Contracts have been exchanged. Halle-bloody-luja.
As I said to a friend, a triumph of common sense over solicitors’ red tape. In the end Sue and I had to instruct them (in writing and by almost shouting on the phone) to put any caveat they liked about the sodding little triangle of land which didn’t have proper title and the wiring to the hot tub which didn’t have a buildings regulations certificate; just finish and let us exchange !!!!
So they did.
We move next Friday.
Eleven documents, electronically, and one letter in 3 days from our solicitors. Boy, it looked like they’d finally got their act together. Exchange of contracts imminent, we naively thought.
But, no, it turns out our vendors bought two small portions of adjoining land over the years from a neighbour, then sold one to another neighbour. The problem is the Land Registry doesn’t seem to know about 2 of the 3 transfers of ownership. So now we have to sit and wait while it’s all sorted out.
For a month we’ve been worrying that, noting so little progress from our solicitors, despite paying for a survey and submitting all the necessary paperwork to them as promptly as humanly possible, perhaps the chain was about to collapse due to either our vendor or purchaser pulling out.
But, no. It turns out it’s just that the solicitors (well, ours anyway) work very sloooooowwwwwwlllllllllyyyyyyy.
They charge a high hourly rate. Why do they act as if their time is not only worth more than most employees but actually more important?
Everyone in the chain has conveyancers, removal companies etc waiting around. In a bigger chain there would also be mortgage companies and banks, decorators, cleaners, kitchen fitters etc etc. All hanging around, waiting for a possible move date because of one company of overpaid paper-pushers.
If they have so much work they can’t cope why don’t they employ more workers?
Isn’t that what most companies do?
Rant over. Fingers crossed for an improvement after they get a rocket from someone I know who will have some clout with them.
I’ve been a Plusnet (UK ISP) customer for many years. Their service is generally very reliable and good value.
For the last couple of days I’ve had problems connecting to the internet. Disconnections became more and more frequent. Rebooting the router would fix it for a few minutes, then one minute, then barely long enough to download waiting emails. After trying the laptop as well as my desktop PC it dawned on us that the problem was with the wireless signal in the house, not external.
To prove it I slung an old length of cable between the PC in the upstairs office and the router by the front door. Voila. Perfect. But now I obviously need a replacement router.
So I contacted Plusnet who quickly replied that my router was out of warrantee but, as a gesture of goodwill, they had already put a new replacement in the post to me.
Thank you, Plusnet.
Very nearly exchange of contracts stage. Well, we’ve signed our copy to sell.
We’ve had our survey done, too. Just a little worrying that our purchaser hasn’t done the same yet but, apparently, she has been out of the country so maybe we shouldn’t worry.
I’m practically on first name terms with the guys at the local council tip, I’m going there so frequently.
Stuff is also selling on Gumtree but the boxes are piling up even though the loft is still half full! So there’s still a lot to do. No rest for the wicked.
This lot is 99% stuff to send out to James in NZ. Where he finds space to store it will be his problem. He wants it so he gets it.