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Bunnyfuller Sun 04-Oct-20 19:52:31

The vendor of the property we were buying (6 weeks into the process) accepted a higher offer from another buyer, He said ‘she wants to move rapidly’ and doesn’t seem to grasp that the time it takes is just that. He’s lived in the US most of his adult life and can’t understand why there’s a delay. He even took a call from our surveyor on Friday and accepted a booking from them, knowing all the time he had accepted another fucking offer.

The house is a wreck and needs doing up massively and we just can’t borrow any more or it eats into the budget to do it up.

We’ve spent all weekend on RM trying to find something, as well as doing some drive bys.

This is the house we’ve lost:

We were 12.5k under asking price, this other buyer has gone in at asking and given him ‘cash as a sign of commitment’. The house is his mum’s and he’s taking her to his home overseas to live with him.

Our chain below us is only 2 with bottom one a cash buyer so we just need to find somewhere!

So exhausted with this.

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GrumpyHoonMain Sun 04-Oct-20 20:25:47

That looks like a shit hole tbh but it is worth the asking price - it’s priced low because it needs work so I’m not surprised you were gazumped really. Try Rushden or into Northamptonshire for somewhere closer to your budget

TerribleCustomerCervix Sun 04-Oct-20 20:29:26

No advice OP, but a conciliatory handhold.

We weren’t gazumped, but our vendor decided to pull out of our sale after 4 months. I was fucking furious very disappointed, but three months later we found something bigger, better presented and cheaper than the original house. We’ve been in two weeks now and I thank my lucky stars the first vendor got cold feet every day!

SBTLove Sun 04-Oct-20 20:31:30

Hardly a shithole, just outdated, £20k would bring it up to standard as long as roof etc is sound.

SBTLove Sun 04-Oct-20 20:37:11

Had a look in that area and there’s plenty in better condition for similar prices.

MJMG2015 Sun 04-Oct-20 20:41:13


Hardly a shithole, just outdated, £20k would bring it up to standard as long as roof etc is sound.

No way would £20k put in a new kitchen, bathrooms, flooring.

It's a lot of house for the money though. Can't buy a 2nd mid tce for that here

SBTLove Sun 04-Oct-20 20:49:33

It can be done on a budget if you’re wanting in quick or take your time and go more expensive, kitchens don’t need to cost £20k+, bathroom for £1k max.

Viviennemary Sun 04-Oct-20 20:52:36

I don't know about prices in that area. But it is an ideal house to buy as a doer upper. Four months is quite a long time if you weren't moving towards completion.

Viviennemary Sun 04-Oct-20 20:53:47

Sorry it was somebody else's house that was taking four months.

Bunnyfuller Sun 04-Oct-20 21:02:36

We were fully intending to take it on as a doer-upper and had 40k set aside for renovation. Do people think the bathrooms and kitchen could be done for 30k?

There is a lot locally in better nick, but the village is beautiful and it’s a non-estate location. At the moment we have asked him if he will accept us at asking price, but I’m not sure he will (the estate agent is furious with him).

We’ve sold this, which was a similar mess a couple of years ago, £100k cheaper than we sold it for

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Bunnyfuller Sun 04-Oct-20 21:04:53

@SBTLove do you have the links for the similar places in better condition? We need to be no further than 5 miles from Sharnbrook as DCs in exam years, can’t move them.

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HellonHeels Sun 04-Oct-20 21:08:32

No advice but if you think that house is a wreck, then you've never seen a wreck! It's just dated decor.

hauntedvagina Sun 04-Oct-20 21:10:20

Do people think the bathrooms and kitchen could be done for 30k?

Yes. House similar size here, new kitchen, wall removed and steel fitted, one new bathroom, whole house plastered downstairs, upstairs skimmed, new carpets, paint, 60 sq m of Karndean glued down and a full rewire. I had change from 30k.

Bunnyfuller Sun 04-Oct-20 21:12:19

Thanks @hauntedvagina that’s useful to hear. See how tomorrow goes.

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Viviennemary Sun 04-Oct-20 21:24:04

I had another look at the house you were in the process of buying. Could you not do it up over a period of time. Rather than need all the money set aside now. Even the kitchen cupboards could be sprayed/repainted at a cost far less than a new kitchen. I agree that it's not a wreck compared to others just hideous decor. I think you did a very good job of the house you sold. It looks lovely

hauntedvagina Sun 04-Oct-20 21:25:21

@Bunnyfuller thanks.

A kitchen doesn't have to cost thousands and thousands. My advice would be to go for decent carcasses that will stand the test of time, we went for the best worktops that would fit our budget and plan to replace them in five years or so. I'm happy to do that because I know that the units will last.

Kitchens get expensive when you start going for gadgets, crazy pull out cupboards with rotating bits, etc... a standard cupboard and some clever Ikea bits works just as well, if not better as there's less to break in the long run. Think long and hard about how often you use something in your kitchen and question if it's really worth the money, for example I didn't bother with an integrated microwave because I rarely use one, I have a bog standard microwave in the garage.

Buy your own appliances, don't get them from the kitchen manufacturer. Shop around and haggle.

SBTLove Sun 04-Oct-20 21:38:12

Cheaper, needs updated, good amount of space to work with.
Do you prefer older rather than new built?

SBTLove Sun 04-Oct-20 21:40:26

Agree on kitchens, I’m always horrified at MN with their £20k kitchen budgets, often houses with older kitchens have really decent sturdy carcasses which you keep and get new doors, counters, half the nonsense kitchen showrooms try and punt you don’t need and probably will never use. Bathrooms; you don’t need £500 taps!

SBTLove Sun 04-Oct-20 21:41:40

Your house is gorgeous, why did you sell??

hauntedvagina Sun 04-Oct-20 21:44:46

@SBTLove it's bonkers isn't it. I think that sometimes people get so carried away they forget the actual purpose of the room, to keep and cook food.

Bol87 Sun 04-Oct-20 21:52:32

Corr your house is amazing! Why are you moving?!

SBTLove Sun 04-Oct-20 21:52:46

Bunnyfuller Sun 04-Oct-20 22:05:28

Hi @SBTLove

Yes, they’re all in massive new estates with everyone overlooking everyone else. It’s not the older house, more the location. As you say, there’s plenty cheaper and in better shape but what can you see out of the windows?

It’s a lot harder finding affordable places that are in the North Beds villages. We’re moving because circumstances around finances are forcing us to. This was meant to be our forever home..

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SBTLove Sun 04-Oct-20 22:09:56

I did notice there seems a lack of older houses in the area unless you have a lottery win🙄 does it need to be 4 beds?

ZaraCarmichaelshighheels Sun 04-Oct-20 22:20:43


It can be done on a budget if you’re wanting in quick or take your time and go more expensive, kitchens don’t need to cost £20k+, bathroom for £1k max.

Only if your renovations are ‘Homes under the Hammer’ standard, cheap and not very cheerful.

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