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Discussion: House

in: philm64; philm64 > 2017-02-28

Feb 28, 2017 3:56 PM # 
Chas:
Be careful. It looks to me a bit like a non-traditional house (google it). Basically this means it's not of traditional bricks and mortar with timber floors and roof. Not necessarily an issue for you but many mortgage companies won't lend on them which would cause a problem when you come to sell. Also might mean doing alterations/extensions isn't straightforward. I suggest you get a full structural survey.
Or move out of Bristol ;-)
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Feb 28, 2017 5:40 PM # 
philm64:
Thanks! Yeah, good advice. Of course , I need no mortgage - but yes, I have heard of people struggling to sell when their houses are non standard....
Feb 28, 2017 8:43 PM # 
Scrappy Doo:
I think it would normally say on Estate Agents details if non-standard construction - but not an expert
Mar 1, 2017 1:08 PM # 
Chas:
Call me cynical but Estate Agents aren't going to advertise anything which might deter a potential buyer. I agree that it should be made clear though..
Mar 1, 2017 1:20 PM # 
Frostbite:
I'm not an expert but I would say it's made of brick.

Because the house 5 doors down is. And the house opposite.

I've been stalking your house on streetview.
Mar 1, 2017 2:36 PM # 
philm64:
:-) cheers! It will need at least £30k work on it to bring it up to spec - I may pull out now i know that....

Viewing another around the corner tomorrow.....
Mar 1, 2017 2:49 PM # 
Chas:
Mmmm... just because it looks like brick doesn't mean it is brick. It could be clad in something to make it look like brick. Looking closely at the walls just above ground level you will see that the wall projects outwards. I think they have been over clad in a rendered insulated system. This makes me think the original house performed poorly from a thermal point of view. It could be that it is built with solid brick walls (i.e. no cavity and no cavity insulation) but it could also be a non-standard construction. Definitely worth finding out before buying it.
Mar 1, 2017 2:51 PM # 
Chas:
it also looks like it was originally a council housing estate.
Without sounding too snobbish I'd find out a bit about the neighbours as well ;-)
Mar 1, 2017 3:48 PM # 
Frostbite:
tricky business.
Mar 1, 2017 3:50 PM # 
Frostbite:
if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it's probably a steel-framed concrete-clad sparrow
Mar 2, 2017 5:53 PM # 
philm64:
Quack. This one's a dead duck now, guys! :-)
Mar 2, 2017 7:06 PM # 
Chas:
But all the same comments apply to the new one...
Mar 3, 2017 9:40 AM # 
philm64:
Yes. the couple selling the new one have been there 42 years. And yes, it's an ex-working class council area - that's the way it goes. I'm not paying for snob value Victorian terrace no-parking places in Bristol anymore. Save > £100k and spend my 50s enjoying my life not having to work. Neighbours seems fine & quite dodgy looking bloke opposite with dog & uncut front "lawn" - whataver?

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