Martin and I have been going crazy lately over buying our next home, mostly due to an officious solicitor who insisted on doing things that didn't need doing (and no, we haven't paid her for any of it). It all boiled down to two flood risk reports, one that said medium risk and one that said high, which was neither here nor there as a) the body of water of concern was a purpose-built flood defence which had never flooded in living memory because it was built not to and b) our mortgage lender was not interested in flood risk, only whether the property had ever flooded (no). The entirety of June so far has been taken up sorting out this issue which ended up being a non-issue and I think an arse-covering exercise by the solicitor. Today it was sorted and our mortgage lender said go ahead and draw down the money.
Within two hours of this and despite previously pushing us to complete by 1st July, our sellers appear to be running into issues with the person they are buying a house from and are not ready to exchange. A lot of jobs that needed in the house they are buying haven't been done, and our seller's are refusing to exchange on their new home until they are.
So we're held up again.
It just seems never-ending.