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    • fudge7000
    • By fudge7000 1st May 16, 7:23 PM
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    Waiting for a buyer... Anyone want to join me?
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    • 1st May 16, 7:23 PM
    Waiting for a buyer... Anyone want to join me? 1st May 16 at 7:23 PM
    Anyone else out there selling and going through trying to keep the house tidy 24/7 so it doesn't take hours to sort out when there's a viewing?!
    Along with trying to second guess what the people viewing will do/offer/not offer...?

    Only been for sale a week, I assume it just gets worse from here on in?

    Not really done this before so thought I'd see if anyone else is in the same boat!
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    • smallholdingsister
    • By smallholdingsister 15th Mar 17, 5:46 PM
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    I don't think the OP wanted to give a link that could be found by searching...
    Originally posted by hazyjo
    So sorry Chrissie. I have deleted the post.
    • smallholdingsister
    • By smallholdingsister 15th Mar 17, 5:48 PM
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    Yes but it isn't clear that its a park and there is a very large building to the left. Maybe a better shot?
    • smallholdingsister
    • By smallholdingsister 15th Mar 17, 5:49 PM
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    Sit tight. Properties at the lower end of the market up here have been selling reasonably well. My "issue" with my own house is it as the other end of the spectrum, the sort of house that those selling up in the South would have been queuing up to buy a few years ago, but there are very few of those buyers looking here at the moment, and not many locals can afford a house like ours.
    Originally posted by ProDave
    Same problem here.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 15th Mar 17, 5:53 PM
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    Yes thas it. I didn't want to post the link as I don't want it to come up in searches. Could you remove it please?

    Thank you to everyone who has commented on it. All points I've said to hubby that he doesn't agree with. The front room is very pink. I have little girls, it's their play room, it needs re painting & making into a dinning room again.
    Pic 10 is that the park? The ea wanted to include it & said it would be a selling point as the yard is small but that is outside the back gate

    & I have no idea what a mid garden terrace is I will ask them that
    Originally posted by chrissie83
    If you're going to redecorate/rearrange the front room, I'd turn that back into the lounge and make the pink/blue room the dining room, I'm assuming that room is next to the kitchen (didn't look at floorplan). You need to present it how stupid people would expect to use it, as loads of people can't imagine how they would live in a property if it's presented in a non-conventional way. Most people will use the front room as a lounge and the back room next to the kitchen as a dining room.
    • chrissie83
    • By chrissie83 15th Mar 17, 6:35 PM
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    Thank you smallholdingsister
    I will maybe get rid of the park picture or make it clear in the description.
    Slinky- I was thinking of swapping rooms, but, the furniture is too big to do that. I am going to re instate the dining room though & declutter more.
    Thank you for all your help
    • ProDave
    • By ProDave 15th Mar 17, 7:10 PM
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    property-for-sale/property-58225069
    .html at the end but not sure it will work ��
    Thanks for your help. I think I know what's wrong with the pictures, we weren't expecting them to be taken that day. Hubby doesn't agree with me though so just wanted a few opinions
    Originally posted by chrissie83
    did you mean to truncate the link?
    Two things stand out:

    Is it REALLY leasehold? that will oput a lot of house buyers off. If it's freehold, get that mistake corrected.

    I take it the loft room was done without planning permission and building control so cannot be described as anything other than storage. Have you looked at what would be needed to regularise that so it could be described as 3 bedrooms? (might be a lot of expensive structural work if it's not been done properly)
    Last edited by ProDave; 15-03-2017 at 9:14 PM.
    • chrissie83
    • By chrissie83 15th Mar 17, 7:20 PM
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    Yes I meant to do it that way, so it doesn't appear in search results. Could you remove the link please?
    Yes it is but only £2.50 per year
    It was done before we bought it, hubby thinks it's to do with the stairs as to why it doesn't meet regs
    • smallholdingsister
    • By smallholdingsister 15th Mar 17, 7:20 PM
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    [COLOR="Indigo"]She did mean to truncate it and it would be kind to delete that bit of your post (I made the same mistake).[

    eta cross posted Chrissie./COLOR]
    • chrissie83
    • By chrissie83 15th Mar 17, 7:26 PM
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    I don't even know if it would appear in search results but I want to be cautious
    • ProDave
    • By ProDave 15th Mar 17, 9:18 PM
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    Sorry, I have removed the link.

    Loft conversion could "fail" for any number of reasons, stairs, headroom, not done structurally correctly etc. Though after a certain number of ears building control will not persue it,

    Lease may put some off, how long is the lease for? does it come with any restrictions on what you can do?

    The colour scheme would not put me off. I can see through that and imagine it decorated to my tastes.
    • chrissie83
    • By chrissie83 15th Mar 17, 9:27 PM
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    The loft has been done around 20 years ago.

    The lease has something like 900 years remaining & no restrictions that I know of.

    The pink & the blue bedroom look much more vibrant in the pictures, they are much paler in r.l.
    Thanks for your input & for removing the link
    • forum_posts
    • By forum_posts 16th Mar 17, 11:41 AM
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    I've just had a Home Buyers survey done on my house and it took 23 minutes.

