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  • Psychotext 19 Jan 2019 14:03:55 64,869 posts
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    Contractors have gone again now. Back in February.
  • Mr_Sleep 19 Jan 2019 20:40:18 22,404 posts
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    @The_Goon you may wish to use ply, use packers to get it level and then glue it down. A bit of 4mm ply would probably be sufficient.
  • monkehhh 19 Jan 2019 21:55:26 5,057 posts
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    This time last year we had ripped the back of the house off, the boiler got condemned and we were cooking in the bedroom.. now it's all put back together and the wood burner is slowly cooking me and it's glorious.
  • eleven63 19 Jan 2019 22:27:37 2,425 posts
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    @monkehhh Yep, served us right when we moved and opened up the fire place. To find that when used we could kill ourselves and our neighbors... A £200.00 job, turned to £1600. to get the fucker relined. Worth it though, can't beat a real fire when it gets cold, like the past couple of days. Enjoy. Peace.
  • mrpon 23 Jan 2019 09:17:09 35,078 posts
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    So yeah, moving out on Friday. God I've got a lot of shit.
  • Psychotext 23 Jan 2019 10:50:39 64,869 posts
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    I bet you've got less than my missus has. =/

    She needs that bird off Netflix to come and sort her out.

    That sounded sexier than I originally intended.
  • Technoishmatt 23 Jan 2019 15:21:53 3,227 posts
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    I hate moving house. Worse still, moving across continents.

    Starting the packing list tonight, for the move back to London in 6 weeks!
  • mrpon 25 Jan 2019 17:15:13 35,078 posts
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    Y'know those Channel 4 hoarder programmes? That. Right now. In my Dad's living room. It's frankly part embarrassing part hilarious.

    Dat bank balance though :)
  • elstoof 25 Jan 2019 18:52:04 22,703 posts
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    Sold up then eh
  • The_Goon 27 Jan 2019 15:07:15 1,206 posts
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    @Mr_Sleep Not familiar with using packers/shims. Presume I put them in at regular intervals? So if it drops an inch every foot (drop isnít anywhere near that bad, just using this gradient for example), Iíd put a line of one inch packers at one foot, two inch packers at two foot and so on? Seems like the simplest solution.
  • GuybrushFreepwood 7 Feb 2019 10:31:31 644 posts
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    Just want to thank whoever it was that mentioned tax rebates when you buy a house that has an annex.

    I looked into it and approached the company that they'd used (Relatus)and as I was "recommended" by someone who had used them before, they said they would do all the work for free. I figured this was a no brainer, so asked what the "worst case" was if I applied. Apparently, HMRC have 9 months after any refund to say "hang on we made a mistake" and ask for the money back. They also stipulate that you can't change the annex into something that couldn't have someone living in it independently in during the 3 years from buying it (which we've no intention of doing).

    Anyway, applied and spoke to HMRC and provided my evidence (two phone lines, the plans say "granny annex", two council tax demands, previous owners had their gran there etc) and left it to the company. Today I've had a refund of £643 for doing almost nothing. :)

    So thanks to whomever that was. In 9 months, I'm going to blow the cash on drugs and women (which means my wife and daughters will spend most of it and I'll spend a couple of quid on headache tablets :( ).

    Well chuffed.
  • Psychotext 11 Feb 2019 14:21:32 64,869 posts
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    Things looking pretty good here...

  • Dougs 11 Feb 2019 14:22:52 88,516 posts
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    Nice. Is that unfinished or have they cut a bit out (and why?!)
  • DJCopa 11 Feb 2019 14:25:03 1,821 posts
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    Scared to ask...Chewie got walled in during the build?
  • Psychotext 11 Feb 2019 14:34:22 64,869 posts
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    The wall was bowed in the moddle. I assume because of that bit of insulation in the way.
  • IJ 11 Feb 2019 14:38:11 973 posts
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    @GuybrushFreepwood That was me and you're welcome!

