General Discussion: Property thread


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Crackajack
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7968 posts since 21/4/05

25 Feb 2021 00:10
Keep the pics coming stoney, skylight looks a very decent size
stoney
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17762 posts since 22/1/05

25 Feb 2021 09:15
Will keep up the pics, lantern going in today I think. Building a deck off the back of the bifold.
Rez
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8699 posts since 5/4/09

25 Feb 2021 09:17
Is this the bungalow or did you flip that already?
themistake
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10838 posts since 20/2/06

25 Feb 2021 09:40
stoney wrote: Windows gone I today after living with a boarded up back of house is a great boost. Early stages of a bios are a drag. When you finally see some signs of tangible progress it’s good for the soul.


looking amazing mate.
stoney
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17762 posts since 22/1/05

25 Feb 2021 10:32
Rez wrote: Is this the bungalow or did you flip that already?

Flipped. Bought a dated but livable detached 50’s house.
smith
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11406 posts since 5/5/04

posted 25 Feb 2021 10:37, edited 25 Feb 2021 10:37
Very nice Cool

Still want to see a pic of the summer house when it's painted Laughing out loud
Rez
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8699 posts since 5/4/09

25 Feb 2021 11:05
Actually think you could have gone way bigger with the summerhouse, good for the price though if you just intend to flip again rather than use it yourself
stoney
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17762 posts since 22/1/05

25 Feb 2021 11:22
Yeah, would have been better the whole of the back, but just wanted a cheap one that looked ok. Went round a house the other day and similar size but more high spec cost him like 20 grand. They are a good addition to a house and sought after when you come to sell it, especially with covid going on.
Rez
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8699 posts since 5/4/09

25 Feb 2021 12:44
Currently in the process of renovating mine, proper bricked thing, decent size as wide as it could be for our narrow garden but a third of it was divided off into a workshop. Hoping to use it as an office myself as am sick of working in the spare room
stoney
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17762 posts since 22/1/05

25 Feb 2021 13:37
I was working out of upstairs bedroom with 2 young kids, it’s a nightmare, no peace, Mrs always coming into, if you have the space they are a good addition that’s adds value.
Rez
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8699 posts since 5/4/09

25 Feb 2021 13:39
Am doing a loft converstion/first floor renovation later this year so want it done by then so I can get work done while that happens!
Sumbeam
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995 posts since 27/1/11

25 Feb 2021 13:48
Looks great Stoney
Rirawin
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9543 posts since 17/7/05

posted 25 Feb 2021 13:50, edited 25 Feb 2021 13:50
Considering an outdoor office myself now that I'm working 100% remote for the next few years unless I decide to change job. What puts me off is the price of a proper one that's insulated and that you can fully utilise in the winter months. My mind thinks when you reach that price… might as well double it and get a loft conversion Laughing out loud
Rez
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8699 posts since 5/4/09

25 Feb 2021 13:56
That's a good point Rirawin, I need a few elecric radiators Laughing out loud
eazypz
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3371 posts since 16/4/10

25 Feb 2021 15:05
Skylight looks the bollocks Stoney
Rirawin
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9543 posts since 17/7/05

posted 25 Feb 2021 16:27, edited 25 Feb 2021 16:27
Question for the sparkies here. We currently have six incandescent lightbulbs in our ceiling chandelier type light fixture that is connected to a dimmer switch. I've tried to replace all the bulbs with Philips LED dimmable bulbs, but when I turned them on there was a faint buzzing being emitted from all six when in a dim state and in full brightness. It was a little disconcerting so I took them all out and put the incandescent lightbulbs back in.

Google is saying that I need to replace the dimmer switch completely as it may only have a resistance load specifically fo incandescent lightbulbs. Is this correct? and if so where's a good place to look for new dimmer switches that are compatible with LED dimmable bulbs? I'm assuming this is the norm anyway what with incandescent bulbs being pretty much phased out. Also reading about the two types CL and ELV, guessing either will work for a LED dimmable bulb?
eazypz
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3371 posts since 16/4/10

25 Feb 2021 17:39
You need an LED specific dimmer.
Varilight V-Pro LED dimmers are decent, can pick them up from Screwfix.
Can just buy any dimmer and swap out the module, if they don't sell the module seperately.
Rirawin
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9543 posts since 17/7/05

25 Feb 2021 18:35
Cool ta
Razorlight123
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4992 posts since 13/1/10

posted 5 Mar 2021 11:35, edited 5 Mar 2021 11:35
This market is fucked up for First time buyers.

Via Purplebricks, On Sunday evening, I put in an offer on a house - without viewing (I know the area and houses are sound).

A couple hours later it was accepted by the vendor.

App then stated I should put in my solicitors details, I waited until the morning so I could inform them first.

I informed solicitors, and then couple of minutes later, I received a notification stating the offer had been withdrawn, no reason as to why.

I got hold of the local estate agent for the area who stated, we informed the vendor that they cannot accept an offer from someone who has not viewed a property, so that they should withdraw the offer.

I was probably the first to view the property listing online and the viewing dates available started from 11th March. By the time the offer was withdrawn the earliest was 18th March.

In the background I contacted Purplebricks head-office who said, whilst we advise to view property first, you can put in an offer for a property (I've not yet stated this to the local estate agent)

Incensed, I stated that's unfair, and he worked to get me to view the house last night 4th. He stated, in order to put an offer forward, I have to have viewed the house, mortgage in principle, and show full deposit, even went as far as saying I needed a solicitor signed letter to confirm any gifts (which I've never heard of usually, only statements but cool place hurdles, its no problem).

Viewed the house last night 7pm, which was cool. Viewing agent told me that I'm the first person to view the house. I Immediately stated via email, that I'd like to know the next steps in order to put an offer in.

He calls this morning and states, vendor apologises. There have been offers that have come in (without viewing) that are higher than mine… The vendor would like to wait until all viewings have taken place and would like to request for best and final offers.

The whole thing has been absolute bullsh*t, as had we progressed I wouldn't have been gazumped like this. The vendor and I were happy with what was on the table until the local estate agent clearly said something to the vendor.

Rant over.

Tldr: Found a house, put an offer in, seller accepted, following morning acceptance withdrawn on the advice of estate agent (EA) due to not viewing house, viewed the house-first and only one to do so to date, EA stated cannot put forward offer as vendor wants to do best and final until all viewings completed (again clearly advised by EA).


Sneakysbest
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2033 posts since 28/1/12

5 Mar 2021 11:46
Death to estate agencies, the most irritating part of the whole process.

Not only that but they insist on doing their pointless job from their offices in the pandemic. Walking past our local ones, full to the brim with uni drop outs in three piece suits, no social distancing of any sort. So glad they can then go show people round properties…

Tl;dr, agrée, estate agents are cunts.