Another 5 bed, albeit smaller, had come up 5 doors down. It's on at £295k but looks like it's been very recently completely done up and we could just move in without all the building work for months or years - roll top bath, very new looking carpets, much nicer kitchen etc. It also has a driveway, garage, utility room, master ensuite and downstairs WC that 'ours' doesn't.
And a bigger garden.
It's making me wonder on a couple of levels :
If we're going to end up spending that (at least) on 'our' place, should we be looking at this house as a genuine alternative;
And should I casually mention this to the EA today to see if it rattles them a bit?
Another one I'm pondering is that it has transpired that one of the other original interested parties, who also put in an offer, knows the builder we got to quote for the works. Family friend I think.
He told us that, before our offer was accepted, they asked him for advice and I think were planning on getting him to give the place a once over if their offer was accepted.
I'm wondering if, in the light of the fact that the vendor has said she is willing to go back to the other interested parties if we don't accept her shitty offer, that this could be useful...
Should I point out to the EA that this other interested party likely has heard all about the tens of thousands of pounds of work needing doing direct from said builder, and may even already have a copy of the survey we had done, as we gave the builder a copy?