Winter is officially over at last and not too soon at all, if I may say. It’s been a long winter I think. Then again, not being a fan of the season anyway I think every winter is a long winter.
I love the freedom that the finer weather brings. No more is there going through the rigmarole of hunting down everybody’s hats, gloves and scarves as well as shoes (always one missing) and coats (with one or two not where they should be because putting them away in the coat cupboard is just that difficult).
It seems as though the house has been on the market for years rather than weeks and we are all getting rather impatient. We hoped we’d be packed up and ready to move by now.
We’re still hoping.
All three estate agents that we have signed up to have claimed a 98% success rate. All three are independent and unrelated and the maths obviously doesn’t add up. Exagerrated claims from an estate agent, I hear you ask? Never!
One in particular gave us the oh-so-simple reassurance that our home’s details would immediately be distributed to their London offices – the one requirement we needed them to fulfil and the one request we had. On this reassurance we signed on the dotted line but after a month of no luck from them we sent out enquiries to ten of the London offices, posing as buyers searching for a house in this area. It turns out that the offices have nothing to do with each other, don’t actually deal with any other office at all and no office passes on any details of available properties on their books to other branches. They are related to eachother by name only but that’s as far as it goes. In short, there was never any chance that our home would be marketed to prospective London buyers as we needed them to do.
To summarise: we signed up on a lie for a service they knew that they couldn’t possibly deliver.
So I’d strongly recommend anyone thinking of selling their home through Robinson, Michael and Jackson to steer clear.
In the meantime we have paid the deposit on the property in Ireland and have instructed our solicitor there to begin the conveyancing on that side of things. Buying and selling works differently there to here we’ve discovered, so you pay your deposit up front and the money is held by the estate agent. The balance is then paid on completion of the purchase. However, paying the deposit doesn’t guarantee the property will be yours although you will get that money back if all falls through. Obviously, we’re hoping beyond all hope that it won’t fall through. We’d be quite devastated actually.
We are all so ready to get going and stuck into our new life in our new home. We’ve so many plans, and plans to take our readers with us (including a YouTube series – subscribe to our channel here – and there might even be the possibility of a book… ssh!), and so much we want to do that we’re positively brimming but we feel like we are stuck in treacle. We can’t go forward and refuse to turn back. We won’t be financing the new house with a mortgage but will be buying it outright, but in order to do so we need to sell our current home before we can complete the purchase on the new one.
We’re ready, willing and able to go in a heartbeat yet frustratingly we remain waiting and wondering if today will be the day that we can begin moving our plans forward once more. All that is left is to bide our time but we are well aware that time may not be on our side.
Fingers crossed it won’t take much longer.