Monday, December 17, 2012

A Quick Update

Just a quick update, as I'm laid low with the same tummy bug Lucinda has been battling for more than a week now.

Settlement is due to go through tomorrow and we're hopeful that'll happen. We haven't heard otherwise.

We appreciate all the advice left on the last post. Just to clarify a few things (and put some minds at rest) - we're not actually living in the house yet.

We took an early possession (which was negotiated through our solicitors and signed off by the vendors) purely so we could store our furniture and whitegoods in their shed and get some much-needed cleaning done.

It's not ideal, but not doing it would have meant we would have been without our belongings - including all Lucinda's Christmas presents - until January as our removalist is flat out at this time of year and the things were stored in his lock up.

We will hopefully move in by the end of this weekend, if our settlement goes through as planned and we get all the locks changed in time.

If settlement doesn't go through? We're not sure yet. If this deal goes pear shaped still, I can assure you we're legally more than covered. They've breached their end of the contract in several ways already, we haven't at all.

We've taken precautions the way through - hundreds of photographs and taking anything that could possibly be perceived as having value out of the house and stacking it neatly under cover in case they want to get it.

No harm has been done to our possessions, which my handy husband secured in the shed using a considerable amount of timber and screws. We know the vendors are now staying in a suburb 1.5 hours drive from the house, so we can't imagine them driving by to cause trouble unless they were particularly committed. If they did? It's only furniture and whitegoods. There's nothing of sentimental value in there. Plus, it's insured. I can live with that risk.

In a perfect world,  none of this would have happened and we probably would have moved in by now.

As it is, we're moving every couple of days from friend to family, trying not to overstay our welcome when two of us are so clearly unwell.

I'll be very, very happy if we can get in and start unpacking this weekend. Maybe we can even get the Christmas tree up and redeem some of this festive season before it's all over.


16 comments:

  1. Oh you poor things. I hope it all runs a bit more smoothly for now on and that you are back on your feet asap.
    It would be lovely to get the Chrissy tree up.
    Good luck!
    x

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  2. Get better soon! We all had gastro last week and it was horrible, so I know it is the last thing you need with the added stress of the house settlement. Keep well and know that many people are thinking of you

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Uugh, it's brutal isn't it? I hope Jarvis didn't succumb. x

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  3. I hope you are on the mend soon and all this disaster regarding your new home is over and done with sooner rather than later. I think, from what you have written, you have done all you can. No one really knows what another person will do in the end. Just be grateful that they won't be living next door to you. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a wonderful and Happy Christmas with your gorgeous little girl and hubby.

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  4. Good to hear that things are not as tragic as they seemed in your last post.
    Remember that Christmas Day can be held any day. Lucinda will never know the difference unless you say something. It is just a day. You can have a house birthday party when you get settled. Santa could come to that perhaps as well.
    Grit your teeth. Gird up your loins. Etc. etc. Perhaps the previous owners were dealing with some other crisis and it just spilled over in your direction. Maybe they all had the famous tummy bug at the same time! Whatever can go wrong will go wrong. (Murphy's Law)

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    1. Thanks Louise. I think they were likely stressed at having to move out and it all boiled over. These things are stressful enough at the best of times, let alone when they go off track!

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  5. Glad your stuff was ok. Fingers crossed for an easy settlement!

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  6. You guys are living my dream! An old house with a ton of history adn quirky features int he country that I can live in and love and renovate? Yes please!
    Not my dream: assorted tummy-bugs, cranky-pants former owners and legal hassles! Oh and snakes. I don't do snakes.

    I hope you are all better soon and that everything goes smoothly tomorrow! I am so excited to follow along with your journey!

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    1. Thanks! I would have just about handed the dream over to you a few days ago if you'd come knocking.;-)

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  7. Good to hear some better news. Hope the move in goes smoothly and you girls are on the mend soon. mel x

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  8. Can't wait to hear when you are all settled in to your new home. All the dramas will be worth it. Hope you get better soon. xx

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  9. It is good to hear better news, and that things are looking better. I can't wait to see more photos, get well soon.

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  10. Sorry to hear you have been having this trouble with your settlement, if there is anything I can do to help you in anyway please do not hesitate to ask, I live at Regency Downs not sure just whereabouts you are, anyhow I hope all goes well for you this week-end, Lynne

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    1. Thanks Lynne, that's really lovely of you to offer. I think we're good as long as this settlement goes through this afternoon!

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  11. Hope to hear good news tomorrow!!! Enjoy taking complete ownership and making it yours, which will of course take years :) traditions, memories and lots of laughter

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