Following Advice on house hunting Page 273

  • sport 15 Mar 2021 22:10:35 16,837 posts
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    Gremmi's sofa is covered in grits.
  • muddyyfunster 15 Mar 2021 22:30:26 1,069 posts
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    Our tiny flat has an open plan kitchen living room. Sofa is about 3m from the cooker. No grease transfer issues as far as I'm aware and can't say food smells are either. Would happily have an open plan kitchen/living room again. The only real negative is noise from kettle/washing machine when trying to watch TV.

    Our new place is a victorian terrace with a smallish kitchen in an extension at the back so not open plan. Frankly, this was a compromise for us. A big open plan modern cooking/entertaining space with KITCHEN ISLAND will have to wait another decade, unfortunately.
  • elstoof 15 Mar 2021 22:33:34 27,143 posts
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    Gremmi preparing a traditional American meal his open plan living/dining/kitchen area



    Edited by elstoof at 22:35:55 15-03-2021
  • BreadBinLidHero 15 Mar 2021 22:35:48 10,587 posts
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    @elstoof thelzdking

    I only changed it to see if that US Gamer trick still worked. I meant to change back, but I'm too lazy.
  • Armoured_Bear 15 Mar 2021 22:36:43 30,322 posts
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    BreadBinLidHero wrote:
    @elstoof thelzdking

    I only changed it to see if that US Gamer trick still worked. I meant to change back, but I'm too lazy.
    Please do it, I want to know if the change back thing works.
  • mrpon 24 Mar 2021 09:56:23 37,164 posts
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    PSA: had a chat with the valuer this morning and effectively postponed my remortgage valuation until middle of June. The money I've spent so far (a lot) is not considered unless I've knocked through from the main house. So pointless getting it valued until that stage, plus it needs to have a kitchen/bathroom before they'd even consider it.
  • SnackPlissken 24 Mar 2021 10:08:55 3,180 posts
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    Mental some 3 bedroom new builds have a pretty non existent place for a dining table. Do people not eat at the table?
  • ZuluHero 24 Mar 2021 10:18:21 10,145 posts
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    Some of the kitchens in new builds are tiny too. Do people not cook at home anymore?
  • SnackPlissken 24 Mar 2021 10:27:00 3,180 posts
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    Found one that looks from the 60s and has an open plan kitchen, with a large living room for roughly 10k less than a new build. Sure got to factor in what issues it may have etc.
  • SamNunn92 24 Mar 2021 10:28:07 935 posts
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    When we were looking round places in October last year all the new builds had miniscule kitchens. In 2 of them you couldn't open the (fitted) fridge door without closing the kitchen door first. Unsurprisingly they were from the same developer.
  • Goban 24 Mar 2021 18:10:47 10,120 posts
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    Never thought I'd be here again. Looking to put in an offer on a house. It's old and needs work, I promised myself I wouldn't do this, bloody glutton for punishment. At least I don't have a wife to get in the way now.
  • PierrePressure 24 Mar 2021 19:38:00 1,397 posts
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    We are just starting to look around for our first house, we saw one we liked but it got snapped up within 4 days of listing. It was about 50k less than the surrounding houses and it has come back onto the market after only a few weeks. My missus is still really interested but something doesn't sound right with it.
  • Dougs 24 Mar 2021 19:55:14 99,066 posts
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    Death House, clearly
  • Technoishmatt 24 Mar 2021 19:58:30 5,135 posts
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    Could be a million things!
  • nickthegun 24 Mar 2021 20:13:06 86,367 posts
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    Could be just the sellers. The house before last we got relatively cheaply thanks to ‘motivated sellers’.

    Turns out they were on the verge of losing the house they wanted after two sales fell through thanks to them being lazy, thick wankers.

    And they had painted every wall orange to give it a ‘Mediterranean feel’.

