someone I approached. Fingers tightly crossed it all goes through. Exchange still hasn't happened (surprise, surprise). They are now asking things they have already asked before, like is the woodburner staying?

CuddyMum Fri 11-Jan-13 16:08:29

God how frustrating for you. Fingers firmly crossed for your new purchase. How did you come up with an offer price?

Toomuchtea Fri 11-Jan-13 17:21:25

The house is was reduced, and was very well priced at that level - it's setting a low for the road, so we offered asking, which was accepted rather than the higher offer also on the table as we are in a better position to go forward (inches from exchange and no mortgage). We've been studying sold house prices in the area for the last couple of years, so even at asking price this does look a good deal.

I hope your second viewing goes well this weekend. It looks as if things are perking up a bit with the New Year. Is the house you were interested in still on the market?

CuddyMum Fri 11-Jan-13 19:49:38

Well there's one house in Harrold but it's massively overpriced - we could offer and be prepared to walk away. Had a long walk around Sharnbrook this evening whilst my daughter danced at the school and identified a good rental property. One daughter definitely wants to move schools but the other is adamant that she's staying put, which is a pain. Anyway, I'm probably getting ahead of myself as we've been close a few times now.

CuddyMum Sat 12-Jan-13 10:38:55

Another viewing today from someone in rented!

Toomuchtea Mon 14-Jan-13 10:22:57

Last time I moved the DC were little - much, much harder now one is a teenager . Am just longing for it all to be over now. We are in theory supposed to be exchanging today, but I'll believe that when I see it. One good thing is that the buyers' delaying has meant there is no chance we'll be out by end of Jan, so at least I have a bit more time to work on getting our purchase sorted.

Good that there's a possible rental in Sharnbrook. How did the weekend's viewings go? Any news yet?

CuddyMum Mon 14-Jan-13 17:45:55

Arsehole didn't turn up for the viewing!! I'm awaiting feedback from Saturdays. Grrr.

Hope you exchange soon Toomuchtea. I agree that moving with teenagers is way more difficult.

Toomuchtea Tue 15-Jan-13 08:15:14

Guess what - we didn't exchange.

Cuddy, that is beyond infuriating. Any excuses from him, or just complete no show? Fingers crossed for the Saturday feedback.

How do your DC find the uncertainty of moving/not moving? DD is really suffering, which is one reason I think why I find the shilly-shallying of our buyers and their solicitor, even more infuriating. It has demonstrable affects on her.

I think one big down of the English house-buying process is the way that it is almost adversarial: you come to view the buyers almost as enemies, rather than someone working together with you for the same aim.

CuddyMum Tue 15-Jan-13 10:22:09

Well, I was in Camden Market on Sunday (as you do!) and I had a message from the EA telling me that the guy was running late but would be there in 40 mins and I heard nothing else until yesterday when I had an email saying that he didn't show at all! Initial viewing from Saturday was that "she" loved it but "he" didn't! I wish they would be more specific because if there's something that needs changing, I'll bloody well change it! EA is still keeping in touch with the local people who have their house on the market who apparently will definitely offer (we'll see) and Nottingham people have gone quiet. How bloody hard is it to sell a house?

The kids (and husband) are getting really cheesed off at all the cleaning up coupled with the uncertainty of it all. DD1 just wants to stay where we are, DD2 wants to move and settle into a new school and DH wants to take the house off the market. I just want to get a buyer (and a puppy!) - I'll move into rented, it's not a problem and I know that we could exchange literally within weeks - very frustrating! I'm falling in love with the idea of renting the house in Sharnbrook (it's being re-thatched at the moment) but it's not likely to happen at this rate.

I really hope you exchange soon - it must be extremely annoying - still it does allow you a little more time. I just can't even begin to imagine being at the solicitor stage right now.

CuddyMum Tue 15-Jan-13 12:51:59

EA just heard from Mr No Show - he said, "Oh no, we won't be re-viewing as my wife has seen something else in Milton Keynes". Probably for the best really!

Toomuchtea Tue 15-Jan-13 13:59:20

I hope the local people manage to sell quickly: on the plus side, at least there is some definite interest. Mr No Show would probably have been a complete pain to deal with had you sold to him. If he was inconsiderate enough to leave someone waiting around and not tell them he wasn't going to turn up at all, then he wouldn't have been particularly easy to deal with as a buyer.

I saw a rental this morning which I really liked, and which takes animals, and which is close to the station, so if our purchase falls through, that will do fine. It's a house which is in very good condition, but was done in the 1970s. Avocado bath! Peach basin! And a shower in a cupboard with an orange shower tray! The only one it doesn't have is aubergine. Obviously much money spent when it was done, as it's all in amazing condition. Not sure the family will view it in quite the way I do, but never mind.

CuddyMum Tue 15-Jan-13 15:07:30

Love the sound of that rented house - awesome! I'm not sure my kids would agree. I do hope the local couple sell quickly because as time goes on the initial interest can start to wane somewhat. I am very impulsive and impatient and it's driving me nuts! I'd pack and move tomorrow if I could!

CuddyMum Tue 15-Jan-13 16:27:29

Am just filling in DD2s application to transfer to Sharnbrook School in September (Year 9) and DD1 said I could fill an in year transfer request for her (I happened to have requested one just in case). Hopefully, they'll be successful. It would have been better if we'd been living in catchment though!

