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    • YoungBlueEyes
    • By YoungBlueEyes 8th May 18, 8:57 PM
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    Is something wrong with this house..?
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    • 8th May 18, 8:57 PM
    Is something wrong with this house..? 8th May 18 at 8:57 PM
    I'm house hunting atm and I keep coming back to this house. It's in the area I'd like to live, and it's the style of house I'd like, and it's affordable.

    It's been on the market a good long while, and they keep reducing the price...

    I'm going on a viewing expedition next week, and it's on my list. Maybe I'll see something obvious in the flesh.

    I appreciate no-one has a crystal ball etc, but could those more experienced than me (which is all of you ) point out any issues I may be missing?

    The 2 gardens thing is an oddity but that can't be it surely...?

    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-65066128.html



    Thanks for any advice and replies
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    • Hutch100uk
    • By Hutch100uk 8th May 18, 9:09 PM
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    • 8th May 18, 9:09 PM
    The garden set up is bizarre and I suspect this might be why its not selling. The kitchen is awful and needs completely updating. On street parking can put people off too.
    • shortcrust
    • By shortcrust 8th May 18, 9:12 PM
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    There are some patches on the walls. Perhaps damp issues? What’s going on with the neighbour's garden? Looks very overgrown. Most people would see it a big fix up job. They’d want a new bathroom and kitchen plus compete redecoration. The garden would be hard work to get into shape.

    I like it though!
    • YoungBlueEyes
    • By YoungBlueEyes 8th May 18, 9:23 PM
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    • 8th May 18, 9:23 PM
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    Is the link working ok now?

    I have factored in for a new kitchen, bathroom furniture I rather like. The bathroom patch round the fan looks like damp...? But that doesn't strike me as major.

    I would prefer gas fires/living flame jobbers to a hole and a log burner, and the 2 gardens are niggly. I agree about the neighbours gardens.

    Seems ok doesn't it?
    • todayisagreatday
    • By todayisagreatday 8th May 18, 9:31 PM
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    • 8th May 18, 9:31 PM
    Link doesn't work, I briefly saw it say Cheadle and the closest station Blythe Bridge but then it says can't be found.

    I went to high school in Blythe Bridge and remember my mum taking me for weekly swimming lessons at the pool in Cheadle followed by fish and chips. They use to have metal baskets you'd have to hand in with your clothes and a number on them. Just beware you couldn't remember your basket number the woman there was a dragon!

    I liked the seating area and glass bit above the pool, though my god it got hot!
    • ConsumerMatt
    • By ConsumerMatt 8th May 18, 9:32 PM
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    • 8th May 18, 9:32 PM
    All things aside without seeing it (or smelling it!)... During my property viewings last year I noticed the houses that needed a little TLC were always up for a long time.

    I think a lot of people, especially I suspect the younger first time buyers (of which I am part of, but thankfully without the same attitude), tend to expect a show home. This was evident by the absolutely immaculate houses being snapped up. Plus with house prices being so unaffordable for many, people are rightly trying to get as much as they can for their money.

    The house I moved into had been redecorated top to bottom (an inherited house) but I moved in knowing the electrics were old and the boiler I now know is 35 years old

    There are quirks and many bodges from generations of owners, which I have only discovered while redecorating. In my opinion, the more tatty the house the better as it's unlikely the bad bits have been covered over. At the end of the day, regardless of condition, every house has a feeling as soon as you walk in. I'm not the slight bit superstitious but I experienced it too and it can make the best looking house from Rightmove feel wrong from the start when you visit.

    Is it your first session of viewings? If so, good luck and enjoy. I only viewed 4 and I did them all in one day. It was extremely tiring and emotional but in the end I purchased the first house I viewed. Stroke of luck!
    • todayisagreatday
    • By todayisagreatday 8th May 18, 9:34 PM
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    • 8th May 18, 9:34 PM
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    • 8th May 18, 9:34 PM
    It's working now.

    Maybe worth asking the agent if there has been any offers already? Some.walls look damp, has it had any water damage or.leaks? What about Japanese Knotweed in the garden.
    • bhjm
    • By bhjm 8th May 18, 9:38 PM
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    • 8th May 18, 9:38 PM
    not sure whats wrong with rightmove or if someone is adding and deleting this ad
    but
    "Agents Note
    None of these services, built in appliances, or where applicable, central heating systems have been tested by the Agents and we are unable to comment on their serviceability."
    would mean to me - you have to invest into a new central heating
    • ProDave
    • By ProDave 8th May 18, 9:40 PM
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    The "odd" thing about the garden is the fact it is split in 2 by a right of way. Don't get any notions of getting the ROW moved, that won't happen.

    So in effect you have a long thin garden with a ROW across the middle. It looks like the owners have just used the bit of garden close to the house and ignored the further bit.

    Depending on your interest in gardening, I could see the close garden being a formal lawn, and the second garden being a vegetable garden with a shed and greenhouse, think of it as your own private allotment on your doorstep,
    • shortcrust
    • By shortcrust 8th May 18, 9:53 PM
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    Is the link working ok now?

    I have factored in for a new kitchen, bathroom furniture I rather like. The bathroom patch round the fan looks like damp...? But that doesn't strike me as major.

    I would prefer gas fires/living flame jobbers to a hole and a log burner, and the 2 gardens are niggly. I agree about the neighbours gardens.

    Seems ok doesn't it?
    Originally posted by YoungBlueEyes
    Only one way to find out!

    I don’t mind the two gardens. As ProDave says you’ve got your own allotment at the bottom of your garden. Because the two together are long you can probably find a spot away from the neighbours most of the time. I live in a terrace with a long thin garden and with a bit of creative planting etc you can create quite a few spots that feel private.
    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 8th May 18, 10:25 PM
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    Is the link working ok now?

