Advice on house hunting Page 244

  • mrpon 29 Apr 2019 16:17:33 35,207 posts
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    I think the rule of thumb is: new build go with the basics. Old house/renovation project: full survey. Anything else, somewhere in between!

    Ambiguous enough? :)
  • consignia 29 Apr 2019 19:08:16 1,472 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    I think the rule of thumb is: new build go with the basics. Old house/renovation project: full survey. Anything else, somewhere in between!

    Ambiguous enough? :)
    Ha, the whole thing has such a range of opinions. The home buyers report *seems* like the best option for me based on few things said here, as well discussions with friends and colleagues.

    Thanks for all the advice. It's given a lot to ponder.
  • Nexus_6 29 Apr 2019 19:35:22 4,231 posts
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    If the in depth report doesnít uncover anything then you were wrong to shell out for it.
    If you are cheap and go for the basic and something big happens later that is t caught then thatís wrong too.

    Fucked either way. If stuck where you are 😮
  • Technoishmatt 29 Apr 2019 19:48:17 3,394 posts
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    Except the cost of something going wrong that the top survey would have found is surely always going to more than the extra cost of the survey. You pay to cover the risk, seems like a no brainer to me. Especially compared to the price of houses these days.
  • Psychotext 30 Apr 2019 00:23:25 64,970 posts
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    Out of interest... any idea what I'd expect a handyman to charge per day?

    Putting up curtain rails, shelves etc. (and yes, I know I could do it myself, but fuck going near anything in this fucking house)
  • GuybrushFreepwood 30 Apr 2019 01:40:34 945 posts
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    @Psychotext had a guy round recently and he charged £15/hour.
  • Psychotext 1 May 2019 17:21:55 64,970 posts
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    Cheers.
  • Nexus_6 2 May 2019 09:07:18 4,231 posts
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    Or get him to quote for the job?
    If he gets wind of the issues with the place he could be there an extra 5 hours you have to pay.
  • Psychotext 2 May 2019 12:00:24 64,970 posts
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    I did, it was a lot. Hence trying to work out roughly what people charge.
  • Psychotext 2 May 2019 14:13:42 64,970 posts
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    Oh, and as an update on the house... three rooms now need groundwork as the floor is so out of level that the flooring guys can't fix the issues with the flooring with just scrim.
  • mrpon 2 May 2019 15:15:33 35,207 posts
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    Orthopedic shoes?
  • elstoof 2 May 2019 15:46:42 23,144 posts
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    You called?
  • Technoishmatt 5 May 2019 20:02:42 3,394 posts
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    House came up for sale just down the street. Quite a bit over our intended budget, but it was gorgeous and 2 min away, so why not?

    Big mistake... basically trying now to figure out whether we can afford it! One big plus is that it looks like we wouldn't "need" to do any work, whereas most places we looked at needed extensions and a lot of work done. That stamp duty tho...
  • mrpon 7 May 2019 16:18:27 35,207 posts
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    Fab show on BBC2 at the moment utilising VR to show the clients two architect designs they have to choose.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m00048xh/your-home-made-perfect
  • Technoishmatt 8 May 2019 07:51:27 3,394 posts
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    Ok putting in an offer this morning. Our benefit is we are chain free - but I expect somebody else to come along and bid more. I dont think we have much more to put down...
  • Dougs 8 May 2019 08:08:37 89,122 posts
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    All you can do is lay it out there, first and final offer, chain free, want to move quickly etc. Good luck!
  • Frogofdoom 8 May 2019 08:11:48 13,216 posts
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    No chain is very appealing for a lot of people, it's worth a few grand at least as it stops a lot of potential delays.
  • Technoishmatt 8 May 2019 09:58:13 3,394 posts
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    On to a solicitor next. Supposedly emthat wld be needed to properly take it off the market.

    Also, switching to own brand baked beans for next 34 years.
  • Technoishmatt 8 May 2019 10:00:59 3,394 posts
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    Also I weep at the price difference between my offer and the previous purchase price. Fuckin London.
  • Technoishmatt 8 May 2019 18:45:59 3,394 posts
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    Eek, vendor can't decide between our offer and another. Going to final bids tomorrow. Now I have to decide whether I want beans at all.

    Edited by Technoishmatt at 18:46:09 08-05-2019
  • consignia 8 May 2019 20:45:10 1,472 posts
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    The people I'm buying off managed to a few extra grand out of me with their offers on the table stuff. I think I might weld their rangemaster in under the cover of night, so they don't try and "do a deal".

    The solictors have just asked for conveyance fees today, so it's really starting to feel real now.
  • mrpon 8 May 2019 20:47:50 35,207 posts
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    To join in the fun I've had my searches back, agreement in principle and my structural survey report should be tomorrow. Hoping for the mortgage offer early next week with the potential of competition end of May perhaps.

    /giddy kipper
  • Mr_Sleep 8 May 2019 20:49:10 22,568 posts
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    @mrpon great news. I hope everything goes well with the survey.
  • Dougs 8 May 2019 20:59:38 89,122 posts
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    Technoishmatt wrote:
    Eek, vendor can't decide between our offer and another. Going to final bids tomorrow. Now I have to decide whether I want beans at all.
    Fuck that shit. Pure agent tactics imo
  • Technoishmatt 8 May 2019 21:19:43 3,394 posts
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    Maybe, but she has been pretty transparent (and consistent) about other bids as they come in. A world away from the other agents I have dealt with. She even sent an email with tips for final bids and half a dozen real examples of opening and final bids.
  • Technoishmatt 9 May 2019 19:15:21 3,394 posts
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    We won! Somebody bid a lot more, but wasnt chain free!

    Now starts the paperwork. They want lender valuation booked within 10 days, seems fast? Still have to find the mortgage (we have a decision in principle with a broker).
  • consignia 9 May 2019 20:06:11 1,472 posts
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    Technoishmatt wrote:
    We won! Somebody bid a lot more, but wasnt chain free!
    Congrats. Similar to me, just edged it with that lovely chain free caveat.

    Technoishmatt wrote:
    Now starts the paperwork. They want lender valuation booked within 10 days, seems fast? Still have to find the mortgage (we have a decision in principle with a broker).
    They want you to have booked it or to have had it occur by then? Seems pretty prompt if the latter. Mortgage people have been really fast with me though, even via a broker. Seems they were way faster the solicitors who have sat on their hands for nearly a month. TBF, the sellers didn't get their onward chain sorted until last week.
  • Technoishmatt 9 May 2019 20:29:58 3,394 posts
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    @consignia congrats also.

    Booked only.

    Sellers have decided to rent as they look for their new house. They are downsizing and want to be able to compete with first time buyers. Which is awesome as o ly means it should go faster.
  • elstoof 9 May 2019 20:42:24 23,144 posts
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    Congrats, sounds like they need a quick sale. Make sure you get a good conveyancer who doesnít hold things up
  • robthehermit 13 May 2019 17:29:45 7,291 posts
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    Has anybody here had any experience of/advice on buying land from the council? Our back garden is very small and slopes at 45 degrees and is more or less unusable for anything garden related. However, out at the front of the house is a larger, almost level patch of land that ends in another steeper slope down to the road. It's not land that could really be used for anything other than a garden or open space. Anybody got any ideas of where to start? The Cornwall Council website is spectacularly unhelpful.
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