Toomuchtea Tue 15-Jan-13 17:22:06

Yes, I would also pack and move tomorrow if I could. Do feel much, much better now though, as buyers have now discussed completion date, so we will (I do hope) exchange tomorrow, and be out end Feb. If not sooner.

Good news that DD1 is receptive to the idea of a transfer. Can you still get in to Sharnbrook even if you're not in the catchment area?

CuddyMum Tue 15-Jan-13 18:29:59

Well not so receptive now as Head of Year has to approve the form and she doesn't want her to know so only going ahead with DD2's application for now. They do sometimes accept applications from out of area - will have to cross my fingers. We should have applied in October really. Fingers crossed for exchange tomorrow - you can breathe then!

Toomuchtea Wed 16-Jan-13 08:33:59

Cross fingers for your application. When will you hear?

Toomuchtea Wed 16-Jan-13 08:35:00

Is there anyone else out there struggling with selling? It's all gone very quiet out there. If you've just embarked on the tyranny of the perfectly clean house and reliance on the feedback of strangers, welcome.

Toomuchtea Wed 16-Jan-13 15:29:18

We've exchanged, we've exchanged, we've exchanged! At long bloody last. My head is beyond done in. I feel slightly sick with relief.

CuddyMum Wed 16-Jan-13 19:56:29

Well done Toomuchtea!! Yay!!

I think there may just be me struggling to sell!

Toomuchtea Thu 17-Jan-13 08:27:23

Thank you! Well, I'm still here willing you on.

TheregoesBod Thu 17-Jan-13 08:53:03

Hello all,lurker here can I join in for a quick rant.

We are supposed to be exchanging tomorrow, but it all seems so slow and disorganised. The buyers seem fine but my solicitor has no sense of meeting a deadline, doesn't seem bothered. Arghhhhh... Seems to talk down to me like I'm a silly woman which is guaranteed to get me going big time!

Toomuchtea Thu 17-Jan-13 10:36:45

Rant away TheregoesBod. The solicitor (not mine) was one of the things that held us up too. Can your Estate Agent put any pressure on?

TheregoesBod Thu 17-Jan-13 22:20:29

Oh TooMuchTea thank you for your welcome, and yes the Estate agent is trying to push things along but it doesn't seem to be working.

We accepted the offer in November, we were supposed to exchange before Christmas (hollow, and slightly manic laugh). Here we in mid Jan and my solicitor phoned me this morning about a query from the buyers and it wasn't until I asked him directly about exchange tomorrow that he said "well, that's not happening" . Cue stony silence from me. For the love of God I'm trying to be philosophical here but it's hard.

Am I ranting? I'm ranting, so sorry!

Toomuchtea Fri 18-Jan-13 08:50:37

Nothing wrong with ranting. Inching towards exchange is an extraordinarily rantworthy process. We had the query after query after query bit, and actually lost all faith in the buyers as the last queries were ones I'd already answered (and in one case more than once). It seems they were just being hyper-cautious, but we were ready to run for the hills.

Has your solicitor given any idea of when exchange might be? Or what the hold up actually is?

Are you buying somewhere else? are you all getting on?

That is dad's house sold as of today...very bitter sweet emotions as I locked up this morning after taking the final meter reading.

On the one hand I am relieved the burden of responsabilty for an empty property has been lifted.
But on the other hand I am not sure how I will feel when I look up from my garden and see the lights on in the house....but not my parents anymore.

Mum died 5 years ago, dad last has been an emotional task emptying and selling the house...much more so than the funeral.

Anyway...I will continue to watch this thread and keep my fingers crossed for you all to have swift resolutions.

Thanks for all your support and advice.

everlong Fri 18-Jan-13 13:49:33

Oh hello can I join?

Had house up a week so early days.. on paper it should sell quick but I know that's unlikely to happen in this market.

Had one viewer and they are second viewing on Sunday and have 3 more lined up for tomorrow. <<fingers crossed>>

Seen a house we love which is not good is it!?

Toomuchtea Fri 18-Jan-13 16:23:14

Hello Bentneck. That must have been hard, particularly as the house won't be out of sight out of mind. I am glad it's finished now, but I am sorry for the difficult time it's been.

Welcome Everlong. That's a lot of viewers in a very short time. Good luck, and I hope the viewers don't cancel because of the snow (always supposing you've got it!). Is the house you've seen likely to go as fast as yours?

everlong Fri 18-Jan-13 17:29:39

Hiya smile fingers crossed the snow stays away! But all but one of the viewers are local so should be ok..
The house we've seen has been on the market a few months so I'm just hoping it doesn't sell as we are snookered if it does as there's nothing else I like really..

Thank you toomuchtea - your kind wishes were much appreciated. I can avoid walking past the house but every time I open my gate dad's house will be in my line of vision.
I am hoping that because it will be such a regular occurence that the rawness will pass very swiftly.

My son has been hoping for snow for months and I kept telling him we didn't wan snow until grandas house was empty and I didn't have to worry about burst pipes or carrying furniture down an icy path.
Somebody somewhere must have been listening to me because as I locked up yesterday the snow started and hasn't stopped since!

everlong Sat 19-Jan-13 17:17:44

Well had 3 really good viewings. They all said they loved the house, made the right noises etc asked how quick we could move on too.