    I have factored in for a new kitchen, bathroom furniture I rather like. The bathroom patch round the fan looks like damp...? But that doesn't strike me as major.

    I would prefer gas fires/living flame jobbers to a hole and a log burner, and the 2 gardens are niggly. I agree about the neighbours gardens.

    Seems ok doesn't it?
    Originally posted by YoungBlueEyes
    That bathroom leak around the fan looks like a roof leak to me especially taken in context with the big sag in the roof at the front of the house.

    The Green is an A road so it is on a main road.
    • YoungBlueEyes
    • By YoungBlueEyes 8th May 18, 10:27 PM
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    I've just clicked that link and it's gone. Have you all looked at once and it's crashed? :P

    Yeah I was thinking allotment

    I don't mind the ROW - I'm hoping it's where you put your bins out cos I dislike bins in a front garden.

    Most of my biggest preferences have been ticked, and there's none of my big no-nos. I'd like a period mid-terrace in a nice market town, in staffs or Derbyshire. No MAJOR issues in the house (flat roof, flood plain, bathroom off a bedroom, stairs in the lounge etc). It does have a few compromises - the 2nd bedroom looks like a funny skinny wee thing, but I'm a single person so there'll be no-one regularly sleeping in it. It's not across from a school. There's no big "ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING HERE!!!" type signs. There's no shared access/funny ginnel nonsense.

    I'd rather it was in Ashbourne or Leek but if it was I doubt I could afford it. My budget is fixed - I can't get a mortgage cos I was Dad's carer for years so now I'm completely uncreditworthy.

    Going by the old saying "House, location, price. Pick 2" I'd say it's 2.5/3
    • YoungBlueEyes
    • By YoungBlueEyes 8th May 18, 10:32 PM
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    I didn't notice the sag, thanks Cakeguts. Now that I'm focused on damp, is it my eyes or are there damp patches/stains/discolouration on the bottom left of pics 2 + 9...?

    Edit: A road, good spot. Looking at it on streetview, there's cars parked up on the pavement at the front but it's not a dropped curb.
    Last edited by YoungBlueEyes; 08-05-2018 at 10:35 PM.
    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 8th May 18, 10:40 PM
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    I didn't notice the sag, thanks Cakeguts. Now that I'm focused on damp, is it my eyes or are there damp patches/stains/discolouration on the bottom left of pics 2 + 9...?

    Edit: A road, good spot. Looking at it on streetview, there's cars parked up on the pavement at the front but it's not a dropped curb.
    Originally posted by YoungBlueEyes
    The link has crashed but I did notice damp patches at the bottom of the walls in some of the rooms.

    If you get onto streetview and get in close on the roof at the front you can see a line in the tiles between this house and next door where the roof has sagged and the tiles in the line are now higher than the ones next to it. I looked at the roof at the front to get an idea of what might have caused the leak in the bathroom because I suspected that there might be a hole in the roof. It is on an A road there are white lines down the middle so it could be quite busy.
    • YoungBlueEyes
    • By YoungBlueEyes 8th May 18, 10:50 PM
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    Yeah I can see it. What kinda money would that be to sort out? Would it be a new roof?

    Edit: I think the bathroom is at the back, so is that 2 bits of problems or a whole new roof entirely?
    Last edited by YoungBlueEyes; 08-05-2018 at 10:52 PM.
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 8th May 18, 10:51 PM
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    not sure whats wrong with rightmove or if someone is adding and deleting this ad
    but
    "Agents Note
    None of these services, built in appliances, or where applicable, central heating systems have been tested by the Agents and we are unable to comment on their serviceability."
    would mean to me - you have to invest into a new central heating
    Originally posted by bhjm
    It would mean fairly standard ar5e-covering to me. You'd want to test stuff yourself anyway.
    Last edited by davidmcn; 08-05-2018 at 10:54 PM.
    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 8th May 18, 11:06 PM
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    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-53382375.html This one is shared ownership and sold but you never know another one might come up. There is a grade 2 listed 1 bed cottage in Ashbourne but it is on a very busy main road with no parking.

    Try looking in Leek there are terraced houses there.
    • todayisagreatday
    • By todayisagreatday 8th May 18, 11:06 PM
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    I know both areas well and my sister lived in Leek for years. As a first time buyer she bought on the council estate in Leek, not far from this one.

    If you don't mind ex council my sister had a house like this and renovated it up, surprisingly quiet area with no trouble (she moved to a new housing estate and has had more trouble there from social housing tenants)!

    This is a three bed and does need some work, kitchen m, bathroom but they mention a Valient boiler which are really good so at least you know that doesn't need replacing and there is off road parking too. Granted the kitchen needs some work but you could get rid of an internal wall potentially.

    OIRO so you could get it under £100k http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-71694674.html
    • YoungBlueEyes
    • By YoungBlueEyes 8th May 18, 11:14 PM
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    Thanks for the suggestions
    I haven't seen anything in Leek or Ashbourne that I like as much as this one. I'll maybe have to revise my no-no list.
    • todayisagreatday
    • By todayisagreatday 8th May 18, 11:23 PM
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    Thanks for the suggestions
    I haven't seen anything in Leek or Ashbourne that I like as much as this one. I'll maybe have to revise my no-no list.
    Originally posted by YoungBlueEyes
    Definitely. Personally I'd choose Leek over Cheadle (I can't comment on Ashbourne though I think it's pricey). Leek is great for the Peak District, has a bigger town with more choice, but not to far from Macclesfield, Stoke etc and public transport links. Go and view a few and at different times. I'd definitely choose somwhere with off road parking if your budget allows. Cheadle can get very busy with lorries and they drive fast!
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