Safe!!!!!

We're hoping to complete in the next 4 weeks (subject to valuation), but something that has cropped up is that there is a safe in one of the rooms. The vendor is saying there is no way of moving this (without taking walls out).
We don't want the safe and also feel it will be in the way in the future.

So to move forwards my thoughts are
  1. Have a specialist removal company (heavy objects/safes) look at it and see if it can come out (without removing walls)
  2. If it can't I'm goosed it has to stay (but this then becomes by liability in the future)
  3. If it can, I have 2 options A) request that the vendors have it removed and provide them with details of who can remove it (my preferred option) B) Negotiate a discount off the purchase price to allow for the removal of this
What are peoples thoughts? I don't even know how much we're talking about but I don't imagine it will be cheap.


According to the agent they were quite adamant that it cannot be removed
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  • MortgageMammaMortgageMamma Forumite
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    We're hoping to complete in the next 4 weeks (subject to valuation), but something that has cropped up is that there is a safe in one of the rooms. The vendor is saying there is no way of moving this (without taking walls out).
    We don't want the safe and also feel it will be in the way in the future.

    So to move forwards my thoughts are
    1. Have a specialist removal company (heavy objects/safes) look at it and see if it can come out (without removing walls)
    2. If it can't I'm goosed it has to stay (but this then becomes by liability in the future)
    3. If it can, I have 2 options A) request that the vendors have it removed and provide them with details of who can remove it (my preferred option) B) Negotiate a discount off the purchase price to allow for the removal of this
    What are peoples thoughts? I don't even know how much we're talking about but I don't imagine it will be cheap.


    According to the agent they were quite adamant that it cannot be removed

    It should have been noted in the property particulars prior to you making an offer?

    I must admit I did smile when I read this as it isn't your everyday mortgage niggle. I would personally relish an inbuilt safe in my home but I guess it could be unsightly. Where is the safe located? could you hang a picture over it or something?

    I would ask which firm did the safe installation to start with, check if they are still trading then give them a call to see what the game is

    sorry I can't offer more practical help but this really make me chuckle :rotfl::eek:
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  • frugalsmurffrugalsmurf Forumite
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    you said it will be in the way of furniture?-how big is it? Where is it located?

    Can it be covered ? Or hidden by furniture or carpet depending on where it is?
  • ThrugelmirThrugelmir Forumite
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    Is the safe as bad as to be a deal breaker?
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    "Going to work at 7am this morning I drove out of my drive straight into a bus. The bus was 5 minutes early.".
  • It might be in the way in the future. As it stands it is in a cellar room (bungalow is split level) so would be coming out onto the driveway. Its not an easy job to get it out, through 1 room then 1 hallway then garage (actually thinking about it its not that much).

    It may be in the way in the future if we decide to do anything with these rooms. Roughly 800mm high by 600mm deep by 600mm wide (so thinking about it I'm not sure why you'd have to take walls out, its not built in although it may be bolted down)

    And no there's nothing in the particulars, its a free standing one
  • Thrugelmir wrote: »
    Is the safe as bad as to be a deal breaker?
    No its not but my thoughts are why should I deal with it. I'm hoping we can come to an amicable arrangement. Depending on the cost, I might even be willing to meet halfway on it
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    Can it be cut up where it is ?
  • AnotherJoe wrote: »
    Can it be cut up where it is ?
    It could however I don't imagine its a simple matter of taking a grinder too it
  • ThrugelmirThrugelmir Forumite
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    No its not but my thoughts are why should I deal with it. I'm hoping we can come to an amicable arrangement. Depending on the cost, I might even be willing to meet halfway on it

    Same principle can be applied to any number of things when purchasing a property. Future plans aren't the current vendors concern in my personal view.
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    "Going to work at 7am this morning I drove out of my drive straight into a bus. The bus was 5 minutes early.".
  • Thrugelmir wrote: »
    Same principle can be applied to any number of things when purchasing a property. Future plans aren't the current vendors concern in my personal view.

    I don't disagree with you, what I do with the house after is my business. However I am purchasing it expecting it to be empty
  • minimike2minimike2 Forumite
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    Cover it up with a painting on hinges?

    :D

    Sorry, but in all seriousness, you could do that, or just box it in with some plaster board? How far out the wall does it come?
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