There's always one, isn't there? A viewing who doesn't turn up and doesn't even bother to let you know. Although we have a buyer, we are keeping our house on the market as a precaution. So we are still open for viewings. And someone was supposed to be coming out at 6.30 this evening, and they didn't. Annoying. And rude, I think - but never mind. Andy said perhaps they didn't show because they noticed we are under offer. I said that was no effing excuse. They could have effing let us know. (Yes, yes - I know. But it's been a long day, I'm very tired and I had rushed home to do a pre-viewing tidy up and was hungry, too. Effin' eff.)
We have four house viewings booked in now to look at potential forever homes - and even though we are having to travel a fair old distance to see them, we SHALL see them. We shan't be doing of this 'can't be bothered to show up' malarkey.
I think I've already mentioned that one of the houses has its own priest hole. Other features of the four houses include variously: an orchard, an inspection pit, large greenhouses, assorted garden buildings and outbuildings, ponds, a walled garden, a paddock and a massive air raid shelter. Oh, and a tree house! I am especially excited about the prospect of a walled garden. And, ironically, having said that I DEFINTELY was NOT interested in ANYTHING other than a detached house, only one on our current shortlist of 7 is detached. All the others are semis, but they've got such amazing gardens and character I seem to have been able to forgive their non-detachedness!
Just shows, you see, that you have to be prepared to be flexible with your plans.
One of the other minor irritations of house selling is that, even though we've been on the market only 8 days and have got an offer, we've already been approached by two other estate agents. Four times by one of them! Four times! I'm going to name them - Haart. Can't spell, either, which is also irritating. It's either 'heart' or 'hart.' No 'haart.' No! One of their little cards came through the letterbox on Day 2. Another came through on Day 5, followed by an actual knock on the door by an agent and then today, Day 8, a compliment slip via the post with the handwritten message - 'Demand is high for homes in this area please call us now many thanks.' (Sic)
Well, doh! Yes, we know. And why would we change estate agents now? We are happy with our online agent. Our much cheaper online agent. To whom we have already paid our agency fees. Why would we pay you more to do, in effect, nothing much really. Mad. Plus you can't punctuate your writing. I blame the teachers.
The other agent, Wards, sent us a letter today, commiserating that even though we've been on the market only 8 days, they were very sorry we appear to have remain unsold but THEY could SELL our HOUSE for US with their AMAZING SALES RECORD!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!
Well, Wards - you shout too much and use way too many exclamation marks and we HAVE got a buyer, so 'nyah' to you and shush(!!!!!!!) For the rest, I refer you to the paragraph above starting 'Well, doh!'
I just find it all very odd, really. I mean, everyone looks online for houses these days, don't they? What makes High Street agents think they are providing any sort of worthwhile service? Hmmm...
Anyway, it is mildly entertaining, this scrapping and vying for our attention. Meanwhile, we're keeping in touch with our buyers via the email. They tell us they have lots of viewers booked in to their Open Day on Saturday. We are also trying to remain calm about the houses we are going to see ourselves. One of them could be 'it.'