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giles337

Member since Mar 2010 • Last active Dec 2019

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    looks like function over form rather than anti?

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    has it changed how/when you wear your watches?

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    blown render on the outside wall. suggested remedy was to patch up the render on the outside wall.... plus condensation in the roof space suggested ventilated tiles.

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    Just emailed the estate agent and offered to split the difference between our sum and theirs. We're acting in good faith, and can't (read could in an absolute sense, but not really) afford to bear the burden of doing it all ourselves on top of full offer.

    We're at peace with the fact that we're happy to pay what our initial offer was if absolute needs be, but doesn't hurt to ask if - as you say - no-one really wants to walk away. Being mercenary about it, we are both on rolling rental contracts and 1st time buyers, they're in a chain and have a toddler- so they probably have more riding than us on it.

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    Absolutely - they've been there for ages as well.

    To be honest we I was expecting some push back but wanted to make sure that we weren't being awful buyers - are trying to conduct ourselves in good faith, and had gone out of our way to obtain 'fair' quotes for everything - often getting independent reports at our expense, as opposed to people who were quoting to do the work.

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    As in, barely worth pulling out over? Does that not go for both parties?

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    360 - we've asked for 6ish off.

    now that we've had a survey we can no longer afford X because we need to spend Y on the work so we can now only offer Z (often being X-Y as a starting point).

    this is essentially what we've said. good to know we aren't being unreasonable.

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    Whirlpool

    great.

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    Can I have a sense check from someone? We're close to purchase on a house which had a few things come up in the survey that we had looked into further by specialists - which ended up with us asking for a ~1.5% reduction on purchase price. These were things recommended by (for example) gas safe engineer/electricians as 'requiring urgent remedy' as well as a few bits of work to address condensation in the loft and minor penetrating damp.

    Firstly - how reasonable is it to expect a reduction for such things? I know the answer is ultimately how long is a piece of string/how badly do we want the property - but we are trying to act in good faith, but without screwing ourselves.
    Secondly - the estate agent has come back with a "non-negotiable" final figure which is way off from the reductions we asked for - "non-negotiable" is just estate agent guff right?

    1st time buyers so don't know if the estate agent is just twisting the screws or if we're being unrealistic. We've had 2 fall through so really cba to lose this one.

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