Tuesday, 19 July 2011
It's official - moving house is hell
Whoever said money is the root of all evil had clearly never moved house. (Although, to be fair, money is causing it's fair share of problems during this move - so maybe not wrong, just misguided.)
Number one - who remembers I hate Southwark council? £156 for a pre-assignment pack that takes almost three weeks to materialise. As you can imagine, my expectations for this pack were high. Such cost, such a long time to prepare - surely, it will be a masterpiece. Almost the work of a genius. Alas, not so. It's approximately (and I am summarising here) four pages long, and I'm fairly sure all they had to do was run a report and hit print. What I really love about Southwark is what you get back from the exorbitant service charges and council tax. To be honest, I'll be glad to be rid of them.
Number two - solicitors. Ours isn't bad, exactly, although I think she could be chasing things a bit more. But the whole mammoth process is slowed down by a combination of our solicitor, their solicitors and estate agents - nothing is quick. I'm almost tempted to become a conveyancor myself. It would certainly be quicker to train and do my own sale and purchase, as opposed to wait for the other parties to come to the table.
Number three - tenants. Now, I have nothing against tenants per se, but these particular tenants need to get out of our new home so we can exchange contracts. I appreciate that in effect we're kicking you out and all that, but chop chop. I want to have some summer in the new place.
Finally, number four - removals companies. What's all that about? How can it only be a few hundred extra pounds to come in and pack up all my stuff, as well as remove it? Surely that distribution of cost is wrong? But, that said, carry on. If you're willing to pack up our whole house for about £300, you crack on. I hate packing so it will save me a job. I'll be too busy sending multiple letters to Southwark announcing my departure. You probably won't miss me, but let me assure you, I won't miss you one jot.