Buying a house (and renting)

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by Ecno » Fri May 17, 2019 2:36 pm

I've been looking for a 1 bed recently. The best I can find in central London is about £1200-1250.

I was originally going to look further out i.e. Barking and commute in as it would only be about 30 minutes door to door, but a one bed was about £1050-£100 and then £200 for the zone 1 to 5 travel card.

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by Kezzer » Fri May 17, 2019 2:41 pm

I'll consider it, so long as the commute isn't that bad. Right now it takes about 2hours to get to work.

If I move to the likes of Reading it might take an 1h15m or a little more on the Train and Tube.

I could take the bike in, but rush hour traffic in the centre of London is horrendous it took me an hour to get to the close to the M4 and then on they way back home there is constant 50mph zones. (no fun at all!)

I think my biggest problem is I have no idea where to even start researching. I moved down to England nearly 2 years ago (all rather quickly, I was given 9 days to sort out accommodation) and where I am now was a the defacto place I had to be for my old job, anywhere else would have been stupid.

Now, I guess anything can be on the cards

does that make sense?

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PostRe: Buying a house (and renting)
by Snowcannon » Fri May 17, 2019 7:34 pm

Jenuall wrote:£900 and still needing roommates!?!?!

I just couldn't bring myself to be spending that amount of cash to share a house in London


It’s all relative. Now I’m in New York I think of £900 as mega-cheap

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PostRe: Buying a house (and renting)
by Ecno » Fri May 17, 2019 10:26 pm

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Jenuall wrote:£900 and still needing roommates!?!?!

I just couldn't bring myself to be spending that amount of cash to share a house in London


It’s all relative. Now I’m in New York I think of £900 as mega-cheap


Out of interest how much are you paying in NY?

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by Qikz » Mon May 20, 2019 8:16 am

Went shopping with my dad and step mum yesterday to find a sofa and curtains. Found ones I like, but I've got to wait for 2-3 weeks for the curtains and 9 weeks for the sofa. Atleast it's been sorted. My curtains overall came to nearly 500smackers, but I'm paying half now half later. My Dad/Step Mum said as a present for moving into my own place they'll buy my sofa and will do the same when my step brother eventually leaves home which was really nice of them. The sofa I've got is so comfortable <3

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by Jenuall » Mon May 20, 2019 10:23 am

That's nice of them to get you the sofa, only thing better than a nice comfy sofa is a nice comfy sofa that you didn't have to pay for! :toot:

500 notes for curtains seems like a lot! How many windows have you got and how big are they?

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by Qikz » Mon May 20, 2019 10:58 am

Jenuall wrote:That's nice of them to get you the sofa, only thing better than a nice comfy sofa is a nice comfy sofa that you didn't have to pay for! :toot:

500 notes for curtains seems like a lot! How many windows have you got and how big are they?


3, well one is q glass door to my balcony, one is a massive window in my living room and one is an odd sized window in my bedroom. It's a royal pain but I had to get them all altered and all the poles and brackets and stuff.

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by KK » Mon May 20, 2019 11:24 am

Nobody has curtains, it's all about those blinds and shutters now, man. Or so everyone keeps telling me.

'Oh wow, you still have curtains...'
'Yes, yes it's on 'the list' of things to update...'

*groan*

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by Lagamorph » Mon May 20, 2019 11:54 am

I didn't know Qikz was over 50 years old ;)

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PostRe: Buying a house (and renting)
by Qikz » Mon May 20, 2019 1:04 pm

I prefer curtains

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by Jenuall » Mon May 20, 2019 1:34 pm

What kind of blinds are people going for there - roman? venetian? roller (cord pull or those ones that you pull down and zip back up themselves)?

We've got a mix of blinds and curtains - I think both work well in the right situation. Net curtains are something that only those in their 70s should have however!

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by Oblomov Boblomov » Mon May 20, 2019 1:49 pm

We're going with curtains in bedrooms, blinds everywhere else.

