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#106 hpc-craig

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:10 PM

A colleague who owns a BTL flat recently told me his management company have asked all landlords to advise them of their tenants details. This comes with a 90 processing fee...


Christ! Really?

I'd inform them my tenant was Mr F. Off and I wouldn't be shy about disclosing his first name.

Edited by hpc-craig, 06 June 2011 - 06:11 PM.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:23 PM

Christ! Really?

I'd inform them my tenant was Mr F. Off and I wouldn't be shy about disclosing his first name.


His response too, but think of the poor bleeders who own 3 of them. :lol:

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:45 PM

1. Storage. Where will you put vacuum cleaner, ironing board, lawnmower, clothes drier, washing basket, bicycles, tools, books, dvd's & cd's, etc? Is there an airing cupboard?

2. Access to shops and public transport?

3. External tap/power point?

4. Appropriate number of bathrooms for number of bedrooms? WC's against external walls with windows, or internal with fan?

5. Security?

6. Plus second votes for things previously mentioned, south or west facing garden, decent sized kitchen/diner, broadband access, privacy, check for local planning permissions for nightmare developments like half way houses or Wetherspoon pubs!

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 07:45 PM

Reading all the potential pitfalls on this thread, especially the nightmare neighbours, it makes me wonder why anyone would actually want to buy.

Wayne and Waynetta Chav have moved in next door. Oh no, what a nightmare: I've got to give at least 30 days notice before I can move somewhere else.


Very true. The stability of having one place to call home is very attractive. Then again - the same thing could end up causing you no end of issues.
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#110 Kazuya

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:19 PM

Reading all the potential pitfalls on this thread, especially the nightmare neighbours, it makes me wonder why anyone would actually want to buy.

Wayne and Waynetta Chav have moved in next door. Oh no, what a nightmare: I've got to give at least 30 days notice before I can move somewhere else.


The main reason I'm looking to buy a detached.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:23 PM

Visit the place at different times of the day/week - to see if you live on a route for thugs or other scumbags etc.

Listen for running water.

Ask when the electrics/roof/boiler etc were last serviced/replaced.

Be aware that no-one is really looking out for your interests except you. The surveyor will turn in a survey littered with caveats. The solictor is looking after you but in a highly specialised way - you can still end up with a crap hole in an area infested with the dregs of humanity. The estate agent isn't your friend and nor is the seller.
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#112 Pezerinno

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 08:44 PM

Make sure the house you looking at isn't located in the UK.
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#113 Mrs Bear

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 10:36 PM

For FTBs, TAKE SOMEONE EXPERIENCED WITH YOU TO VIEW.
It's all too easy to be seduced by superficial 'dressing'.

Ditto X 10 to someone else's mention of storage. Is there actually anywhere to put anything?

Anywhere done up as a show home or recently tarted up to sell, be aware that they often use less than full-size furniture (e.g. small double beds) to make rooms look bigger.

Turn on the shower, make sure it actually works.

If all the lights are on in the daytime (a common ploy) turn them off to see what it's like without.

Open the windows, just to check that they do actually open and aren't stuck up with paint etc.

Take a compass to check which way the garden faces. Even if the EAs know (they often don't) they won't necessarily put it on the details, esp. for obvious reasons if it's N facing.

Above all, do not be rushed by EAs trying to be in and out in 10 minutes flat. If you go back for a 2nd viewing, tell them you will need plenty of time. Take a camera, photograph everything, write down everything you might want to ask/check so you don't forget.

#114 Kazuya

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 11:58 PM

Take a compass to check which way the garden faces.


I use Google Streeview or Bing Maps for that.

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:14 AM

Reading all the potential pitfalls on this thread, especially the nightmare neighbours, it makes me wonder why anyone would actually want to buy.

Wayne and Waynetta Chav have moved in next door. Oh no, what a nightmare: I've got to give at least 30 days notice before I can move somewhere else.


Are hypothetical scenarios that may never happen really worth tolerating all the downsides of renting?

You can't live your life in fear, there are ways to deal with wayne and waynetta if it ever comes to it.

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 04:04 PM

Are you looking to the Current home values from Zoopla.co.uk? Is that realistic?

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Posted 19 July 2011 - 02:30 PM

Bake cookies and bread, and make coffee during viewings... Buyers will be hypnotised by the lovely, homey smells :)

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Posted 01 December 2011 - 02:25 PM

The main reason I'm looking to buy a detached.


Unfortunately I've known folks in detached properties who still have problems with nightmare neighbours.
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 10:57 AM

What other resources would people recommend using - either freebies or paid for?


Check the altitude? As a kid we used to live in a home at 200m above sea level. Could have been my imagination but I just found it colder and damper and house not as warm, than when we moved to a new area at 50m above sea level. And then maybe to establish levels if there is no option but to buy where there is flood risk.

A higher elevation means the address is less likely to be susceptible to flooding, which is a bonus for home buyers.


Type in and find the general location you want, click centre or zoom to go there, click hybrid, click height, and drag the map until the crosshair rests on your exact interest point.

http://www.earthtools.org/

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#120 Jonforres

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 06:49 AM

My tips:-

Install the superb Mosaic UK app from Experian. Very informative socioeconomic classification down to street level. Same data as upmystreet I think but in a very accessible form especially on iPad.

Check out your local council's SHLAA ("strategic housing land availability assessment"). This provides a short list of potential deveplopment sites that planning officers consider to be suitable for further consideration when new zoning plans are prepared. This is not tantamount to a planning application let alone a permission, and hence it won't appear on official searches. However, it could indicate that the nice green field behind your dream house stands a good chance of development in 5 or 10 years' time, and there could even be indicative maps showing accesses etc.




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