But I'm trying not to get too excited..

God but the stress of getting the house ready beforehand! Moving litter trays, pet stuff, ironing, homework bags. Stuff shoved in cupboards.. making sure no one has a uses the loo!

How's everyone else doing?

CuddyMum Sat 19-Jan-13 20:36:35

No viewings for us this weekend which wasn't a surprise as we had a fair bit of snow. No proper feedback from last Saturday's viewing which is very annoying! Still hoping for local couple to sell and offer but it may never happen. Have seen a nice rental and bizarrely the house next to it has just come on to the market so I've booked a viewing for next Saturday. Getting frustrated now though. I know what you mean about hiding school bags and animal paraphernalia and of course making sure the loos are flushed/lids down.

Toomuchtea Sun 20-Jan-13 18:18:26

We are covered in snow too - excellent timing for you, Bentneck.

Everlong, yes it is appalling moving stuff. I haven't found it's been any better since we actually sold. I've been turning out the attic, and although I've thrown mounds away, the amount of stuff I still appear to think I need is frightening.

Keeping fingers crossed for you Cuddy. Maybe if people are off work because of the snow, they'll come and view houses? Or not? I don't know.

everlong Sun 20-Jan-13 18:31:54

I agree stuff just appears from nowhere! Had to shove a dog bed from the washing machine in a cupboard today as I didn't want it lying around!

Had a second viewing today.. they brought her mum and dad.. but haven't a clue if they are serious or not. Very poker faced. Nice though.
Got another second viewing on Wednesday with another couple from yesterday ( who were adorable ) really liked them.

Just want an offer. Sick of tidying!

Good luck everyone this coming week smile

CuddyMum Sun 20-Jan-13 19:28:44

Good luck everlong - sounds really positive so far.

I doubt we'll get any viewers - we can't get the cars out of the street and the schools are closed tomorrow - which means hoards of teens traipsing in and out making food and more mess!!

Another house has gone on the market in Sharnbrook so hopefully we will view that too.

everlong Sun 20-Jan-13 21:14:45

Thank you cuddy

Hope that snow melts quickly! And you get some viewers soon enough wink

CuddyMum Mon 21-Jan-13 13:24:44

Slightly peeved that I just found out through another agent that the house I was due to view on Saturday has been sold! Have just phoned to check this with the agent and he has to get someone else to ring me back. Not that it matters I suppose if I'm not proceedable but I wonder whether they would have actually let me know.

CuddyMum Mon 21-Jan-13 17:05:08

Even more peeved as the vendor of the other house I was going to view won't let me view as I've not sold even though I am with the same agent - grrr!!

everlong Mon 21-Jan-13 17:56:29

Hmm. That seems a bit daft. I can understand not letting just anyone view but if your house is up for sale I think they'd be crazy not to let you view. Is it a fab house?

Well had an offer! From the couple that I really liked. We've accepted it, was a bit below asking price but not too much. I'm happy.

Put an offer on the one we want now so just waiting to hear. Yikes.

CuddyMum Mon 21-Jan-13 18:25:35

Blimey that was quick - well done!

Toomuchtea Tue 22-Jan-13 11:14:08

That was quick Everlong - well done. Are you in London?

I'd have let you view Cuddy, as you never know if viewers might sell quickly.

everlong Tue 22-Jan-13 11:22:02

Thank you both smile no not in London, I'm in Saddleworth.

Just waiting to hear if our offer has been accepted on the house we want. Bit nervous!

Toomuchtea Tue 22-Jan-13 11:49:27

Fingers crossed for you!

everlong Tue 22-Jan-13 12:51:13

They've accepted 25k below the asking price! smile

CuddyMum Tue 22-Jan-13 12:58:14

What a result - that's great!

I'd have let me view too! The agent seemed embarrassed but hey!

Unfortunately, now I've registered interest with Wilson Peacock I am being bombarded with calls and emails from them and Taylors!! Typically they're talking about houses with no gardens and outside of the areas I specified!

Toomuchtea Tue 22-Jan-13 13:49:59

Wow - well done Everlong! That's brilliant. Are you planning to move far?

Cuddy, I found Simpsons were the worst for ringing us up, but at least they did try hard to find us somewhere. However they did also try infuriatingly hard to get us to offer on houses after we'd already said no.

Am on tenterhooks now waiting for DH to ring about conversation he was supposed to have had with the local council on whether or not prospective new house would get planning per for dropped kerb. Friend says our house move is like Macbeth - ‘what, will the line stretch out to the crack of doom?’ I think that it will.

CuddyMum Tue 22-Jan-13 14:10:14

Does the purchase depend on whether you will get permission to drop the kerb?

Toomuchtea Tue 22-Jan-13 14:45:54

Unfortunately yes.

CuddyMum Tue 22-Jan-13 15:54:24

Oh, in that case fingers crossed.

Toomuchtea Tue 22-Jan-13 18:02:20

Thanks! Been in touch with the council (as on my other thread!) and we'll know one way or another in 10 working days' time, but that is PERILOUSLY close to when we have to get out of here - 18th Feb. Can foresee horrible situation where have to put stuff in store for a week or two until we can get sorted out, and camp out somewhere. Gah. Why is there no smiley for Gah?