Confirmed curtains the weekend just gone for the second bedroom, so literally for a room that may not ever even be in use unless I have a child who will eventually grow up to hate them. £1,200. What the strawberry float. We got another quote from somewhere else that was over £2k. :simper:

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by Trelliz » Sat May 25, 2019 4:44 pm

So i'm close to completing buying a house after moving into my current area and renting for 6 months. We're going to pay the movers to pack the flat as even though that is a few hundred quid extra it would be cheaper than the extra rental time it would take for us to do it ourselves. Saying that i'm packing all my warhammer/hobby stuff now because i want to do that myself. I know that once we buy this place we're not going anywhere for a very long time but it seems like i've moved every couple of years or less for a long time and i'm fed up of putting my entire life in boxes over and over again. At least this is the last time for a long time.

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by Moggy » Sat May 25, 2019 5:17 pm

Trelliz wrote:So i'm close to completing buying a house after moving into my current area and renting for 6 months. We're going to pay the movers to pack the flat as even though that is a few hundred quid extra it would be cheaper than the extra rental time it would take for us to do it ourselves. Saying that i'm packing all my warhammer/hobby stuff now because i want to do that myself. I know that once we buy this place we're not going anywhere for a very long time but it seems like i've moved every couple of years or less for a long time and i'm fed up of putting my entire life in boxes over and over again. At least this is the last time for a long time.


Congrats.

I’m with you on not wanting to move again. We’re hoping to move to a bigger place at some point but after that I’m never moving again.

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by Errkal » Sun May 26, 2019 9:29 am

Qikz wrote:I prefer curtains


Same, blinds are for offices and that not homes.

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by Trelliz » Fri May 31, 2019 7:56 am

Its a good job we're moving into our own place anyway, as the gf got a phone call from the sales part of our letting agents asking when someone could come for a viewing. Of our rented flat. That we had no idea was apparently up for sale and neither they nor the landlord had told us, despite a for sale sign being up for nearly a week. This is the second time that a place has been sold out from under us and even though now it doesn't really matter it still pisses me off that it can happen, and that apparently the people who actually live somewhere rented are the lowest priority to inform its happening.

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by OrangeRKN » Fri May 31, 2019 9:57 am

How do curtains cost so much?

Just buy some bedsheets and put some holes in them for the rails at those prices

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by pjbetman » Fri May 31, 2019 1:38 pm

Qikz wrote:I prefer curtains


Good for acoustics. Especially if you have hard flooring.

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by pjbetman » Fri May 31, 2019 1:39 pm

Trelliz wrote:Its a good job we're moving into our own place anyway, as the gf got a phone call from the sales part of our letting agents asking when someone could come for a viewing. Of our rented flat. That we had no idea was apparently up for sale and neither they nor the landlord had told us, despite a for sale sign being up for nearly a week. This is the second time that a place has been sold out from under us and even though now it doesn't really matter it still pisses me off that it can happen, and that apparently the people who actually live somewhere rented are the lowest priority to inform its happening.


Is this an accompanied viewing? If not, just agree to it, then strawberry float off for the day.

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PostRe: Buying a house (and renting)
by Igor » Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:59 pm

Advice needed. We moved into our new rented place two weeks ago today. The house was furnished but as we already have our own nice sofa, we requested that the existing sofa be removed - this was agreed and is in the tenancy agreement.

The sofa is still here. A giant leather corner monstrosity. We've taken it apart but it's taking up a large part of our living room, and blocking one of the windows. The landlord is based in Canada so has a management company running things. Repeated phone calls to the management company have been met with excuses. 'Mark isn't in the office right now, he'll call you back.' 'Ah yes, we're working with our contractor to get it sorted.'

Another email sent on Thursday, no response. I'm planning on emailing again Monday afternoon if they haven't come back, telling them that as removal of the sofa was part of the tenancy agreement, we will be arranging removal and disposal and invoice them if it isn't resolved.

Any issues with that, given the sofa isn't ours?


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