Buying a house sucks! It’s right up there in a pain threshold with labour, child birth; being kicked in the balls and root canal!
Yet the pain is not of your own making; the frustration of bureaucracy and paperwork is so intense that stress oozes out of your pores liquefying your brain and intellect.
Unbelievable thoughts fill your mind, as to the lay person, things seem so simple, logical and yes you could do better.
Dear Daughter Mine has bought a house and without the input from my lovely husband she would still be waiting and waiting for the transfer to go through.
Questions about searches arose first of all. She had been waiting for these for what seemed like ages and my lovely husband made one phone call to the council offices to be told that they had been sent to her legal team ten days ago. He then phoned them and surprise and what joy- they had just arrived in their e –mail in box!
Then there was the money from the mortgage people; the deposit was all set to go when it was discovered that part of the deposit had been given to her as a gift. This meant that there was another three to four days delay; all for the want of being asked a simple question in the first place.
Then when Dear Daughter Mine is ready to exchange contracts, the mortgage people are ready and the lady who is selling the house is ready; her solicitor (belonging to the lady selling the house) goes on holiday and she was delayed again!
I understand that the legal firms have other clients to deal with and Dear Daughter Mine‘s purchase is one of many and the seller’s sale is too but I wonder do any of these professionals actually think of their clients as people in the real world who have to juggle work and everyday life as well as waiting for the deal to go through.
Not only did Dear Daughter Mine have to suffer but this had a knock on effect for family members, namely me and my lovely husband, who began to sprout spots, started comfort eating all the wrong things, as well as not sleeping because they were not in a position to take control and get things done!
Then there was the extra cost on top of the exorbitant legal fees; Dear Daughter Mine had to hire a storage unit and stay and pay for B&B accommodation whilst waiting, as her flat contract had run out by this time.
Also the seller, due to the delay, had to pay an extra month’s mortgage on the property that she was selling when obviously she thought that the sale would have proceeded on time.
Buying a house for anyone, let alone a first time buyer who is looking forward to building a future, should be an exciting and happy time.
Fortunately when Dear Daughter Mine received her keys and opened HER front door for the first time; it was!!
Thought for the day: New home, new adventures, new memories!