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There is no point in getting in your own builder if you think they are doing this deliberately to reduce the purchase price for the property. You would be throwing money at something which isn't going to go anywhere. You need to figure out whether they're genuine, or whether you think they're just trying to reduce the price.
Obviously, if they're genuine and they think the work needs doing, then telling them their own builder is excessive is acceptable.
Their builder has told them that one of the floors is chipboard. This wrong, it is not and I would never have put a chipboard floor in this house. The boards are probably pine (quite acceptable), The size of the room is 414cm x 440cm. not large. £7,000 is ridiculou even if he uses green oak (proposed) and that is not particularly expensive. The buyers have lived abroad for years and have no experience in repairing old houses.
Okay. I understand your points. Did you get other offers for the house in the same sum or thereabouts?
Thanks Tony, I might just pull out. I would add though, that the couple have seen the house and were very impressed. I pointed out what needs to be done to it. Having been here off and on, more off than on, for so long, it was my father's house, I know it inside out. The builder is just looking for things to put on his quote.