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buying an empty house - can we ask to decorate before completion?

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dimpletree Wed 01-Jul-09 00:42:11

We're moving into a house that's been vacated 6 months ago (gone to a care home). What would our chances be of getting the vendors (old lady's son) to say 'yes' to having a decorator/carpet fitter in after we've exchanged but before completion? we hope to exchange this week., but not move in/complete till 3rd week july.

anyone had this question - either as buyer or seller?

Tortington Wed 01-Jul-09 00:47:44

why risk decorating - wha is legalyl someone elses house - they could change their mind for all sorts of reasons within those weeks

GrapefruitMoon Wed 01-Jul-09 06:54:28

It can be done as long as you are happy to take the risk of the sale not going through (though that is pretty rare after exchange). We had some work done on our house before completion. Obv you need to get both solicitors to draft paperwork to cover it....

Tambajam Wed 01-Jul-09 07:16:06

After exchange I would risk it.

mummygogo Wed 01-Jul-09 21:09:41

You can ask your solicitor to have a clause added to the contract if the seller agrees. It will usually say that you are going to carry out specific work, not take up occupation, insure the property, hand back keys to agent at the end of each day etc etc. This can be done when the property is empty but you need to be aware that if it falls through you won't get your money back. If it improves the property the vendor is usually amenable to this

lalalonglegs Fri 03-Jul-09 13:18:15

I've done this a couple of times after exchange - it is very sensible and, when sales do break down after exchange, as it is virtually always the buyers who pull out not the sellers, the risk is minimal.

Speckledeggy Sat 04-Jul-09 10:21:56

No way!

I know somebody who did this for their mother. He decorated most of the flat then the seller pulled out and said he wasn't selling.

Good way of getting your property decorated if you can stoop that low!

LIZS Sat 04-Jul-09 10:34:39

You 'd have to have an access agreement but that probably couldn't be effective until after exchange. Our vendors wouldn't agree to one, we would have liked to have had some work down to roof and remove the bulky furniture they had left, but they were having it decorated anyway.

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