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Lothlorien
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I hope the move went well, Pete. No sign of Australia being obliterated by flying planets down here, so hope they missed Canada too. I have moved three times in the last ten years but spent most of my life with only one move. It has been a shock to the system and I realised only a week or so ago that I was finally beginning to relax in what is my place.

Take things easy, accept help, be kind to yourself.

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It would be my place, if only the staff here didn't have a master key to pop in at their convenience (which never seems to be mine). However, since it is Saturday, and I got up at 4am, I made a cup of tea and had some toast from my private stash (Breakfast is 3.5 hours away, then 4 hours till lunch, then 5 hours till dinner). I will say the kitchen is doing their best to accommodate my lactose intolerance and vegetarian diet, though, so far, there seems to be a preponderance of things drenched in tomato sauce. However, I bought some chili flakes yesterday, so the taste should improve a little. Still looking for a proper container for my garam masala.

Like BL's Mama, I have taken to wearing pink, because I know it irritates some people. Happily not (yet) my table.

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quote:
Originally posted by Uncle Pete:
... I have taken to wearing pink, because I know it irritates some people ...

Not even in there a week, and already starting a revolution ...

Good on you! [Devil]

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Sarasa
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Glad you got there safely and have got back on-line. Hope you settle in really quickly and they think of other things than tomato-based sauces for you to ear.

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We are still waiting for our house to sell. The last two who looked stayed for an hour, as we drove around out of sight. I had high hopes but alas no offer. We are lucky as we are retired and have no time frame when we need to move, but I would like to get on with it. Time to bury St. Joseph in the yard upside down I am thinking. [Big Grin]
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The Intrepid Mrs S
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*bump* to avoid any Hostly Hoovers

/tangent/

I had to get rid of my hoover, it was only gathering dust

/end of tangent/

In other news, the house that Master S and his Lovely Bride had set their heart on proved to be in need of a new roof and damp-proof course, for starters so they have to start again in their search *sigh*

Miss S and SiL have sold theirs, STC, at what seems an inordinate profit, and are now poised on the builders' doorstep, as it were, to put a deposit on their chosen home. Unfortunately there are others keen on it as well *sigh* so it is by no means a foregone conclusion - AND it would mean their moving twice *sigh*

And having cleaned, mowed and tidied till I am exhausted I am now awaiting a visit from a friend, an ex-estate agent, to advise us on what else we should do before getting a real live estate agent to come and value the place. Houses round here seem to be selling fast, so we are anxious not to miss the boat [Eek!]

Mrs. S, whose hoover has certainly been gathering dust!

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Brenda Clough
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I foresee moving in a couple years, when my husband retires. Seeing the train coming down the track does allow for prep. To this end I am trying to get rid off the masses of stuff in my house. (A link to the Decluttering thread could go here except that I'm to lazy to put it in.)

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The Intrepid Mrs S
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Luckily she sees no reason to do anything other than put a few photos away *phew*. In fact she described Chateau S as 'palatial', which only goes to prove that estate agents must see all sorts of old tat (with rabbits running round, in one case, according to my friend!)

Mrs. S, eschewing rabbits for the foreseeable future

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Pangolin Guerre
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This book on "Swedish death cleaning" might be of interest. web page

[fixed broken link - there was an extra "http:"]

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[ 31. October 2017, 23:53: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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Lothlorien
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Pangolin, Piglet pointed out the extra http://. If you use the prompts for UBB code below the thread, there is already an hrttpl in the place for your URL to be pasted. Get rid of that and paste yours in. All should be well then.

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Graven Image
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Well change of plans. We are not moving after all. The day we received an offer on our house ( much below what we were asking) Wildfires here in California ravaged the areas all around us. . We have decided to stay put, as there is now a housing shortage where we were planning to move. We were blessed as our house is fine and we were only on stand by not mandatory evacuation. I feel so sorry for all who have lost their homes, and businesses as well as family members.
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The Intrepid Mrs S
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Well, the opposite is true for us! We have instructed an estate agent, and I have told my vicar that my tenure as churchwarden may be shorter than he was anticipating!

The house has never looked so tidy and clear of clutter - I hope we've learned something from all the hundreds of houses we've 'viewed' over the interweb. Sadly you can't say the same for the garden, which - as it is autumn here - is now covered in wet leaves *sigh*

Mrs. S, who can't now find anything, because it has all been tidied away!

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Piglet
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Good luck with that, Mrs. S.! [Smile]

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The Intrepid Mrs S
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Had our first viewing yesterday - embarrassingly, it may be someone we know (only embarrassing because not many people are aware of our intention, and I don't want them to find out via the back door, as it were).

No feedback yet *chews nails*

In other news, Master S's current house purchase seems to be going more smoothly than the first and they may yet BE IN FOR CHRISTMAS *prayers ascending* Not sure about Miss S's yet *more prayers*

Mrs. S, in a state of subdued panic [Help]

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Sarasa
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When my mother in law sold her previous place there were quite a few viewings from people in the village she knew vaguely. Not because they were interested in moving but they were curious to see what the house was like. Hope you get a buyer pronto. Mrs S, found anywhere you'd like to move to?

We have emails about properties we'd might be interested in in the place we'd like to move to in a year or so. Every now and then one looks really tempting, but we haven't done anything about it yet.

