Advice on house hunting Page 183

  • the_milkybar_kid 8 Mar 2018 11:04:51 7,054 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Ahahahaha, they've drilled holes to check the space to the wall, and based on the measurements I just took, it looks like the external wall might be where it's not straight.

    :| Shit a brick.

    Edited by the_milkybar_kid at 11:05:17 08-03-2018
  • monkehhh 8 Mar 2018 11:44:06 4,866 posts
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    Builders! Got a young lad with a hammer smashing up my living room and an old guy plastering my new kitchen. Quite nice (and quiet-ish) only having two of them around for a while.
  • the_milkybar_kid 8 Mar 2018 11:52:25 7,054 posts
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    Quoted £11,200 for a garage conversion. That's for extending it forward by 2 meters, putting a pitched roof on, raising the floor to put insulation in, pluming for a sink and radiators, a separate room for my man cave and a window. Was expecting around 10ish and considering the only other company I got hold of didn't ring back to come out on Monday, we're a bit short on options.
  • Dougs 8 Mar 2018 11:56:55 85,787 posts
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    I'd try to find at least one more....
  • monkehhh 8 Mar 2018 12:05:46 4,866 posts
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    We got a quote from someone who put the wrong name, address, etc. on it. Then one from someone who didn't actually come and see the house. Then the one we went with.
  • mrpon 8 Mar 2018 12:22:38 34,431 posts
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    @Psychotext wrecking ball, only way to be sure.
  • Psychotext 8 Mar 2018 12:27:05 63,078 posts
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    @mrpon I've told them not to touch it now until I can discuss it with them . Another fun thing, the damp proof course in the garage is too low and now the concrete and bricks are more wet than when we bought the place.

    Not allowed to complain though, first world problems and all that.
  • TheSaint 8 Mar 2018 12:43:31 17,770 posts
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    This is why a lot of people won't touch new builds with a barge pole.
  • Psychotext 8 Mar 2018 12:51:27 63,078 posts
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    Still, in reality had I not paid someone to check all this... it would have just stayed like it. So basically the next person down the road would have just inherited any issues without really knowing.

    But yeah, I'm regretting not looking for another 5 years instead of settling to be honest. Not least because despite going with one of the "best" ones, they're already starting to use the NHBC / industry standard line with me. If I'd wanted shit barely done to NHBC standards I'd have saved 100k and bought a persimmon house or something.

    All irrelevant for now though I guess. I have to pack my shit today, because tomorrow is the new hell of moving.

    Edited by Psychotext at 12:52:30 08-03-2018
  • the_milkybar_kid 8 Mar 2018 12:52:21 7,054 posts
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    @Dougs You're not wrong. But as this is the only guy that's actually come forward (only other one I could get hold of or could do it in reasonable time didn't bother to turn up), I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. It's the husband of someone my Wife's friends with who's work looks really solid so it's not like he's just some guy if you know what I mean.
  • dazcox5181 8 Mar 2018 13:26:28 626 posts
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    Having a bloody nightmare getting contracts exchanged on our move. Chain was complete before Christmas, lots of heel dragging by solicitors and find out today our buyer hasn’t even had the contract yet.
    Hearing different things from everyone involved. So glad it nearly done with and hopefully come the 29th we’ll complete...
  • Deleted user 8 March 2018 13:42:23
    I'm glad I've bought an old house. I'd got issues with it, but they sound like nothing compared to a new house.
  • Psychotext 8 Mar 2018 17:14:44 63,078 posts
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    lol, the movers didn't bring big enough vans. They'll now be doing two trips.

    /never moving again
  • dazcox5181 8 Mar 2018 17:44:32 626 posts
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    Grrr after a week of being told by my solicitor we would exchange every day from last Friday, turns out that neither our buyers or the people were buying from have even had their contracts from their solicitors.
    Is that normal for solicitors to hang onto the contracts till the last minute?? We had and signed ours over 6 weeks ago, for both transactions.

    This is really pissing me off as we’ve had nothing but ever changing stories from both sides. I can see the whole fucking thing falling through at this rate.
  • SnackPlissken 8 Mar 2018 17:54:16 168 posts
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    We’ve exchanged wooo
  • Salaman 8 Mar 2018 19:12:16 23,062 posts
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    Is Psycho still house hunting then?
  • monkehhh 8 Mar 2018 20:23:42 4,866 posts
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    @Salaman he's moving at the minute, the next hunt begins on Monday.
  • Jeepers 8 Mar 2018 20:26:34 16,533 posts
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    He hasn’t even told us what his goldfish think of their new shed.
  • mrpon 8 Mar 2018 20:46:09 34,431 posts
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    Get the breadcrumbs ready.
  • Salaman 8 Mar 2018 20:51:42 23,062 posts
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    I look forward to his August 2033 update.

    "we've only been here 15 years and the roof needs maintaining!"

    Good luck with the move though Psychotext.
    We've just moved at the end of January. Glad it's behind us.
  • Psychotext 8 Mar 2018 23:03:23 63,078 posts
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    So if I was to get someone in to advise on this wall... what would be my best bet? Realistically I need it to be someone the developer would struggle to argue with.
  • mrpon 8 Mar 2018 23:51:44 34,431 posts
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    Personally, I'd be asking one of these guys:

    https://www.ricsfirms.com/Search/Newport_262/Building-surveying~6
  • Psychotext 9 Mar 2018 00:43:47 63,078 posts
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    Cheers, I'll have a look.
  • the_milkybar_kid 9 Mar 2018 09:17:21 7,054 posts
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    @SnackPlissken Nice! Are you moving today then?
  • Rhaegyr 9 Mar 2018 09:19:15 4,456 posts
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    Being shown around a house this afternoon by the owners themselves - any tips on what questions to ask/avoid? I think we've got the basics down (don't let them know our budget, ask about the neighbours, why they're moving etc).
  • Vortex808 9 Mar 2018 09:41:12 12,369 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    I look forward to his August 2033 update.

    "we've only been here 15 years and the roof needs maintaining!"

    Good luck with the move though Psychotext.
    :D
  • SnackPlissken 9 Mar 2018 10:46:19 168 posts
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    @the_milkybar_kid Monday. Couldn't get removals for today at such short notice :( I live at my parents at the moment, so it's no big deal.
  • the_milkybar_kid 9 Mar 2018 10:56:31 7,054 posts
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    @SnackPlissken Nice. Well, congratulations mate. Hope it all goes well.
  • SnackPlissken 9 Mar 2018 11:21:48 168 posts
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    @the_milkybar_kid Cheers! Good luck with yours too.
  • mongo116 9 Mar 2018 12:51:33 53 posts
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    Just recently moved after living in our first house for about 17 years. The whole chain thing was absolute shite. The way the solicitors work seems completely backwards and archaic. And they seem to leave everything to the last minute. The removal firm we used though were top notch and so the actual move was pretty painless.

    Before we left our old house, we gave it a complete clean / tidy, including getting someone in to professionally clean the oven. In our new house, we found that the lazy fuckers did no cleaning whatsoever, and I ended up spending a week cleaning the kitchen. Which was so disgustingly dirty, I had to use a wallpaper scraper to get the grease off of the top of the kitchen cupboards. Really don't understand how people live like this.
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