Monday, 13 February 2017

We were hopeful but..............

We were hoping for exchange last Friday but it didn't happen - no surprise there 😒 Our solicitor said she phoned Mrs F's solicitor 9 times Friday morning with no returned call. Then on Saturday morning we had a call from Mrs F. Seems  there will be further delay as the boiler in the house that she is buying should have been serviced before she buys the house but when someone went to service it there was no oil in the tank so it couldn't be done! Her solicitor has advised her not to move unless the service is done. For goodness sake they've had since mid October to sort this out!!
Now we don't know when exchange and completion will happen......... maybe next week? What I want to know is if the boiler fails it's service will we then have to wait while they re-negotiate? We were trying to be helpful by letting her choose completion date, now I'm getting just a tad annoyed.

Anyway, enough of all that hassle which I wasn't supposed to be mentioning  again.

 What have we been up to over the last few days?

On Thursday we went to the viewing afternoon at an Auction house to look at a rug. The living room at the cottage has a wood floor so we need something to make it feel warmer and I'm trying to avoid buying new things. The rug I'd found on their online catalogue wasn't so good in real life (which is something we often find!) but there was another smaller one much nicer, so we left a bid on it. 

Friday and off to visit our youngest daughter and our little Grandaughter. She is certainly growing nicely.

Saturday out again.
 First stop was The Potato Day (You can see more about East Anglian Potato Day  HERE  or on my 2014 post HERE or 2015 post HERE) for a few seed potatoes. We are only going to grow a bed with half first earlies and half second earlies so only needed 10 of each. Mid Suffolk District Council were there, as they always are, giving away their jute shopping bags - picked up one of course, that's about the 12th I've had from them over the years! Then onto the auction house to collect the rug which we won and look round the charity shops in the town - nothing of any interest seen in any of the 8 or was it 9? And harking back to my moan on the last post......the Oxfam shop was closed for a refit!! But in Poundland we spotted more alive-looking raspberry canes so £3 spent. We'd taken a flask as always so didn't need to splurge out for anything. Then  home.
The raspberry canes were put in a pot and the potatoes are chitting.
 It feels so good to be doing things we love again.
 Saturday pm and more rugby on TV, I also wrote a bit for the Suffolk Smallholders Newsletter to see if anyone has any tree seedlings or saplings that they don't want. We are life members of the Society because of all the work we did running it many years ago so have been getting the newsletter even though we'd left the smallholding. I'm quite keen to get involved with the society again ..............will see how I feel when the AGM comes round in September.

Too cold to venture to a car-boot sale Sunday morning, in fact there was a covering of snow first thing. I did go for a brisk walk down to Aldi for milk but glad to get back in the warm again. More Rugby and then Snooker on TV. In between all the sport we have been sorting out and filling more boxes. The cupboards are almost empty as is the chest freezer............. just a few bits left for meals this week, after that I'll be daily shopping for what we need until You-Know-What!

Welcome to Felicity, LJL and Cherie who are new followers and thank you everyone for comments on posts last week and to Briony who said she loved the blog, plus W at MidSuffolkMeadow who reminded me of another good charity shop that I will be visiting frequently once we move.

Back in a day or so
Sue

25 comments:

  1. Oh that is a bummer, never mind you will get there.
    Good to here you are chitting and buying in fruit canes ready to grow on.

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    1. We keep saying........we WILL get there soon!

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  2. Sorry abou the house thing. Great to hear you are looking forward to growing your own again.

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    1. I'm looking forward to sowing stuff in the greenhouse too. Seeds at the ready!

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  3. Bother bother bother....and a few expletives to boot...surely someone should have checked before the property was even put on the market??? x

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    1. She agreed to buy the property mid October so why it's taken until last week for the boiler to be serviced and why was the tank was empty??? Grrrrrrr!

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  4. How frustrating for you. You are obviously a lady because I would have had a right old swearing fit by now.
    Nice to know you are getting things ready for the garden though-x-

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    1. It is a bit annoying..I'm trying to keep calm!

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  5. Hi Sue, this might go against everything that your vendor wants to do, but why doesnt she order the oil for the tank, and pay to have it serviced before exchange? The people selling to her, obviously dont want to leave her anything in the tank (cheap sods as they could get the smallest fill, which I dont understand when you are talking hundreds of thousands when selling a home compared to a small fill of the tank to move the house chain along). Suggest it to your solicitor as it is a small outlay that they can then have taken off of the payment to the vendor she is buying from. These people need to think a bit more and not just rely on a solicitor to come up with an answer. They would have really ticked me off by now. Which is why I am going to take a deposit when we sell this house, so that no one messes us around. The deposit will be forefit if they dont complete on a specified time. its a great incentive. I understand her solicitor is trying to stop her having the problem that the heating system doesnt work, but if the tank is dry they could have blown the system up already anyways. Which depending on the size of the house is between 5000 to 12000 thats if the radiators are in good nick if not could be up to 23000, including a double bunded tank. Then she can haggle with them over the price again if the heating system is broken.

