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Had offer of 15% below asking accepted on property, EA informed us that vendors said that was final price, no further reductions.

Fast forward couple of days; walking past property and met neighbour. He was happy to answer any questions, then told us about previous problem conservatory. This has now been replaced - about 2 years ago - so we thought fine, but then he proceeded to point out a couple of cracks in lower brick work of the conservatory and the floor coming away from side of property. (There also seems to be a patched up area next to this). The conservatory sides on to his house, so you can see in! He is a builder and watched the conservatory being built and was concerned that they didn't sort out the real issues.

So what now? We are going round at beginning of week with EA so we could point issues to him and ask him to ring vendor to query any history and also if issues turned up would renegotiation be an option. We are reluctant to pay £800 for a survey knowing it is likely to bring this up if the vendor won't fix the problem or reduce price. Anybody had experience conservatories coming away from walls due to subsidence?

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Had offer of 15% below asking accepted on property, EA informed us that vendors said that was final price, no further reductions.

Fast forward couple of days; walking past property and met neighbour. He was happy to answer any questions, then told us about previous problem conservatory. This has now been replaced - about 2 years ago - so we thought fine, but then he proceeded to point out a couple of cracks in lower brick work of the conservatory and the floor coming away from side of property. (There also seems to be a patched up area next to this). The conservatory sides on to his house, so you can see in! He is a builder and watched the conservatory being built and was concerned that they didn't sort out the real issues.

So what now? We are going round at beginning of week with EA so we could point issues to him and ask him to ring vendor to query any history and also if issues turned up would renegotiation be an option. We are reluctant to pay £800 for a survey knowing it is likely to bring this up if the vendor won't fix the problem or reduce price. Anybody had experience conservatories coming away from walls due to subsidence?

As soon as you mention suspected subsidence you will find it very difficult to arrange the buildings insurance with anyone other than the current insurer. That is unless you get a structural engineers report advising it only affected the conservatory due to the foundations not being as good as for the main house. The problem comes if the vendor is with someone like Saga (for over 50's) and you dont qualify for their policy.

I am pretty sure they have to disclose the subsidence issue anyway.

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Thanks for the replies. The house is a one off - built by builder for himself, so a solid build and doesn't seem to be affected by what is happening to conservatory.

Looks like a discussion with EA is on the cards and maybe a chat to a surveyor to see about costs. We suspect the vendors know there was or is an issue, but it just depends how they now react. I suspect not well, sadly as it is a nice property but we will have no funds left to rectify that size of problem.

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  • 442 Brexit, House prices and Summer 2020

    1. 1. Including the effects Brexit, where do you think average UK house prices will be relative to now in June 2020?


      • down 5% +
      • down 2.5%
      • Even
      • up 2.5%
      • up 5%



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