CuddyMum Tue 22-Jan-13 18:23:41

Oh my - cutting it fine!! Fingers crossed that they respond positively!

MrsJamin Fri 25-Jan-13 15:09:14

House on rightmove tonight apparently! Very excited to join thread. Any tips about how to leave the house for viewings? We have decluttered and cleaned but don't know whether its worth buying flowers, etc? Or putting up a hanging basket outside? It's a little 2 up 2 down vic terrace which seem to be selling to FTBs ok at the moment. Will be very disappointed if we don't have anyone viewing in the next week.

CuddyMum Sun 27-Jan-13 09:26:48

MrsJamin - welcome! I think clean, tidy, cared for and everything in its place should do the trick. Maybe hide any pet paraphernalia etc. I used to buy flowers for each viewing but have now invested in some nice fake flowers from Ikea! Do you have a lot of competition? I know that 2 up 2 downs sell very quickly here. What area are you in? All the very best. Hope you have some viewings lined up smile

everlong Sun 27-Jan-13 12:17:08

Ah well thought it was too good to be true. Our buyers have pulled out.
They came for another viewing after accepting their offer, they were very keen, asked how quick could we move, what were leaving etc. then we got a phone call the day after saying it was off!

Can't work some people out. I'm expecting this to be a bumpy ride.

CuddyMum Sun 27-Jan-13 12:28:19

I'm really sorry to hear that everlong. What will you do now? I can't work people out either. How awful.

everlong Sun 27-Jan-13 12:39:29

We will just have to wait now.. feel bad on the people we wanted to buy off. It was a bit too perfect!

CuddyMum Sun 27-Jan-13 13:40:30

I hope you can secure a new buyer soon and that the house you offered on is still available. I'm gutted for you.

everlong Sun 27-Jan-13 18:13:30

Thank youcuddy smile

How are things with you?

CuddyMum Sun 27-Jan-13 18:28:47

Stagnant! Had a couple of time waster viewers recently and still have local couple interested when they sell. I'm feeling very frustrated as I saw a great house but it sold within a day! I saw another house but she won't let me view as we've not sold. I'm feeling that my life is on hold right now.

everlong Sun 27-Jan-13 18:36:08

It's so frustrating isn't it? Like you say you're just waiting for that offer.. I've said to dh that I'll give it 8 weeks then I'd like to take it off the market.. tbh it's him that's keen to move, I like where I am!

Hate feeling in limbo. How long has yours been up for?

CuddyMum Sun 27-Jan-13 18:38:21

Too long everlong!! I think the price is right now after spending a long time studying the local asking prices and sold prices. We have been very unlucky!

everlong Sun 27-Jan-13 18:41:28

Oh no. Will you leave it up indefinitely ( so to speak! )

CuddyMum Sun 27-Jan-13 20:42:26

I really don't know - I guess I'm banking on local couple.

MrsJamin Sun 27-Jan-13 21:18:51

Cuddymum- yes we have some viewings lined up for this week! I bought a flowering plant so it should flower for a few weeks and I won't have to keep buying fresh flowers. Made up a hanging basket too for a bit of kerb appeal. We are in Reading. Looking at a few houses that have been on the market for a while and need work doing- which is a bit scary but could mean we could afford a house that we could live in for longer.

CuddyMum Sun 27-Jan-13 21:54:25

Good luck MrsJamin! I bought some really nice flowering plants and managed to kill them smile

MrsJamin Sun 27-Jan-13 22:14:20

I am amazing at killing houseplants! I have an orchid that my mum adopts for half a year at a time to revive and then gives it back to me so I nearly kill it again! Here's hoping its a good week for "local couple", cuddymum smile

Toomuchtea Mon 28-Jan-13 09:41:22

Everlong, I am sorry. But if your house sold so quickly, hopefully it will sell very quickly again. Do you have any idea of why they pulled out?

Good luck MrsJasmin - I kill plants all the time too. I'm not so bad if they're outside, but indoor ones defeat me the whole time.

Still keeping fingers crossed for you Cuddy.

CuddyMum Mon 28-Jan-13 15:31:19

Thanks Toomuchtea. Have you heard anything back from the Council re the drop kerb?

Someone gave me a beautiful bonsai recently and despite following the instructions the leaves are falling off! hmm

Toomuchtea Mon 28-Jan-13 18:08:07

No, not yet. Very, very tense here.

The hens are going to a friend tomorrow. It's so uncertain where we'll end up, so I've very reluctantly decided it's best for them to be rehomed now, and have a good home with someone who I know has plenty of space, rather than having a horrible scramble if the purchase falls through and we do have to rent.

CuddyMum Mon 28-Jan-13 19:08:16

When will you have to make a firm decision re your purchase/rental? I'm sorry about the chickens - at least they're going to a good home.

Toomuchtea Tue 29-Jan-13 09:48:06

4th Feb, I think, which is the date by which we should have a Council decision - unless of course our sellers already know what the answer is likely to be and tell us!

Toomuchtea Fri 01-Feb-13 08:27:47

It will be ok to park off road. Phew. Now just have to persuade our sellers to communicate with us.... it's all gone very quiet.

On the chicken front, they've gone (sob) but my big black thug hen has been given a reprieve. They're willing to give her a go. Fingers crossed she behaves.

