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Old 22-10-2007, 7:09 PM
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Hi the reason that I ask is that I should be completing on our house sale and purchase this friday but today I get a call saying that the buyers solicitor hasent receaved a search back yet. after alot of calls I find out that the solicitor forgot to put this seach in This sale has been going on now for nearly 13 weeks and I'm completly fed up with it all. I've been told that they gonna try to get an emergency search done (if there is such a thing?). is there anything I can do to rush it thru apart from ringing everybody up every day etc to put pressure on. I dont think we can wait another week for this to end plus the owner of the house we are buying is getting fed up to with all the delays. any ideas or should I just get use to the fact that it aint gonna happen?

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Old 22-10-2007, 7:18 PM
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How frustrating for you - you have my every sympathy. We moved in March and we managed to go from offer on to completion in exactly four weeks - the trick? Phoning everyone every day! Yes, they got bl**dy annoyed with me but pulled out all the stops to get me off their back!

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Old 22-10-2007, 7:36 PM
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How frustrating for you - you have my every sympathy. We moved in March and we managed to go from offer on to completion in exactly four weeks - the trick? Phoning everyone every day! Yes, they got bl**dy annoyed with me but pulled out all the stops to get me off their back!

Good luck!
Blimey 4 weeks!!! The thing is I have been ringing everyday. It's amazing how fast things move when i threaten to just walk away a call it a day. But this time a dont think that will work as things may just not happen in time. also i dont want to do that just in case i have to hold them to it and we loose the house we want but on the other hand i dont want it to go on another week. Also I've already canceled or home insurance/phone etc... plus redirected our mail to the new address I dont wanna go and get that all done again. I feel like going into the buyers solictors and telling them waht I think but that wont help matters will it..... or will it???:confused: I've spoken to the person that buying our house and told them to get the solicitor to pull they finger out so we shall see what happens. thats why I ask how long do these searches take to from start to finish. I dont even know what search still needs doing as the solicitor would'nt tell mine or my estate agent.
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Old 23-10-2007, 6:50 AM
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Depending on the council and the type of search, anything from 1-4 weeks.
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Old 23-10-2007, 7:10 AM
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They council has 10 days to provide the searches. Southend on Sea council does it in 5. Have a look on the council website. It should tell you there how long they normally take
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I've spoken to the person that buying our house and told them to get the solicitor to pull they finger out so we shall see what happens. thats why I ask how long do these searches take to from start to finish. I dont even know what search still needs doing as the solicitor would'nt tell mine or my estate agent.
Get the buyer to ask their solicitor if the search would be quicker, if the buyer went to the council offices in person.

Or .... is it possible to pay extra to get a faster search e.g. online. If so, buyer's solicitor should pay the extra as recompense for the "oversight".

Searches are such a basic part of the process that it's difficult to see how a professional could "forget" to request it
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Old 23-10-2007, 8:40 AM
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Well by what has been mentioned in this thread I better rearrange all my home insurance etc and stop the redirections on my mail. There is no way I'm waiting another 1-4 weeks. I was prepared to wait until the following monday/tuesday but if not that I'm gonna call it off. What about if I went into there solicitors in person would that help? Not to go in and start F'ing and blinding but just get my point across that they've cost 2 people there new homes! Well it's now 8:45 in the morning so I'm gonna sart ringing all parties concerned every hour now until I get some answers. another thing is where do I stand legaly as the buyers solicitor has admited that it is there fault so could I claim all my charges back if it all falls thru?
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Old 23-10-2007, 8:30 PM
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Well after a long day of ringing all parties concerned I've still no idea whats happening. I did this morning go into my buyers solicitors and to put it bluntly I told them what I thought of them and basicaly told them that they've not only got to pull they fingers out but toes feet and anything thing else that will speed this search thru. They were slightly shocked by my visit. I did find out that if you were to go to the local council direct the search could be done in 3 working days but the cost would be £126. They solicitor said that they may not do this as they normally charge £60 for a search and always aim to get the cheapest price for they clients!!!! I calmly explained that if thats the case the price of my property would now go up by £126 to cover the cost so the best option would be to just accept that they at fault at pay for the search. I did speak to the purchaser and they said that he told them to just do as he wants the house and doesnt want to loose it. My solicitor and estate agent just keep ringing them a to ask whats going on but no firm answers as yet. I was told that if we do not complete on friday we will atleast exchange contracts so I have a gurenteed buyer for my house but I dont really want to exchange until the day of completion because if I exchange now I know I get told the search did'nt come back in time so I have to wait until it does (1 - 2 weeks) but because the contracts are exchanged I'm tied in and will be liable if I pull out because I cant wait that long due to no time to move etc.... I will ring allparties again tomorrow and try again to get a firm answer. I've gave them a deadline of this friday but my solicitor and estate agents knows I would wait until the following tuesday at the latest but after that I'm just gonna pull out and rethink my options.

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Old 23-10-2007, 11:41 PM
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I'm surprised your buyer will exchange contracts without the local search. Perhaps his solicitor's advice is as poor as his organisational skills?!

Incidentally, I can beat drowningbutwaving's four weeks from offer to completion. I did it in three. I think my solicitor used a specialist company to go to the council offices to do the search. I had the impression they went several times a week and did the search there and then.

(not tryingto rub it in - just saying what can be done if the will is there).
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Old 24-10-2007, 12:18 AM
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Ferritt, your situation seems so familiar I'm wondering if you are the person I'm buying from...

