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InMySpareTime Wed 02-Oct-13 19:34:52

On moving day, we noticed a smell of gas in the kitchen, but figured it was because of all the stuff we'd moved in the kitchen.
We went back for some post (and the screws from DD's bedblush) and found out that not only was the gas pipe to the hob badly welded, there was a damaged gas pipe under the driveway.
At least we had a gas safety certificate so the new owners could claim the cost of fixing the hob!
The house we bought had its own (numerous) issues, so we didn't feel too guilty about ignoring the gas smell.

TerrysNo2 Wed 02-Oct-13 19:26:48

2 days before exchange/completion our front door lock which we hadn't changed in the 6 years we lived their seized up and died. Thankfully it only cost £20 to replace!

Our seller however spent £180 replacing a lock on the French doors which had gone missing a few days after we had visited the house with our key-crazy 20 month old blush

mummaemma Wed 02-Oct-13 19:21:40

Friend of mine due to move shortly but got badly flooded. So now not happening. That really is Sod's law. Going to lose their deposit I believe

fufulina Tue 01-Oct-13 12:26:47

Thanks all. I have told our buyer, and asked what their intentions were. They want it replaced. We don't have the time, so I have to give them the money. It's only fair, to be fair. Still outraged at £800 on a table we will never use.

cavell Tue 01-Oct-13 11:37:59

It might be worth contacting the purchasers to let them know. It could be that they were not planning on keeping it anyway, or they might prefer it to be replaced with something else less expensive. You never know, you might be lucky.

My own sod's law is that the very day we finally got an offer on our house was also the day that the only property we liked and could afford in the location we want agreed a sale. Can't decide what to do next.

WhatWillSantaBring Tue 01-Oct-13 11:33:45


I would approach the buyers and ask if they want you to replace it - you can say that you've got the part on order and not tell them the cost, but say that its cracked and you'll replace it if they request it but obviously won't if they're going to remove it anyway?

I say this because our new neighbour crashed into our boundary wall between exchange and completion. In a panic, he and the seller paid several thousand to repair it. I still haven't gotten round to telling them that I wish they hadn't as we're removing it anyway. sad

Or, don't mention it and see if they raise it when they move in. You can always blame the movers.... shock

Jan49 Mon 30-Sep-13 21:20:27

Before moving into my house, I had it completely rewired and a dusk to dawn light put in the hall, so a light would go on during hours of darkness even if the house was unoccupied. It lasted for 11 years. Three days before I moved out, leaving the house empty and awaiting sale, it stopped working. hmm

fufulina Mon 30-Sep-13 20:38:47

We don't have accidental damage. Sad face again.

mummaemma Mon 30-Sep-13 20:00:17

can you not claim off insurance?

fufulina Mon 30-Sep-13 19:32:30

No, it's fitted to the kitchen - effectively a large breakfast bar. so forms part of the fixtures and fittings.

PigletJohn Mon 30-Sep-13 19:31:27

a table? you mean a piece of movable furniture?

what did the buyers offer for it?

fufulina Mon 30-Sep-13 19:18:58

After accepting an offer in April, we are finally moving on Friday. Hooray!

Or glass kitchen table, which is fitted, cracked at the weekend. Sods's law. 10 years old, 7 years of us living with it, and it breaks with less than a week to go.

And it will cost us £800 to replace. Sad fecking face.

I am trying very hard to be pragmatic and think that you win some, you lose some. Tell me your stories so I feel better!!

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