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I am having a nervous breakdown!

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Pinkjenny Tue 12-Jul-11 11:45:28

Buyers are taking the survey in to the EA this afternoon, as there are a couple of 'minor' issues that they want our 'opinion' on. We stressed that the price we agreed was NOT subject to survey, and this is all reminding me of the last buyers we lost.

It is driving me insane now.

Sushiqueen Tue 12-Jul-11 12:48:30

I think some people can be picky for the sake of it.

We had a load of minor issues picked up in the survey we had done but didn't think of asking for any money off. We expected to do some work especially as we are buying an old house.

it may be that they are going to ask if you can sort a couple of things out before the move. Or want to check such things as when the electrics were last tested etc.

Hope it is ok.

Becaroooo Tue 12-Jul-11 13:08:31

Perhaps they want to get it checked out by their own builder/electrician/plumber etc??

paddypoopants Tue 12-Jul-11 13:17:22

How desperate are you for this sale. When we sold our buyers wanted money off for damproofing the back toilet (pointless) - they knew there was a minor damp issue here from our house buyers report and a separate survey we'd got done. Both pointed out that it wasn't really worth doing. However the buyers still tried to get £1000 off. In the end we split them 50/50 just to get the sale to go smoothly. It really wasn't worth the hassle. It made them feel better and in the whole scheme of things £500 wasn't a problem. I know for a fact they still haven't done it and they don't intend to.

HumanBehaviour Tue 12-Jul-11 13:17:54

How can you agree a price before the survey?

Pinkjenny Tue 12-Jul-11 13:23:37

Of course if there are major issues we will address them.

ThunderboltKid Tue 12-Jul-11 13:24:44

Buyers don't need to specify whether or not their offer is subject to survey - it is presumed to be subject to survey because an offer is not legally binding.

We had a known issue on our property which we told the buyer about prior to the offer so she knew that we had priced accordingly.

Becaroooo Tue 12-Jul-11 13:25:46

Hope it all goes ok PJ

Fizzylemonade Tue 12-Jul-11 13:51:20

We had a buyer who wanted air bricks put into the conservatory that the person before us had put on the back of the house. Conservatory had been up for about 12 years without them.

Builder put them in for me charged me £40, had to take photos to show it was done.

This was totally minor. Sometimes they are not necessarily looking to knock money off just for things to be put "right" before they sign on the dotted line.

Do you need the full amount they offered to move or could you take a £1k hit off the asking price? If you want to keep them sweet then I would suggest if the survey result warrants a very small price drop I would do it. It looks like you are being extra nice.

You have to remember the bottom line in all of this is you want to move out of your current house. Yes it can all get petty and annoying at this stage but roll with it.

I moved last year, my Mum was dying in hospital and the buyer wanted bloody air bricks, we moved into a hotel for 3 weeks that cost £2.5k and paid double removal costs because our stuff went into storage.

We went through all that because we were desperate to get out of the last house grin and into our forever house, which I love.

Pinkjenny Tue 12-Jul-11 14:14:33

Fizzy - you make some excellent points. We accepted their offer of 10k under the asking price (we had already reduced 3 times) because we just want to move. We are waiting on them to let us know whether they are proceeding before we instruct survey on our forever house. And yes, we may take a hit, but the whole thing is just so bloody nerve wracking and stressful, especially when you have found the house you want.

I'm not saying they are being unreasonable as I have no idea what the issues are.

hksi Tue 12-Jul-11 17:48:58

Hi PJ,

Hope all works out well for you and you find out what the issue is quickly!!! Know exactly how you feel and it's horrid!!!


Pinkjenny Wed 13-Jul-11 10:09:56

The issues are around planning permission for the conservatory, and the pitch of the garage roof.

<<bites nails>>

Becaroooo Wed 13-Jul-11 11:42:51

Eh? That sounds mad

Pinkjenny Wed 13-Jul-11 11:46:10


LIZS Wed 13-Jul-11 11:50:07

If the conservatory doesn't have pp then it can't be included in the valuation confused - do you have any paperwork to show it was approved or didntl need approval and passed Buildings Regs ? Not sure why pitch fo garage roof is an issue as long as water is drained off efficiently.

hksi Wed 13-Jul-11 11:50:11

Fingers crossed that they come back to you quickly and it's good news!!!

Becaroooo Wed 13-Jul-11 12:01:34

Do you think they are just trying it on PJ ??

How much more has it been valued at???

Planning regs change so regularly - we did our extention 4 years ago and the rules that applied then no longer do so - its worth pointing that out (or at least your solictor should be!)

Pinkjenny Wed 13-Jul-11 12:29:11

I'm not too worried about the garage roof - the surveyor told me it wasn't a big issue and should tell them the same. Buyer is now considering a full structural survey. And I am considering a frontal lobotomy.

No, LIZS, we were told by our builder that we didn't need pp, and he has now gone to my house to measure the conservatory.

Becaroooo - no idea, I don't want to know how much more! I have no idea.

The whole thing is just pissing me off.

Becaroooo Wed 13-Jul-11 12:31:15

"Buyer is now considering a full structural survey. And I am considering a frontal lobotomy."

Sorry but grin

I can understand why you are pissed off!

Pinkjenny Wed 13-Jul-11 12:33:49


Rocky12 Wed 13-Jul-11 12:49:11

Dont panic, most houses need some work, whether it is needed before the next people move in is another question. If they come back and say that they want say £2k off split the difference. £1k to move this forward is honestly worth it. The buyers are keen, they have spent their own money on a survey which is always a good sign. I think it is only when people start to fund things that you know they are serious.


Pinkjenny Wed 13-Jul-11 12:49:55

Nooooooooooooo. I want to move, but seriously, no.

Rocky12 Wed 13-Jul-11 12:52:15

You dont want to reduce by £1k?

Rocky12 Wed 13-Jul-11 12:53:44

of course I am only guessing. Why not call the agent now and find out what is going on. That is what they are there for. Just find out the extent of problem so that you know what the issues are.

Pinkjenny Wed 13-Jul-11 12:57:44

No, I don't want to reduce. We have reduced the house three times, and they are getting it for 10k below the current asking price. AND it has been valued up by the surveyor. So no, I don't want to.

Waiting for the agent to call me back.

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