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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!

starfishmummy Fri 02-Aug-13 11:27:22

brilliant!! I would have only thought about doing that afterwards.

usualsuspect Fri 02-Aug-13 11:27:34

I would have done the same.

I'm very amused.

ICanSeeTheSeaFromHere Fri 02-Aug-13 11:28:52


wonderingsoul Fri 02-Aug-13 11:29:19

thats awesome!!!

i dont think you where bei ng petty at all

Gracelo Fri 02-Aug-13 11:30:39


foslady Fri 02-Aug-13 11:30:59

High 5 OP - and I don't DO high 5's! Hate hate HATE buyers who try pulling that kind of stunt

Notsoblonde Fri 02-Aug-13 11:32:34


oldgrandmama Fri 02-Aug-13 11:32:56

You can legally force completion, or inflict dire financial penalties if they still refuse but these awful people intended to complete eventually, but to blackmail us into further price reductions by threatening to f* us and everyone up for a few days.

We heard of their reaction from a Deep Throat at the buyers' solicitors. They were incandescent, straight on the phone to them, going screaming mad and saying they're suing us ... their solicitors blandly pointed out that we were quite within our rights to remove the carpet that so obviously offended them and surely we'd done them a huge favour, getting the stuff out of their new house?!

gonerogue Fri 02-Aug-13 11:32:58

That's class, such a brilliant way to deal with t. Fair play to you OP, I'm giggling away at the thoughts of their faces.

ZingWidge Fri 02-Aug-13 11:34:13

I would've done the same, bravo!

(maybe would have pissed on the floor too)

I am both horrified and amused - horrified at them, and amused at what you did. It was the perfect revenge!

gonerogue Fri 02-Aug-13 11:34:39

Ha ha, suing you.

You should have offered to sell it back to them for £2k grin if they really wanted it back.

Twirlyhot Fri 02-Aug-13 11:35:48

You'd sold them the carpet though?

My parents did the same years ago (the carpets weren't included) when shortly before completion the buyer suddenly refused to pay the money agreed for stuff not covered by the sale price. They thought that it would be too late for my parents to get the (pricey and quite new) carpets removed and knew that they were staying with family for a few months until their new home was ready so would have nowhere to put it. They didn't know that my father was fitting carpets with his father from the age of 10 and was born awkward. He removed the carpets, the curtain rails, the light fittings ...

cushtie335 Fri 02-Aug-13 11:35:58

If you'd had time you could have laid some really obnoxious floor covering with heavy duty industrial glue.

ineedtogetoutmore Fri 02-Aug-13 11:37:45


ImTooHecsyForYourParty Fri 02-Aug-13 11:39:01

what did they say to that? the huge favour?

She hadn't sold them the carpet, they wanted £500 off because they HATED the carpet = they would have to rip it up and replace it cos it was so very vile.

OP did them a massive favour. Got rid of the vile carpet that they hated so much and knocked £500 off the house price so they could use that to buy a carpet of their liking.

bloody genius.

and how could they push it without admitting what they were actually doing? grin

MumofWombat Fri 02-Aug-13 11:40:38

I'm more than amused, I admire your gumption.

That will teach them to try and pull a fast one!

bleedingheart Fri 02-Aug-13 11:41:30


Shame on them and their greed!

MrsHoarder Fri 02-Aug-13 11:41:43

Very amused. Hopefully they learnt their lesson for the future.

Look at it this way, instead of telling all their friends how to wangle an extra £500 off the house price they will be a cautionary tale.

Gingerandproud Fri 02-Aug-13 11:43:04

Brilliant! Serve them right for being so devious!

foslady Fri 02-Aug-13 11:43:54

Even better to hear of their reaction!

CookieLady Fri 02-Aug-13 11:44:52

Well done, Op! Bloody chancers!

toomanyfionas Fri 02-Aug-13 11:45:57

Bloody good for you. What arses.

We had similar when we were selling a flat in London from the other sode of the world. Said we'd include washing machine, dryer etc as we did not want them. Buyers said they didn't want the appliances but did want a price reduction. We refused, and gave away the appliances.

They dicked around for ages hoping we'd get anxious and cave to their game. But we didn't.

Day after settlement we had a call from the agent saying the buyers were "very upset" to find the unwanted goods had been removed. Haha.

FrussoHathor Fri 02-Aug-13 11:46:57

Very petty and absolutely brilliant!

Rufus43 Fri 02-Aug-13 11:48:22

Brilliant, well done! Especially for going to all that effort

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