We’re in the process of selling our house for the first time and I can confirm that it is just as stressful as everyone says it can be. Here’s why:
1. Potential buyers that don’t do their research – one set of viewers decided to cancel their viewing as our house doesn’t have a garage. Fair enough, but it’s fairly bleedin obvious from the listing. And as for the people who thought that the house might be too close to town, I’ve got 2 words for you – Google Maps.
2. Investors – we received 3 offers on the first day our house went on the market! But it turns out investors tend to put out offers on several properties at a time, drastically under offer and wait to see who is the most desperate to sell. We opted to sell out house to first time buyers instead, as they actually wanted to live in it rather than mess us about.
3. Solicitors – I’m not going to name and shame our solicitors but they are probably the most annoying breed of human beings imaginable. Given how much they probably get paid, I would expect them to to perform some basic tasks:
- Proof read their template letters (my English is not perfect, but I would expect a certain standard from someone that’s had legal training) – so many spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and completely incorrect information in places.
- Not send us paperwork for other clients – seriously, have you lot even heard of data protection?!
- Not force us to take out indemnity policies that we haven’t needed in the entire time we’ve lived in our property – do not even get me started on that one.
We’re due a completion date any day now. When we moved from a rental into our house 8 years ago, our completion date moved several times, so I absolutely refuse to pack anything at all until the date is set in stone.