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Strawberryshortcake40 Tue 28-Nov-17 22:46:17

I'm selling my house at the mo. Am leaving things like curtain poles, curtains etc because a)they were bought to match the interior b)they won't necessarily fit elsewhere and c) I can't frankly be arsed to take them down and make good the holes and repaint areas in every room.

Stupidly I thought this was pretty much the civilised thing to do. However the house I'm buying, they are offering to sell me the poles/curtains in the house. Lounge windows (small cottage windows) - £350 a pair.... I have no recollection of what they were like but I don't remember them being hand embroidered in gold thread or anything to justify that cost! How can they even think that's okay? I declined obviously....

AIBU to think that you either leave such items or offer them for sale at a reasonable second hand price?

(Oh and on the vague off chance the vendors are reading this, I think taking out a few years old integrated appliance or offering it at £500 isnt polite either. (I can buy a new one for not much more!)

User6252562 Tue 28-Nov-17 22:48:28

To be honest that is the sort of thing that would make me pull out of the purchase (integrated appliances)

BatteredBreadedOrSouthernFried Tue 28-Nov-17 22:50:33

grin Sorry to laugh but this has brought back a memory I can laugh about now. When my parents bought their home 20ish years ago they arrived on moving in day to find all the carpets gone, light switches and fittings gone, and the roof tiles off one of their outbuildings!! The woman they bought from offered to sell the stuff back to them for £5k under the table! shock they sorted it all out and didn’t have to hand over any money. Stressful at the time but we laugh now grin

Bobbins43 Tue 28-Nov-17 22:51:07

That's just fucking RUDE. How can integrated appliances be sold separately?!

Earslaps Tue 28-Nov-17 22:51:24

I would think any integrated appliances would be considered non-removable? Was the appliance listed in the particulars?

SilenceIsBroken Tue 28-Nov-17 22:51:44

There is a high chance they are chancers, and will end up leaving you the lot. Cheeky bastards.

Thewinedidit Tue 28-Nov-17 22:52:39

How annoying.

I'm with you OP. We left cutrains etc in our last property. Also all white goods, presumed integrated had to be left?

We were delighted to find our vendors had done the same. Except maybe the curtains, they are something to behold.....

londonrach Tue 28-Nov-17 22:53:35

I remember my parents refusing the buy the threadbear stair carpet from their seller who was moving into a flat. We managed on bare floorboards for a few years ok with no problems back in the 1980s.

Maelstrop Tue 28-Nov-17 22:54:12

Dunno, if we sold, I'd take both curtain poles (everywhere else has shutters) because they're gorgeous, why would I just leave behind expensive stuff?

Strawberryshortcake40 Tue 28-Nov-17 22:54:30

Just checked the house details and it says "space for x". Fine, let them take it. It just galls that someone would do that!

highinthesky Tue 28-Nov-17 22:54:38

All I can say is that I am blessed to have such good vendors. They are the loveliest people, take a real pride in their home, and along with the EA have been incredibly easy to work with.

Before you suggest I’m living in a parallel universe...let me assure you that my solicitor has been pretty shit.

LexieLulu Tue 28-Nov-17 22:55:34

Happened to my DH, he purchased the house we are currently in before we were in a relationship.

The previous owner offered to sell my DH the fire?! DH declined and seller removed it, leaving a hole in the wall?!

Some people are strange!

Foxyloxy1plus1 Tue 28-Nov-17 22:56:56

What was listed on the particulars you have to fill in about fixtures and fittings? It should say what is being left and what is being taken. And I agree that integrated appliances should be part of the fixtures and not be moved.

newmumwithquestions Tue 28-Nov-17 22:57:03

I thought integrated appliances had to be left??

We left ours, with fitted blinds and curtain poles. I thought that was reasonable.

Our sellers unscrewed curtain poles and not replaced them with anything. They also removed light fittings - we’re still in darkness in our front room!

edwinbear Tue 28-Nov-17 22:58:26

I declined the offer to buy a big wardrobe from our vendor. Lo and behold, I had a call the day before completion, asking if I'd like it for nothing as with hindsight, it was too big and awkward for them to dismantle and move. So you may end up with them even if you say 'no thanks'.

Nettletheelf Tue 28-Nov-17 22:58:47

Yeah, they are chancers. Re the curtains & poles, call their bluff. Tell them you expect holes to be filled, no marks left from removal, etc. They will just leave them.

Hiptrip Tue 28-Nov-17 23:00:13

I am buying through housesimple and I too have a lovely vendor. Once the transaction is done with, I’d love to keep in touch with her.

PanGalaticGargleBlaster Tue 28-Nov-17 23:02:13

Your contract should specify what fixtures and fittings remain as part of the purchase.

firawla Tue 28-Nov-17 23:04:35

Ours ripped out the fitted wardrobe that was even written in the particulars! Leaving the wall needing to be replastered and they took the doorbell! Some people are shameless

TheHodgeoftheHedge Tue 28-Nov-17 23:05:13

Yep we've been there. Turned up on moving day to discover carpets ripped up, curtain poles pulled out of walls and not a single light bulb in the place. Bonkers.

GreenPurpleRed Tue 28-Nov-17 23:05:33

My parents sold a house once to a British guy who was absolutely amazed they left the stove, carpets and curtains. This was in Australia where that's what you do.

They sold the house mid 80s and still talk about it!

We've bought one house here in London and our sellers were lovely! They left a house full of furniture and shed full of useful tools for £200.

I was pregnant with dd1 and dh and I had budgeted around £2000 to furniture the house so it was great to be able to splurge on a lovely big bed and bank the rest smile

Mind you his (Scottish) twin brother lived in the same small town in Australia my sister moved to with her dh so we were all shock and very much saw the house sale as a peculiar twist.

RecalibratedMilkshake Tue 28-Nov-17 23:08:07

Had this a couple of months ago.
They wanted a fortune for curtain poles, curtains and a washing machine. Ended up leaving everything except curtains.

In the house I sold, I left a TV on the wall, massive leather corner sofa, wardrobes and a display unit thing. I did ask the buyer first, if he wanted it all!

Some people are just greedy.

RecalibratedMilkshake Tue 28-Nov-17 23:08:51

Although, in the house I've just bought, he did take the light bulbs. Dick.

expatinscotland Tue 28-Nov-17 23:12:48

I'd seriously look again at anyone who proposes removing integrated appliances if you don't pay them extra money.

Viviennemary Tue 28-Nov-17 23:12:52

I don't think I could be bothered dealing with these sort of people that want money for everything. Unless I loved the house I'd walk away. I didn't think that they could take curtain poles as they're fixtures. And agree say you want the holes filled and place redecorated if there's a mark. Idiots.

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