Buying a House

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by Scout, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    It's so awesome @Kimmers ! I also really appreciate the staging to match the door.
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  2. hellohelloagain

    hellohelloagain Chicken

    Wow looks incredible
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  3. Fitz

    Fitz Leslie Knope Monster

    Love that!!
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  4. nym711

    nym711 THIS IS MY LIFE NOW

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  5. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    Thanks chickens! We are so psyched... this makes it worth all those houses we tried and failed to buy a couple years ago, because we love this house so much more and it has every “must have” on our list! We’re even going to turn that front formal living room into a library (eventually).
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  6. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Gorgeous, congratulations!
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  7. RoryGilmore

    RoryGilmore Chicken

    Literally thought that was a community pool. Holy crap. You guys are going to have the best summers ever.
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  8. T-Rex

    T-Rex Chicken

    Its so beautiful!!!!!
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  9. Erie

    Erie Florida AF

    I love love love it @Kimmers!! That pool is absolutely what I want in our backyard some day. Message me where exactly you’ll be!!
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  10. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    When we move into our move-up house we are totally doing this. I can’t wait to see what you do and live vicariously in the meantime.
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  11. ClamJam

    ClamJam Chicken

    Love it!!!!!
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  12. Roo

    Roo Chicken

    Congrats! It's gorgeous! And I love that door so much.
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  13. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    I am obsessed with the door! :loveu:
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  14. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    We are officially in the mortgage-in-principle granted, house search stage. Any advice for viewing homes?

    I have found a few places in a village a couple train stops away that look promising, we haven't been to the village before so we're going to start with that next Saturday if possible so we have as much time to weigh it up against other villages etc. But might try and schedule a viewing or two for this week after work in our city.
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  15. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    Make notes as you tour homes. It’s easy to forget which one had the great windows or the shitty kitchen after viewing a half dozen properties.
  16. allmaple

    allmaple Chicken

    We were very limited on time to buy and location so we couldn't be particularly picky, but I did make a list of pros/cons for each property as well and that was helpful to remember after the fact.
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  17. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Ooh, good idea. Lots of houses we're interested in are kind of samey too so that would be good to do--don't want to confuse one 2 bedroom Victorian cottage with another.
  18. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken

    I would hash out your must haves vs your nice to haves vs your must NOT haves. Make a “will this be a deal breaker or not” list!
  19. scotchbutter

    scotchbutter Chicken

    Yes, if you have a system where you are printing out sheets with the house info I would write down your thoughts for each house on that. It was so hard to remember what was what.

    Also if locations are quite different write those on there too, like in the top right you can write “closer for work, farther for x”, I wrote commute times for my work and color coded so I remembered which were in the same area.

    Also, while you know this and frankly maybe U.K. is different, try not to be too sad if the first one doesn’t work out! You will get a great one it’s just hard to know whether it’s the first or sixth one.
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  20. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Gosh yeah. I might have to end up compromising on some of mine. For A the location is the most important thing and he's right I think, we have some must haves (can't be in the middle of nowhere with no shop or pub, need somewhere to put a table for eating at, stuff like that) and other nice to haves which have helped narrow down what to look at.

    Annoyingly the first house I attempted to book a viewing for had already sold although still showing as available on rightmove. Waiting to hear back from the same agent about the other house I asked about but provisionally gonna see it Saturday at 10! It's detached which is amazing for here. No tub so I would have to scope out if there's room for one and weigh that up as well.
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  21. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    All good advice here. Location is the one thing you can’t change about a house, given enough time and money.
    For me I have to just imagine if I can see myself and my family living here. Like how will I feel walking across here to the kitchen - happy or forever annoyed?
    Eta Congrats! It’s super exciting. It took us a year to find this place so don’t be too sad if it takes a little time to find the perfect one for you.
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  22. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    That's true. When we were apartment searching there were some that were just not good feeling even though there was nothing wrong with them.
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  23. Canaligator

    Canaligator Barbie Police

    Everyone has covered most of my tips so I will just say I’m so excited for you!! <3 My one additional lesson learned is, make sure your cell phones get reception *inside* any home you are serious about. Signed, your friend who learned the hard way (thankfully that was a rental).
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  24. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Yeah, reception in my house kinda sucks. Still worth it, but good to know going in!

    This is all really good advice. House hunting can be draining if it takes a while, but when you get Your House, it’s so worth it! I also liked taking at least a couple of pictures of each house myself (starting with one with the front of the house/address), because there can be a significant difference between what they post online and how it looks to you.
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  25. A. Ham

    A. Ham Chicken

    Ugh yeah. Literally no networks have signal in most of our city center. Mine is patchy and terrible. It might be an issue with whole towns. There's reception in our flat now a little bit but none in my office. The UK is really far behind the US on this type of thing though

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