10 Dec 2021 20:16
Felt the need to vent this somewhere.
Offered asking price for a house a few weeks ago on the spot at viewing - seller had 20 other viewings lined up that week (according to estate agent), and understandably wanted those to finish. Someone came in £5k over, so we beat that by £2k.
We want to be in by April at the latest as my wife is due to give birth mid-May. Estate agent advised that the seller had the flexibility of moving into a rental or another property they own. Seller has been faffing for a few weeks as they weren’t sure they wanted to sell for what we were offering(despite it being £7k over asking, and despite lots of interest but no other offers).
Today we said we’d pull our offer if we didn’t get an answer today. Seller ends up accepting after some pressure from the agent, but that they don’t want to move into a rental or their other property, so will only be ready to move once they’ve found somewhere to buy.
Do I suck it up and move on? To be in with a chance of exchanging and completing by April, I’ve been working on the assumption that I need to have had an offer accepted this side of Christmas.
On the plus side, there’s an almost identical house (Victorian terrace) for sale a few roads over, with no chain; the down side is it needs work doing to it and the asking price is the same as the other one!
10 Dec 2021 20:22
No I personally wouldn’t agree to that. They could change their mind or not have found somewhere ‘suitable’ themselves and you’ll be be back at square one and potentially lose money on solicitors fees/ building surveys etc.
10 Dec 2021 20:53
Is there a point pulling out now if you haven't found anywhere else you're interested in?
10 Dec 2021 20:57
I did a mortgage val on a house a couple
Weeks ago, asking 875. 24 offers. All in the 850-925 range. One mad cunt offered 1.03 million. I downval yes it. He missed out on a couple houses and decided to go big
10 Dec 2021 22:11
Sounds like you have no leverage in the situation.
If you pull out, they’ll find another buyer quite easily, so just depends on how flexible you want to be.
20 Dec 2021 20:53
Anyone had soundproofing done before? I've just moved into a semi-detached and can hear muffled voices when the old couple next door talk to each other. Been here a week and already doing my tits in.
20 Dec 2021 20:55
Honestly you get used to it
20 Dec 2021 21:38
Possibly although if I can improve the soundproofing a bit I probably will. I'm not keen on losing loads of space though and cost will be a factor.
20 Dec 2021 22:17
Is it a new or newish build?
20 Dec 2021 22:23
Pretty old - 1970. I think it's a brick wall in between sheets of plasterboard which is presumably on a frame. I thought it would be quite well soundproofed but it's worse than my previous flat. There's two sockets on the wall. Not sure if that would cause any issues.
The neighbours aren't particularly loud, I just really don't like hearing folk and I don't like the idea that they can probably hear my TV as well.
21 Dec 2021 11:30
can you put up some bookshelves on that wall? Will help to absorb the noise without losing the space - done this with the alcoves in my lounge and it helped a lot.
The more expensive and thinner the insulation, the worse it actually performs apparently - only option is to use the thick stuff and lose the space.
21 Dec 2021 17:07
Anyone sold a house themselves? Looking at using strike or doorstep to get in on zoopla and rightmove.
Really don't want to deal with local estate agents. They all over-valued my property massively to get my business. One was even telling me all about the psychology of playing two potential buyers off each other in order to get them to outbid each other. Cunt.
21 Dec 2021 17:30
All I know is that buying a house through one of these services is a massive turn off.
All viewings I've had via them have invariably turned into a shitshow in some way.
21 Dec 2021 17:45
We got soundproofing done in one room of a new build. Had almost zero effect. For it to work I think you’d need to do the whole joining wall otherwise the sound just leaks in from somewhere else.
Prob not what you want to hear but ended up moving as it did my head in.