I'm so bored of telling this whole damn saga now that it's taking me a long time to get round to this post. It's so farcical now that it's best not thought about too much.
Tomorrow it will be ten weeks since we moved in and there is still no obvious sign of completion being any time soon.
Where were we last update? You know about the damp problem and the retainer. Well, since then, another surveyor went back to have a closer look. He confirmed there's a problem and that it will cost about £1000 to rectify. This was relayed to the first surveyor and we're now waiting for him to look at this and relay it to the mortgage company. How long do you reckon this would take? Three whole weeks!
There have been a lot of frantic phone calls to the estate agents. Not sure why but we seem to be back to dealing with them now and the solicitors are out of the loop for now. It drives you mad as they have to remain impartial to both parties. Secretly though they've been slagging them off to us and agree completely that we're dealing with idiots.
What we can't do is talk to the Buyers' mortgage company and try and speed things on. We could phone the Buyers and try to get them to but we've stopped calling them as it just makes things worse. You try and explain what the situation is and how badly it's denting the bank account and they come out with stuff like "Well, yeah, we had to cancel a furniture order last week". They're impossible.
In a decisive move we've put the house back on the market now. We asked the agents not to make this known to the Buyers. If they can get it sorted soon then the house is theirs. If a cash buyer turns up next week it's theirs instead. This is obviously not a nice thing to do to the buyers and not something I'll be happy doing. However, as I've said before, I have little else but contempt for them. If they would just say sorry. Just once. Then this might not be the case. Instead they continually place the blame with others. At the moment they blame the surveyor who, apparently, has a bad name anyway and they've lodged a formal complaint against him. Like that's going to help...