I’ll apologise in advance but this isn’t going to be a very positive, motivational blog, so if that’s what you were expecting can I suggest you press the back button and go elsewhere this week.
As I type this I’m listening to “The Stress Buster” playlist. Oh yes, it’s that bad I had to google a stress relieving playlist but of course, about 100 of them exist. All hail Spotify. The song currently playing is Gentle Pour but I think You’re Losing it would be a better title. I’m not sure whether the echo-y piano is calming or winding me up yet.
To the point, this week has been HARD. I’m still working from home lots with #footgate, which in itself is pretty dull and lifeless at times (especially with the 4pm sunsets now!). On the one day that I did venture into London there were delays on the train on the way home and I had to stand for 40 minutes with 30 or so other sardines, like a flamingo on a balance beam (it essentially equated to a lot of pain, huffing and puffing). Combine this with negotiating a house purchase and trying to affirm an offer on ours at lightning speed, but yet it feels like you’re the only one doing the figurative ‘running around’ (obviously not literal for me) and everyone else around you is processing at the speed of a sloth who’s paws (maybe feet, not paws?) are lathered in chewing gum. Painful, stickily slow and stressful.
To cut a long story short, I went for a second viewing at one of the properties we really like on Tuesday evening, armed with a tennis ball and damp detector in hand*. Positively the floor in the bathroom upstairs wasn’t sloping and the damp showed up as expected around the house. You’re probably thinking, sounds great (no seriously), it does sound great to me and it’s a beautiful house. However, the problem is that this property isn’t yet on the market, we’ve put in an offer and the vendor (apparently) wants to sell to us however obviously we need to be in a position to move on this aka have sold our place. Never did I think we’d be in a position where we’d be bidding on a property not on the market, I thought these were only reserved for cash buyers who were friendly with estate agents. Sorry that’s really estateagentist but I just didn’t think these things still happen in this market.
After to-ing and fro-ing with our agent and theirs, we finally got a call this morning from our potential buyer and low and behold, they can’t get a mortgage in principle at the level we’d accept. I kind of expected this given it took them a week to come back to us but I just wish people would be more honest up front and we wouldn’t have gotten our hopes up. So, whilst #project2 creeps ever further into the distance beyond Christmas and probably into someone elses cash rich hands (lucky you!), we’ve just got to continue keeping our heads high, house spotless for more viewings and hopefully a non-p*ss-taking offer will come in from someone who can actually afford it. Rant over.
Its now a waiting game but thankfully I’ve got a distraction in the form of mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas market fun with some girl friends tomorrow. 🙂
*Essential tools when viewing an older property. Place the tennis ball (or marble) on suspiciously looking areas, watch and hope it doesn’t roll. Obviously this will only work best on un-carpeted floors. Try dropping it a couple of times as well and hope it stops itself to give you added confidence. NB: I’m not a surveyor and this definitely isn’t a scientific test, this is just more of a ‘peace of mind’ short term solution if you think your eyes are playing tricks on you. Secondly, I bought my damp detector from Amazon and with Prime it was delivered the next day, perfect. It’s really easy to use, just check with the estate agent before you start prodding the walls. You should be worried about readings on masonry walls (including plasterboard) of +20% ish. To give you an idea, in our house and on the ‘OK’ parts of the walls in the house I was viewing, the readings were around 8-12% on brick/block/plasterboard. Where there was evidence of significant damp, readings were 20-30%+. This detector is great value at only £14 and comes with easy-to-follow set up instructions (just not a battery…).