Small, niggly jobs you've not got round to - etiquette when selling?

(11 Posts)
Minminbel Sun 05-Jul-15 19:33:05

We have accepted an offer on our house and will be moving soon. There's a few niggly jobs we haven't got around to doing in the last couple of years - a dripping kitchen tap, seized up hot tap in down stairs loo, that sort of thing. We are hopeless at DIY so would need to call in plumber, odd job man etc to fix. Do we just move on and leave these things to the new occupants to deal with, or do we call in people to fix even though the issues were there when they looked round the house? WWYD?

Bearbehind Sun 05-Jul-15 20:03:25

It might be immoral but I wouldn't fix anything unless it was something you are specifically asked if it's in working order or if it is dangerous.

These little jobs cost a fortune (if you can find anyone who can be arsed to do them, which, if you're in the SE is no mean feat as everyone has loads of work and isn't intertested in little jobs) and they'll always be something else on the list anyway.

You could spend lots on fixing everything then have to start all over in your new property.

Achangeisadgoodasarest Sun 05-Jul-15 20:32:07

Buyer beware. As they say. They had the chance to test the taps and other fixtures and fittings when they viewed the house.

Believe me, the people you buy from won't tell you about all the broken stuff!

mrsleomcgary Sun 05-Jul-15 20:57:25

I would leave it,especially if it's something pretty minor like a broken tap. but then I didnt tell our buyer about the small leak in the roof. They never asked,house was viewed while it was raining and their survey didnt pick it up. I do feel guilty about it though

Minminbel Sun 05-Jul-15 21:01:08

Thanks all, it's certainly my first instinct to leave it, and as Achange said, I bet they'll leave a bunch of stuff to do at the new house. You have collectively salved my conscience!

heylottie Mon 06-Jul-15 12:29:08

This was/is exactly my dilemma - but I have gone the other way and got most of the little things fixed. (leaky radiator, dripping tap, boiler not firing on all cylinders). I think I must have spent about £500. I don't know why - I think I am hoping for good karma for my next house.

I thought, hmmm, I would be really annoyed to move in and find that the radiator leaks in the bathroom, or the hot tap is too hard to turn off.

I am throwing this up to the house moving gods! Look Kindly on me!

greenbanana Mon 06-Jul-15 12:46:26

If it's something that was broken when they looked around, had a survey and put in their offer I think it's absolutely fine to leave. If something breaks after that I think it's good etiquette to either fix it or at the very least tell them. Especially if it's the boiler (bitter experience!).

arnieschwartzsnogger Mon 06-Jul-15 20:13:03

We're getting our niggly jobs fixed before we put our house on the market. It just makes me feel a little more confident we'll get a good price.

TellUsAboutItLater Mon 06-Jul-15 20:15:31

Leave it. As others say you'll have the niggly jobs in the new house to pay for. We left a damp patch behind our wardrobe in a flat we sold. Moved into new house for boiler to realise boiler was on last legs. Swings and roundabouts.

SweetAndFullOfGrace Mon 06-Jul-15 20:27:55

Leave it. I was really glad when we moved in to our current house and it was obvious they hadn't tried to bodge fix anything. I'd rather have it done myself.

dotty2 Tue 07-Jul-15 10:32:59

I think people expect that there will be the odd thing that needs doing. However, we moved into a house with a new kitchen that had the dishwasher not plumbed in (it needed a new connector under the sink before it could be set up). I was so upset about it at the time - we unloaded all our newspaper-y plates into it and I was gutted when we had to take them all out again and wash them by hand.

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