    Edited by nickthegun at 20:14:02 24-03-2021
  • askew 24 Mar 2021 20:17:22 23,225 posts
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    Ah, authentic stucco
  • Dougs 24 Mar 2021 20:41:43 99,066 posts
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    My wife is off work sick at the moment and has no concentration span so is watching reality shit on Hayu. Real Housewives of New Jersey. Gaudy, classless shit everywhere. Proper Sopranos stuff.
  • Goban 29 Mar 2021 15:32:51 10,120 posts
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    Offer in for a house today, going in pretty low as it's been on the market a while. I hate this bit.
  • Nexus_6 29 Mar 2021 15:35:48 6,002 posts
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    Good luck Goban. I know some architects if you need work doing to it...;-)
  • ZuluHero 29 Mar 2021 15:41:20 10,145 posts
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    So searches came back, all fine but ground stability raised in the environment report. Rating is moderate-high.

    Reading the guidelines on the website, apparently 30% of properties in the UK are given this rating (so 1-in-3)

    Advice in report is to instruct a home-buyers to see if the property is affected, visible stuff like cracks etc, which we already have and isn't, so I presume that its probably ok?

    Any advice?

    Edited by ZuluHero at 15:42:38 29-03-2021
  • Dougs 29 Mar 2021 16:05:52 99,066 posts
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    I'd probably skip the home buyers and go for a full structural survey. I have a very low opinion of home buyers, which are full of holes and caveats.
  • imamazed 29 Mar 2021 16:19:10 6,635 posts
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    Yeh, we went for a home buyers and wish we hadn't. We've had 2 or 3 bits of repair work that would have been picked up by a proper survey.
  • Salaman 29 Mar 2021 16:26:14 24,083 posts
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    fontgeeksogood wrote:
    elstoof wrote:
    Presumably the dirty curry farts will be going on the sofa anyway
    I font geek so good
    \0/

    It had been too long since that phrase was last uttered.
  • ZuluHero 29 Mar 2021 16:39:32 10,145 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    I'd probably skip the home buyers and go for a full structural survey. I have a very low opinion of home buyers, which are full of holes and caveats.
    The advice in the environment is to instruct a home-buyers and if that flags any visual issues with the walls then instruct a full. Thing is we already had a home buyers and it didn't.

    Sounds like you would still instruct a full?

    Edited by ZuluHero at 16:40:14 29-03-2021
  • Technoishmatt 29 Mar 2021 16:58:20 5,135 posts
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    I don't see value in the cheapo one considering the price difference and compared to the purchase price...
  • ZuluHero 29 Mar 2021 17:07:24 10,145 posts
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    They are surprisingly thorough, and still performed by chartered surveyor companies using their expertise to highlight most of the things you would be concerned about, like the state of the windows, doors, walls, roofs, chimneys, rain-goods, drainage, damp etc

    For most people, it gives you enough information to make an informed purchase and arguably enough to justify opting for one with a £1000 difference in the report cost.

    Banks won't instruct a level 3 (structural) survey either, offering between a valuation or a level 2 home-buyers. You have to source your own if you really wanted to have one, which adds another barrier to getting one.
  • Goban 29 Mar 2021 17:10:16 10,120 posts
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    Nexus_6 wrote:
    Good luck Goban. I know some architects if you need work doing to it...;-)
    I'll bear that in mind, the ones I know are shite 😂
  • Technoishmatt 29 Mar 2021 18:08:37 5,135 posts
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    Our building survey in London cost £950, not sure how it could be a £1000 difference!
  • Technoishmatt 29 Mar 2021 18:11:11 5,135 posts
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    Wait is this a Scottish thing where it is already done?
  • ZuluHero 29 Mar 2021 18:37:50 10,145 posts
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    @Technoishmatt

    My lvl 2 was £250, which was discounted through the bank. I phoned for a few quotes for a lvl 3 searching local firms on here:

    https://www.ricsfirms.com/residential/moving-home/buying/

    And was quoted £1200. My brother lives nearby and paid £500 for a regular home buyers.

    Doing a search online seems to suggest anywhere from 600 to 1500 for a structural survey, so seems like you had a good deal. Who did you use? I could give them a call and see if they'll travel to Warwickshire and do one.
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