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  • Technoishmatt 7 Jun 2019 18:41:06 3,437 posts
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    Sorry, the original estimate was up to 14000, not 1400, so definitely doesnt seem value for money. It was more for reduced energy and CO2.

    From some cyber analysis seems that indeed as the house is Edwardian it is likely solid walls, and so probably not a great idea to do anything. It is mid terrace also so benefit limited. Roof most important. They have done a loft extension so maybe that is taken care of.
  • elstoof 7 Jun 2019 18:44:40 23,444 posts
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    Lols no chance in fuckery of that much. I’m in a 5 bed late Victorian house, my energy bills are around £2000 per year. A bit of insulation that’s only effective for ~4 months of the year isn’t going to drop my usage by 10% when the large majority of the gas I use is for hot water
  • elstoof 7 Jun 2019 18:45:40 23,444 posts
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    Yeah they’ll promote anything to reduce the carbon footprint but that’s meaningless to your bottom line. Edwardian houses were built to be comfortable in a much colder climate than we have today, without the luxury of central heating. They still work quite well at doing that after all these years

    Edited by elstoof at 18:47:20 07-06-2019
  • Technoishmatt 7 Jun 2019 19:08:02 3,437 posts
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    I might ask them for actual bill costs. The EPC says it should be £3800 per three years currently. Quite a bit lower than yours. That is for 4/5 bed 2100 sq ft.
  • elstoof 7 Jun 2019 19:17:24 23,444 posts
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    My place is 210 m2, I think that’s roughly the same. Mid terrace house built in 1902. Energy bills are on a direct debit which comes to around 200 per month with npower.

    London though, so there’s the location tax to consider

    Edited by elstoof at 19:18:02 07-06-2019
  • Technoishmatt 7 Jun 2019 19:19:48 3,437 posts
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    Basically same age and size, yeah, well at least once we have done the side return. I had budgeted 100 a month for the mortgage application.
  • elstoof 7 Jun 2019 19:24:46 23,444 posts
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    O work from home though so there’s slightly increased electric usage from that
  • Dougs 7 Jun 2019 19:32:34 89,593 posts
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    My bills are £125 for both in a 3/4 bed Victorian semi. WFH 3 days a week. Was significantly more with my previous supplier but have managed to save some
  • fontgeeksogood 7 Jun 2019 19:40:39 6,239 posts
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    You don't have all the key making and trophy engraving stuff on all day though
  • mrpon 7 Jun 2019 19:41:22 35,287 posts
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    Mrs Dougs got knitting needles for Christmas I hear.
  • elstoof 7 Jun 2019 20:03:08 23,444 posts
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    fontgeeksogood wrote:
    You don't have all the key making and trophy engraving stuff on all day though
    Since you stopped winning your office hockey fridays so often I don’t have so many trophy’s to engrave :-(
  • GuybrushFreepwood 7 Jun 2019 21:18:13 1,052 posts
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    Almost had a full on panic attack today thanks to work we’re having done on our bathroom. It’s been going on two weeks now and I’d been let off work early as I’ve been working long hours. Obviously I went shopping on the way home so got home knackered.

    ... to be confronted by the plumber telling me the tiles I’d bought were the worst he’d ever used and they’d soaked the grout into them and he couldn’t clean it off. The place looked a mess and he’d said he’d been trying to clean it for 7 hours.

    I rang the place I got them from and they said my plumber was a muppet and hadn’t cleaned them right. Plumber was pissed and I was piggy in the middle. I then researched it, rang the tile centre back after the plumber had gone and asked my options. Apparently I needed brick acid and they get a call like mine every month.

    Went round the shops unable to find it with my phone dying and starting to panic. Nearly ended up with a full on panic attack ( as I said work has been hard anyway).

    Finally got something that sounded similar to what I needed and got home and tried it. I “ think” it is working. I bloody hope so.

    Means I’ll be spending most of the weekend getting acid burns as I try and carefully scrub each tile clean. Not quite the weekend break I desperately need, but least I avoided the melt down. Houses...
  • elstoof 7 Jun 2019 21:19:47 23,444 posts
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    Don’t let the plumber do your tiling!
  • GuybrushFreepwood 8 Jun 2019 06:34:39 1,052 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Don’t let the plumber do your tiling!
    Plumber / builder. He’s “done over 300 bathrooms and can build an entire house” apparently...

    He can also moan a lot and is not so hot on cleaning tiles.

    Anyway, new day and I’ll see what I can sort.
  • Psiloc 8 Jun 2019 10:01:35 5,108 posts
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    I remember getting gloss all over the new porous bathroom tiles at our old house and pouring myself a glass of whiskey and sitting in the dark waiting for the wife to return home
  • elstoof 8 Jun 2019 10:13:34 23,444 posts
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    To be fair, the tile shop should’ve told you what you needed and tried to sell you the correct cleaning product for the chosen tiles
  • GuybrushFreepwood 8 Jun 2019 19:22:02 1,052 posts
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    Knackered.com

    Cleaned every tile and it looks like a bathroom again. Will need to spend a couple of hours at least tomorrow cleaning all the bits that a good drying out show I missed, but think I broke the back of it.

    Hopefully loads won’t appear back in the morning!
  • GuybrushFreepwood 11 Jun 2019 12:46:23 1,052 posts
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    Oh fwiw, the builder admitted it was his mistake. Apparently he was using a new type of sponge which he’d already had problems with. He’s thanked me profusely since as I managed to sort everything. Who needs a weekend?
  • askew 11 Jun 2019 13:44:25 19,303 posts
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    ! Hope he knocks a few quid off your bill…
  • consignia 12 Jun 2019 20:22:58 1,473 posts
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    Not heard anything from either estate agents or solitictors for over 3 weeks now. Is this normal? Is it worth giving someone a nudge. Last thing I heard was that the people I'm buying off where getting there mortgage valuation done.
  • mrpon 12 Jun 2019 21:15:39 35,287 posts
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    Absolutely, worth nudging once a week imo, check everything is ticking along, whether they need anything from you etc..

    I've exchanged contracts (woop) complete on 15th July.
  • freddymercurystwin 18 Jul 2019 11:05:47 1,658 posts
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    So a question, is there an advantage or a disadvantage to using the same agent for selling your house as well as buying your house? Or maybe neither? I think I am erring towards either an advantage or no disadvantage as it removes a cog in the process.

    Let's assume that you would have been happy to use this agent to sell your own house irrespective of the fact that they happen to be the agents selling the house you wish to buy.

    I live in a small town, there's a reasonable chance this scenario is likely to happen anyway so in that respect there may be little choice in the matter but curious as to others opinions.
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