We accepted the offer on our house in early December. We made and had our offer on our new place accepted later the same week.
We are now in the 3rd week of January and nothing seems to have moved forward. Sigh. Our boiler has decided now would be the perfect time to stop working. Double sigh. British Gas came down yesterday and quoted over £4k to replace it (that's the sale price!). Triple sigh. Although it is our boiler, we are hoping to be out within the next 6 weeks so are working with our buyer to find a solution. H and I are hoping that the quote we get from a smaller company will be much more reasonable.
Our buyer was given our phone number to pass onto BG so we are now in contact and although it feels a little odd at times, we are talking to each other and know where we are in the scheme of things. In fact, we are learning that things we are being asked "your buyers are demanding the answers to X, Y or Z" have certainly not been asked by our buyers. You have to laugh.
Our seller (of the new house) is harder to deal with. I don't feel like I should approach her and realise that she is doing her best, but with everything you can only move at the speed of the slowest person. I am hopeful that she will catch up and we can finally have a completion date.
I am thankful that we only have 3 people in our chain, I am not sure I could handle a larger chain.