    The surveyor asked me if I had done any major work on the house since I bought it, my reply was no. I asked him did he want to ask me any more more questions, his reply was no. I asked him how much did this cost the buyer and he said up to £700. Seemed far too quick for my liking, I expected more questions and more of an investigation of the property.

    I think when I buy I might give a survey a miss and use my eyes and intuition instead.
    • Jox
    • By Jox 16th Mar 17, 11:55 AM
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    I have had 2 surveys done on 2 properties and they both pretty much say the same thing and they can't be too accurate since they can't rip up floor boards or check electrics etc. They have both had photos of issues such as uneven guttering or a missing roof tile or an asbestos shed roof so that is helpful but maybe a walk around with a builder would be better than paying £700 for such a report.
    • tomryan89
    • By tomryan89 17th Mar 17, 11:47 AM
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    Hi everyone ! Thought I would join in!

    Somehow we got an offer accepted in a house we love outside of London even before ours was on the market. The sellers of the house have not found anywhere they like yet so I think we were attractive as we wouldn't put lots of pressure on them to move too fast.

    We are selling our one bedroom flat in North London. It went on the market last Saturday and we've had two viewings so far. Both said it was nice but we're concerned with the lack of storage.

    We haven't got a wardrobe at the moment as ours had to be returned so everthing is on a clothes rail. Thinking about buying a cheap wardrobe so people get a better idea of storage options when the view. Any thoughts?

    Bit annoyed that the estate agent has not got any viewings booked in for the weekend after giving us thier whole sales pitch. Am I being too optimistic? Thought we'd be having loads of viewings all the time!
    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 17th Mar 17, 11:59 AM
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    Hi everyone ! Thought I would join in!

    Somehow we got an offer accepted in a house we love outside of London even before ours was on the market. The sellers of the house have not found anywhere they like yet so I think we were attractive as we wouldn't put lots of pressure on them to move too fast.

    We are selling our one bedroom flat in North London. It went on the market last Saturday and we've had two viewings so far. Both said it was nice but we're concerned with the lack of storage.

    We haven't got a wardrobe at the moment as ours had to be returned so everthing is on a clothes rail. Thinking about buying a cheap wardrobe so people get a better idea of storage options when the view. Any thoughts?

    Bit annoyed that the estate agent has not got any viewings booked in for the weekend after giving us thier whole sales pitch. Am I being too optimistic? Thought we'd be having loads of viewings all the time!
    Originally posted by tomryan89
    I'm selling a house in NE London and it's gone so quiet! I have had loads of reduced properties on the rightmove alerts I've had through. Typical LOL.


    When people say lack of storage, I'd say they mean more things like where to put the ironing board, iron, hoover, etc. Do you have a cupboard? I hate seeing clothes on rails anyway, and in a one bedroom flat, you really do have to make it as appealing as possible as they're usually harder to shift. Yes, I would get a wardrobe, but not one of those ones with the material in front. What about something like this that's not horrendously pricey and doesn't look cheap http://www.worldstores.co.uk/p/Santiago_2_Door_Wardrobe.htm or http://www.worldstores.co.uk/p/Panama_2_Door_Wardrobe.htm


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    • chrissie83
    • By chrissie83 17th Mar 17, 2:18 PM
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    I did some digging around & found out our house is freehold not leasehold ( you were right proDave- thanks for bringing that up as it made me check.
    We pay 'chief rent' of £2.50 a year not ground rent ( I don't know what it is tbh) & ive checked the title of the property, so I've got the EA to change it on the listing as it might be putting people off.

    How is everyone else getting on? The EA said things are very quiet this week
    • ProDave
    • By ProDave 17th Mar 17, 2:54 PM
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    Well out of the blue we have a viewing tomorrow. You never know.
    • smallholdingsister
    • By smallholdingsister 17th Mar 17, 5:04 PM
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    Fingers crossed!
    • Cinders:
    • By Cinders: 17th Mar 17, 5:16 PM
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    Good luck Dave, hope they make an offer

    Hi Tomryan, that's great that you've had an offer accepted on your new home, I hope your flat sells quickly.

    We've got another viewing on our house tomorrow, he's a buy-to-let investor apparently. There's a second viewing on mum's house next week, so planning to travel to her house for a day over the weekend and do some more clearing. The viewer has already asked whether curtains etc will be left in the house, and if we have the user manuals for the boiler, alarm etc, so he seems quite interested.
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    • depressed_but_determined
    • By depressed_but_determined 17th Mar 17, 7:40 PM
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    If you have a wee look at my thread further down, we have just had an offer accepted in a private sale. The seller made contact with us after I posted in another forum. Maybe worth looking in the "looking for a house to buy" thread and seeing if anyone is looking in your area.
    We have been extremely lucky. Houses in our area rarely go for under the valuation price and always go to closing dates. We wouldn't have had a look in if this hadn't happened.
    Mortgage approved today and we move in the 18th April!
    Still can't believe it
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