Today marks the 11 week anniversary of originally putting in our offer on the flat!
We were so excited, we were chain free, cash buyers, and the vendor wanted a quick sale, brilliant! Surely we’d be in our new house by Mid May at the very latest?!
HAHAHA YOU FOOLS! My 11 week later self laughs in your face!
Let’s take a look at this weeks time line shall we?
So as you can see, there was a bit more contact from the Solicitor this week, which on the face of it was very exciting – hooray we are beginning to move forward again! But the reality of it is, we just have more and more questions and queries with each and every communication! I’m not sure the Solicitors are even aware that we’re cash buyers despite being told this they still seem to be throwing out standard forms and expectancies that I’d expect should we be going through a mortgage company!
I also firmly believe that those in the legal profession just don’t want ‘normal’ people to understand anything, the language all the documents are written in might as well be in a foreign language for all the sense they make, I’m very close to making up a few words of my own and just dropping them into conversation, before innocently asking: ‘what you don’t know what a mahonajoe is?’ as if it’s the most commonly used word out there!
There has also been a fair amount of back and forth between us and the Estate Agent today as we’re just increasingly frustrated with the time this is taking and real lack of progress from the Solicitors they recommended to us and have been informed that due to all the delays at the beginning we’re really only 5 weeks into the official buying process and the UK national average is 10-12 weeks, meaning we could have another 5-7 weeks until we own the flat!
Even once we own it we know we have 4 weeks of damp-proofing work to be done before we can even start decorating, so all being well (and if past experience is anything to go by, it won’t be) we’re looking at a ‘we can finally start decorating date’ of the end of August, which means it could be liveable by September time and if it doesn’t go well, well we’ll be lucky to be in by Christmas if at all!
Positive attitude is slightly dampened this week.
Ho hum, if anyone has any positive house buying stories, or have been in a similar situation and it was all completely worth it, or even if you’re in the same situation and would like to share in that feeling of ‘what am I doing?’ then I’d love to hear from you!!