Property help!

(42 Posts)
rstuk Wed 10-Apr-13 20:19:16

House 1
House 2
Project vs. Ready-made, help me decide?

SizzleSazz Wed 10-Apr-13 20:22:37

One is town centre though and one is 10 miles away? Surely the location question is paramount?
I prefer 1 (from what I can see on my phone)

LynetteScavo Wed 10-Apr-13 20:23:14

House 1, defiantly.

What is the garden like and what are the shcools like? Is house 1 in a horrid area?

LynetteScavo Wed 10-Apr-13 20:24:30

I think you could sort house 1 out with £20K, if you were careful.

wfrances Wed 10-Apr-13 20:24:37

house 1 without doubt

rstuk Wed 10-Apr-13 20:25:22

Sizzle, I'd rather live in the town centre one while DH would rather live outside so we're a bit torn
Lynette, the garden is pretty average, needs a lot of work but the schools are good i went to them myself and enjoyed them so i'm a bit biased
the only downside is the lack of parking as its in the centre sad

LynetteScavo Wed 10-Apr-13 20:27:42

I think you'd need to check out how much new sash windows would cost.

LynetteScavo Wed 10-Apr-13 20:31:15

I think long term you would make more money on house 1.

I've lived in both types of house, and I can see if you have a newborn/toddler house 2 would be easier for now.

But I'm really liking house 1. Is there no rear access parking? Could you knock down that building at the bottom of the garden and park there?

dyslexicdespot Wed 10-Apr-13 20:33:05

House 1has the potential to be absolutely amazing. House 2 is very dull.

Like 1 more. House 2 is a bit too kind of plain and neutral for me. I would rather start from scratch (if you have the money) and it has 7 bedrooms!!!! Is that right?

Wow and I love the hallway too. Much more atmospheric (a bit woo???).

Manchesterhistorygirl Wed 10-Apr-13 20:39:45

House 1. It's fabulous and will be gorgeous when its finished.

NotMostPeople Wed 10-Apr-13 20:42:06

House one is fab, house two is meh.

invicta Wed 10-Apr-13 20:50:58

Are you project people or not? We're not and although house1 will be amazing one day, we're not the people to,do it. Consequently, we would choose house 2, as its already done. It just looks plain from the outside.

Also, consider the location. Which do you prefer? What is better for your jobs, shopping, schools, etc? What about the future - how long do you want to live there. Finally, have you visited them? Which has the right gut feeling?

7to25 Wed 10-Apr-13 21:21:19

House 1 has an original light fitting in drawing room.
Do not throw it into a skip, should you happen to buy the house!

Bowlersarm Wed 10-Apr-13 21:23:11

House 1 has much more kerb appeal

ivykaty44 Wed 10-Apr-13 21:47:54

I like one

number two is not to my taste at all and I doubt there would be much I could do to change it to make it feel like home to me - sorry

1 could be lovely but it looks like a really big project. Kitchen, bathrooms, heating, probably rewiring, possibly a new roof and windows. Not for the faint-hearted!

CocoNutter Wed 10-Apr-13 23:31:34

House 1, definitely. But it does depend on your priorities.

herhonesty Wed 10-Apr-13 23:49:13

1. Definitely 1.

Alwayscheerful Thu 11-Apr-13 00:03:51

House 1 is fab.

bellabelly Thu 11-Apr-13 00:17:55

House 1 = lovely
House 2 = no character at all but maybe good for practical reasons

We bought practical house with zero character. I have regretted it ever since.

piprabbit Thu 11-Apr-13 00:23:30

I like house 1, but that is only because the higgledy piggledy windows and soulless garden put me off house 2.

MildlyMiserable Thu 11-Apr-13 00:25:08

House 1.
Can't believe how much house you can get for the money!

FarleyD Thu 11-Apr-13 00:31:24

Heart says house 1, head says house 2.

House 1 is beautiful (and could be even more so). Would parking be an issue with house 1? Is it in a noisy location? What would you do with seven bedrooms? Do you have time, energy, money to take it on? Heating and maintenance might be high. You could probably make money once done up.

