We’re getting out of sequence again, but after slating the bank’s efficiency last time, it’s only fair to turn the spotlight in the other direction for a while.
Like any property purchase, buying a home in Barbados requires a lot of paperwork. And if the buyer is living in a different place from the seller and the lawyer, then that paperwork has to travel. When we bought our land and built our home, there was lots of expensive notarizing and sending things back and forth.
The experience was no different for the Jays.
Well, no different, except for one thing. Their courier company didn’t seem to know where Barbados was.
Here’s an extract from some email correspondence in mid-September (Mr Jay puts it better than I ever could).
They picked the envelope up on Thursday at 14.01 and after travelling via East Midlands and Heathrow it arrived in Barbados at 17:46 on Friday!!! Brilliant.Super fast.
Unfortunately it must have been the other Barbados, you know, the one in Venezuela, because it left Barbados (WI) for Venezuela at 18:45 on Friday having spent just 1 hour at GA airport, arriving in Venezuela at 22:46.
It seems that they could not find a Barbados in Venezuela so it left Venezuela at 23:58 on Friday for…………wait for it……………………………………………………………………Panama City!!
arriving at 01:48 on Saturday.
No Barbados in Panama either, so it left at 02:30 on Sunday for……..you guessed it, Venezuela!! arriving at 07:18. Still unable to find any trace of Barbados in Venezuela, the package left at 08:05. Destination unknown!!!
I swear to you that I am not making this up!
Generally, the post between the UK and Barbados is remarkably efficient, with some items taking less than a week to travel between the two, so this was something of a surprise. The package eventually arrived on the island several days later.
Now you’d think that this might be a good reason to try a different courier company, but the Jays figured it couldn’t happen twice and used DHL for their next set of paperwork. And it happened again. Who’d have thunk it?
Next time, we’ll look at some of the legalities involved in completing the purchase.
Don’t miss the other posts in the series following the Jays’ move to Barbados:
- Move to Barbados – Meet the Jays
- The Jays Search for Barbados Property
- The Jays Move to Barbados: Choices, Choices
- The Big Decision: What Kind of Community?
- The Jays Brave the Bank
- The Jays: A Chequered Tale
And see how we made our move in the From the Ground Up series.
Image credit: Hefhoover (adapted by THH)