To ask for your house buying nightmares that turned out ok?(10 Posts)
It's been fifteen long weeks. Buying a flat and living in temporary accommodation. There are still fifteen outstanding enquiries on the contract all reliant on various information regarding the freehold/lease. Now the sellers solicitor has gone on holiday!
Please reassure me there is a happy ending to this!
The people I was buying a house from pulled out with only 2 weeks to go before exchange/completion. I was gutted. They did me a favour. The house I eventually bought was far, far better.
Oh no what was their reasoning? The estate agent keeps reassuring me the seller is desperate for a sale but I'm afraid of this happening. Its currently empty and no chain!
What I meant to say is,
what will be is, what will be.
We failed to complete on our completion/move date as there was a cock up with the money transfer. By the time we knew, everyone was in their new house. It got sorted the next day though but solicitors were telling us we had to move back where we came from!
First house took six months to buy after being messed about by multiple mortgage lenders. Selling it took nearly the same length of time, plus first buyers pulled out at the point of exchange.
Current house took five months start to finish as seller didn’t give us correct solicitors' details for weeks, among other issues.
House buying is probably the most stressful thing I've ever been through (including Immigration and giving birth). Hang in there.
OK. Bear in mind we have been here 2 years and are still busy undecorating and exploring the unsympathetic 'restorations' to this house. We anticipated some problems, but not quite what we got.
We rented for decades and decided that we would buy a house, decimating our savings, and would look for somewhere far less rural and isolated. So we started looking in the small local towns. Found the perfect house, put in offer, dickered a bit and got it. Then:
1. Surveyor found some issues, roof mainly, possible spend £10K - not unexpected the house is very old, conservation area and Listed II*. Seller refused to believe it, managed to talk him down £2K, which at least paid for the scaffolding. The roof itself cost about £900 for replacement tiles and mates rates
2. Moved in... kitchen floor immediately sprang a leak - which explained why the water was turned down to low pressure!! After discussions about re-routing the water supply, threats about whole floor coming up, after 4 hours 2 men jack hammered their way through the floor and fixed the pipe. Happily managed to break only 1 of the Welsh slate floor tiles, after checking we had a replacement, which they fitted for us. And all covered by the water policy the insurance company insisted we take out. And as it's a service contract it doesn't count as an insurance claim.
As they leave DH looks and notices that, previously hidden behind the back of the cupboards, the waste pipes for the sink, dishwasher, washing machine all have separate holes knocked through the walls - odd, he thinks, why knock separate holes through the wall? As he calls me in he knocks the bendy pipes, sink U bend and it all falls off! It wasn't actually fitted, just sort of slid into position, relying on gravity to keep it in place. Whilst he goes to buy new fittings I, again, mop up water and clean the kitchen floor.
3. A week later the boiler just stopped - October, getting cold. Phoned local man, he condemned it and recommended BG as they had an offer he couldn't match. 2 days of doors wide open we no longer have a water pump that rattles the windows and the heating works., quietly.
As they were fitting the new pipes the BG men found that the supply to the bath wasn't properly fitted and the out pipe was just sitting under the plug... just sitting... so at any time both of them could have just 'gone' and drowned us, and the house next door, with dirty water and/or water under mains pressure!
A corollary to that is that the shower needs 2 shower curtains or the water spray goes through/past and collects on the floor, runs along a beam and drips through the ceiling, directly over the PC! Easy to fix but a bit of a worry.
4. It rains. The conservatory sprouts 2 leaks. The oak construction included pegging, 2 of these are acting as water spouts. Closer inspection reveals this has happened before. Odd, the previous owner uses it to advertise his specialist oak construction company! DH works out that the water comes from the plastic roof. One panel has been set in upside down, so the clever fittings that keep the water out are now actively drawing it in! 30 minutes and some tape later, all is fixed, no more leaks.
5. DH looks at some of the electric cabling... finds over 50metres of it round the house that is simply not connected to anything. Obviously had a previous life. On taking it all out DH found that some of the lights are connected by a doorbell switch... it seems that was easier than a proper junction box thingy. DH fixes that and checks the fuse box again... a good friend supplies proper fuses set to domestic levels.
6. Windows this time. DH looks and realises that the reason the downstairs sash windows don't work is that they are screwed together. Takes out the screws and lo and behold, they work! We just need window catches/locks... took a day to choose, 2 to arrive and minutes to affix.
7. DH checks the loft, he has remembered something in the survey. The main beam is cracked. No problem, just needs a securing plate. He looks, it is 'secured' with a 2 x 2 baton and a coupe of nails... way to go historical wood man! DH screws metal plate to it, all is good.
Oh, did I mention, we overlapped our rental so I could clean and measure. But the fleas waited until we were fully moved in to come out and play. It might have been my cleaning the carpets that woke them up! Took 3 weeks to get rid of them!
8. The loo! This house and water, I ask you! Anyway. The cistern has a drip. So DH has a look and is puzzled by the Heath Robinson fixings. Takes them out and replaces with new, 'bog standard' fittings (see what I did there? ). Notices that the bendy pipe hasn't been clipped together properly... sound familiar? He investigates further, none of the bendy pipe fittings have been properly fitted... again so he replaces all of that, just to be sure. Took about 4 hours, cost about £80. Not hard or expensive!
I think that's it, so far. We haven't spent anywhere near £10K, but I live in fear that DH will meet the previous owner and tel him some home truths
It took us five months from start to finish, on our first home.
The couple we bought from said they were desperate to sell and, even though they hadn't found a home, they would stay with her parents until they did, so they could move ASAP.
Except they changed their minds about that and dragged the process out. They never told us they changed their minds until I finally got him them on the phone. He told me they had found a house and didn't want to love twice.
Had I have known I was entering a chain I may not have bought it.
It did all resolve itself but only when I threatened to pull out of the whole thing. He had to go for a medical for his mortgage. And he wasn't going to it. The day after I threaten to pull out it he went.
Sometimes you have to be quite firm.
Oh and we sent our deposit cheque to the solicitor with some forms we had to sign, his secretary took the forms out and put the cheque in the bin.
Ages after we moved we saw the people we bought off. They told us they had a massive argument the week before exchange as one of them got cold feet and had decided to pull out. We had a funny feeling they were stalling last minute. Anyway the other half persuaded the wobbler. They said they love their new house now btw. Phew!
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