We are making an offer on a house, it'll be £25,000 less that what they have asked for (and they want offers in excess of!) but I have several good reasons for this (and willing to go £10,000 higher than our first, possibly) it's been on the market a long time.
Anyway, I'm compiling my list of reasons for the price, I've just found out the boiler is 10 years old (serviced annually) is this a point of negotiation? Is this quite old? (for a "modern" boiler, I gather older styles last better). I have no idea how long boilers last but if we had to do within 5 years that would be quite frustrating.
If it's been serviced annually it should be in good condition. Obviously depends on the brand etc but Id expect a good boiler to last a minimum of 15 years.
That said- our new boiler broke down 5 times in the first 2 years!
Id definitely go in at a lower price though as you can always go up and re negotiate if they decline. Good luck!
Our boiler was 5 years old when we bought our house, we have been here three years so it is 8 years old now. We have never had a problem except when a pipe was burst when our kitchen was being fitted and it caused the pressure to go wonky.
I also believe it depends on the make of the boiler. Ours is middle of the road, whereas if you have a better boiler I would expect it to last longer. I think Worchester/Bosch are the best (I'm only basing this on what my dad told me years ago so this might not be accurate!)
My husband is a gas engineer (well almost, he is training). He said a boiler would normally last 12-15 years possibly more if services regularly and correctly to manufacturers guide. Ours is 10 years old and he reckons it will need replacing soon....
We needed to put a new boiler and electrics in our house when we bought it. We negotiated on price and got it dropped by about £8,000. It needed complete renovation and we probably should have tried to get it for even less as probably spent £15,000 on it the past ten years.
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