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    • Craign82
    • By Craign82 18th Apr 17, 4:09 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 4:09 PM
    The next step 18th Apr 17 at 4:09 PM
    Hello, I've only recently discovered these forums and this is my first post.

    I'm after a bit of advice...
    My wife, 2 and 1/2 year old son and I live a comfortable life in our current property. We purchased the house for £250k and have whittled the mortgage down to £143k since 2011. The property is now worth in the region of £430k-£450k, so we have a nice bit of equity sitting in it.
    We live in a great area and we are at a crossroads.
    The wife is 33 weeks pregnant and moving right now is not ideal. However, a house about 200 meters away has hit the market at an affordable price (£450k-£475k). It is the same floorplan as ours but it has a huge space next to it to extend further down the line. It is also down a quieter road for the kids to play outside when they get older.
    We have recently spent a small fortune on getting our house exactly how we want it.

    My question is...... do we take the plunge and view/offer for the house we love? Or should we lead a comfortable life paying off the remaining mortgage we have?

    We keep changing our opinion. Do we look at it like you only get one shot at life and this new property could help us set the kids up nicely in the future.

    Sorry for the huge post but I was trying to get our position over as accurately as possible.

    Thanks in advance,
    Craig
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    • luklik
    • By luklik 18th Apr 17, 4:19 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 4:19 PM
    I would at least have a look/view the property first and will consider again later if it is very similar to yours or worth to move to the new one.
    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 18th Apr 17, 4:23 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 4:23 PM
    In your shoes, I'd probably hold fire until the kids are bit older - then you'll know what sort of space you might require, and what the local schools will be like at that time. Might want another lounge, bedroom, and extending might be very disruptive and who knows if you'll have another child. Sounds like you've done a great job of paying down that mortgage, so I'd be inclined to keep doing that where possible and consider moving in a few years' time.


    I'd want a bigger garden rather than a quieter road and would want them safely out the back rather than out the front.


    Good luck.


    Jx
    2017 wins: Opera tickets; film preview; lipstick; Ideal Home Show tickets + afternoon tea & bottle of Champagne; 2 cases of NKD; notebook; bath rack; books; film Premiere; Broadchurch DVDs; lipbalms; hamper (food/wine/Echo Dot/Jo Malone goodies); Avon lippies; cowhide rug; Windsor luxury break, foundation; Flybe flight
    • Craign82
    • By Craign82 18th Apr 17, 4:23 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 4:23 PM
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    We are going to arrange a viewing.

    It's just the worst timing with the baby due in 7 weeks. If the house hit the market in a year or two it would have been a no brainer.
    • cloo
    • By cloo 18th Apr 17, 4:23 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 4:23 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 4:23 PM
    Agree - if you keep changing your mind, have a look and see how you feel. You might find it much quieter and like the light in it etc; you might go in and feel 'meh, it's not worth it'

    You say it has huge space next to it - are you sure that this space belongs to the house? Something worth checking out.
    • Craign82
    • By Craign82 18th Apr 17, 4:30 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 4:30 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 4:30 PM
    Agree - if you keep changing your mind, have a look and see how you feel. You might find it much quieter and like the light in it etc; you might go in and feel 'meh, it's not worth it'

    You say it has huge space next to it - are you sure that this space belongs to the house? Something worth checking out.
    Originally posted by cloo
    Yes it definitely does belong to it. The advert opens with 'With potential to extend to the side'. They currently have patio and a shed in the space and it's within their fence.
    We'll go and check it out I think. Like you say, we may be able to rule it out and then not regret it in 5 years time. If we didn't view it we could potentially kick ourselves as we would have never known. Thanks!!
    • ReadingTim
    • By ReadingTim 18th Apr 17, 4:38 PM
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    You'd need to make sure the "huge space next to" this property actually belongs to the property and can be extended onto it, otherwise your idea's dead in the water.

    Once you've established you own it and can get planning on it, you need to determine whether you have the time, money and energy for this extension project - not every young family does.

    Finally, most houses on the same street and surrounding roads will be of a similar size. Depending on the size of the extension, you risk creating a property which is disproportionate in size to its neighbours and the area: a family sized house surrounded by first time buyer properties for example. This may cause a problem selling it, and besides, every road has a ceiling price, no matter how nice the property. You may not add much value, or even recoup the amount spend on the place, which could be a bitter pill to swallow.

