24 Jun 2019 07:30
Im not sure it’s low balling it just seems more people are aware of the fact that prices are generally over inflated in the property market
25 Jun 2019 16:25
Anyone got any experience building over manhole covers / drain runs ?
25 Jun 2019 16:59
Lots of places seem to be getting reduced, or moving agent and being listed as new to market but at less than before. With that trend you can understand people making offers under. Wouldn't go about it like that though.
25 Jun 2019 19:22
Seen a few places with a layout that we might want to change. I noted Rirawins helpful comment about taking someone to viewings but struggling to see the potential in some places and don't trust agents who say x and y is an easy job.
Is putting in or removing stud walls or other more fancy options a job for an architect to consult on or a builder?
26 Jun 2019 08:00
100% mortgages disappeared during a recession that was caused by irresponsible lending.
100% mortgages were reintroduced on mass in 2018.
So they were reintroduced during a period of over inflation?
What is a mortgage secured against? Whether lending is irresponsible or not if it’s secured against a property of equal or higher value then there’s no shortfall and no real detriment to the lender. The financial crises came about due to more and more financial products being packaged and secured against a single asset ie the property with no understanding of what would happen if those assets defaulted. 100% mortgages were re introduced and are available now if you have a guarantor, why would a guarantor be required if the property/asset is of equal value to the borrowing?
26 Jun 2019 09:41
Architects aren't necessarily as expensive as you might think. We paid £650 for relatively complex plans (including two load-bearing walls coming down with steels being inserted), but the architects fully understood what was and wasn't allowed in terms of passing Building Regs which removed any doubt about conforming.
You'll be able to find the information online (eg wall thicknesses, composition, minimum door widths, etc) and builders will also be able to guide you, but having the peace of mind from a professional who is (should be) up to date with the latest regs can help prevent potentially expensive mistakes.
With creating rooms within an open plan warehouse conversion you'd just need to make sure that you didn't detract from the space that (presumably) attracted you to it in the first place.
26 Jun 2019 16:51
They might have to sleeve it through the footing but I'd say it's totally doable. The blokes doing your groundworks for the extension would be able to do it before they dig the footing.
5 Jul 2019 10:24
90% of the affordable property in my area is either tiny Victorian terraces or bland post-war boxes.
Anyone seen any inspiration on how to make these 50s places look nice?
They are far better value than the Victorian and have more modern open layouts but I can't get over just how shit they look.