    I got my cheque two weeks ago for £15,500. It's actually 9 months from application, so as it took nearly 3 months for them to process mine, I've only got about 6 months for them to raise a query. Probably the same for you.

    I know some were sceptical on here, but this is a tax break, not tax avoidance. Well worth checking out the Multiple Dwelling Relief and see if it applies to you. You can apply it pretty aggressively.

    Edited by IJ at 14:39:09 11-02-2019
  • askew 11 Feb 2019 14:39:40 18,797 posts
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    Drinks on IJ!
  • IJ 11 Feb 2019 14:40:18 973 posts
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    @askew Sadly it's all going on a kitchen, and it won't even cover all that.
  • Dougs 11 Feb 2019 14:48:02 88,516 posts
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    I can easily annex myself to my office. Does that count?
  • mrpon 11 Feb 2019 23:13:06 35,078 posts
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    Anyone done any HS2 research when buying a house? ie: is my house going to be demolished?!
  • askew 11 Feb 2019 23:17:18 18,797 posts
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    IJ wrote:
    @askew Sadly it's all going on a kitchen, and it won't even cover all that.
    :o What size is your kitchen going to be? Is it the multiple Aga set-up? ;)
  • Psychotext 11 Feb 2019 23:42:16 64,869 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    Anyone done any HS2 research when buying a house? ie: is my house going to be demolished?!
    I live in Wales... we don't get public investment.
  • SnackPlissken 12 Feb 2019 09:45:43 787 posts
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    Puts 15k on kitchen. Complains when selling house that it didnít add value to the house. I kid of course ;)
  • Vortex808 12 Feb 2019 10:06:43 13,093 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    mrpon wrote:
    Anyone done any HS2 research when buying a house? ie: is my house going to be demolished?!
    I live in Wales... we don't get public investment.
    You peeps got lots from the EU didn't you, but then voted to leave....

    ;-p
  • robc84 12 Feb 2019 10:18:26 13,314 posts
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    We spent about £7k on our kitchen (incl. fitting), but it was Ikea. You could easily spend double that at Wren and the like.

    Got the laminate flooring down in the kitchen and living room, and I must say I did a pretty good job :) So good in fact that my mum now wants me to do her hall and the mother in law wants me to do her nan's bedroom :( Special thanks again to MrSleep for his sound advice on the floor, underlay and fitting it was extremely helpful.

    We are now in the process of ripping out the bathroom as we are having the new one fitted next week.

    I'll then need to take a break from spending as I've built up too much on credit cards!

    Made good progress in the 18 months we've been here though.
  • elstoof 12 Feb 2019 12:07:25 22,703 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    Anyone done any HS2 research when buying a house? ie: is my house going to be demolished?!
    Shouldnít that sort of thing come up on solicitors regular searches?
  • Psychotext 12 Feb 2019 12:19:05 64,869 posts
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    Vortex808 wrote:
    You peeps got lots from the EU didn't you, but then voted to leave....

    ;-p
    My peeps didn't. :p

    Blame it on the ignorant Valleys lot.
  • robthehermit 12 Feb 2019 12:20:11 7,201 posts
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    Our kitchen is costing £19k :(
  • mrpon 12 Feb 2019 12:20:38 35,078 posts
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    @elstoof Yeah, this was more before it gets to that stage. There is lorry loads of info out there, I'm just looking for a simple type in your postcode and it tells you how safe the house is. I don't know who the onus lies with with regards to being told yes it's on a HS2 route, the seller? the estate agent? the solicitor? me??

    Complicated.

    Edited by mrpon at 12:20:57 12-02-2019
  • elstoof 12 Feb 2019 13:07:02 22,703 posts
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    Iíd expect the solicitors will want to cover their arses double with anything HS2 related. Personally Iíd probably just have a check on the proposed route then leave the rest up to the conveyancing. The asking price will be as good an indicator as any, if itís way under the average you can probably expect a train line running through your downstairs lavatory by 2030

    Edited by elstoof at 13:08:42 12-02-2019
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