I’m happy to share that we’ve actually made an offer on a house and it was finally accepted. Whoppie-bloody-doo-dah! I can’t tell you how relieved I am right now. As much as I love looking at houses, I’ve realised now that it’s so much more fun when you’re just sitting on your couch in the comfort of your own home and watching other people do it in my favourite property shows like “Location, Location, Location” or “Move to the Country” than actually doing it in reality.
As first mentioned on this post, the practical house has indeed won us over in spite the lack of enthusiasm on our part when we first saw it and this suitable home also happens to be in a good location. Does this mean we’ve succumbed into location over property? I shouldn’t think so, in the end, it was all about the darned ever-so-sensible house/choice for our little family. I am indeed a grown-up now. Whoopie-bloody-doo-dah.
I’m wondering though – is it really over?
The hunt is. But my stress-level is still churning, especially since my husband warned me that though our offer has been accepted, all is not %100 over till we’ve exchanged. You see back home even though payment hasn’t really exchanged yet, once you sign in the dotted line, it’s as good as done and dusted. Apparently here in England, things are just a bit more complicated and even though offers have been accepted, one can still back out and it can also take ages before you can heave a sigh of relief and declare that the ordeal of buying/selling your property is indeed over..
So we’re on a different hunt now – the search for a good solicitor. I’d like to share a few things I’ve learned so far:
- Whatever country you live in solicitors are expensive, so make sure you do your research when looking for a good but affordable one. Remember just because your estate agent recommends someone, doesn’t mean you have to absolutely use them too. My husband phoned the firm J, our agent recommended and he nearly fell of his seat when they told him their fees.
- So we shopped around and asked recommendations from friends and family, made calls and asked for quotes.
- And also went online. While you’re trying to save money, however, when choosing the cheapest make sure that they are “proper” solicitors. Remember, you might end up spending more if they do a terrible job and might have to hire professional negligence solicitors in the end, which may of course cost you more. I’ve also learned that it helps to actually read the reviews on the solicitor’s website. At the same time though, take the comments you’ve read with a grain of salt.
- If you’re buying a house with a mortgage, make sure that the solicitor you’ve chosen is accredited by your mortgage company.
- And lastly, selling/buying a house in this country is utterly maddening! I absolutely refuse to move again unless it’s my dream-period property which is a lovely detached Georgian/Victorian or Edwardian house.
Fingers crossed, if all goes well we might just be in our new home by spring time! Wouldn’t that be great?
But I’m going to miss this little house though. We have memories here long before little T was born, when life was simple and oh-so quite and it was just me, my husband and Mutley. Now the Mutt is gone and it’s me, my husband, little T, Boots and Doc. And I will especially miss my tiny kitchen, the place where I blogged the most. Here.
But of course, we are all excited about the whole move. I’m trying not to be overenthusiastic though till the final-final exchange is done lest the chain breaks.
Have you sold/bought a property in the past? How long did the completion take?
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