House 2 is very plain on outside but at least it's done. You would only have to fork out for cosmetic changes if you wanted to. Are there amenities near by? Would probably be cheaper to heat than house 1. Not sure you could add much to the value of this house.

Crutchlow35 Thu 11-Apr-13 08:10:08

House 1 but be careful what you spend. Your EPC is shocking.

No 1, couldn't live in a fugly house like No 2!

NotMostPeople Thu 11-Apr-13 08:23:16

Don't forget that it's the difference between the current and potential figures in the EPC that are relevant.

MoreBeta Thu 11-Apr-13 08:31:25

House 1 but only if you have the money to do it properly and get people in to do it for you. It is not a DIY job.

Can resolve the parking issue? No parking will put nearly every buyer off when you come to sell but on street or permitted resident parking is fine.

You must keep those original features.

purplewithred Thu 11-Apr-13 08:34:41

House 1 all the way BUT it sounds more like £50k or even £75k to me rather than £20K (reconfigure all the kitchen rooms and new kitchen, convert attic to 2 rooms + bathroom, make first floor 3 beds 1 ensuite 1 decent bathroom. Also strongly suspect electrics and plumbing will need a lot of work, there won't be a spec of insulation anywhere, all those windows need sorting etc. And possibly a spot of decorating.)

Hugely impressed at the price and moving to Carlisle immediately BTW.

Jaynebxl Thu 11-Apr-13 08:36:24

While house 1 has the potential to be stunning there are definite downsides so I would probably be more keen on house 2 despite it not having the same character. Firstly I would pick detached over terraced any day ... I've lived in an old terraced house and had to endure the noise from the neighbours in ways that become so annoying - radio / tv / music in the lounge, kitchen and bedrooms. Secondly I think I would come to hate the parking situation on house 1 while house 2 has a drive. Thirdly house 1 would be a money pit ... Old houses take up so much money!

However if the look of the house is more important than the practicality house 1 wins hand down on potential at least.

SoupDragon Thu 11-Apr-13 09:08:11

House 1. Mainly because house 2 is soulless and ugly.

MoreBeta Thu 11-Apr-13 13:22:15

Jayne - just two days ago I bought an old, terraced house with on street parking. This gives me so much comfort:

"I've lived in an old terraced house and had to endure the noise from the neighbours in ways that become so annoying - radio / tv / music in the lounge, kitchen and bedrooms. Secondly I think I would come to hate the parking situation on house 1 while house 2 has a drive. Thirdly house 1 would be a money pit ... Old houses take up so much money!

<puts fingers in ears and wonders if it is too late to pull out> grin

pippy1958 Thu 11-Apr-13 16:22:00

So...what are you going to do? Would love to know!

trikken Thu 11-Apr-13 17:21:56

You get used to the noise tho MoreBeta. We did. Tho that noise does sound above the normal amount so may be were extra noisy neighbours?

Jaynebxl Thu 11-Apr-13 17:27:38

Haha sorry Morebeta!

It's the computer games that got me. Our mid 30s neighbour spent a lot of time on his game something playing some kind of racing thing so it sounded like we lived next to brands hatch with the cars whizzing round bends!

noddyholder Thu 11-Apr-13 17:46:59

1 definitely

ILikeBirds Thu 11-Apr-13 17:54:37

Number 2

Victorian Houses are overrated imo. They seem very loved on mumsnet but in this area they're usually cheaper than other comparably sized houses e.g. 4 bed 115k

noddyholder Thu 11-Apr-13 17:59:50

You would need to love the sort of interior in house 2 though otherwise to rip it all out as I would do would cost you loads and if you like house 1 with your heart you are unlikely to like that sort of decor

noddyholder Thu 11-Apr-13 18:01:08

I think house 1 would be more like 40k to sort out though

lalalonglegs Thu 11-Apr-13 18:06:39

I didn't even look at the houses - whichever one is the project and closer to town.

rstuk Fri 12-Apr-13 01:08:01

Sorry about the late replies I'm slowly getting my way and it should be House 1
thank you for all the advice thanks
Hopefully i'll be MN'ing from my money bit soon grin

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