A BBC News website about dirty tricks and scamster estate agents makes depressing reading. Anyone who has bought or sold property knows that it's an extremely stressful experience. It also reminded me that I'd never blogged about the estate agent hell we had when we were trying to complete the purchase of our lovely little house.
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It's a rare person who has ever gone near an estate agent who has something good to say about them. Which didn't exactly make me feel good when, just after christmas, we decided to get on the house hunting trail.
For some time I've been meaning to write something about the house buying process and now I've finally got round to hitting the keys. So here we go with part one - the first steps.
The tide of boxes got moved last Friday and this entry is coming from the computer in our spare bedroom, which is surrounded by boxes, boxes and more boxes. From scruffy rented one bedroom flat to own smart split level maisonette. Well almost smart - it does need a few bits of paint touching up, but it's certainly nice to be rid of all that dodgy rented furniture if nothing else.
Friday is moving day and slowly but surely the flat is being filled into boxes. Big boxes, little boxes, medium sized boxes. Green boxes. White boxes. Etc etc.
Some of the walls need a bit of a paint, the bathroom really needs a new bath, and the fridge freezer arrived with a big dent in it.
Just a few days before we get hold of the keys... We're not moving in straight away - but waiting until the following weekend but it's getting... well exciting that finally we'll have it, but sad as well.
So for those interested, here's what's going on in the house buying world.
Incidentally, try writing a cheque for over £28,000. It's very scary.