Injury Time

Not football related I hasten to add before you all switch off.

With the house move grinding to a halt due to our current lockdown and a recent - all too brief - spell of Spring weather, P decided to spend some time painting the outside of the house. After such a horrible winter it was looking very grubby so a coat of white paint would spruce it up a bit.

It has been a couple of years or more since he last painted the house and, although most of it is all on one level, there are a couple of high gable ends that require ladder access.  It seems that the effort of bracing one knee against the ladder whilst reaching up to paint the highest sections has caused some injury to P's knee and he is now having trouble walking around without pain.  Needless to say, the rest of the painting is now on hold so we have half of the job done.  (He refuses to pay someone to do the job as he says he is perfectly capable of doing it himself!).  Still there is no hurry as the lockdown is likely to last for several more weeks yet.

More "good" news from our agent.  The prospective buyer had a property valuation survey done by a friend of his who happens to be a surveyor and who carried out a quick one hour tour of the house.  The buyer said that several defects were highlighted which would mean that the purchase price would need to be reduced by £40,000 to cover the costs of the remedial work.  When the agent asked for a copy of the report so that we could see what works would be required, he refused and has now withdrawn from the purchase.

So, back to square one.


33 comments:

  1. Here's an idea: you could shimmy up the ladder to finish off the gable ends. In this world of gender equality, doing that painting would be an exemplary statement on behalf of all women. In the meantime, Lord Peregrine could embroider butterflies on a set of new antimacassars.

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    1. P once asked me to bring him something when he was working up on the roof. I got half way up the ladder and froze. Couldn't go up or down. It took him an age to talk me back down. Never again.

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  2. So sorry about your prospective buyer. It sounds like they were trying it on.

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  3. So they weren't serious then - the buyer. Don't you just hate time wasters? Our Mr T (yes the Tigger himself) climbed onto the roof of our storey and half early one morning. Mr B couldn't find him but while in the bathroom could hear a cat 'crying'. Every time Mr B went out the crying stopped. Clearly Tigger could see him so assumed he could also see the Tigger. It took most of the morning before Mr B looked up high enough to see a forlorn cat sitting on the gable end/highest point. It took ages to talk him down too - Mr B standing on a ladder tied to the van roof rack! We have no idea how he even got onto the roof but he never did it again either.

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  4. At least Mr T learned a valuable lesson. I have learned that mature ladies and ladders are often not a happy combination.

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  5. I would have liked to read your thoughts on footy ball JayCee. Especially VAR. "It's a funny old game" like Jimmy Greaves use to say. Better luck later in the year and tell P to start planting his veg in your walled kitchen garden/Potager.

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    1. Well, in my humble opinion VAR ensures that referees make the correct direct red card incident decisions in a game, however I am happy to stand corrected.
      P has started to give away a lot of his gardening stuff now in preparation for our move. It is all starting to look quite empty now.

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  6. I would pay someone to finish the job even if P doesn't like it. Maybe someone is out of work due to the lockdown and would be happy to make some extra money. Old people should not climb ladders! :)

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    1. Ha, ha. He says he is not old - he is only 70.

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    2. I am 70 too and I would not paint up on a ladder! :)

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  7. Oh no .... house moving is awful. I remember when our friends moved ..... a week before completion her buyer demanded they drop the price. They did because they wanted to move and everything was in place but that is blackmail ! I think we would have told him where to go !!! All the best to Pls knee ..... hope it’s back to 100% really soon. XXXX

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    1. Thanks Jackie. There seems to be a lot of underhand dealings going on in the property market these days. I never want to move house again after this!

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  8. £40,000! Pillocks! P will be able to do it for half that once his knee is better.

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    1. I shall probably be sleeping on the sofa again.

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  10. Your buyer sounds like a grifter. As disappointing a setback this is, I think that you are well did of him.

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  11. Sorry about the buyers but I too think they were trying to get something way under its value. I can't imagine you and Mr. P living in a house that needs that much work. Hugs.

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  12. That sounds like a price reducing SCAM. He probably does the same with several properties at the same time, and just hopes that someone will say OK.

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    1. It's very frustrating that we lost 20 other prospective buyers when we accepted his original offer.

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  13. We only have to cough now to pull some muscle or other, lol
    Briony
    x

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  14. Bad news for P who is a runner and a walker. You've got plenty of time now alas to finish the sprucing up. Darn the b#@&+s

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    1. Bear. Sore. Head.
      Yes, and darn b#@&+s is right.

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  15. Oh bugger! You must be so fed up with this house moving lark by now JayCee; it sounds like a nightmare. We hope to sell up and retire to Ireland in a few years time and I'm dreading it already!

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  16. You are not in a hurry and nothing pressing on this move so just let it takes its time and what will be will be is the way I look at it and a sale is a bonue. In the meantime just relax. xx

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    1. We can't do anything now anyway until our current lockdown is lifted so everyone is stuck in a kind of limbo until then. I am just impatient by nature and want to get it all over and done.

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