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  • csgohan4csgohan4 Forumite
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    who knows what else the buyer will want you to pay for? New carpet? blinds? Bogroll?
    "It is prudent when shopping for something important, not to limit yourself to Pound land/Estate Agents"

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  • MarkthesharkMarktheshark Forumite
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    You tell the agent to keep the for sale sign up and to keep taking other offers.
    The house is FOR SALE, like anything else for sale and stays for sale until they pay for it.
    Brexit will become whatever they invent it to be.
  • DaftyDuckDaftyDuck Forumite
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    I agree with most, saying consider remarketing and let them pay if they want the survey done.

    However, under the circumstances, it isn't that unreasonable a request, as the previous owner is sadly deceased. Therefore, there's nobody to casually ask condition and the like.

    Problem is, as you are aware, any such survey WILL throw issues up, and a ftb may well over worry over the issues.
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    DaftyDuck wrote: »
    I agree with most, saying consider remarketing and let them pay if they want the survey done.

    However, under the circumstances, it isn't that unreasonable a request, as the previous owner is sadly deceased. Therefore, there's nobody to casually ask condition and the like.

    This is where you offer another viewing. Buyers are welcome to check things work, fire up the heating, turn lights on and off, go around wall sockets with a hairdryer and check they all work.

    What happens in the likely scenario where you pay £200 for these meaningless extra checks and the buyers still change their minds last minute. You're not only down on time and other money, you'll be down another £200 too.

    They can arrange their own, though I'd be looking to get a communication to them that this is not a new build property, sold as seen, end of.
  • ajm410ajm410 Forumite
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    Hi everyone - thanks very much for all your advice.

    To update you as promised... I went back to my estate agent and said "no"; however, I offered them access to get their own certificates done - but said I would not budge on price either way. I also told my estate agent to inform them that I would be putting the property back on the market immediately.

    Lo and behold the buyer has now said they still want to proceed, will get their own certificates done, and has promised to instruct their solicitor this morning. I called my estate agent, who said it appears they finally get the message.

    Fingers crossed this actually moves quickly now.

    Thanks very much once again!
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    SmodletSmodlet Forumite
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    edited 8 March 2018 at 1:23PM
    It is not the seller's responsibility to provide anything other than an EPC unless they are in Scotland. This was tried in England several years ago and did not take off. If buyers want these surveys/checks done, it is for them to arrange and pay for.

    BTW, I have reported your post as advertising.
  • edited 16 August 2018 at 11:18AM
    tonyteetonytee Forumite
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    DaftyDuck wrote: »
    For the sake of a few hundred pounds why would you hold up the sale or purchase of the property

    Exactly this.

    Personally, I have bought and sold a property on more than 20 occasions now and I would always get a gas and electrical check done.

    There's a company I use. They do both checks in one go for buyers and sellers. They work for estate agents as well.

    Here's what's covered:
    • full boiler safety check including the inside of the boiler
    • full flue gas analysis and readings
    • a check of heating controls for function and reliability
    • a check of the hot water cylinder for function and reliability
    • a full electrical installation condition report
    • a check for any broken sockets
    • a full check of the wiring
    • a full check of the fuse board
    • advice on all the above in regards to safety, condition and future reliability

      Also if you click the link below it is £175 for both checks, not £200 -

      https://www.gassafetycertificate.info/home-buyers-survey-house-survey-buying-house-gas-boiler-electrical-safety-checking-certificates/


      I hope this helps someone!

      Tony.
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