Shit. Just sold and son has broken door lock.

(34 Posts)
redgoat Sat 16-Jul-16 18:01:11

It's the patio door and it opens and locks from the outside but not the inside as the inside leaver has become disconnected from the outside leaver. Fuck. I have no money at all. We're aiming to complete in a month.

The door locks securely and there is another route to the back garden. Could this be claimed on my house insurance as accidental damage? Could it just be left as the house is not insecure?

JackieAndHyde4eva Sat 16-Jul-16 18:02:56

You have to fix it. How much is your insurance excess?

redgoat Sat 16-Jul-16 18:06:48

I've not claimed for years. I think it will be about £150.

JackieAndHyde4eva Sat 16-Jul-16 18:08:14

Eek. A new door handle wont cost that! Ring round local locksmith and get a quote. Borrow the money if necessary.

SoupDragon Sat 16-Jul-16 18:08:47

You might find it is cheaper to fix than to go through insurance.

redgoat Sat 16-Jul-16 18:09:22

It's a sliding patio door. Will the handle be as easy as that to change?

StepAwayFromTheThesaurus Sat 16-Jul-16 18:09:22

Having recently had our locks changed on moving, I'd imagine the excess on the insurance would be about as much as paying a locksmith yourself and you wouldn't lose your no claims bonus.

isthistoonosy Sat 16-Jul-16 18:11:59

If your really skint could wait a bit mention it to the buyers and ask if they can just pay 200 less?

redgoat Sat 16-Jul-16 18:12:00

It's just occurred to me that the middle lock hasn't pushed in for years as something caught in the way. It's been so long I didn't even think about it. Bloody hate house selling.

Imnotaslimjim Sat 16-Jul-16 18:12:16

If its just the lever that's broken a locksmith might be able to replace the part. Have a ring around, explain the problem and get some quotes.

redgoat Sat 16-Jul-16 18:14:53

How rude of me. Thank you for your advice. smile This is so stressful, I could cry. I'm on my own with the dc as DH is abroad and can't send money back for various reasons so I'm only on my wage so only just making ends meet. I could probably borrow money from my dad but I hate being beholden to anyone.

SoupDragon Sat 16-Jul-16 18:16:03

Has the survey been done?

redgoat Sat 16-Jul-16 18:16:05

I'll try some locksmiths. Thank you.

ImperialBlether Sat 16-Jul-16 18:18:01

What's your dad like? If he's a decent father to you, he really won't mind lending you the money.

redgoat Sat 16-Jul-16 18:18:04

No. Only accepted the offer yesterday and it's well below what we wanted but it got to the stage I needed to accept it to move forward. Bloody previous buyer pulled out in May and this is all we've had since.

redgoat Sat 16-Jul-16 18:19:31

My dad is amazing, he'll lend it to me without hesitation. It's me that hates asking. I feel as I'm well in to my late 30s, I shouldn't be as broke as I am and am rather embarrassed. X

SoupDragon Sat 16-Jul-16 18:19:32

Leave it then. It's the job of the surveyor to pick up on it, especially if they have got a bargain anyway and it is only s small thing.

redgoat Sat 16-Jul-16 18:22:11

I guess I could leave it until the survey and if it comes up I can get it fixed then. As I said, it does lock and the house is secure.

They have got a bargain. £32k less than the asking price.

redgoat Sat 16-Jul-16 18:22:35

Thank you again everyone. Xx

SoupDragon Sat 16-Jul-16 18:23:49

I would honestly leave it.

I wouldn't do it for something major but this is a tiny thing and relatively cheap in the grand scheme of things.

redgoat Sat 16-Jul-16 18:26:58

smile Thank you. Is a relief to think it's not huge. If the worst comes to the worst, i will ask my dad. I was just envisaging needing to get new patio doors. Phew.

OhThatThingAgain Sat 16-Jul-16 18:29:03

This probably isn't the correct answer, but our sellers left us with a back door that didn't lock and a broken key in-situ in the lock.

We just sucked it up and paid. Not nice but by far the least of the problems they left us.

The range cooker that was included in the sale didn't work, the roof leaked and needed the membrane replacing, the burglar alarm that was busted and went off on tamper alert every 30 minutes. Oh and the integrated washing machine that smelled of an interesting mix of garlic and poo.

In the grand scheme of things if the door is secure then you are not in any trouble. Houses have small issues, that is a small issue.

redgoat Sat 16-Jul-16 18:33:37

Oh gosh. I'm definitely not leaving them any problems like that. I'm already stressing about trying to make sure I leave everything clean etc etc. Need to book oven cleaner as mine desperately needs doing but I don't want to pay to have it done twice so I'm leaving it to the last minute!

Andbabymakesthree Sat 16-Jul-16 18:41:27

You are booking an oven cleaner- just get some oven pride!!

ExcuseMyEyebrows Sat 16-Jul-16 18:41:28

Honestly I'd leave it.

I've bought and sold quite a few properties and things like this are minor irritations for a new owner to sort.

My present house had a long list of things that needed fixing when we moved in, including a hideously blocked sewer hmm

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