CuddyMum Fri 01-Feb-13 15:25:43

A step forward then and an escape from death row for the bad chicken! All fairly quiet here - had no viewings for a couple of weeks now. The local couple who want to buy still say they want to buy. The EA is trying to persuade them to go on with them as they are selling a bungalow that will appeal to old people and they have old people who have registered in the old fashioned way who may not know their house is for sale. They say they will but are going to repaint the whole house in cream first! No! Stop dilly-dallying! The family with lots of children are still trying to persuade the man of the house to buy too! Has anyone else had viewings recently?

Toomuchtea Fri 01-Feb-13 17:13:54

I hope they wear the man of the house down, or that the bungalow sells fast without having to be repainted. Is it that ghastly?

Which reminds, me, you'd think this agency would tell their member of staff (whose house it is) to tidy up, wouldn't you? It's a fantastic house but I just long to get in there and at least move the cat litter trays.

CuddyMum Fri 01-Feb-13 17:36:27

Cat litter trays aside (and cat too), that is a great house. Needs a garden makeover.

MrsJamin Sat 02-Feb-13 12:39:06

Blimey what a huge house. But yes they could have had a clear up. Some of the houses are in a such a mess when they have their photos done- its so surprising that people don't think its important to declutter.

We have two viewings this morning- one wants a third viewing tomorrow so it looks like they should make an offer- just hope it's not a ridiculously cheeky one. There's a house we would like to put an offer in on this week so we're really hopeful!

CuddyMum Sat 02-Feb-13 13:46:36

Sounds positive MrsJamin - good luck.

CuddyMum Sat 02-Feb-13 17:52:55

Well - we've had an offer from family with lots of kids. He has made it clear that he does not like it and he's doing it for his family but he's a cash buyer etc. etc.

We have gone back to see if we can squeeze a bit more out of him as he really would be getting a bargain.

Typically, the house we wanted to rent went this morning and the house we wanted to buy sold last week.

So, there's nothing to rent and nothing to buy! Eek!

I am going to ask on here if anyone has a house to sell in Sharnbrook!

sailorsgal Sat 02-Feb-13 18:46:14

I am exhausted!! Cleaning and decluttering. House just going on the market but had a viewing this morning already. Thankfully the sun was shining which makes everything look so much brighter. except the windows

CuddyMum Sat 02-Feb-13 19:22:08

Sailorsgal I hope you get an offer quickly. I have to say that preparing for viewings has been completely physically shattering - especially at short notice and when you don't even get feedback (or no shows!). I agree, the house looks much brighter when the sun is shining but the windows and mirrors are so unforgiving smile

MrsJamin Sat 02-Feb-13 19:33:04

We had 3 viewings today- one with 10 mins notice and I had to usher the children out with half eaten snacks in hand! Need to be accommodating however inconvenient but I hope it doesn't go on for months! I do feel like it is teaching me to be tidier though- it does not come naturally!

sailorsgal Sat 02-Feb-13 19:34:18

I looked at the photos the estate agent took and my house looked pretty good. I wondered why we were moving. sad So many pluses to where we live but we want a bigger garden. I will miss little Waitrose on the corner.

CuddyMum Sat 02-Feb-13 19:37:30

I want a much bigger garden too. I guess there's nothing actually wrong with my house at all. I'm just after a different lifestyle (would like chickens!).

3 viewings is good MrsJamin - sounds like your house could be in demand! I really hate short notice viewings.

sailorsgal Sat 02-Feb-13 19:39:37

I have a great view at the moment but it is going to be only for 9 years when they propose to finish the development that I live on. This may put buyers off.

CuddyMum Sun 03-Feb-13 11:57:07

Off to view a house at 5.00 pm! Still waiting to hear if Mr I Don't Actually Like Your House will up his offer. I very much doubt he will.

CuddyMum Sun 03-Feb-13 15:34:48

As expected my prospective purchaser if refusing to negotiate on price - it's take it or leave it! My husband is wearing what I call "the face" and is putting obstacles in the way when I try to make sensible suggestions. At the moment, I'm emailing all the agents to see if they know of anything suitable for us to buy or even rent.

MrsJamin Mon 04-Feb-13 07:15:29

Oh that's rubbish. We are expecting an offer today from the people who came at the weekend for the 3rd time. I just hope it is a decent offer then we can offer on the house we have our eyes on! It's going to be a nailbiting week I fear.

CuddyMum Mon 04-Feb-13 08:28:52

Fingers crossed Mrs Jamin! I'm going to book a second viewing at the house we saw yesterday afternoon.

Toomuchtea Mon 04-Feb-13 10:13:30

Excellent news that you have an offer Cuddy, and I hope you do manage to squeeze a little bit more out of him. It is so ironic that the moment you do get an offer everything you were thinking of goes. And I do know how that feels. Has the bungalow in Harrold gone? Or have you dismissed that?

Good luck MrsJasmin. Three viewings does sound keen. Do you want to stay in the same area?

