Right, the next stage has now set in - desperation in finding another property to buy as the people buying our buyers' property want to be in ASAP and definitely before Christmas! They may be disappointed if other solicitors can't get the conveyancing done swiftly because there is such a log jam of buying and selling. Anyway, we need to find somewhere very quickly, and had our first viewing today - an empty property about 40 miles from us. It was the right SIZE and described as "renovated" and indeed had a brand new kitchen, but had been allowed to get in a state - work had been done to sort out the inside, but the owner lived in London and had just been paying the builders and they had done as little as possible AND not touched the roof, which was leaking like a sieve . . . We could largely see what needed doing, but it's always a bit worrying what they have floor-slabbed or plastered over! Closed in fireplaces didn't have air bricks for example and the chimneys hadn't been capped either, new plaster walls had a damp problem already! and all the skirting boards and some doors etc had wet rot and were like brown foam, so it needed a lot spending on it (but was offered way under the asking price.) You would need a damn good survey after you had gone there with a builder to get a quote on putting it right. It was either a money pit or a good investment!
Now, to even consider this house shows that we are in One-Eyed Horse Territory. This expression came from when I was looking for a horse again back in 1999/2000 and nothing was suitable and I even considered a horse with one eye because he was a good sort (and priced accordingly). I am glad I walked away as the next week I found my darling Fahal.
You will probably all think, go into rented accommodation but that would soon start eating into our capital, what with having to have the cats inocculated and put in a cattery (they would hate that), a minimum of 6 months' rental on somewhere for us to live, and the HUGE cost of storage of our belongings, which would be probably £200+ a week. So, we have another bunch of houses up on the Welsh marches to go and see as soon as the agent gets back to us with viewing times.
I wonder where we will end up, as the West Country is also in the equation and I'd love to get back to my roots. . .