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House move request

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NannyB2604 Tue 27-Apr-21 16:15:44

Hi everyone. We're in the process of selling our house and all seemed to be going ok until yesterday. The estate agent relayed a request from our purchasers: when they move in the want to pave the whole front garden to make standing room for their caravan and vintage Cadillac (seriously!). In connection with this, they've asked us to cut back the hedge and prune back or remove the (very well-established) shrubs in the garden as, I quote "They don't have time to do it"! Am I being unreasonable to say no? They saw what the garden was like when they put in their offer. By the way, the hedge and shrubs aren't running rampant - we keep them reasonably pruned to complement our currently lawned garden.

V3ra Tue 27-Apr-21 16:23:10

No you're not being unreasonable. They could pay someone to do the work if they haven't got time, but not before the sale is complete.
Imagine how you'd feel if for some reason the sale doesn't proceed and you've destroyed your garden unnecessarily?

Ngaio1 Tue 27-Apr-21 16:24:13

Cheeky things! In no way would I do this.

Cabbie21 Tue 27-Apr-21 16:24:14

No you are not being unreasonable. It is up to them to prepare the ground for what they want to do,
Are there any restrictions? We are not allowed to keep caravans or any commercial vehicles on our drive.

Amberone Tue 27-Apr-21 16:25:33


No you're not being unreasonable. They could pay someone to do the work if they haven't got time, but not before the sale is complete.
Imagine how you'd feel if for some reason the sale doesn't proceed and you've destroyed your garden unnecessarily?

Exactly what I was thinking!

avitorl Tue 27-Apr-21 16:26:14

It would be a definite no from me but I would agree to them having it done after exchange of Contracts and at their own expense too.

M0nica Tue 27-Apr-21 16:27:03

They are the ones being unreasonable. If that is what they want they should do it themselves after they move in or get the contractor who lays the paving to do it.

You are selling the house and garden as it is. Frankly their request is outrageous.

travelnan Tue 27-Apr-21 16:27:34

What a cheek! Tell them that it is their problem and your time is more precious than theirs. They had better check there isn't a covenant on the property forbidding caravans. I feel sorry for your neighbours if this is how they behave. Who do they think they are entitled prats.

AGAA4 Tue 27-Apr-21 16:28:59

What a cheek! They are being unreasonable asking you to do this. Most people start altering the house after they have moved in not ask the sellers to start the process for them.

FlexibleFriend Tue 27-Apr-21 16:29:32

No and I wouldn't do the work either, sold as seen. They may not proceed to completion and then your shrubs will be cut back and look unattractive should you have to put it back on the market.

tanith Tue 27-Apr-21 16:38:48

Bloody cheek tell them where to go.

Hithere Tue 27-Apr-21 16:53:27


If you pay for those modifications, freebie for them!

BlueBelle Tue 27-Apr-21 16:59:47

Cheeky gits no don’t do anything and oh dear poor neighbours having to look out onto a concrete jungle with a caravan and Cadillac after having nice shrubs to view

3nanny6 Tue 27-Apr-21 17:06:48

NannyB2604; The garden at the front of your house sounds lovely. It is up to the new owners to make the changes once they go in there it is not your job to do.

I have a proper mess next door to me it is social housing which can be brought but my neighbour did not buy it. Sadly he died just over three months ago and there is loads of rubbish piled up at the front and even his car is there.
I have endlessly asked the landlord of next door about the mess and all he says is he is looking into it. I am fed up with it and soon there is going to be vermin nesting there, I wish I was moving out.

Nannarose Tue 27-Apr-21 17:26:17

3nanny6 - if it is social housing, then presumably the landlord is a housing association (or possibly council if any still do housing). If so, they will have a formal complaints procedure.
However, the way you mention "landlord / he" makes me wonder if it is a private landlord (who had possibly been used by the local council, a fairly common arrangement)
I would contact your local environmental health department, explain your concerns (keep a record of your conversations with the landlord) and ask their advice.
Normally I would suggest copying in your local councillor, but at the moment, copying to your MP might be better.

It is unacceptable for you to have to deal with this. I suspect a private landlord was letting to the local council for a vulnerable person, and is now in a dispute about who pays for the clear-up. But involving Environmental Health & your MP should speed things along.

Good luck

cornishpatsy Tue 27-Apr-21 17:31:54

Depends on how keen you are to sell. If you want to sell then are you willing to pay someone to do what they have asked.

M0nica Tue 27-Apr-21 17:38:27

I disagree Cornishpasty. When you buy a house, you buy it as is. I have never ever heard of someone asking a vendor to start the new buyer's renovation project for them. What will they want next, the kitchen refitted?

Ellianne Tue 27-Apr-21 17:39:36

I don't think you are under any obligation to carry out this work. When we were buying our house our solicitor picked up on some old clause which said no bushes should be higher than 5' in the front garden. They were twice that height. We brought it up with the sellers who replied that they had lived happily with the high bushes with no problem, but if we wanted to chop them back we could do so when we moved in! We still went ahead and bought the house .... and cut down the bushes.

Septimia Tue 27-Apr-21 17:39:51

Surely you buy as house 'as seen'. All too often new owners change everything inside, even newly fitted bathrooms etc. They don't expect the sellers to make those alterations for them, so changes to the garden are the buyers' responsibility too.

I'd say 'No, not fit enough for physical work like that'. But I'd be inclined to take any shrubs that might survive a move for your new garden!

PippaZ Tue 27-Apr-21 17:41:28

It's a pain. What did your Agent say? I would let them deal with it but you can't risk altering anything before a sale.

Bakingmad0203 Tue 27-Apr-21 17:47:08

No way would I agree to that! You will have enough stress to deal with in the moving process and there are so many stories about buyers withdrawing at the last minute. Wouldn’t it be awful if they withdrew and then the cut back shrubs and hedge put other potential buyers off as Flexiblefriend just said?

GillT57 Tue 27-Apr-21 18:17:12

Firstly, I wouldn't do anything at all until you have exchanged and completed on the sale, and secondly, just do what suits you, perhaps move some of the shrubs with you, or give them to friends? After one of our house moves, I was saddened to see the from garden which I had nurtured, and which contained a beautiful tree, had been raised to the ground and paved to make way for cars and plastic bin stores. Had I known their plans, I would have taken most of the shrubs and bushes with me. On another note, I feel for your neighbours having to look out on a caravan and tatty old cadillac. How tacky shock

PaperMonster Tue 27-Apr-21 18:41:50

Think they’re trying to pull a fast one; tell them to take a running jump.

Callistemon Tue 27-Apr-21 18:48:33


It would be a definite no from me but I would agree to them having it done after exchange of Contracts and at their own expense too.

I wouldn't do that either, not at all.
Things can still go wrong even then.

They bought the house as seen - what they do with it after completion is up to them.

Some people have a nerve, they are just trying it on.

ValerieF Tue 27-Apr-21 18:51:12

Absolutely totally NO! Obviously I don’t know how desperate you are to sell but I would tell the estate agent to remarket AND increase by a couple of thousand!!!

If these people really want it they will s*1t themselves ?. Ridiculous to ask for anything after agreed sale. Good luck