Make Sure Check Behind & Under Furniture When Viewing Properties

I was browsing through the moneysavingexpert.com forums and I found a, dare I say, humourous thread about vendors leaving behind bad surprises for new owners. I shouldn’t laugh, because I genuinely do feel for the lady in distress and everyone else that shared a similar story.

Moving home is stressful enough and i’m sure the last thing a new homeowner wants to see when they walk into their new home is this:

Rubbish Room

Basically, the vendor had left behind a load of rubbish in the property for the new owners to dispose of. But what’s worse is that the vendor had strategically placed his/her furniture in positions where they masked peeling wallpaper and dirty carpets.

Peeling Wallpaper

It’s a dirty, cheap trick, and vendors like that should be penalised, but unfortunately there is no default clause in the contracts that protects new homeowners from things like that.

While remaining rubbish is out of the buyer’s control, she could have, and should have spotted the hidden surprises behind and under the furniture during the viewing stages. In my 15 Tips For Buying Property guide, I mention this as rule number 10:

    10) An empty property looks so much different
    Imagine the property is empty- do not be fooled by props a seller has strategically planned. Once a house is stripped from all it’s wrapping, you maybe surprised how different she, I mean, IT, looks. Check behind and under the furniture, because you never know what surprises maybe hidden away- peeling wallpaper, stained carpets etc

Rubbish was left in my new home
If you’re a victim of this irresponsible and selfish act from the vendor, then there isn’t that much you can do. However, it might be worth getting in touch with your estate agent and informing them. Good Estate Agents will arrange for the rubbish to be removed.

Preventing this from happening
As mentioned, have a thorough look around at the house while you’re viewing property- check behind and under furniture. If the property isn’t up to scratch, you can use it as a bargaining chip to reduce the asking price.

You can include a clause stipulating that there will be no rubbish left behind in the after the vendor vacates. If rubbish is left behind, you should be entitled to claim back costs. Your conveyancing solicitor can arrange all that.

…cover your back and avoid being the victim

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