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House buying deal breakers

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OrchidFlakes Mon 25-Sep-17 16:28:33

We're house hunting if (again 🙄) and DH and I have a small list of deal breakers - although we both don't agree on them.

I'm interested what other peoples deal breakers are?

Our list:
See back garden from the kitchen
Kitchen/diner/loving space as one
Off road parking (DH, I'm not fussed)
2 toilets

Seems pretty tame or so I though - battle lines are drawn here 😂😂

Bloodybridget Mon 25-Sep-17 16:31:26

Never again a house with a basement floor.
Garden must be on a level with the front door, I am not lugging sacks of compost downstairs for the rest of my life.
Plenty of light.

Josiah Mon 25-Sep-17 16:32:18

Quiet area.

Set back from road and away from neighbours.

Off road parking or garage.

Garden with high walls or fences for dogs.

Downstairs cloakroom.


Glitteryfrog Mon 25-Sep-17 16:33:07

Must have
Front garden
Bay window

TonicAndTonic Mon 25-Sep-17 16:37:33

Here's ours from when we bought our first house 3 years ago. Some are similar to yours:

Driveway - didn't want the neighbour disputes around street parking or allocated spaces
More than one loo - DP and I both caught norovirus once, 1 loo definitely wasn't sufficient!
Not on a main road - I was desperate to get a cat
A bath - (mine not DP's) I love a hot bubbly bath on a Sunday night
Commute of no more than 30 mins to work - DP's not mine, but actually it was very achievable, so why not?

TeenTimesTwo Mon 25-Sep-17 16:40:44

I like the idea of a loving space grin

For DH it was straight stairs, and a spare bedroom with a long wall with no windows or door. (hobby related)

G1raffe Mon 25-Sep-17 16:41:22

loving space snigger

Are you saying you do or do not want to see garden from kitchen?

I so want 2 toilets and just more space ....
off road parking would be good.

DuckOffAutocorrectYouShiv Mon 25-Sep-17 16:42:48

Straight stairs and long walls?

Ladder collector?

wonkylegs Mon 25-Sep-17 16:45:31

When we bought here:
Must have
4+bedrooms, 2+ reception rooms, utility - or potential for all of these
High ceilings
Space for an office (built or we could build)
Character or something that made it special & not boring

The last one was the hardest we looked at all sorts from an Art Deco wreck, to period properties and even some modern ones. We had a relatively flexible budget that could accommodate work if needed but it tended to flummox estate agents who weren't really on the ball.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Mon 25-Sep-17 16:46:11

Bit of a big one, but having lived in our detached house for around 12 years now, the thought of having part of a neighbours house attached to our house would worry me.

Neighbour disturbance must be so hard to live with.

wonkylegs Mon 25-Sep-17 16:46:42

Oh a almost forgot it had to be within a certain distance of DHs work - that was contractual, non negotiable and the reason we were moving in the first place

notangelinajolie Mon 25-Sep-17 16:48:23

Deal breaker for me would be traffic noise. Closely followed by small garden.

BreakfastAtSquiffanys Mon 25-Sep-17 16:48:53

2 loos.

Viserion Mon 25-Sep-17 16:50:02

Stairs must be in a hallway, not a room. Hated living in a house with stairs in the sitting room. Noise transfer was awful.

HippadoppaloppaGammeldag Mon 25-Sep-17 16:52:32

Ours was:

Light & spacious feeling
Potential for extension / adding value
Commute roughly 30-40 mins max
Downstairs loo wasn't an absolute must, but high on the list of priorities

PJBanana Mon 25-Sep-17 16:52:45

Our must-haves for our next house will be:

Decent parking
At least 2 toilets (ideally one downstairs)
Quiet area

GriefLeavesItsMark Mon 25-Sep-17 16:53:50

Off road parking, door not opening directly on to the pavement, not open plan, bath.

Non dealbreakers, downstairs bathroom, small garden

.'desirable features' I'd rather not have ; ensuite bathroom, conservatory, kitchen diner.

Middleoftheroad Mon 25-Sep-17 16:56:51

Quiet road
Downstairs loo

We previously lived in a detatched and moved in Feb to a semi with screaming toddlers next door who are still rampaging come 10pm. Luckily its 5 bed so we can rejig rooms but if I move again ill go back to a detatched though it means compromising space for us

allertse Mon 25-Sep-17 16:57:26

Must have:
bathroom on each floor (not fussed if flat/house though)
front door into hallway, not straight into a room
stairs in the hall not living room
toilet and bath separate are fine but there must be a sink in the toilet.

user21 Mon 25-Sep-17 16:58:52

😂 en-suite and kitchen diner were on my 'must haves'. Each to there own.

Individual, sociable, more than 1 bathroom.

PickAChew Mon 25-Sep-17 17:00:32

Things we discounted before viewing:

Less living space in a 4/5 bed than our current 2 bed.
Stairs in the living room.
Kitchen so small you burn your arse on the oven trying to get milk out of the fridge.
Part of the house underground.

Things that put us off otherwise potentially suitable houses:
Steep concrete steps with a single rusty handrail down to the weed riddled block paved patio area that passes for a garden. (This one was on the other side of the hill with the half buried houses!)
Irredeemably dark. This house was one of our favourites on paper and ticked just about every box, but there was no getting past the lack of natural light.

sunseptember Mon 25-Sep-17 17:00:39

Neighbours neighbours neighbours

SlothMama Mon 25-Sep-17 17:10:52

Currently looking and it has to have;
A driveway
Two toilets
Decent garden
Good sized kitchen
(Not next door to an utter bellend!)

CigarsofthePharoahs Mon 25-Sep-17 17:16:56

Driveway. Managing without, but I'd much rather park my car on my property.
Two toilets. We do have two and I don't think I'd go back to one.
Those are my absolute red lines for if we're daft enough to move again. It'd have to be a bloody good house to put myself through all that stress again!

LaurieFairyCake Mon 25-Sep-17 17:20:35

Before London:

3 beds, 2 bathrooms, off road parking plus garage, huge shed, home office, big garden.

After London:


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