Here I still am not sure where exactly we're going to go, and we move out two weeks from today. Am currently surrounded by boxes, which is making me twitchy.

sailorsgal Mon 04-Feb-13 14:06:02

We have another viewing tomorrow. Am at work all day so will be tidying up tonight before I go to bed and up at the crack of dawn

The couple who came the other day didn't think we had enough sun for the whole day. hmm I wonder where they have been living the last few years, we all haven't had any sun. grin

CuddyMum Mon 04-Feb-13 15:56:42

We are officially under offer - he wouldn't come up any more unfortunately. We've knocked the bungalow on the head as there's no way we would be able to spend the amount needed to add another level. We're second viewing a property in Sharnbrook tomorrow - it's meant to be (I hope) purely based on the fact that they have chickens and are leaving the chicken shed and large fenced off run! It needs some work and an extension (and there's a very strong whiff of dog) but I'm fine with that. I have to say that I have definitely been over zealous in my cleaning for viewings and hope I don't have to clean any more (ever).

I'll have to start at the packing box stage soon but I just want to exchange quickly. If we don't get an offer accepted on the Sharnbrook house then we'll have to rent which could be a pain as there's nothing suitable!

I hope things pan out for you soon Toomuchtea - how stressful.

Sailorsgal - good luck with your tidying and viewing. Hope you find some more sunshine somewhere! I hate feeble excuses like that.

Toomuchtea Mon 04-Feb-13 17:01:54

Excellent news Cuddy - well done! I completely sympathise with the not wanting to clean again, ever. Good luck with the second viewing on Sharnbrook.

For a moment this morning I thought we had some clarity at last, after we hit a brick wall with our sellers. Fine, we thought, we'll drop out and rent. Now they have offered a little chip in the brick wall. It is, as they say, doing my head in.

BramblyHedge Mon 04-Feb-13 17:12:37

I have all this to look forward to. Trying to declutter a tiny two bed terrace inhabited by 3 children under 7 is proving hard! Hoping to put it on the market asap although nothing we like locally at the moment. But we need to move as the kids are sharing a 6 by 8 room at the moment

CuddyMum Mon 04-Feb-13 17:48:30

I love the way that the vendors of the house can't vacate tomorrow whilst we second view with the agent! I think of all the times that I have gone out of my way to make sure we're all out - dog too!

MrsJamin Mon 04-Feb-13 21:06:52

We had an offer but it was a bit too low so we rejected it- hoping to get a higher offer from them tomorrow though! Bramblyhedge, I am just selling a 2 bed terrace with 2 children under foot, so I have your sympathy! Best advice I got from an estate agent friend was to try and limit the children-related clutter to their room, so viewers can still see themselves at home in the rest of the house, otherwise they are going to be put off by the family feel of it, especially as you are unlikely to be selling to a family. Good luck!

CuddyMum Tue 05-Feb-13 12:32:50

Hope you hear back today MrsJamin.

We're second viewing later so we'll see what happens. I might have to play hardball with the price because now we've taken a low offer it will have an impact on what we can pay as we might be close to the LTV % (we need to get rid of a rather large credit card too). Mortgage lady calling later. I'm letting DH deal with that as technically it's his money that pays for everything!

I know I should be feeling excited right now - but for some reason I just feel "neutral". Perhaps it's because I hoped to achieve more for the house.

Toomuchtea Tue 05-Feb-13 12:59:57

Good news you had an offer MrsJamin - I hope today's seen a better one.

Good luck with the second viewing Cuddy. Has the house been on the market long? I know what you mean about feeling neutral. I've been excited about our previous moves, but with this one.... it feels like it's been a huge battle even to get to this point. Is it even more so for you? Because it has been a bit of a haul for you.

CuddyMum Tue 05-Feb-13 13:31:28

The house has only been on a few weeks and was previously on in September. I tried to view a couple of weeks ago and wasn't allowed as we weren't then proceedable. The lady said she'd move into rented and they need to downsize - so a very short chain with me in the middle. DH keeps saying how much he'll miss living in Olney etc.

MrsJamin Tue 05-Feb-13 14:33:50

We've had a better offer and accepted smile - I think we will offer on a house by the end of the week! Go with hardball Cuddymum- that's what we did but I guess it's a different market/house/area.

Toomuchtea Tue 05-Feb-13 17:27:41

Well done MrsJamin - that didn't take long! It sounds like you have somewhere in mind to offer on?

How did the second viewing go Cuddy? How do the DC feel about the move now that there's progress? Here I have DD still being a silent lump of fury about the idea of moving, despite the fact that she will still have friends where we are moving to - it is me who won't. Teenagers.

CuddyMum Tue 05-Feb-13 18:02:54

The teenagers are very keen to move and both will change schools so that's good.

Just back from the second viewing. Thankfully, they vacated so we could look around properly with the agent. It has made us realise just how immaculate and well finished our house is. It's apparent that lots needs to be done in the house from skirting boards, flooring, kitchen, garden, all the fencing, lighting, plastering, windows and that's even before we add an extension to make it big enough upstairs. I'm not sure we like it enough to spend all that money. If it had an enormous garden - maybe but even still I think the vendors would be unimpressed by what we would offer.

There's bugger all else to view and nothing to rent. Well, there's one house to rent but DH is turning his nose up! I'm not sure what to do now. If the rental that we originally liked was still available, then I have no doubt that we would have taken it. I've asked the agent to think of anyone who may have tried to market last year and couldn't sell. Other agents are looking for me too.