    Personally, I can't believe that merely moving around the corner and building an extension will improve your life as dramatically as you seem to think it will. I agree a new house can improve your life, but if you're keen to move, don't you want to be a bit more ambitious than a few doors away?!?
    • mysterymurdoch
    • By mysterymurdoch 18th Apr 17, 6:16 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 6:16 PM
    What's really negative about your current property?
    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 18th Apr 17, 6:25 PM
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    • 18th Apr 17, 6:25 PM
    What I want to know is if this property with the potential to extend to the side has so much more to offer than your current property why is it so cheap compared to yours?

    Whenever someone writes either "good value for money" or "affordable price" my immediate reaction is that there is something wrong with it.

    Also I have seen estate agents details with "potential to extend" written on them for properties where I know that you would never ever get planning permission or where the space is too small because there is a wayleave for a gas pipe over it or something.
    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 18th Apr 17, 8:39 PM
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    First step is to find a buyer.
    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 20th Apr 17, 7:45 PM
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    What I want to know is if this property with the potential to extend to the side has so much more to offer than your current property why is it so cheap compared to yours?

    Whenever someone writes either "good value for money" or "affordable price" my immediate reaction is that there is something wrong with it.

    Also I have seen estate agents details with "potential to extend" written on them for properties where I know that you would never ever get planning permission or where the space is too small because there is a wayleave for a gas pipe over it or something.
    Originally posted by Cakeguts

    Good question.
    • dimbo61
    • By dimbo61 20th Apr 17, 8:20 PM
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    Buying and selling are both expensive and then you have the costs of setting up the new property the way you want it.
    By all means have a good look round and note anything you like that you could improve your home BUT with a new baby due consider carefully if the stress of moving is worth it at the moment
    • Craign82
    • By Craign82 26th Apr 17, 3:09 PM
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    So a little update.
    I viewed the house and was not blown away. The space to extend on the side is appealing but I don't think the money to complete a move was worth it.

    Now I'm not considering an offer, here is the house in question:


    /property-for-sale/property-65793707(dot)html - I cannot post links as a new user, add this to RMove



    A few people asked why I'd move but in the same area, and the answer is the primary school, Scotts. It is within the catchment area, is Ofsted outstanding and is in the top 10 of London primary schools. Therefore we want to stay in the area.

    Apologies if posting the house is against forum rules.

    Thanks for all the replies. It's good to have other opinions on big decisions like this.
    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 26th Apr 17, 4:07 PM
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    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-65793707.html


    One breath you say you're not bowled over with it, but then still talking about buying it.


    tbh, I really think you're just 'nesting'.


    Are you sure your child would get into the school even if you were in the right catchment area if it's that popular? I have friends in Woodford Green who know of people trying to get their kids into a good local school literally across the green from their houses - mainly due to the school having a siblings-first policy. There simply weren't enough places.


    Jx
    2017 wins: Opera tickets; film preview; lipstick; Ideal Home Show tickets + afternoon tea & bottle of Champagne; 2 cases of NKD; notebook; bath rack; books; film Premiere; Broadchurch DVDs; lipbalms; hamper (food/wine/Echo Dot/Jo Malone goodies); Avon lippies; cowhide rug; Windsor luxury break, foundation; Flybe flight
    • Craign82
    • By Craign82 26th Apr 17, 4:33 PM
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    I've no intention of buying it. I live within a 3 minute walk of that house so I'm already in the catchment area. No doubt about getting into the school.

    I was posting again to tie up loose ends and respond to the 'why would you move into the same area, same floor plan?' I didn't even call the EA back as I didn't think it was a good move.
    Last edited by Craign82; 26-04-2017 at 4:36 PM.
    • hazyjo
    • By hazyjo 26th Apr 17, 4:36 PM
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    I've no intention of buying it. I live within a 3 minute walk of that house so I'm already in the catchment area. No doubt about getting into the school.

    I was posting again to tie up loose ends and respond to the 'why would you move into the same area, same floor plan. I didn't even call the EA back as I didn't think it was a good move.
    Originally posted by Craign82
    Apologies, wasn't clear from your last few paras.


    Didn't realise you were talking about posters, thought you meant people you knew
    2017 wins: Opera tickets; film preview; lipstick; Ideal Home Show tickets + afternoon tea & bottle of Champagne; 2 cases of NKD; notebook; bath rack; books; film Premiere; Broadchurch DVDs; lipbalms; hamper (food/wine/Echo Dot/Jo Malone goodies); Avon lippies; cowhide rug; Windsor luxury break, foundation; Flybe flight
    • cashbackproblems
    • By cashbackproblems 26th Apr 17, 4:50 PM
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    Property doesn't look anything special plus your assuming your hosue will sell for what estates ask..which in the current market especially London isn't case
    • Crashy Time
    • By Crashy Time 26th Apr 17, 8:14 PM
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    I suspect some price drops will be needed to shift this one, but you never know.......?
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