    Maybe it is a blessing the bungalow hasnt sold already else you would be climbing the walls!

    Good luck I bet your nerves are jangling! Fingers and toes crossed for you!

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    1. We are still hopeful it will happen soon. I'm even more frazzled after spending a morning trying to transfer money for the sale and finding the bank closed due to unforeseen circumstances and having to drive to the next town where there was a queue a mile long because everyone else had to do the same!!

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  6. Oh, for crying out loud!!! A similar thing happened to my cousin and he demanded compensation for out of pocket expenses and inconvenience. Just the demand got things wriggling along and he exchaned within 48 hours! Wishing you all the best with this!

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    1. Thank you, we need plenty of patience that's for sure

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  7. How terribly frustrating for you. You are being really patient but I expect that you don't want to upset the apple cart by putting demands on the vendor. Hope t all gets sorted quickly for you.

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  8. So sorry, of the hold up!
    How distressing!
    Hope it's settled quickly now, with no heating problems other than the fill.
    Bless you both, enjoy the potatoes, and the raspberries!

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  9. So sorry about the hold-up! I was hoping to come back from visiting daughter to see that you had a closing date.

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  10. So sorry for your delay.
    I really can't believe how laissez-faire the home sale market is in the UK.
    Here in the US you have realtors, banks, lawyers, looking for their money, things move quick. The realtors want money, there is a check list and boy they call, scream and get things done. You would have been moved in with your feet up by now. My last house deal took one month. Buying and selling.

    cheers, parsnip

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  11. Prayers for the move to happen this month. Oh so annoying at times. Hopefully it all will be worked and moving day will be upon you in March!!! Good finds especially the rug. Take care!

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  12. Must be so frustrating for you both waiting for other people to sort their side of things out. Fingers crossed the boiler service doesn't put the move back too much.

    Well done on winning the rug. There used to be an auction house on the street next to ours when I lived in Cirencester and we'd often go and have a nosey around. Never bid on anything but it was fun to watch it happening.

    At least you are having fun buying your plants. I'm no gardener so I've just had to look up chitting, I've plenty of those type of potatoes in my veg box! xx

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    1. There was once a TV panel game called Call My Bluff. 2 false descriptions of a word and one true and the other team had to guess. Just once in umpteen years I knew the word - Chitting! Felt so chuffed I've never forgotten it!

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  13. I feel your pain. Yesterday was supposed to be our completion and moving day, now we have no idea when it's likely to happen as our buyer still hasn't sorted out his finances. We were assured by the estate agent when he made the offer back in November that he was a cash buyer and his finances were already in place. All others in the chain are raring to go with contracts signed and sitting with our respective solicitors waiting for exchange while he fannies about. We have a viewing tomorrow, fed up with waiting for him. If he gets things sorted quickly we'll still sell to him, if not then we'll take the first decent offer we get. I just hope we don't end up losing the house we want to buy. Buyers...Grrr. Hope all goes through for you soon. Love, Helen x

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    1. We had exactly the same as you when we sold the smallholding last year. First they were cash buyers living in rented, then they were cash buyers but they needed to sell a flat in London. That turned into borrowing some money to top up from a family member, which then became actually needing a mortgage. Took from December to March before we moved. Fingers crossed you don't lose the house you want.

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  14. Just a tad! You remind me of my dear sister in law-a true Suffolk gal like you and also given to understatement.

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    1. My favourite is the way we say it's a bit blowy during a gale or a bit chilly when there's several degrees of frost!

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  15. My Mum had problems selling the family home after my Dad died. Every time she thought all the paperwork was sorted the buyer came up with something else he wanted to know. In the end she got annoyed, asked if he wanted to know how many bricks had been used to build the house and gave a deadline or the sale was off. Her solicitor said she was brave, but she was so sick of the buyer that she would quite happily have withdrawn. I do hope things are sorted for you soon. When we last moved our buyers solicitor was useless; she even lost the deed of transfer, and we had to complete another weeks after we moved.

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  16. Hi Sue, just found your blog. I don't understand blogs etc. but just wanted to say I had NHL 17 years ago and had stem cell transplant - so if you or Colin want someone to chat to, let me know. I am fb friends with Joy Steed so could route contact via that? Roger Armstrong

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