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House 1 or House 2?

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Couplycouple Thu 02-Feb-17 10:53:26

Dear all,

My husband and I are first time buyers and are thorn between these houses I just thought I'll ask the opinion of others on which of the houses they are likely to go for, what price and maybe some knowledge of local area.

House1 is a 4 bed room that needs work, a little further from the station, it has no side access but bigger garden, more space and on a private road/culdesac with just 3 houses. It has been on the market for long and yet to sell.

House2 is a smaller 3 bed house, mainly the bathroom needs doing up, closer to station with side access.

I look forward to all your responses, hopefully we'll be able to see things through the eyes of others.

Thank you

PurpleDaisies Thu 02-Feb-17 10:55:10

Er, the first one says "no longer on the market" and the second link doesn't work...

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 02-Feb-17 10:55:30

The link to House 1 says that "the property is no longer on the market."

The link to House 2 doesn't work.

Couplycouple Thu 02-Feb-17 11:03:51

Dear all,

My husband and I are first time buyers and are thorn between these houses I just thought I'll ask the opinion of others on which of the houses they are likely to go for, what price and maybe some knowledge of local area.

House1 is a 4 bed room that needs work, a little further from the station, it has no side access but bigger garden, more space and on a private road/culdesac with just 3 houses. It has been on the market for long and yet to sell.

House2 is a smaller 3 bed house, mainly the bathroom needs doing up, closer to station with side access.

I look forward to all your responses, hopefully we'll be able to see things through the eyes of others.

Thank you

Update: House 1 is still on the market, but that previous advert has better and more pictures - so I have put that up for more information.

KatyBerry Thu 02-Feb-17 11:06:35

house 2 is on an arterial road with multiple lanes of traffic and therefore I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Thu 02-Feb-17 11:09:43

House 2 looks nicer... but check out StreetView! Nonononononononono!!

Kidnapped Thu 02-Feb-17 11:12:46

House 1 is nicer and bigger. The work to be done seems to be cosmetic there?

House 2 is a bit more 'done up' but space looks an issue. The tumble dryer being in prime spot between the kitchen and dining room is a real giveaway. The location of Arterial Road suggests that it isn't in a quiet spot.

If House 1 is still walkable to the station, I'd go for that.

hangingoutthewashing Thu 02-Feb-17 11:14:11

House one is my preference ,
House 2 doesn't do anything for me at all , busy road with no kerb appeal

House one - much nicer with a more practical layout , you could convert the garage ( subject to planning etc) possibly extend in or behind it for a large kitchen ? Depends upon the amount of work needed , it looks perfectly live in able and you could do any work as you could afford it ,

YokoUhOh Thu 02-Feb-17 11:15:59

House 1 just needs a bit of updating and isn't on an arterial road. Definitely House 1!

Couplycouple Thu 02-Feb-17 11:17:10

House 1 has been on the market longer though with no sales. Makes us feel worried that we might be missing something?
Arrrghhhhhh we thought saving would be the hardest thing but nope!

PurpleDaisies Thu 02-Feb-17 11:18:11

Definitely house one. I really don't like the kitchen in house two-way too small (tumble dryer in the dining room?!) and the garden's nowhere near as nice as house one.

PurpleDaisies Thu 02-Feb-17 11:18:53

House 1 has been on the market longer though with no sales. Makes us feel worried that we might be missing something?

Sometimes the right person hasn't come along. Have you been to see it?

Couplycouple Thu 02-Feb-17 11:21:12

Have you been to see it?

Yes, we have been to see it. It has potential for extension, however, it has no side access which makes DH think extension would be expensive. I'll attach a picture.

PurpleDaisies Thu 02-Feb-17 11:22:23

Do you need an extension?

Couplycouple Thu 02-Feb-17 11:23:03

That is the house from Google skyview.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 02-Feb-17 11:23:52

House 1 for me. It doesn't look particularly well presented, neat or tidy, which may have put some prospective buyers off viewing but the location would appear to be much better.

House 2 is beautifully presented - apart from an oddly placed washing machine/tumble dryer that there is obviously no actual space for. You wouldn't find me paying up to £400k to live on a busy A road, right by the junction with another busy A road though. The position alone would automatically rule the house out for me.

Kidnapped Thu 02-Feb-17 11:25:40

Would you want to extend?

The back garden looks nice. And not big to start with. I'd personally hate to lose any of it.

Maybe a loft conversion if you need space in the future would be the way to go.

PurpleDaisies Thu 02-Feb-17 11:25:45

For us, the questions we asked were...
Can we afford it?
Does it meet everything we want (or are prepared to compromise on) now and for the next five to ten years?
Longer term would it be suitable/can it be made suitable or would we move?
Did it have the X factor that meant we wanted to buy it?

Couplycouple Thu 02-Feb-17 11:26:06

Do you need an extension?

The kitchen is quite small so we would like to extend it sometime in future and maybe include a study and a utility room.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Thu 02-Feb-17 11:26:55

The no sales could also mean that the vendors aren't willing to budge on price. Some people will just walk away rather than pay asking price as a matter of principle!

Couplycouple Thu 02-Feb-17 11:30:32

The back garden looks nice. And not big to start with. I'd personally hate to lose any of it.

Extension would be to the side of the property and I forgot to mention the back garden has a big pond which is no longer in use but the pit is still there. Also, there is a rail track somewhere in the bush next to the garden. Not close at all but, I thought it's worth mentioning.

PurpleDaisies Thu 02-Feb-17 11:31:48

It sounds like you just don't really want to buy house one. That's fair enough. Sometimes even though something appears to tick all the boxes it just isn't right.

Couplycouple Thu 02-Feb-17 11:32:30

The no sales could also mean that the vendors aren't willing to budge on price. Some people will just walk away rather than pay asking price as a matter of principle!

Are you saying the house is reasonably priced? There is no recent sale in the area for comparing.

MaryPoppinsPenguins Thu 02-Feb-17 11:33:09

House 1... house 2 is just cosemitically better, which is an easy fix.

Couplycouple Thu 02-Feb-17 11:34:20

It sounds like you just don't really want to buy house one. That's fair enough. Sometimes even though something appears to tick all the boxes it just isn't right

Honestly, I love the house but just a little nervous that we might be missing something & DH thinks House 2 will benefit from crossrail.

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