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We are in the process of selling our house. Everything is in place and contracts have all been signed except for the buyer who is purchasing our property. When we filled in our fixtures and fittings list we clearly stated that the washing machine and fridge freezer weren't being left. Our buyer has had the list since the end of January. Yesterday he signed all necessary paperwork except for the actual contract as he is saying that he thought the two items were being left with the house. We have said we will leave the washing machine at a minimum cost to him, but we need the fridge freezer. He has said that he now wants money off the price of the house to compensate! He is a cash buyer and already has £3K off the asking price because of this. I know he is pulling a fast one. Obviously we don't want to lose the house we are buying by delaying too much, but I don't want to be held to ransom over this either! I feel like telling him where to go rather than give him the option of getting one over on us. The EA has said that he will sort it all out and get to the bottom of this - I've told the EA that if they have told him that these two items are staying then it is them at fault and perhaps it should come out of their selling fees! However, EA is insistent they would never say this sort of thing. Has anybody been in this position before - at the end of the day I know its only a washing machine and a fridge, but I feel our buyer is being very crafty and has us over a barrel. We are due to exchange the back end of this week with the completion date set for a couple of weeks time. Many thanks.
not too outragous, i can see both points of view. but its the comments/replies that really get me
He hasn't yet suggested a new price - not that we will allow it. Because he is a cash buyer and a first time buyer at that he thinks he is in control and calling the shots! We have other parties interested in the house who will pay the full asking price and I'm tempted to take their offers even though it will delay the move by a few more weeks. It disgusts me people do these underhand tactics - we have been honest and fair and quick throughout the whole process and then a few days from exchange, he does this. Why can't people just be a bit more upfront and honest. If we do decide to sell to somebody else, then he will lose the money he has paid out on the survey and solicitors costs etc, but like you say are we willing to lose out over the price of a fridge and w.machine. I have offered the washing machine for a price of £100 - its only 1 year old and in excellent working condition, but I want to take my fridge freezer with me!
they are prepared to end the sale over £100 - some people need to really REALLY think what they are doing
i hope i never get to be in any form of sale or purchase with cheeswright
we had buyers like this - I suggest you loook very carfully at the terms of you contract - you will find that although you may for instance have agreed to leave curtains - which ones arent specified...we for instance happened to have an old bag in the loft - with added mould spots
light fittings could infact be any old tat - the specifice ones arnt stated
door keys - other than the front door arnt in the contract...including windows and radiator keys
look around - check whats not in the contract - it dosnt have to have an intrinsic value of £400 - it just has to cost that to replace
manuals - instructions etc are a pig
oh and get your power and gas cut off - not tranferred as you leave - there is no legal obligation to tranfer
and you can quite legally point this out to him
and if that dosnt work leave with a smile remembering.....
carpet dosnt need to be those beautifully clean and fitted ones you have...they can be the filthy ones left after your movers have dragged every potted plant from your back garden through to the front....in muddy shoes on a rainy day....
he dosnt hold all the cards he just thinks he does...
ps - plumming fittings are part of the contents and cant be removed - but every single joint can be loosened..
oh and of course you can say you will tell of of his new neighbours how he has behaved if he wont sign - so perhapse he should really consider how much he's going to enjoy living there.....
On the theme of really petty revenge...
Unplug the items before you leave. Cut the plug off and shorten the wire so that it just doesn't quite reach the nearest plug socket. Re-wire the plug.
Alternatively, find a similar item for sale on e-bay. Forward a link to that item to the estate agent and ask them to pass it on. Tell him that you are taking YOUR fridge/washing machine and he can find his own with little effort. If he doesn't play ball, buy the stuff off e-bay for him.
I'm sure that when buying a house the contract can't specify WHICH fridge-freezer is left, just A fridge-freezer. Get one off freecycle (the scummier the better) and leave it behind for him. Same with the washing machine. There'll be absolutely nothing he can do about it.
That's a good point re the changing of the items - may consider it. EA has disappeared off the face of the earth and now solicitor is away from office until Friday. Will just sit tight and wait. Not prepared to lose house we are buying for the sake of these two items - just incenses me that people can be right sh*ts during the last week or so of the house process! We've been upfront and honest all the way through to both our seller and buyer and you do expect a level of courtesy back - however it just goes to show there are some nasty people around!
We had every intention of doing the same thing as our buyers refused the EA's suggestion of each party (EA, buyer and ourselves) bearing one third of the cost of a new Rangemaster for us (or at least a good second hand model) but our buyers refused to play ball......admittedly it wasn't entirel their fault, but a misunderstanding, but it had originally been their suggestion to do this.
We had v.expensive solid pewter handles on our kitchen units which we almost replaced with bog standard Been & Queued ones as well as a cheapo butler sink tap which we were going to swap for our perrin & rowe one, but in the end time got the better of us and we merely left the house not quite as well hoovered as we would have liked......
Also there was a crack in the glass conservatory roof which their surveyor hadn't noticed and we intended to have fixed before completion, but in the end we left it.......not long after moving day DH had to return to the area for something and bumped into our buyers who said a few days after moving in a torrential downpour caused the conservatory roof to leak buckets.....whoops
i can beleive some of these people. asi know what peopel are like, but i just cant beleive what i have read.
Edited by Monkey, 22 March 2012 - 01:06 PM.