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First time period property - wise?

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LadyofDunedin Sun 09-Aug-15 19:42:00

Advice much appreciated!

After a pants few months and a lot of disillusionment at life etc I have (by some miracle!) been offered a far more generous mortgage in principle- woo! (First time buyer)

It was instigated by me seeing a period property in my area that had been on market a whole and owner vacant = negotiation!

The flat has gorgeous features and a lot if potential to , I hope, add value .. And make even more beautiful.

Some questions about older properties I would very much appreciate advice on!

1) the doors are original but unfortunately painted and suffering bud up of paint. How much roughly to fix this? 4 doors

2) similarly, the door frames and skirting ? (Although I think I can do this myself ??)

3) beautiful high ceilings - yeah! But hall ceiling needs filled (wee crack) is this a big job in an old property to smooth / fill?

4) finally, and most exciting... The bedroom is huge!! (It's only a one bed) BUT there is no storage in flat - none. Thinking I COULD build walk in wardrobes (think fitting out with ikea) with the help of a carpenter, anyone Any experience? Tips/ costs?

I should finally add I do not have masses of money for this, more a few years project and a good positive start for me. Hoping to take a second viewing this week with family, I just wanted to sound out indicative costs / experiences .... Which will of course be reflected in my offer made!!

Tia !

senua Sun 09-Aug-15 20:18:43

Your questions are all about the interior. My worry is that you are buying a flat in a period property - what is the position if major works need doing?
Are you buying an asset (a flat) or a liability (a share of a huge future repair bill). Have the leaseholders built up a contingency fund for such things?

LadyofDunedin Sun 09-Aug-15 20:29:06

Hi there
In Scotland so no leaseholder position. Joint responsibility for roof between 15. Same goes for common repairs. I've had the property surveyed structurally - ok.
I'm just questioning the interior aspects as I'm excited and would love to hear similar experiences/ recommendations smile

Bostonpj Mon 10-Aug-15 21:16:55

We had all the doors here dipped at a local stripping place. They collected and returned the doors same day and it was about £8 per door. Worth every penny IMO and a lot faster and safer than messing about with chemicals.
The skirting and dado probably can be sorted with lots of elbow grease, sugar soap and some sandpaper then a fresh coat of paint.
If you have a ladder to get you up high enough to repair the ceiling then filling a small crack in the plaster isn't difficult, just awkward!
I've never fitted wardrobes, we bought a huge pine wardrobe instead wink

Good luck! I am sure you'll have it looking amazing in a very short time.

LadyofDunedin Mon 10-Aug-15 22:06:53

Thanks , Boston ! I was beginning to think I would get no replies !

Just £8 a door ??? I thought at least £100shock

Sunnyshores Mon 10-Aug-15 22:46:49

Paid £15 per door in Manchester, fab job. Agree filling ceiling is easy enough. Fitted wardrobes may be cheaper by a chippy. You could build the frame, put in the rails and shelves but leave doors until you have more money. They always look better if they really do fit bespoke.

LadyofDunedin Mon 10-Aug-15 22:48:03

Wow, where do you find such barginous companies?! I'm in central Scotland

What's a chippy? blush

craftysewer Mon 10-Aug-15 23:05:30

A chippy is a carpenter.

craftysewer Mon 10-Aug-15 23:06:52

You wouldn't actually need a carpenter to build your Ikea wardrobes. Just lots of patience and someone to help you (holding bits together whilst you put in the screws, etc) and then lift them into position.

pinkje Mon 10-Aug-15 23:51:38

OP I have Pm'd you some details of a joiner in Central Scotland.

Bostonpj Tue 11-Aug-15 07:26:25

It is a lot cheaper than you'd think, you then need to leave them hanging and once thoroughly dry, wax or vanish them (or ignore them and hope the pixies will come in and sort it when you're sleeping like we have...)

I absolutely love period properties and have never lived in a new build. Worth every extra penny in renovation.

LadyofDunedin Tue 11-Aug-15 08:36:14

Thanks all and to pink for the amazing recommendation.

In terms of the carpenter / wardrobes idea.. I was thinking I could do the inserts from ikea but would need a carpenter to build a good surround to walk into, as it were? I felt it may need to be fairly bespoke as the modern ikea esque casings would look all wrong?

If anyone has alternative ideas I would love to hear them!

LadyofDunedin Tue 11-Aug-15 11:04:19

So... I called the agent to arrange viewing #2 to take along my surveyor and parents and it's SOLD.

Hopeless. I viewed at 8pm Friday night and price drop, no notes of interest/ previous offers/ no follow up calls from agent and I hear this


I was hoping finally things were looking up and looking for a new project...?

Back to the drawing board then... Thanks for all the advice!

Bostonpj Tue 11-Aug-15 11:43:02

Oh no! Most stressful thing ever buying a property. Hopefully you'll find your perfect home soon smile

Sunnyshores Tue 11-Aug-15 14:16:34

That is so annoying.

They cant of known you were seriously interested as there is no way the seller would have accepted an offneer without getting the agent to go back to you first. Although if this had happened you could have been in a very stressful bidding war..

HarrietSchulenberg Tue 11-Aug-15 14:26:07

Not sure how property law works in Scotland but would you be up for a spot of gazumping? If contracts are not yet exchanged could you make a higher offer in the hope that the seller might accept?

LadyofDunedin Tue 11-Aug-15 16:02:29

Can't gazump in Scotland!

I think the agent was crap! She said oh I was off sick etc and all the excuses in book...

LadyofDunedin Tue 11-Aug-15 16:03:10

Apparently also opening viewings on Sunday (something I was also not aware of!!!!!) suspect that's where the offer came from. angry

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