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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!

Turniptwirl Fri 02-Aug-13 11:14:19

That is genius!

YouStayClassySanDiego Fri 02-Aug-13 11:16:17

That is bloody brilliant and good for you!

That is what I would do too.

SoupDragon Fri 02-Aug-13 11:16:27

I'm firmly in the Amused camp smile

mynameisslimshady Fri 02-Aug-13 11:16:27

<applauds oldgrandmama>

Bloody well done. I bet you wish you were a fly on the wall when they arrived. grin

ForgetfulNameChanger Fri 02-Aug-13 11:16:56

Haha! Very clever! grin Definitely amusing!

HollyBerryBush Fri 02-Aug-13 11:17:23

I once had someone ask me to knock off 15K because they didnt like the stone the patio was made of . I showed them the door.

WestieMamma Fri 02-Aug-13 11:18:36


When I moved out I'm ashamed to say I took the garden fence. I'd paid for it. The landlord was a bastard and I hated the neighbours.

Happiestinwellybobs Fri 02-Aug-13 11:20:20

Brilliant grin

TeeBee Fri 02-Aug-13 11:20:28

Hurrah for you. Worth the extra effort indeed.

oldgrandmama Fri 02-Aug-13 11:20:53

Forgot to add, my husband was appalled at what I was doing and followed me as I crawled around unhooking carpet from those little spikey things along the edges of the rooms, wringing his hands and telling me I was 'being petty'!

We did divorce a few years later!

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Fri 02-Aug-13 11:21:16


you did them a favour, right? they hated the carpet sooooo much they would have just taken it up and replaced it. grin

well done.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Fri 02-Aug-13 11:22:05

please describe their reaction in full

nothing is unprintable on here grin

scarletforya Fri 02-Aug-13 11:22:48

Genius! Touché you!

OHforDUCKScake Fri 02-Aug-13 11:23:53


Crinkle77 Fri 02-Aug-13 11:24:01

Absolutely brilliant. They got everything they deserved.

eurochick Fri 02-Aug-13 11:24:03


But you should have told them to go jump. You can legally force completion once they have exchanged.

DoctorRobert Fri 02-Aug-13 11:24:06


Hemlet Fri 02-Aug-13 11:24:36

Ha! I think you're wonderful!

gobbledegook1 Fri 02-Aug-13 11:24:51

Thats amazing! If they had gold stars on here I'd give you one!

cushtie335 Fri 02-Aug-13 11:25:57

I reckon the only people "horrified" are your ex and the greedy bastards you did this to.

Salmotrutta Fri 02-Aug-13 11:26:36


Well done!! grin

OwlinaTree Fri 02-Aug-13 11:26:55

Love it! Yes it was petty but they started it.

Lolling at their reactions (as I imagine it!)

CheeseandPickledOnion Fri 02-Aug-13 11:26:57

Excellent work, I'd have done the same thing.

The people I bought my house from tried to charge me for manky old vertical blinds. I wasn't surprised that they'd just left them up when I moved in even though I'd politely declined to pay for them.

WoTmania Fri 02-Aug-13 11:27:08

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

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