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Caterpillar0 Tue 09-Jul-13 16:18:23

When you buy a property does the vendor usually leave the washing machine? It's not built-in but I'm hoping we'll get it anyway...?

NewLifeDownSouth Tue 09-Jul-13 16:20:22

Not unless this has been agreed as part of the sale. It would be worth checking with the estate agent.

RobotBananas Tue 09-Jul-13 16:21:12

Not in my experience, no.

specialsubject Tue 09-Jul-13 16:21:48

no - although you could always ask.

£200 for a new one. Trivial in the scheme of things.

Caterpillar0 Tue 09-Jul-13 16:33:51

ok thanks
True Specialsubject

We're nearing the end of negotiations. I'm pretty sure we'll have to up our offer one more time and was thinking we'd do so but at the same time ask for certain things to be left, e.g. washing machine and fridge (and ideally a load of the furniture as it's decent and we don't have any!).

MrsTaraPlumbing Tue 09-Jul-13 17:58:10

I think it is a bit strange that people ask if the washing machine and tumble drier will be included in the sale of our house.
I tell them I'll be happy to leave everything, including the kids!

The viewers don't seem to have a perspective.
House over £300K,
5 year old washing machine does 25-30 loads per week and could cost about £300 to buy it new!
Tumble drier - not used much but is over 10 years old.

Strangely people don't ask about my kitchen light fittings which are actually worth more than the washing machine & tumble drier combined.

And after all that - they don't make an offer cos the house is not suitable for one reason or another.
I'd prefer to buy my own new WM with instructions and guarantee rather than some worn out old thing with other people's smelly fabric softner residues!

Caterpillar0 Tue 09-Jul-13 18:44:58

It may not be much in comparison to the property but (in most cases) it's not like the buyers have £300k to hand. They're more likely pretty stretched at the time of purchase. At least we are - the deposit, stamp duty and fees are enough - there's nothing left over to furnish the place so I'd be grateful for a washing machine! It's weird that you're being asked about stuff like that in the absence of an intent to buy though. And I certainly wouldn't not offer on a place just because a washer wasn't included!
Anyway I just wanted to if people normally leave them behind, seeing as they're a hassle to move, as we'll be furnishing the place from scratch

Mintyy Tue 09-Jul-13 18:49:49

If the sales brochure or website said "space for washing machine" or "plumbing for washing machine" then no, not included.

If they actually gave details of the make or model of the washing machine then yes they should be included.

Misty9 Tue 09-Jul-13 19:20:24

Check the fixtures and fittings form you'll get when signing the contract etc. when we sold dh's house we DID include the washing machine and ff - but the buyer didn't notice this in the form and kicked up a fuss when they moved in to find white goods there last thing I bloody needed that day

That was a rented house though - I guess if the seller is still living there it's less likely.

Ragusa Tue 09-Jul-13 19:38:04

Not included usually but often are if it is a probate sale....

I know it is tricky but I reckon you should keep a small contingency back for essentual furniture and unforeseen expenditure, rather than bidding up to the max. What happens if the boiler packs in a couple of dats after you moved in? voice of doom will but out now

Ragusa Tue 09-Jul-13 19:38:31

essential, even!

BoundandRebound Tue 09-Jul-13 19:41:58

They're not a hassle to move though, you just plug it in the other side

Caterpillar0 Tue 09-Jul-13 20:25:42

They're heavy!
unless you get removal men in - maybe most people do?

Chunkamatic Tue 09-Jul-13 20:32:44

Our buyers asked to have our white goods and we agreed. This was after I had filled in the fixtures and fittings forms but it has been written in to the contract.

I had just assumed no one would really want our 8 year old washing machine but they sound like they're in a similar position to you. So you may as well ask.

specialsubject Wed 10-Jul-13 10:18:04

having said 'no, people don't leave them' I've just remembered that I left our washing machine, dishwasher and tumble dryer! This was because we were going to storage/rental, and all were getting on in years. The buyers were aware of this and were happy to have something to tide them over for a while. If they hadn't wanted them I would have sold them.

shiny new WM and DW in the new house, total outlay £420. No tumble dryer as don't ever use them now.

Caterpillar0 Wed 10-Jul-13 11:20:24

I dream of a dishwasher and tumble dryer

Jaynebxl Wed 10-Jul-13 11:29:45

I don't think it is usual. People usually want their white goods (and their furniture!) for the place they're moving to.

Having said that we are leaving our washer because we want a new one.

Ginformation Wed 10-Jul-13 11:56:31

Nothing was left in our house, no oven, no curtains, the vendor offered to take the carpets! They even took the shed. But we knew all this from the inventory. The house was a wreck, a full renovation, so maybe not as odd ad it sounds.

MrsTaraPlumbing Wed 10-Jul-13 17:36:41

You can always ask for it.
If you were buying my house I'd be happy to leave it and buy myself a new one.
But watch out that they don't charge you for it when it may be on last legs.
It is strange what people ask when viewing though, when they don't intend to offer.

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