Well done MrsJamin!

sailorsgal Tue 05-Feb-13 20:01:21

Just came home from work and the For Sale sign has gone up. Feels a bit weird and also sad as I do like my house. Details are on rightmove so if anyone want to PM and give me constructive advice you are very welcome. grin

CuddyMum Tue 05-Feb-13 20:09:28

Can we have the link?

sailorsgal Tue 05-Feb-13 20:20:49

I am dreadful at doing links they never work. blush will have a go.

sailorsgal Tue 05-Feb-13 20:28:20
sailorsgal Tue 05-Feb-13 20:30:28

Oh well!!

MrsJamin Tue 05-Feb-13 20:32:01

Link doesn't work- Would love to have a look.

AngryFeet Tue 05-Feb-13 20:32:27

Hi everyone. We have just put my parents house (that we are renting from them) on the market as we are buying our own and they moved away a few years ago. Not quite the same stress on us but still have to do the hard bits like sprucing it up (not been decorated for at least 10 years so we scrubbed and made it the best we could). Anyway here it is

Had 2 viewings so far and have more at the weekend.

What do you think?

sailorsgal Tue 05-Feb-13 20:40:13

Angryfeet that is a great house.

sailorsgal Tue 05-Feb-13 20:41:46

I had a very positive viewing today and have two tomorrow.

CuddyMum Tue 05-Feb-13 21:53:52

Great house Angryfeet.

Good luck with your viewings sailorsgal.

MrsJamin Wed 06-Feb-13 04:47:04

Well done angryfeet you have presented it really well! If it's a good location and it's priced accurately it shouldn't stay around for long. I wish all the houses we looked at were similarly decluttered in the photos, it makes such a difference in how easy it is to see the room properly.

Toomuchtea Wed 06-Feb-13 08:18:05

It's a great house angryfeet and you've done a wonderful job on de-cluttering. Best of luck with it, and best of luck Sailorgal too. If you can't do a link, if you give a postcode, price and rough description we ought to be able to work out which yours is!

Cuddy, I so, so sympathise. Do you think it's worth making an offer for what you think it's worth?

claracluck71 Wed 06-Feb-13 11:50:48

Hello everyone, please can I join in? smile

We've gone about things a little back to front as we've just had an offer accepted on a property and are now putting ours on the market! The vendor is prepared to wait for us to sell and has taken his off the market - strange but true!

Our agent is coming round tomorrow at 2pm to take photos - they valued it last week - and we've just found out that we have a viewing just after at 2:45pm. Panic!!

I'm just hoping it's not too sunny as I won't have time to clean all the windows!

MrsJamin Wed 06-Feb-13 13:10:42

oh that's exciting, claracluck! The decluttering and cleaning was annoying but essential in getting an offer in! I ended up with a big box in the car full of bath toys, etc!

claracluck71 Wed 06-Feb-13 14:30:58

I think I'll be the same. My mum is coming round tomorrow morning to help, and will take boxes of bits back to hers - including the dog!

The trouble is, whenever I get a house ready to sell it looks so good I don't want to move!

Toomuchtea Wed 06-Feb-13 15:36:09

Yes, and don't you find everyone you have round (friends and family that is) says, oh, don't you wish you'd done this years ago? And yes, it would have been nice but..... Best of luck claracluck71. In winter I don't think people necessarily expect the windows to be sparkling!

sailorsgal Wed 06-Feb-13 16:35:20

Well we had an offer today but I have turned it down as £15,000 below the asking price.

Also after viewing yesterday am the agent left my front door unlocked and I didn't notice until 8am this morning. angry

CuddyMum Thu 07-Feb-13 07:57:04

That's quick to receive an offer. Are they likely to increase it?

sailorsgal Thu 07-Feb-13 10:49:56

Well they came back with a higher offer close to the asking price so have accepted. shock

MrsJamin Thu 07-Feb-13 10:52:55

Oh well done! We have gone from joy to melancholy as the house we were watching is not looking likely and I am not that keen on any of the other properties available. How long are buyers likely to wait until you find a property?

sailorsgal Thu 07-Feb-13 11:14:55

MrsJamin I wonder that too. I haven't seen anything we like/can afford so am not pining my hopes on this sale.

MrsJamin Thu 07-Feb-13 11:24:23

Have you thought of posting notes through doors of houses you fancy? I am seriously thinking of doing this but DH isn't keen.

CuddyMum Thu 07-Feb-13 11:29:50

MrsJamin, I suggested that to my husband and he looked at me as if I was mad! I think it's a good idea personally.

AngryFeet Thu 07-Feb-13 14:53:15

Not doing too well so far. Noone likes it. But too be fair my Dad has priced it too high to allow for people making offers. SoI shouldnt be surprised <sigh>

sailorsgal Thu 07-Feb-13 15:42:19

Well saw a house this afternoon. Some lovely features but not sure it was for us or not but it has grown on me. Great sea views from upstairs. grin

CuddyMum Thu 07-Feb-13 16:27:45

Ooh sea views! I couldn't live further from the sea. Lucky you.

I've just been for a meeting with my solicitor to go through the initial paperwork etc. Jees - the fees were much more than I had budgeted, leaving me even less to spend on a house.

sailorsgal Thu 07-Feb-13 16:38:26

I was quoted £700 plus VAT but said they would do sale and purchase which is a big saving.

