It took three days but eventually the agent talked the vendor into accepting our offer. I’m not sure who was most excited, us or our exhausted estate agent! He must have worked very hard to talk her round. We headed back south for the day to sign papers. It had been planned to take the family with us so they could ‘approve’ the house, but the youngest was recovering from mild food poisoning, (nothing to do with my cooking!), so the older ones looked after him and they stayed north for the day. We agreed with the agent to take the family down two days later, complete with their swimming gear, to spend a couple of hours at the house. A good job we didn’t have a mileage restriction on the cost of the hire car, two hours each way and three visits meant we had spent 12 hours of our holiday just driving backwards and forwards between Moraira and the Orihuela Costa.
While the children swam we chatted to neighbours and made very long lists for what jobs needed to be done and what items we would need to buy. I’m glad to say that all three children were more than happy with the final choice, and it really did meet all the criteria on our wish-list.
With the holiday drawing to a close we drove back to Mum’s to spend our final day with them. Our suggested date for completion was in ten weeks, timed to coincide with an already planned visit in October to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. It would be tight but there was no reason why it couldn’t be done, our finances were arranged and the lady who had inherited the house just wanted to be rid of the responsibility. This time we were convinced it would happen, we couldn’t let this one go.