But all is looking good in the long run and we look set to get the keys, as planned on Friday! So fingers crossed people!
And to clear up some questions that have arisen from my post comments below:
Woodworm: Woodworm is a little beetle thing that eats through wood. It slowly munches its way through joists and beams and things. You need to get a house that has them 'treated' with woodworm killer so they don't much away you're whole house. - Hope that clears it up FrugalMom :)
Damp Proofing: In soggy Scotland we get problems with damp rising through the foundations of the house and up into the walls, thus destroying your walls (and foundations). So to prevent this most modern houses are built with Damp Coarsing, a protective layer built into the brickwork of the foundation that prevents the water rising. In older properties, many don't have damp proofing as they are too old, so this needs to be added after the fact. This is usually done chemically by injecting a kind of resin stuff into the wall. In does in some cases (and in ours) require that the plaster is taken off the walls first which creates a right mess in your house.