CuddyMum Thu 07-Feb-13 17:50:10

Blimey that's good!

CuddyMum Thu 07-Feb-13 18:02:04

I have given feedback re the property I second viewed the other day and have offered what I feel it is worth. He'll put it to the vendor. It's highly unlikely to be anywhere near what they are looking for. Going to view a rental on Saturday. In the meantime, I'm still emailing around trying to find something to buy or rent, so for a change it's me hassling the agents. For some reason, keep checking Rightmove to see, if by magic, anything new has been added. Rather annoying the nice rental that has now been let is still on there just to torment me hmm

Toomuchtea Fri 08-Feb-13 08:59:41

It is infuriating the way that rentals are kept on despite being let. I've found this happen several times. Sales seem to be put up as Under Offer asap, but rentals not.

Good luck with the offer CuddyMum. Would it be worth leafletting houses you like the look of?

CuddyMum Fri 08-Feb-13 16:07:48

Well the offer, as expected, was refused and I increased but we are still something like £20k away, which we're not really prepared to pay. I've said to the agent I'll leave it with them now and of course if they'd like to negotiate further etc. I've had the old "neighbours down the road sold for much more" line - but I'm afraid we've had that situation too so, I guess that's just the way it is.

We're off to look at a scabby rental tomorrow!

Any luck with your purchase Toomuchtea?

sailorsgal Fri 08-Feb-13 16:33:20

I saw a great house today but hardly any garden so it will be a no sadly. It had my WOW kitchen aswell. sad

CuddyMum Fri 08-Feb-13 17:43:52

I would really like a nice big garden too. Such a shame.

Toomuchtea Fri 08-Feb-13 18:16:25

Maybe they'll come back Cuddy. I think you're doing the right thing leaving it. I hope the rental isn't as scabby as it appears. If it is, at least you won't be responsible for dealing with the scabbiness.

No, no luck with our purchase. No contact from sellers. No luck finding a rental. Friend's cottage it is then I think.

Still trying to get estimates from builders/roofers etc as proof that our (very expensive and well respected) surveyor is not making things up when he says work needs to be done. Still no reply to our final queries. Might well manage to get everything in line on the sale at the last minute, I suppose, but it is a bit of a bugger as of course I can't get broadband arranged because I have nowhere to arrange it, which is handy when you work from home and need broadband. Still, I can get on with other things, I suppose.

What a pity sailorsgal - we've seen houses like that too. Fantastic inside but zero garden.

I am now going to go and eat cake. Because I need cake. Been a bugger of a week, all told.

sailorsgal Fri 08-Feb-13 23:53:41

I'm looking at a house with a big garden tomorrow but it needs heaps of work. DH is not here and I can tell this one doesn't float his boat! I see potential. grin

Our For Sale sign now says Sold which has brought it home that we are actually moving.

MrsJamin Sat 09-Feb-13 08:26:47

Oh it would get me with a big garden too. As long as its liveable in, you can do work over time - but you can pretty much never get more garden! I have two active boys who need a decent amount of outside space.

CuddyMum Sat 09-Feb-13 08:58:16

Yes, the big garden would do it for me too. I don't mind the renovation side.

sailorsgal Sat 09-Feb-13 15:11:55

Well loved the house more than I should. Yes it needs a lot of work as I don't think they have done anything since it was built, probably sixities. I just see us living there. The village is gorgeous and Julian Fellows lives around the corner in a slightly larger pile than this. grin

The garden is amazing and ds would love it. The lady living there is finding all too much so hence the move. It has an open fire aswell. I booked a second viewing and am taking along a friend who works in planning so hopefully she will give me sensible advice as I feel my heart is ruling my head and I feel quite emotional today.

The house has an offer on it already but they are unable to sell their house so we are in a good position. There are more viewings next week. Should I put in an offer today???

CuddyMum Sat 09-Feb-13 18:38:23

Oh my! Go for it. I might consider raising my offer but husband isn't keen. It's all very frustrating. Looked at a rental today and it was truly hideous.

sailorsgal Sat 09-Feb-13 18:52:06

Well I put in an offer but willing to go a bit higher. DH is coming around to the idea and is already planning what we will do with it. Am trying to calm myself down. grin

Cuddymum sorry to hear about the rental.

CuddyMum Sat 09-Feb-13 18:59:57

Well apart from it being awful I'd be dealing with the guy directly, who quite frankly, was weird and I wouldn't want to be home alone and he just appear. He was like the poet guy off the undateables but more sinister! The kids really want the house we offered on and I'm sure we could do a lot of work ourselves. Let us know if your offer is accepted.

CuddyMum Sun 10-Feb-13 09:42:34

Well I got up to find the husband looking at range cookers and kitchens on the Internet... Maybe he's coming round to the idea of upping our offer!

sailorsgal Sun 10-Feb-13 09:46:17

I've been in a couple of houses this week with range cookers and we are definitely having one.

Cuddymum I have just emailed the estate agent and upped our offer. I don't want to lose it for the sake of £5,000. DH has been looking at extensions this morning. grin

CuddyMum Sun 10-Feb-13 09:51:02

We're getting there Sailorsgal!

CuddyMum Sun 10-Feb-13 11:32:36

Have just upped the offer...