Thursday, 21 March 2013

Getting sorted - part 2

Well today has been a bit easier.

I collected the deeds of the house from the repository, popped in to see the estate agent to thank him for a brilliant service and called in at Ced's bank to make an appointment to close his bank account.  I also called in at the undertakers to pass him some more cheques - I decided on a donation to the Motor Neurone Disease Association at the funeral and some people have since sent cheques to me at home.  I'm still waiting to know the total amount donated.
The lift company phoned to say they were interested in buying the wheelchair lift.  It was a very low price but the chances of selling it anywhere else are slim so I accepted their offer and it will be removed in about two weeks time.  I decided it was better to get some money for it rather than have to scrap it at some time in the future - it was always going to be a difficult thing to sell and at least it will now be removed before I move out. Once less worry!
Ced's son has arranged to come and collect the things left to him in Ced's will so by this time next week all the air rifles, air pistols and the big heavy gun cabinet will be gone.  Another worry sorted and the house will look a lot less cluttered!
I phoned a local auction house to arrange for someone to come and value the items which need to go to auction.  Depending on the values given, this should sort out over half of the things I want to sell.  So a big relief that I've made a start on it!
Colin came over tonight to photograph the rise and recline chairs so that I can get them sold probably via eBay.  He's arranged to come back at the weekend to photograph the rest of the stuff I want to sell.  So another worry put to rest!
I'm off to see my niece tomorrow.  She lives in Wales and I haven't had the opportunity to see her new house as I couldn't travel when I was looking after Ced.  I'm really looking forward to seeing her.  She has MS and couldn't get to the funeral so we'll be having a good natter over cups of coffee tomorrow.  Plus lots of cuddles from Boo and Boy, and Bean when he gets home from school.  I can't wait!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Getting sorted ...

It has been a very busy, but productive, day. 

If I stay with my sister I will need to put the contents of the house in storage so I've been phoning around for quotations for the removal and storage costs.  The other major headaches are the need to empty the garage of machinery and tools and to sell the wheelchair step lift. Anything else can just be stored and sorted at a later date but the garage and lift will need to be completed before the moving date. Success on both.  One of Ced's friends is coming on Monday to start sorting out what's there and my nephew is taking what he wants over the weekend.  Depending on what the friend says, the rest can then go to auction and the auction house will arrange clearance.  I also found details of a company that specialises in second-hand wheelchair lifts and made contact.  I'm waiting for them to phone back to confirm that they are interested in purchasing the lift.  Fingers crossed, but if I can't sell before the move I'll just have to store it for now.
Laura, my niece, is doing the conveyancing for me so we spent the afternoon completing forms and looking for the guarantees and certificates required for the sellers.  We managed to find everything so she's now gone home to draft the contract and start the selling process.  All very exciting!
The energy efficiency guy turned up to assess the house and he has awarded a good rating.  At the same time the telephone engineer turned up to sort out the phone and internet.  I'd arranged to change to a different, much cheaper, supplier before I'd made the decision to sell the house - I've since explained the situation to them and they've agreed that I can have a payment holiday to cover the time I'll be living at my sister so I went ahead with the change.  I'll be sending details of my new email address to all my emails contacts later in the week.
With Laura's help, I managed to sort out and label some of the boxes in the conservatory, where a lot of our stuff was stored to make room for the medical equipment for Ced.  Another friend is coming to help tomorrow and he has offered to sell whatever I want to sell on eBay, doing all the work for me. I'm under strict instructions not to throw anything away until he's seen it - it may look like rubbish to me but according to him it is all 'desirable' and will sell quite easily! I'm not complaining as all help is very much appreciated.
I've nearly finished for the day.  I just have to print the photos Lauren needs for her art GCSE and then cook the supper.  Julie and Lauren are coming to eat with me .... and to collect the photos as she needs them tomorrow.
Hope you've all had a good day.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

All change ...

During the last two years there has been a lot of ideas/decisions about the direction of my life when Ced is no longer with me.  Some discussions with him, but a lot of 'imagining in my head' type thinking.  One of the decisions I'd reached was that I'd want to move, not for financial reasons, more emotional, as I knew it would be difficult to move my life on if I remained living in Ced's home - it was originally Ced's home and I sold mine to move in with him.
Now that I'm in that situation, my brother-in-law suggested that I sell the house and move in with him and my sister, to put myself in a position where I am a cash buyer and therefore have more scope for negotiation.  So on Monday I arranged for the estate agent to come to value the house and to advise on whether it was better to complete the outstanding work (i.e. replacement kitchen, bathroom and fitted wardrobes in master bedroom) or sell as seen.  His advice was to sell as seen so we agreed a price and he put it on the market.
Today, one day later, he asked to do a viewing for a young couple (first time buyers) with two small children who want to move to this part of town to be in the school catchment area.  One hour after the viewing he phoned to tell me that they loved the house and were prepared to pay the full asking price!  Awesome service!

So now I have to get my act together.  There is still machinery in the garage which has to be sold/sent to auction before the move. I also have to arrange storage for the majority of my things and then the dreaded business of packing up the house.

I'm hoping to buy a new build which is due for completion in December (but realistically Jan/Feb next year) and now that my house is sold subject to contract, I'll be able to negotiate a price and reserve the one I want.  The location is ideal and there are three different designs which will suit my needs/wants but I'm hoping to get the one-off 3 bedroom house with garage. 

Fingers crossed for me, please.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

The end of an era

Ced passed away peacefully on March 4th.  I was with him until the end.