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18 Feb 2021 15:22:

Only thing is, seeing pictures of the house ( not been able to get there since November 2019) we're starting to feel homesick for the place ...



Thread: advice needed on builder asking for 50% upfront fee prior to starting work

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18 Feb 2021 13:01:

As promised - a short update on how the work progressed. First phase was 5 days and finished just before the cold weather and local lock down kicked in. Our agent sent us multiple pictures and a couple of videos of work in progress/completed.

Looked o.k (not easy when not there in person) - so we said go ahead with the rest of the work. Big gap due to weather and lock down, but then we received completion of work confirmation and picture proof ( Feb 8). Everything looked good so we agreed to final payment.  Our agent has now - with our agreement - slightly increased the asking price, may as well give it a try (we can dream).

We intended to use the same money transfer biz. for final payment ...but when I logged in to my account I got a message saying account locked, no new transfers allowed. Tried a few more times got a "account being reviewed"

No reply to my emails, so I opened account with another company and made the transfer. I've sinced used the new company to make transfer to our spanish bank account with no problems - so they will be my future provider.

Thanks again for all the advice given back in december.



Thread: advice needed on builder asking for 50% upfront fee prior to starting work

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11 Dec 2020 22:35:

Hi Marksfish,thanks for the input. We've now got someone there who is going to keep a check on progress, send us videos of completed work for our approval before final payment.

Difficult for us stuck back in uk, poor ability in spanish, - who knows when we can travel without agg.( both elderly and frankly p*!!** off with the current situation) it's what I would call "a distress purchase"  - like when the tyres wear out on your car just before the mot is due.

The roof is damaged and water has got in and caused ceiling/wall damage, so it's got to be done.

As Kavanagh posted earlier it's a matter of trust and good faith.

So, we've given the o.k for the job. Will post results here (good or bad) in the future. Thanks to every one for the ideas - it's all helped - as will this glass of Jack Daniels honey.



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10 Dec 2020 23:30:

Thanks TFiLondon.This is all good information, gives us some ideas to work on.



Thread: advice needed on builder asking for 50% upfront fee prior to starting work

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10 Dec 2020 23:03:

Thanks Guy T - all input is very useful. Payments are to be via bank transfer with videos of completed works provided before we make final payment. Just thought that a 50% upfront was high - but as I mentioned before  we're out of touch with current prices. ( much of our time is spent saying " How much????" in a high voice!)



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