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should we reduce our (already accepted) offer?

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MamaChris Mon 22-Sep-08 15:53:01

we have had an offer accepted on a house we want to buy, but had to go very close to the asking price. Silly that we didn't ask explicitly, but just assumed the washing machine/dryer would be included (as ours are). But they plan to take them with.

We're maxed out financially on this. Can we reduce our offer by, say, £650 to pay for the cost of buying new, or is that just cheeky? And if we were to reduce our offer, would we do it through solicitor or estate agent?

noddyholder Mon 22-Sep-08 15:57:37

You should have had at least 15% off the asking price so £650 for the washer dryer is nothing.Say you want them left or you reduce I'm sure in this market they won't object

compo Mon 22-Sep-08 15:59:09

I think it would be out of order to be honest

SoupDragon Mon 22-Sep-08 16:01:04

Fixtures and fitting are rarely included in the price TBH.

mumblechum Mon 22-Sep-08 16:01:06

I'd just ask them nicely, but if they say no, don't reduce the offer again.

Swedes Mon 22-Sep-08 16:01:09

I think you should revise the offer and they should stop being so silly.

Do not involve the solicitor as he will write to the other party's solicitor and it will take time and cost more money. Phone the estate agent - go gently say something like this:

"Our offer was made under the assumption that all appliances would be included. Can you please verify with the vendors that this is the case as otherwise we might need to adjust our offer."

He will get back to you by the end of the day confirming that they are indeed included.

SoupDragon Mon 22-Sep-08 16:01:25

Agree with compo.

SoupDragon Mon 22-Sep-08 16:02:43

Why are the vendors being silly??

The OP did not ask if the items were included so it is their fault that their assumption was incorrect.

MamaChris Mon 22-Sep-08 16:03:09

hmm. they might object. it's a reluctant sale (divorce) and husband played hardball - don't think he actually wants to leave now he's moved new girlfriend in. but good to know at least it's valid to reduce offer. Do we go back to agent or via solicitor?

noddyholder Mon 22-Sep-08 16:03:35

Are they integrated appliances?

MamaChris Mon 22-Sep-08 16:04:15

oops - replied quick and now lots of people say it would be out of order. might wait for any more then count the votes

Swedes Mon 22-Sep-08 16:04:30

It's a buyers' market. They are very lucky to have a buyer let alone to sell at very close to the asking price. It's the sort of silly complication that makes a whole chain fall apart.

noddyholder Mon 22-Sep-08 16:04:56

Lots of people are trying to reduce offers by huge amounts just before exchange atm.That is a bit ubderhand but in this case it seems fair

compo Mon 22-Sep-08 16:05:13

they aren't being silly at all
you didn't ask if the appliances were included

MamaChris Mon 22-Sep-08 16:05:23

they're not integrated. all the integrated stuff is being left.

compo Mon 22-Sep-08 16:05:42

yes the silly complication caused by the OP surely?

SoupDragon Mon 22-Sep-08 16:06:52

I thin kit is horrendously cheeky to expect to reduce your offer by the cost of buying new appliances when it is your fault for not checking they were included. Not only are you expecting the vendors to reduce by the cost of new appliances, you are expecting them to subsequently fork out for new ones themselves - ie you expect them to pay twice.

compo Mon 22-Sep-08 16:06:52

why does it seem fair Noddyholder? the op never asked for the appliances and now wants to go back on their offer because non intergrated appliances are being left??????!

compo Mon 22-Sep-08 16:07:11

aren't being left sorry!

Swedes Mon 22-Sep-08 16:09:18

A second hand washer drier is probably worth more like £100 so they would be mad to make it a sticking point. As would you if you really want the house.

MamaChris Mon 22-Sep-08 16:10:29

the thing is, they know we've had to borrow from family to afford this. we actually can't afford to buy a new washing machine when we move until I start a new job (January). And with a baby, don't know how we'd survive hand washing!

don't expect vendors to fork out twice. know they're moving into rented, and assumed they would be left. either way, they'd only have to fork out once.

noddyholder Mon 22-Sep-08 16:11:41

It seems fair as she is not 'gazundering' as seems to be standard practice atm and she is just admitting to a misunderstanding As she paid v close to asking I think atm it is fair to ask

MARGOsBeenPlayingWithMyNooNoo Mon 22-Sep-08 16:15:01

Well, there's no harm in asking. Without the threat of price reduction though.

In the meantime there's always Freecycle. And if you live near me, then you could see if you want my fridge freezer.

Swedes Mon 22-Sep-08 16:17:23

How much is the house - if you don't mind us asking? Roughly?

SoupDragon Mon 22-Sep-08 16:17:51

Just buy a second hand appliance.

It's your fault for assuming something would be left.

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