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Rainbowhairdontcare Mon 29-Jul-19 16:30:56

We're looking at buying a house but our budget isn't that high for the area. What we need is a bedroom than can easily extend to a 4 bed. max value of the house is 200k

So far this is the winner...

Please be honest!

I found this property on the Rightmove Android app and wanted you to see it:

VictoriaBun Mon 29-Jul-19 16:45:38

It looks like an ex council, so whilst not the prettiest, it will probably have good sized rooms.
It currently is looking a bit tatty, but obviously once you have decorated and moved your own stuff in ,should be ok.
The sofa looks a little over sized for the room but hopefully your furniture would be a better fit.
Location wise, I'm afraid I don't have a clue about the area but hopefully someone local will be able to say.
What is it that makes you want it / what would you do to make it your own / is it your forever home, all questions to ask yourself .

Rainbowhairdontcare Mon 29-Jul-19 16:53:14

Definitely not a forever home. All DC want their own room (which is understandable) but I'm quite fed up of paying £1100-1200 on rent Vs £650 on that mortgage for example. The plan is to live there for 3-5 years and then move. DSS is 11, so I know he'd leave the next house a couple of years after we move in, but nothing I can do about that.

VictoriaBun Mon 29-Jul-19 17:45:35

Well if you've viewed it and it ticks your boxes, what's stopping you ?

PancakeAndKeith Mon 29-Jul-19 17:49:06

You might want to get this moved to property.

Personally I think it’s rather small, but with better sized furniture it might work. (Link)

Atalune Mon 29-Jul-19 17:49:29

Ex council houses like that usually have great gardens and decent sized rooms.

Paint it a nice chalky white throughout and buy furniture that fits the rooms better!

Rainbowhairdontcare Mon 29-Jul-19 19:03:21

Garden is small, but we're not big on gardening so OK with that. The only thing that's stopping me is that it's the 4th house I've viewed (I have 8-9 lined up tomorrow) and DP hasn't seen it. We both work so find a time that suits us both is hard

Bluntness100 Mon 29-Jul-19 19:08:45

Are you ok with no downstairs loo and no bath? Not sure how old the kids all are.

Bluntness100 Mon 29-Jul-19 19:16:53

I'd be tempted by this, do a deal, and then spend twenty grand doing it up, then you get your four beds.

Rainbowhairdontcare Mon 29-Jul-19 19:30:41

@Bluntness100 is it this one? I found this property on the Rightmove Android app and wanted you to see it:

We'll have a baby soon, but we're getting one of those baths on wheels for the time being.

Rainbowhairdontcare Tue 30-Jul-19 11:19:24

Here's another contender

I found this property on the Rightmove Android app and wanted you to see it:

Bluntness100 Tue 30-Jul-19 11:32:11

Hi op. No it's this one, for some reason the link isn't working.

Bluntness100 Tue 30-Jul-19 11:33:18

PancakeAndKeith Tue 30-Jul-19 12:28:46

That last one you linked to op is lovely. Not decorated to my taste but easily fixed.

Rainbowhairdontcare Tue 30-Jul-19 12:31:20

Blutness that one is unfortunately too much of a fixer upper for us.

HUZZAH212 Tue 30-Jul-19 12:48:51

I like the last one too. You could move straight in, kitchen is fine, bathroom is serviceable and the garden is lovely. Plus the added outbuildings. I really want to like house 3 with the character features but it just looks cold and pokey.

HUZZAH212 Tue 30-Jul-19 12:50:30

Last one as in the Malabar Road

HUZZAH212 Tue 30-Jul-19 13:10:17

On street view there's also a play park across the road which is handy.

MyDcAreMarvel Tue 30-Jul-19 13:12:41

DSS is 11, so I know he'd leave the next house a couple of years after we move in, but nothing I can do about that.
I think that’s unlikely these days.

MyDcAreMarvel Tue 30-Jul-19 13:14:53

The one Bluntness linked too is hardly a fixer upper. It just needs a new kitchen.
It’s the best one on the thread.

Atalune Tue 30-Jul-19 13:22:49

Your 11 year old is unlikely to leave home for some time! Like 10 years ++

It’s not too much of a fixer upper! Worth a look

HUZZAH212 Tue 30-Jul-19 13:35:18

Why is the plan 3-5yrs? Are you looking to save and move up the ladder or is there some predicted change in the pipeline? If you think you'll end up there long term you probably would be better off doing up the 4 bed to your taste.

Rainbowhairdontcare Tue 30-Jul-19 13:38:39

Yes, we're thinking is saving and me getting a substantial pay rise (from £18k to 30-35k) .

Atalune Tue 30-Jul-19 13:44:37

Moving on it’s own is expensive... you really don’t want to be repeating the process in 5 years if you can help it.

£1-5k solicitor fees, search frees, agent fees- for buying and selling!

Stamp duty- you can’t always get that out on the mortgage so you need the ££ separately. Dependant on house price.

If you’ve got £10-15k to do that in 5 years then more power to you.

Or use that money to put on a great kitchen and bathroom.

Rainbowhairdontcare Tue 30-Jul-19 13:50:31

Believe me I wouldn't if I could avoid it! But the average 4 bed in the area is closer to 300k, if you get lucky you might find one for £250k. That 4 bed is in a very undesirable part of town. Here's a photo of a house in that neighbourhood.

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