Amused or horrified?

(117 Posts)
oldgrandmama Fri 02-Aug-13 11:11:40

This happened back in the early 1980s, but I'm just wondering what MNs think of it? Not particularly bothered either way, but people to whom I've related the story are either highly amused or truly appalled!

Scene: we're selling our house. The buyers have been, frankly, a pain, delaying Exchange of Contracts date quite a few times with various demands, complaints, insisting on purchase price being lowered yet again ... but eventually, after we've given in quite a bit to their damands, they say they're FINALLY happy with everything and Contracts are exchanged and a completion date agreed. We proceed with sorting out the purchase of our new home, booking moving firm, and of course, the owners of the place we're buying are able to make their own arrangement for their move.

ONE DAY before bloody completion, with everything set in place for the move(s), they phone to say they've decided they don't after all like the fitted carpet that's throughout the downstairs, and they want a further £500 knocked off the price!!!! Now, they've never said a word about the bloody carpet, and we'd included it in the price, not charged extra for it, so we tell them, politely, sorry, no more reductions. Also, they're legally obligated to complete, having exchanged contracts. So what do they say? Basically, that they'll delay completion anyway, even if they have to complete eventually, just to mess us up, and the people in the house we're buying, along with movers we've booked, our solicitors, the mortgage companies and - generally - the whole thing will be a nightmare. They DON'T like the downstairs carpet and they want a reduction!!!!

So my husband gives in and agrees to knock £500 quid of the price, just to avoid this complete mess up of a delay. But I am FUMING. So I take action. I get down on my hands and knees and TAKE UP every square inch of fitted carpet, in three rooms and a hallway. For good measure, I take up the underlay too. Takes hours and hours. Next day, move begins - I give the perfectly good carpet and underlay to the moving men, who are delighted (it was, by the way, extremely good and expensive wool carpet). Legal stuff, financial stuff all goes through, we leave with removal vans and new owners move in.

I'm told their reaction, when they saw bare ground floor, was unprintable! Ha ha ... would have cost them FAR more than £500 to recarpet.

So - was I being unreasonable? The 'we don't like the carpet' stuff was just a ploy to get the price down even more. And in the early 1980s, £500 was quite a lot of money!

TwoTearsInABucket Fri 02-Aug-13 14:20:05

If they wanted money knocked off coz of carpet then why wouldn't you remove the carpet?!
Why are people so awful about house buying?? It's blackmail some of the stories quoted here.

lljkk Fri 02-Aug-13 14:21:34

OP Rocks. Wish I had the brass balls to think of something like that.

Groovee Fri 02-Aug-13 15:16:37

I want to know the story about the relatives of the ex owners who thought they had the right to stay with that poster!

cjel Fri 02-Aug-13 17:58:42

I did similar, new buyers didn't want any carpet because they were going to decorate all before they moved in, I gave brand new expensive hall stairs and landing carpet to neighbour who had same house!!

HerculePoirotsTache Fri 02-Aug-13 18:00:40

BRILLIANT!! Good for you!

twinklyfingers Fri 02-Aug-13 18:13:00

You were awesome.

Rufus43 Fri 02-Aug-13 18:21:36

Someone I knew took all the lightbulbs

dadinthehat Fri 02-Aug-13 18:27:36

Superb. Excellent work, I applaud you. I'm also a huge fan of the tile smashing idea. You don't get money off for bits of a house you don't like. That's your problem, not the sellers.

I had carpet issues twice as a buyer.
First house - we moved in to discover that the fitted carpet in the master bedroom had a huge hole in it as the previous owner hadn't bothered to move his bed when he carpeted. Joy.

This house (our second), the seller put the carpets down as an extra on the list and we said we didn't want them - mainly because I thought he was being petty as he wasn't moving in anywhere for a bit and would have to store a whole house worth of carpets. When we came to move in they'd left them, along with a lot of tatty knick-knacks.

A month later we get a letter from his solicitor asking for £750 for the carpets. We told him his client could come and collect the carpets but would need to move all our furniture and belongings and then pull up the carpets.

End of conversation. Silly people.

badguider Fri 02-Aug-13 18:32:04

I bloody hate people who try to screw every penny out of the people they are dealing with when house buying/selling and seem to see it as a badge of honour to have been as awkard ('tough' hmm) as possible.

Buying and selling is stressful at the best of times, do we have to turn it into a bloody adversarial process, can we not all just be nice to each other [hippy emoticon]

Dayshiftdoris Fri 02-Aug-13 18:53:46

Brilliant grin

I had a buyer's solicitor demand a £2000 retention of the price in case of further legal issues relating to a recently resolved lease issue.
Strange thing was he was the solicitor who had resolved the problem and it was 5.10pm the night before we were due to exchange & complete at 9am the next morning.

My solicitors reaction was unprintable shock

My solicitor advised we allowed the retention but she drew up some legal paperwork relating to it (overnight!!) and sent it for signing which he did.

Basically he agreed to be charged for every letter she wrote relating to the retention grin And he f**ked us about for 2 & half year, often not answering correspondence until the 3rd letter...

Well lets just say he was little shockwhen he finally got the bill - should have read the paperwork gringrin

EllesAngel Fri 02-Aug-13 18:57:48

Amused...very amused grin

Oodelaranana Fri 02-Aug-13 19:36:04

We had our sellers want extra for the garden shed. We said we weren't interest and they took it with them. The weird thing was it wasn't a particularly special shed but was frankly a bit old and knackered.

Our neighbours later told us they'd arrived with it when they moved into our house 15 years before grin

Must have been a ridiculous effort to move it!

Well done, they won't pull that stunt again! grin

cjel Fri 02-Aug-13 19:59:51

I had a lady wanted everything 'because i'm a woman on my own and can't get to the shops' we agreed blinds and oven that we were going to take to the tip, but drew the line at the painting over the fireplace she needed' because it was too heavy for her to carry one that size?
she also rang about six months after move to clear our rubbish from garage - it was an internal door ,brand new and we left it as we had put a bifold one up so we could put the dog bed in the kitchen and thought she might want proper one. She said it was 6months because we hadn't even boarded the loft for her. I said I wouldn't take it to the tip and she said well fil has a car I've seen him, get him to take it!! I didn't answer!!

Emilythornesbff Fri 02-Aug-13 20:05:31

Excellent post oP.

When we bought our last house we discussed arrangements for having post forwarded. We had arranged ours through RM,like normal, same ppl.
The vendors decided they would just let their post be delivered as normal (so to our home) and "pop by" to collect it once a week as they weren't't moving far away. So they used to just open the porch and take their mail.
confused
Easily solved in the end by locking the porch of course.

everlong Fri 02-Aug-13 20:19:11

The fuckers.

Well done OP. They sound like utter twats.

feelingvunerable Sun 04-Aug-13 21:24:22

Brilliant op.

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