Anyway, I am in the same position and it's been frustrating as hell. I paid my solicitor in cash for the searches to be done over 4 weeks ago and it was 3 before they did anything - and only then after I reminded them. On top of this and the postal strike delaying some paperwork between solicitors (and two sets going missing in the post apparently), we have been unable to establish a concrete completion date
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Ferritt, your situation seems so familiar I'm wondering if you are the person I'm buying from...

Anyway, I am in the same position and it's been frustrating as hell. I paid my solicitor in cash for the searches to be done over 4 weeks ago and it was 3 before they did anything - and only then after I reminded them. On top of this and the postal strike delaying some paperwork between solicitors (and two sets going missing in the post apparently), we have been unable to establish a concrete completion date
Sorry to hear about your situation but I dont think we are dealing with each other

Again rang his morning to find whats going on but again nothing new just being told that there solicitors are now not answering calls!!!! Anyway I tell my solicitor that from every day after the so called completion (26th) that we dont complete the house price goes up and continues to go up until we complete! Surprise surprise estate agent rings to inform that everything should now be on! seems as thos the search will be back in time!!! So I shall ust wait and see what happens. Gonna do my normal morning call tomoz again and see whats what as tomorrow I want to know if i's happening or not! The plot thickens!!!:confused:

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Old 24-10-2007, 4:47 PM
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This is like a soap opera - can't wait to hear tomorrow's instalment!! Good luck!
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This is like a soap opera - can't wait to hear tomorrow's instalment!! Good luck!
Todays instalment

Well search should arrive in time to complete, should being the important word! My solicitor stills knows nothing about this. seems as tho buyers solicitor thinks it's not important to imform my solicitor of these new developments Anyway this afternoon after going to my solicitors to sign last forms etc.. was told that if the search doesnt arrive in time buyers solicitors will take out a imdemnity (spelling???) insurance so we can all complete without the search!!! Why was'nt I told of this afews ago would have stop stressing then! So all looks good at the minute but I'm still abit unsure. So hopfully, fingers crossed I will post the final instalment of the most stressfull few days of my life tomorrow from our new house.

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Old 25-10-2007, 5:45 PM
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if the council is asked (presuming its he council doing the searches and not a private company) it can be done and faxed back within an hour if there is nothing that needs researched further. where i was the turn around was 1-3 days with most being posted back teh day they came in, and anything urgent being dealt with first and faxed back within a couple of hours.
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Old 30-10-2007, 9:13 PM
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Well it's now been 5 days since my last post and I'm happy to say I'm now in my new house BUT!!!!!!

So many problems. Firstly the vendor had ripped all his light fitting out and left 6 inches of live cable hanging from most of the walls. Also nearly all of his furniture was still there (he rented the property out). Major gas leak oh and I found out this morning that I have to striped all the whole of downstairs walls back to the brick to get rid of the damp which was not mentioned in my mortgage survey!!!

But apart from all the above things are good. Did'nt complete until later friday but house was in such a state that we just stayed with family that night. Lets see what else goes wrong tomorrow.

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Well it's now been 5 days since my last post and I'm happy to say I'm now in my new house BUT!!!!!!

So many problems. Firstly the vendor had ripped all his light fitting out and left 6 inches of live cable hanging from most of the walls. Also nearly all of his furniture was still there (he rented the property out).
Have you spoken to your solicitor about these? There are usually clauses in the contract about fixtures and fittings and leaving the place empty.

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Major gas leak oh and I found out this morning that I have to striped all the whole of downstairs walls back to the brick to get rid of the damp which was not mentioned in my mortgage survey!!!
What sort of survey did you have? If you just left it to the mortgage company their valuer may only have driven past (or even just looked at prices of similar nearby houses from the comfort of his office). Their only concern is that they will get their money back if you default and they have to reposess and don't care that much about the condition of the property.
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yeah did speak to solicitor. I threatened vendor with legal action and he came back and arranged for electrician and gas man to come round and sort out problems. Also he did come and remove all the rubbish etc he left. Did take hime 3 days tho! About the damp we only had a mortgage valuation. But when we did get it we asked if any damp was found and we were told that if it's not down on the report none was found. Also spoke to the actual surveyer and he said that exsesive damp was found in the lounge but due to the mortgage company policy it doesnt get mentioned! mortgaged company should be calling back tomorrow as rang complaints up to see why we were'nt told. Also we did want a full survey done but the actual mortgage company told us not to bother as any major problems (damp/structrure would come up in the valuation).

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Glad you got the electrical/gas/rubbish problems sorted.

I'll be interested to hear what your mortgage company have to say. Hope you have their statement about not bothering with a survey in wriitng (or their recording of the telephone conversation).
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well spoke to the mortgage company today and there kind of told me that in there valuation there only report items that will effect the house value. I did get back one quatation today to sort out the damp and that was for just under 3 grand!!! I think it's a case of our complaint will be noted but noting actually done about it. just finished taking all the plaster off today to the brick so may just get the lounge done at the min and sort the rest out later.

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well spoke to the mortgage company today and there kind of told me that in there valuation there only report items that will effect the house value. I did get back one quatation today to sort out the damp and that was for just under 3 grand!!! I think it's a case of our complaint will be noted but noting actually done about it. just finished taking all the plaster off today to the brick so may just get the lounge done at the min and sort the rest out later.

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... we did want a full survey done but the actual mortgage company told us not to bother as any major problems (damp/structrure would come up in the valuation).
I think you would have cause for complaint against the mortgage company.

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