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  • The damp specialists are a reputable company we've used before in this house, when the estate agent offered a damp report by them at no cost it seemed sensible.

    Their works only adds up to about £3,000 including an estimate for a roofer they'd subcontract, and the damp removal just involves investigating where the DPC hasn't worked/has broken down on one section of wall, and fixing a gutter causing damp elsewhere, so that's not our main concern really.

    The thing that annoys me is that they have said they recognise the house needs rewiring - which we didn't know before we made the offer - but they don't see why this has made us concerned.

    Another thing that annoys me is that the estate agent made it clear before we made an offer that offers were subject to survey, and then when we sent them the report they said they would speak to the vendors about a reduction before we even mentioned one. I feel like they led us to think it was something the vendors would be more receptive too. Maybe we were just asking for too much off.

  • Tough one, I'd be tempted to walk away...

    Our house needed a bit of work doing to it, EA told us his estimate of what the work would cost, we got our own estimate and some money was knocked off the sale price... In the end we were all wrong and the work is actually gonna cost three times the initial estimate... Gah!

    I know you've got a buyer waiting but I'd be tempted to walk away... Can you afford to play chicken with them a bit longer?

  • In the end we were all wrong and the work is actually gonna cost three times the initial estimate...

    Trying to catch up with this thread and this seemed to be the essence of the last week's discussion. And the only certain thing when you move into a house of any kind.

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