Advice on house hunting Page 152

  • Deleted user 10 November 2017 09:07:50
    @monkehhh Yeah, you're only allowed the shaver type plug points in bathrooms (and no "normal" light switches due to condensation), but we've got a plethora of electric toothbrushes so it would be handy for us.
  • Deleted user 10 November 2017 09:10:49
    PS... You've convinced me on the conservatory lark! "Just" need to convince my wife now... just

    As for the boiler, I think that's a good call henro. I did a technology course as part of my degree which included architecture and building design, so I understand the pluses and minuses of all the stuff on the energy report. I'm not going to get too anal about it though (he says telling himself more than anyone on here) as the house I'm in at the moment is a shit hole (sorry landlord) and we're coping fine.
  • Dougs 10 Nov 2017 09:12:33 85,787 posts
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    Or just ask for proof that it's been swept in the last year, which is what's needed for most insurance policies. Chances are, it wouldn't have been.
  • henro_ben 10 Nov 2017 09:17:32 2,347 posts
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    @elstoof As doug said, lifespan of the new boiler. I've got an ancient baxi back boiler, and the general consensus seems to be to keep it running until I can't get parts any more...

    It's definitely the most reliable boiler I've ever had that's for sure.
  • Deleted user 10 November 2017 09:51:54
    @Dougs I know they've never used it. So that's 20 years at least since the last sweep.
  • Dougs 10 Nov 2017 09:57:53 85,787 posts
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    Yikes!
  • Psychotext 10 Nov 2017 10:46:17 63,078 posts
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    On the whole conservatory / extension thing... that's one thing I don't like about the place I'm buying. The garage sort of cuts in to where you'd naturally put one, so if you were to add one, it would be all sorts of wonky.
  • elstoof 10 Nov 2017 11:59:32 20,068 posts
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    Old boilers may be fixable but Iím just not keen on the idea of it needing fixing in the middle of winter and having no heat for a few weeks. Iíve also learned over time that independent plumbers really donít like installing new systems because thereís too much potential for headaches, servicing/emergency mending is much easier and far more profitable
  • Dougs 10 Nov 2017 12:11:44 85,787 posts
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    Meh, sadly I'm not flush enough to part with a couple of grand every few years when a boiler starts to need regular repair. In my case, the reluctance to repair is because of where the boiler is - previous owners built a cupboard around it with a shower on one side and toilet in front, meaning it's tricky to get to. Although not impossible, as my nephew proved.

    It definitely needs replacing but in the long-term we want to re-work the downstairs lay-out so would put a new one in then. Trying to work out where it might go a couple of years in advance is a bit of a headache...
  • henro_ben 10 Nov 2017 12:52:59 2,347 posts
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    @elstoof In my experience heating engineers love installing new systems, as it's a nice block of work, they invariably get a kick back from whichever boiler manufacturer they recommend you get and quite often they'll offer to 'clear up' all that old copper piping they've ripped out, which means they can nip down to the local scrap merchant to flog it for a little bit extra profit...

    While they all seem to hate fiddling around in an ancient old boiler in order to fit a part that they swear blind hasn't been made for at least 10 years, until you invariably find it for sale after 30 seconds of googling it...

    But maybe I've just been unlucky in the past ;-)
  • Dougs 10 Nov 2017 13:08:33 85,787 posts
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    That all sounds remarkably familiar....

    (My dad was a plumber, his weekly beer money came from the scrap...including the old copper tanks. He kept it well hidden from my old dear!)
  • Psychotext 10 Nov 2017 13:09:52 63,078 posts
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    Bleh. I've been looking through the detailed plans on the house and there's so much shit I'd like to change before it gets built... but can't.
  • Dougs 10 Nov 2017 13:18:44 85,787 posts
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    Do you not get to see any of that before you stump up? I'd want to know everything! (Or rather, my wife would...)
  • Psychotext 10 Nov 2017 13:20:29 63,078 posts
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    You get varying levels of detail. Depends what you want to see really.
  • Deleted user 10 November 2017 14:08:50
    Twenty year old boiler has apparently only needed one replacement pump in its life and nothing else. Gets serviced every year. There's also an immersion heater should there be any problems, so should be okay I think.

    /crosses everything
  • Jeepers 10 Nov 2017 14:09:43 16,533 posts
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    CHAPS payments are slow and stupid and estate agents are the same. Bah.
  • Dougs 10 Nov 2017 14:12:06 85,787 posts
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    And you have to pay for the privilege of a CHAPS payment. It's as big a fucking con as, well, the rest of the stupid process.
  • Psychotext 10 Nov 2017 14:27:31 63,078 posts
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    Pay them with 100 fast payments. :D
  • Psychotext 10 Nov 2017 14:35:17 63,078 posts
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    Unrelated... looks like the outer shell of my house is nearing completion.

    Still doesn't look anywhere near as big as it actually is when you're in the thing. Or at least, as the show house we looked at was. Maybe they build those 10% bigger? :eek:

    Edited by Psychotext at 19:44:06 16-02-2018
  • Jeepers 10 Nov 2017 17:04:43 16,533 posts
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    Aaaaand we're in.

    \o/
  • Jeepers 10 Nov 2017 17:05:52 16,533 posts
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    @Psychotext

    I think all part-built houses look smaller than they'll feel once decorated and full of your stuff.

    That or you've bought a shed.
  • Psychotext 10 Nov 2017 17:10:14 63,078 posts
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    Gratz.
  • robc84 10 Nov 2017 17:13:27 12,584 posts
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    Jeepers wrote:
    Aaaaand we're in.

    \o/
    Hooray!

    Congrats Jeepers!
  • DuaneW 10 Nov 2017 17:17:41 106 posts
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    @Psychotext Small world. I live on that estate. Make sure you tell them to put the correct amount of top soil down. The amount of bricks/metal etc they didn't clean up was unreal. House was generally fine, except an uneven dining room which they fixed but getting the garden sorted has been a slog. Hopefully drainage will be OK for you being by a hill!
  • Psychotext 10 Nov 2017 18:10:53 63,078 posts
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    Interesting. I'm guessing you recognise the big ass concrete wall?
  • DuaneW 10 Nov 2017 18:14:04 106 posts
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    @Psychotext Yes! It's a nice estate (moved here from Cardiff about 2 years ago) and being walking distance from a brewery has its perks!
  • Dougs 10 Nov 2017 18:14:30 85,787 posts
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    Jeepers wrote:
    Aaaaand we're in.

    \o/
    Woo hoo! A very large well earned glass of whatever for you both. After you've built at least 2 beds
  • mrpon 10 Nov 2017 18:15:52 34,431 posts
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    @Jeepers congrats! Friday as well, take out of course!
  • Psychotext 10 Nov 2017 18:35:49 63,078 posts
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    DuaneW wrote:
    @Psychotext Yes! It's a nice estate (moved here from Cardiff about 2 years ago) and being walking distance from a brewery has its perks!
    Related, their pub in Cardiff is fantastic. :)
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