Vendors too busy for second viewing

(50 Posts)
rowtunda Thu 18-Apr-13 17:41:40

We had an offer accepted on a house 6 weeks ago, had the survey done and a few issues but nothing insurmountable. They are not leaving any white goods and we have only seen the house once when we put on the offer on (we are in London and everything goes to sealed bids).

Asked two weeks ago to go for second viewing given a whole range of dates and times but vendors came back they are too busy at work. Offered further dates for this week and next and now they are saying they are too busy, her mum is unwell and should be able to get us in by the end of the month.

I'm a but pee'd off really, surely it's not to much hassle to drop the keys off at estate agents and we could go round whilst they are at work.

I am spending a lot of money and just want to reassure myself and check out what things we need to buy and do - including size of appliances for the kitchen. We definitely don't want to pull out as we have buyers for our flat but I'm really disconcerted that they won't let us have a second viewing and keep on putting us off.

Am I just being really cynical -WWYD?

This IS dodgy because most vendors bend over backwards to get things completed once they have accepted an offer.

There is something wrong that they are risking the sale of the house not happening rather than making themselves available for 30 minutes.

This IS dodgy because most vendors bend over backwards to get things completed once they have accepted an offer.

There is something wrong that they are risking the sale of the house not happening rather than making themselves available for 30 minutes.

MamaMary Sat 20-Apr-13 09:41:03

*just noticed

MamaMary Sat 20-Apr-13 09:40:22

I have just bought a house and moved in. We viewed it twice. There have been lots of little problems /niggles we have just no since moving in. They didn't come up in the survey. And our second viewing was long, well over an hour, as the house was empty at the time.

OP, you'd be mad to proceed on one viewing. They are being totally unreasonable and I strongly believe they are hiding something.

Can you do a drive by at around the times suggested to see if there is anything off eg traffic noise, crazy neighbours etc?

Where in SE London? An curious (I'm not the vendor BTW!!)

stifnstav Sat 20-Apr-13 09:10:38

When I read your first post I immediately thought "neighbours".

When you viewed the property was there any sign of the neighbours? Maybe they timed viewings to coincide with the neighbours being away. But then again, I am a conspiracy theorist.

LIZS Sat 20-Apr-13 09:08:44

Put pressure on EA - they should have keys anyway and accompany you, who let the surveyor in ?

flow4 Sat 20-Apr-13 09:00:48

Seriously LittleF... £400k+, and you think the vendor should be satisfied with one half hour visit? shock I often spend longer than that buying a pair of shoes!

Bumbez Sat 20-Apr-13 08:20:42

I would be very suspicious Op, and actually wouldn't exchange untill I had second viewed. It's a lot of money. Why on earth can't they leave the keys with the estate agent ?

LittleFrieda Fri 19-Apr-13 23:17:58

Perhaps Mr owner's arse is air locked onto the seat of the karzi and they are getting a new bathroom fitted. Or perhaps Mrs owner did the mother of all turds that just will not flush away. grin

<sprays air freshener on thread>

Kiriwawa Fri 19-Apr-13 20:25:08

Or the bath has leaked and fallen through the living room ceiling, the cellar is suddenly filled with effluent from a burst waste pipe, a tree fell on the roof.

There could be any number of reasons. But whatever they are, they're dodgy

Viviennemary Fri 19-Apr-13 20:22:00

If they are with an estate agent which I assume they are, then they have an obligation to provide access to the property for viewers. They don't want you to see the house again that's for sure. I wonder why. I wouldn't be surprised if it's neighbours from hell or something like that. I wonder what the problem is.

Kiriwawa Fri 19-Apr-13 20:13:24

OMG this would make me majorly suspicious. I sold in London at that price range and my buyer came round twice before making an offer and twice more before exchange.

It's a lot of money FFS

I think if they won't let you in, you need to go round at different times of day and stalk hang around outside the house.

nemno Fri 19-Apr-13 20:12:49

I think you have to satisfy yourself that they are not hiding something. Even if they show you now how sure can you be that they haven't 'staged' it to hide something again? Definitely go at a different time of day. Go to the place (several times if at all possible) when they aren't there to see if there is an intermittant issue with parking, neighbours, noise etc.

Gosh this buying selling stuff is stressful. Good luck.

specialsubject Fri 19-Apr-13 20:11:19

it wasn't the only reason, but one of the many houses we didn't buy had a vendor who was clearly hiding something - and was moving after less than two years.

there is no reason that you can't be escorted there by the estate agent. I would also recommend some detective work.

Levantine Fri 19-Apr-13 20:03:51

You need a second viewing!! could there be something like light pollution, or noise, or being overlooked in a way that wasn't obvious on one viewing? definitely do what Lala suggests and knock on some doors

lalalonglegs Fri 19-Apr-13 18:47:07

Do you think they have nightmare neighbours and are worried you will hear banging music or screaming matches if you go round again? That's what I think might be happening. I'd definitely be going along to have a very close inspection of the neighbouring properties and knocking on doors with a "Hello, I'm buying next door and thought I'd introduce myself", getting into conversation and seeing if you unearth anything.

haggisaggis Fri 19-Apr-13 16:32:49

Ok we're in Scotland so things different but when we bought our house we saw it 2 -3 times before putting offer in and having it accepted. Once offer was accepted we weren't allowed back until everything was finalised. Estate Agent quite firm on this and seemed surprised that I'd even suggested it.

TippiShagpile Fri 19-Apr-13 16:31:32

Did you have a full survey? Did the surveyor take measurements?

When are you due to exchange? Can you refuse to exchange until they let you have another look? Be careful that you don't jeopardise your own sale though.

Viviennemary Fri 19-Apr-13 16:28:08

I just had a thought. You could complain to the estate agent that they are being obstructive. And they might put the pressure on them. cheky lot.

Viviennemary Fri 19-Apr-13 16:24:33

I'd be a bit suspicious about this. I'd be tempted to go and knock on the door and say I was just passing can I have another quick look round. I think they are hiding something. Don't go ahead with these people till you have seen the house again.

rowtunda Fri 19-Apr-13 16:18:54

Littlefrieda - please if your not going to say anything helpful don't bother! I don't want to pay for a damp survey that I don't need, I don't want to look from the outside - I want to bloody get in a do some measurements. The fact that they won't let me in is setting off alarms bells for others and I'm not being unreasonable wanting to have a second view.

The surveyor was able to access the property no problem.

K8Middleton Fri 19-Apr-13 15:10:01

Is your surveyor able to get access to the property?

specialsubject Fri 19-Apr-13 15:04:58

£400k and they won't let you in for another look?

huge alarm bells, whistles, sirens etc etc.

LittleFrieda Fri 19-Apr-13 14:17:07

You could now ask for a damp survey and accompany the surveyor. smile

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