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    • Daisy Blue
    • By Daisy Blue 15th Apr 19, 4:28 PM
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    EA says they have to be present at house viewing for insurance purposes
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    • 15th Apr 19, 4:28 PM
    EA says they have to be present at house viewing for insurance purposes 15th Apr 19 at 4:28 PM
    I had an offer accepted on a house where the owners are separating. My viewing was with the agent. Last week I contacted a surveyor for a home buyer survey and he contacted the agent to arrange it.
    He then got back in touch with me to say he was having issues, but eventually an appointment was made direct with one of the owners, as they want to be there. I wanted to join but the estate agent told me that I can't unless he is with me due to indemnity and insurance purposes. The agent can't make the survey time.
    I really would like to be at the survey and have another look around/measure up, but the agent is now saying that this couple splitting up is a bit of nightmare situation. The surveyor doesn't have any other time until May so don't want to lose this slot.
    If this is true about insurance, then how do online agencies like Purple Bricks deal with it? I've viewed houses before with just the owners present.
    I think that the agent just wants to keep me away from the owners. Warning bells are ringing now and I'm not sure how to proceed
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    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 16th Apr 19, 12:02 PM
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    Yes. I didn't realise it wasn't the done thing. I just thought if I'm paying then why shouldn't I be there?
    Originally posted by Daisy Blue
    Do you sit with the mechanic when you get your car MOTd or serviced?
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    • DavyJones61
    • By DavyJones61 16th Apr 19, 1:02 PM
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    Do you sit with the mechanic when you get your car MOTd
    The place where I get my car MOT'd lets you watch, they will even show you the corrosion on the underneath of the car while it is on the ramp.
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 16th Apr 19, 1:08 PM
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    Do you sit with the mechanic when you get your car MOTd or serviced?
    Originally posted by hazyjo
    I am always present when my car has its MOT, there is a dedicated viewing area completely open to the testing bay
    • Albala
    • By Albala 16th Apr 19, 4:09 PM
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    I'd let the surveyor do their thing without my presence, I think.They should be willing to discuss things with you further when you get their report if anything bothers you. We had a Building Survey rather than a HB report, and we told the surveyor in advance of some specific concerns we had and things we thought we might do to the building in the future, so the surveyor included those things in their report, in our case, with no extra charge.

    If a sale is tricky, and with divorcing sellers it can be very tricky indeed, you don't need any extra complications. An unwilling party can play havoc with a survey if they put their mind to it, believe me. An extra person there in the form of yourself won't make it any easier for the willing seller and the surveyor to negotiate access.



    However, I would press the agent about the sellers. Do they both want to sell, did they both agree to your offer, are they both conducting the sale or has one of them been granted sole conduct of sale by a court, may it even need to go back to court again to get your offer approved...etc. That sort of sale can get very difficult, and the more you know, well, forewarned is forearmed.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 16th Apr 19, 8:43 PM
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    I am always present when my car has its MOT, there is a dedicated viewing area completely open to the testing bay
    Originally posted by lincroft1710
    Not a fair analogy.


    By law, MOT stations have to have a customer viewing area.


    The place where I get my car MOT'd lets you watch, they will even show you the corrosion on the underneath of the car while it is on the ramp.
    1) I bet they do that after they've finished the MOT, not during?
    2) that is nothing to do with the MOT - that is them trying to get you to book your car in to have the corrosion repaired......
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