We're so close to completion I think I can smell a smell that must be the smell of owning your own house.
Yesterday I went in to Phase II of Operation Exchange and made a series of phone calls to all parties involved. Out of all those I spoke to it's the Estate Agents who are the most useful, acting as the intermediary for all involved.
Ok, where were we? They agreed to meet us half way with the cost of the damp-proofing "needed". We then reached another stale-mate as they neglected to tell anybody about this. Whereas I told our solicitor of the change in house price they didn't think it important to tell theirs. So, I called the Estate Agents yesterday and they called the Buyers' solicitor who seemed to think they were waiting for our solicitor to contact them. The Estate Agent, now getting as tired of all this as we are, gave them what-for and informed them that everybody is waiting for them. But, at least there's some good news - they do have the mortgage offer and the monies are ready to be released. All we need now is for the buyers to contact their solicitor to arrange to go in and sign. Easier said than done! Their solicitor is impossible to get in touch with and has a secretary who is apparently unable to pass messages on.
Last night I called the Buyers, against their wishes. They'd asked that we only call the Estate Agents as they know everything we need to know. If only it were that easy. Anyway, I call them up and ask whether they told anybody about our arrangement. They hadn't. It seems she's got other things on her mind. Such as when she's going to get the keys so she can measure the curtains. "I've got two kids and I'm moving in to a house with no curtains". We had told them we would send the keys to the Estate Agents who would show them round the house again. Since then we've changed our mind and so told them our solicitor advised us not to until things are legal. She didn't seem too happy with this but I'm past caring.
So, that's where we're at. I've missed bits out because I'm bored of trying to remember it all. Karen sometimes comes home and asks who I called and what was said. I sometimes have to say I honestly can't remember.
Today I need to make more calls just to keep the momentum there. Hopefully this time next week it will all be over.