It's been a frustrating two weeks. We're still working towards moving house and it still feels like we are never going to actually move! Since my last personal update, we have actually paid the solicitors and completed all the legal work but we have still not exchanged contracts, let alone set a completion date. On Thursday I phoned the solicitors and got a verbal confirmation that everything was done, and that we were definitely going to exchange contracts on Friday.
But no! I spent all Friday in stressful anticipation with nothing actually happening. Eventually, after many phone calls, I was told something hadn't been done properly (some paperwork to do with the mortgage). It's apparently easily fixed, but don't tell me everything is done and I can exchange contracts if that isn't true! Naturally, this was all happening at about a quarter to five after we had spent the entire day trying to find out what exactly was going on. My solicitors are so incompetent that I'm going to name and shame them: if you're in the UK, never go with Countrywide Property Lawyers.
The result of them not doing their job properly is that we are now going to be temporarily homeless. We have to be out of our rental house on Thursday; even if we exchange contracts tomorrow (we had better!), it's unlikely we'll be able to complete by Thursday. And then it's the Easter bank holiday weekend, so we're looking at Tuesday week at the earliest. Which means all our stuff/furniture will have to go into storage and we'll have to try to convince a relative to look after our cat. Tom and I will be staying with my parents.
It's just so stressful and frustrating. We kept being told that everything is done, only for some other small thing to pop up and derail the process yet again. After losing the last house and now this, I'm pretty sure that I won't be moving again for at least ten years! On the stressful life event scale, this has been much more stressful than planning a wedding.
In other news, this is the last week of school before the two week Easter break. I'd normally be more excited, but I've been a bit mentally preoccupied. Hopefully we can get into the new house at some point during the break and all the stress will be forgotten.
How has your week been?