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Brenda Clough
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There's a word for that in the US. Realtors call them 'looky-loos', people who are coming in to look (often from right around the neighborhood) with no intention to buy.

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Piglet
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I wonder if they're called "looky-loos" because they want to see how clean (or otherwise) the bathroom is ...

I'll see myself out. [Big Grin]

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When the house next door to mine was on the market and had an open house, I went to see what the place was like inside. I explained what I was doing; the realtor seemed glad to see me because she was bored; there was no one else there at the time

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It's not a bad thing to be a lookyloo next door. When we were scouting out houses for family who might have been relocating, of course we went looking in our own neighborhood. It would have been awesome to have relatives so handy.

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The Intrepid Mrs S
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One estate agent offered to put our house details through the letterboxes of all our neighbours - I was horrified, though I can't explain quite why! And here, the Open House is not exactly that - it seems that potential viewers still have to make an appointment to view, so there is no overlap.

Had one viewing already and the details aren't even published!

Mrs. S, crossing her fingers

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Piglet
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In my experience (on both sides of the Pond) estate agents tend to be very quick in getting the first few viewers - probably people on their books who are looking for what you're offering (x bedrooms, y bathrooms etc). After that it tends to drop off a bit unless you're in a very desirable area with a smoking hot market.

I don't want to rain on your parade though - I think we were just rather unlucky.

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Lothlorien
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Auctions are popular down here. But there are also other ways of selling. The old idea of being shown through a house by an agent is almost gone here. Most places have several times advertised for inspections. Different days and times to suit different people. 30-45 minutes and the finished.

Depending on various factors very many groups can see through the place in that time and can return for a second look if needed. Most vendors clear out for the vuweing times.

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Piglet
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... Most vendors clear out for the vuweing times.

Over here, you don't have the choice - your agent phones and arranges a time for a viewing and you get off-side and let them get on with it.

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Lothlorien
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Things used to be like that decades ago. I remember my mother keeping fresh teatowels and towels on special shelf in linen press. Come a phone call and the ones in use were swiftly hidden and fresh replaced. Now it is several scheduled inspection times over about a month and everyone piles in.

If sale is by auction, then there is usually an inspection time allowed immediately before the auction .

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Piglet
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When we were selling our house in Belfast, I remember going into a panic because the estate agent phoned me at work and said he was going to take someone round that afternoon and I couldn't remember whether I'd emptied the ash-trays* before I left the house.

* back in the day when we smoked ... [Hot and Hormonal]

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The Intrepid Mrs S
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Well, Piglet was right [Frown] We had four viewings in a week; the first one couldn't really afford the house, the second didn't like the sloping garden and the trees behind, and the third - get this - wanted fewer rooms, but bigger! Now call me picky, but with a floor plan and all the dimensions, wouldn't that have told you what the house was like? [Mad]

Anyway, the fourth one loved the house, and then offered £50K below the asking price [Mad] on the somewhat specious reasoning that 'there are other 4-bed houses round here for that price'.

Fine, say I, go and buy one of those - but they won't have all the rest of what Chateau S has to offer.

That's why you have an agent - so you don't wreak actual bodily harm on stupid people trying to knock you down after a week on the market [Mad]

Mrs. S, [Mad]

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Piglet
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Sorry to hear that, Mrs. S. It's early days yet. [Smile]

When we were selling our first house, at the end of one viewing the prospective buyer spent five minutes ranting at us in our driveway about all the things that were wrong with the house ("why haven't you painted the exterior? Fitted double glazing?"). They didn't put in an offer ... [Paranoid]

When we sold our second house (after Northern Ireland prices had begun to catch up with the rest of the country after peace broke out) the estate agent gave it what I thought was a wonderful valuation, but as we were in a hurry to sell, we ended up dropping the price by (IIRC) £10,000. It was still double what we'd paid for it, so we weren't too upset. [Big Grin]

These days most people will offer below the asking price, just to see how desperate you are to sell (and to see if they can get away with it). If they really want it, you can "beat them up" (as Blackadder put it*) to a higher price.

* "Credit where credit's due: it was Baldrick who actually beat them up".

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Leorning Cniht
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Now call me picky, but with a floor plan and all the dimensions, wouldn't that have told you what the house was like? [Mad]

Perhaps not. Some people need to stand in a space, and can't get a good feel for what it's like from a plan.

Or perhaps they're just looking at every house in their price range.

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I can understand the desire for fewer, but bigger, rooms. Our last house had lots of rooms, but most of them (except the main bedroom) were really squitty. Given the choice, I'd have much preferred a decent-sized sitting room.

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The Intrepid Mrs S
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Understood - and even that was better than the chap who stood in our lovely kitchen-breakfast room and pronounced that it was a funny shape, and he'd have to knock down the wall into the utility room! It wouldn't be my choice to have the boiler and washing machine in the breakfast room, but hey, YMMV!

We've had two offers, neither of them enough to make you bite their hands off, but the latest one is more promising [Hot and Hormonal] We've also actually VIEWED some houses, which at least lets me think that there may conceivably BE the right house for us somewhere in the area!

Mrs. S, a bit jaded

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Piglet
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That sounds a bit hopeful, Mrs. S. Hope it comes to something (and happy hunting!)

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