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Roofing issues on selling property

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Elendon Sun 05-Feb-17 12:03:42

The buyers got a good deal on the price reduction (I'm in the NW) but now have come back to say that a roofer (who spent all of 20 minutes assessing this problem), has suggested the roof is about to fall down. The total cost to fix it is £5000. It was vague, pipes leaking inside the roof that has structurally damaged the property.

I've had a plumber in and he said the attic is solid, the roof was fine with a few lifted tiles and moss. He actually apologised on behalf of his trade.

Should I just put it back on the market? I've found a great property I like, I've had a home survey done on it. I can afford this at the reduced price, but not their extra reduced price.

Do I meet them halfway? The plumber said put it back on the market and get the lifted tiles sorted.

wowfudge Sun 05-Feb-17 12:29:48

What did the buyer's survey say about the roof? Have you had any problems with the roof or not?

user1477282676 Sun 05-Feb-17 12:30:58

Don't you need to get a roofer to look at it rather than a plumber? confused

wowfudge Sun 05-Feb-17 12:34:48

Presumably the plumber has looked at the allegedly leaking pipes up there?

missyB1 Sun 05-Feb-17 12:38:11

what does the actual survey say? did you get a buyer fairly easily? If you are confident you can get another then pull out of this sale. But you need to be sure this issue wont come back up again

user1477282676 Sun 05-Feb-17 12:57:11

Wow yes but you need a roofer to understand the structure and where the damage how devestating (or not!) this damage is.

Elendon Sun 05-Feb-17 13:00:24

I don't know what the actual survey said, but my estate agent has requested the actual details and costings. There are no leaking pipes. He spent quite a while going through it with me. Then he looked outside and could see no other issue other than the moss and a few lifted tiles. I could fix the problem myself as I have the funds to do it, it wouldn't cost anymore than £500. I will now get another opinion. I have a good roofing contractor in mind, via a recommendation. Thanks for your replies.

Elendon Sun 05-Feb-17 13:03:25

The plumber, who is specialised in plumbing in the roof, said the rafters were solid and that there were no leaking pipes. He was aghast that this was actually said to be the problem.

Elendon Sun 05-Feb-17 13:08:56

I got the buyer after 7 viewings.

Elendon Sun 05-Feb-17 13:13:22

There was once a problem with the overflow pipe, but it didn't result in flooding. It was easily remedied.

Elendon Sun 05-Feb-17 13:14:46

The overflow pipe works btw. It was a problem with the ballcock.

Elendon Sun 05-Feb-17 13:28:57

I went to see a property recently that actually should have required a hard hat on entering it was in such an appalling state. I used to work in architecture, was married to an architect, and have a good friend who is a partner in a large practice.

Friend says it's a con - he's been to my house.

SouthPole Sun 05-Feb-17 13:30:19

Say ok and put it back on the market.

SouthPole Sun 05-Feb-17 13:31:31

Capitulate now and you're in for a world of pain with this buyer.

Elendon Sun 05-Feb-17 13:53:14

Thanks SouthPole I will ring the estate agents tomorrow to say they have a reduction in price and if they are not happy they can move on.

I will have to give up on the property I wanted and suck up the £450 I paid to have a survey on it.

C'est la vie. But property is a huge expenditure and I want to spend my money in a positive way. I'm a cash buyer.

SouthPole Sun 05-Feb-17 16:18:19

Why do you have to give up on the one you want? Skim read!

Elendon Sun 05-Feb-17 16:46:19

I'm a cash buyer dependent on this sale. SouthPole

We were all signing contracts etc and then the buyers do this. So enraging.

Borisrules Sun 05-Feb-17 16:56:06

Get your own quote in writing for making the roof good get it to EA for buyer to view and then make some form of negotiation based on this.
Decide above all what your bottom price would be and don't go below this.

Borisrules Sun 05-Feb-17 16:57:08

If you're so far down the line with this, it's less likely they'll pull out and more likely they are chancing their arm a bit...

Elendon Sun 05-Feb-17 17:10:26

I think they are chancing their arm a bit..

But why do this at this stage, they are supposedly desperate to get into the house.

JaniceBattersby Sun 05-Feb-17 17:25:47

Then just tell them no, sorry, you won't accept any further reduction in price. It's basically a game of chicken. You can win it OP.

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