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Asking vendor to have boiler etc serviced?
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Old 18-03-2007, 3:09 PM
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We have are in the process of selling our house and buying a property. We've just recieved the homebuyers report for the property we are buying and it mentions under the 'main defects' section that 'specialist tests are recommended in respect of gas and electric service installations if no current certificate or maintance warranties'.

We've been told that the vendors did not have their boiler serviced regularly of course don't have a recent certificate.

Are we able to ask, via our solicitor, to have all gas appliances serviced by a Corgi registered contractor to ensure that they are serviceable before we complete the purchase? Do you think this would be ok?

We know that we are going to have to have the eaves and soffits replaced when we move in as we spotted that on our second viewing. But in regards to health and safety can we expect them to pay for a gas service?

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Old 18-03-2007, 3:29 PM
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I don't think you can expect the vendor's to pay for these checks.

As a buyer, it is entirely your prerogative to get anything checked out about the house you want (e.g. damp report, electrics, roof survey etc), but this should be at your cost. In the same way that vendors do not pay for the survey you have done, they should not have to pay for anything else.

Surveyors always say that, as they are not qualified electricians or Corgi registered plumbers, they would never be able to check gas and electric, and will always point this out.

If you want to be sure they work, get them checked out. Your vendor may even agree to pay, or part pay, but this should not be assumed from your side.

We are currently selling, and our buyers asked exactly this 7 days before completion, with the expectation that we would pay for checks. To say that this was annoying is a major understatement, and only served to sour relationships between us. And, have sour relationships with buyers and vendors is not something that, in my experience, eases the whole process......
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Old 18-03-2007, 3:36 PM
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It depends on how old the boiler is as to whether you should be expecting an installation certificate. The regulations changed a few years ago, so if the boiler is 10 years old it wouldn't have had a certificate anyway! This sounds like your legal people just covering their backs, as no defects have actually been found. The house I'm buying has no certificates or maintenance records for the boiler - this doesn't put me off, just alerts me that I need to get it all serviced when I move in.
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Old 18-03-2007, 3:47 PM
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Your survey report is standard wording. The 'usual' way of going about these tests is by finding your own companies (your estate agent can usually help) to go and inspect the services on your behalf.

It's down to you to get these tests done, not the vendor.

You can ask the vendor, however, who they get their boiler serviced through and check to see if you can take over the agreement on completion - if you want to, that is
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our boiler has been in 3 1/2 years and we told our buyers (without them asking) that we would have it serviced before they moved in. We hadn't had it serviced before, we have now had it serviced at a cost of 50 pounds.

Personally I don't think you should ask - for how much it costs I don't think its an issue.
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Old 18-03-2007, 4:29 PM
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We bought a house late last year and wanted the boiler checked out before we exchanged as it was an old back boiler. We arranged this ourselves for about £60 and arranged a convenient time with the vendors.
The check was for our benefit so we did not expect them to pay.
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Old 18-03-2007, 4:38 PM
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Thanks everyone. I feel rather unsure about asking the vendor to pay for having the things checked, but my husband thinks that we should and has emailed our solicitor to check with them.

Anyway, will see what the solicitor says and go from there...thanks again.
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If it is an old-ish boiler I think it would be in your interests to pay for the boiler to be checked yourself - we didn't bother with ours and since moving in we've realised it really is on its last legs. The hot water is tepid at best and the temp dial on the boiler is broken and jammed, and the boiler trips out quite alot. If we had known we needed a new boiler we could have negotiated that off the price of the house.
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Old 18-03-2007, 6:09 PM
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Getting a gas engineer in to check a boiler is a bit like asking a double glazing salesman if you need new windows....
The simple test is to stick your hand under the hot tap when running, if your hand heats works. The surveyor will cover himself for all eventualities by excluding boilers/roofs/timber/damp and electricals from the survey where there will probably be no fault.
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Old 18-03-2007, 6:24 PM
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We've just been forced to have our boiler serviced - we were due to exchange on Friday, but then the buyers refused to exchange until we'd had it serviced. Just another in a long string of petty reasons they've given for delaying exchange. I'll be taking my lightbulbs with me this time, that's for sure.
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