So I'm selling my house and buying another...
12/08/22(Fri)12:09


...Now both my parents are gone it's time to sell the old family home, which I live in, and buy something with my share.

I have a buyer already which is awesome, and I got a got a good price too. So that's working out great...

...But trying to find a house to buy that meets my needs and I can afford, holy fuck it's hard :/

People are buying and selling houses at crazy speed and it's impossible to keep up. I'm going to look at a house tomorrow which would be perfect for me. I can afford the asking price and a little bit over, but I'm fairly sure it'll go for more than I can afford.

I'm having to consider houses 50+ miles from where I currently live just to try to find something!?!

This is why I've been neglecting the site lately, sorry about that.

Hopefully something works out for me soon because this is so stressful :/

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29/09/22(Thu)21:31

Currently it doesn't make much difference what the rating is other than lower ratings mean it'll cost more to heat. However we already have a law that says all rental property must be E or better. My building surveyor told me that at some point it is expected to become law that people buying a house with a rating of D or worse will have to pay a higher rate of property tax. This will make it harder to sell properties with D or worse ratings and the government hope will make people insulate their homes better.

29/09/22(Thu)07:40

Does having a higher or lower rating come with extra cost? I mean for sellers/buyers or is it just a tax benefit/increase?

22/09/22(Thu)17:18

We have energy ratings on homes too, it's called EPC which range from A (super insulated home) to G (you live in a cardboard box). The house I'm selling has an EPC rating of C, which is bullshit because it's an insanely well insulated house! It should be a B. The house I'm buying is a D but can be easily improved to a C or B and maybe even an A.

My plan for the new house is to get the cavity walls insulated and add more insulation to the loft. The window will want replacing within a few years so I'll get either double or triple glazing. The house currently has an oil burner for heating but I'm looking in to have an air source heat pump and power it with solar panels. That would make my heating almost free every year after installing it. It'll probably cost around £20,000 in total for all of that but I would effectively get my money back within 10 years.

But I'll figure it out once I move in. For now all my time is spent between legal paperwork and packing my stuff in to boxes and crate :D

22/09/22(Thu)08:02
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energy label/rating (google) translation

£11,777? Damn that's insane. But I'm happy for you, poor peasant*.
So, is there an energy label or rating for houses in the UK too? If so, is the new place better, same , or worse with


*ps: I'm broke till next month, and still have payments to do but at least I have a wide screen monitor.

17/09/22(Sat)18:46

Update: I've had the house I'm buying inspected by a building surveyor and got the report back today. There are a few things that want doing, but not really anything that I didn't already know about. I'm pretty happy with it and I'm pleased it confirms the price I'm paying is reasonable. This is one of those rare occasions where you spend a lot of money, £540, and don't want to get anything 'exciting' in return!

I've had to deal with lots of boring paperwork and still have some more to do, but as far as I know everything is progressing as it should. It's hard to say when the legal stuff will all be sorted and I can move house but it's likely to be with 8 weeks.

I've been buying boxes and stackable plastic crates to move all my stuff. Fingers crossed I have bought enough now. I've not figured out yet if I can hire a van and get help from family to move everything or whether I need to hire a van and crew of guys to help me move which will cost around £1000!

Fun fact: The average cost of selling a house and buying another in the UK is £11,777. WTF !?!

06/09/22(Tue)20:12

>>37937 Well I do already know my two neighbours are both women. I've met the older one and she seemed nice, but I don't imagine she'll be helping me out in any way, especially not that way :D

06/09/22(Tue)13:31
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Need a hand, JC?

A house is a project for life.
I'm really happy for you.

I hope the neighbor is handy to help you a bit.

04/09/22(Sun)15:49

>>37933 I also can't speak Welsh, but I do know a few words. My Grandma lived in Wales so I picked up a few words, she couldn't speak Welsh though! XD

Thankfully there aren't any laws regarding compulsory sheep ownership, or sheep based relations. And while every sign is written in both Welsh and English the main spoken language is still English, especially this close to the border. My new house is only a few hundred metres in to Wales, although I'm only 15 miles from Wales now!

04/09/22(Sun)10:27
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Dw i ddim yn gallu siarad Cymraeg.

YAY!! And Congrats! Well, that was actually pretty fast.

Will you have to speak Welsh now? And buy a sheep or two?

03/09/22(Sat)22:57
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No, definitely not Liverpool! But it is near a place called Welshpool though...

...And I just bought it!

Or to be more precise I made an offer and it has been accepted. So now the process of legal bullshit can start and in anywhere from 1-3 months, although it can be longer, I'll become the owner and can move in :)

The house is a 3 bedroom semi-detached and only slightly smaller than my current house, and the garden is also only slightly smaller too! I'll still be out in a village but I can get buses every couple of hours to 2 different towns and each of those have train stations, so I'll be able to get out and about more easily than I currently can. There is only a small shed currently so I'll need to build a larger one to have space for all my tools, but the small shed will be big enough to store my tools when I move and I'll have enough money left over to build a big shed.

I'm going to use the largest bedroom as a computer and hobby room, and I should finally have the space to get a proper racing setup for games! But I don't know how long it'll be before I can sort that out.

The house is in pretty good condition so I can move right in but over time I'll improve it and upgrade things.

There will be a period when the site is offline during the move, but hopefully not more than a day or two, but the internet speeds at the new house are much faster, estimates show 63Mb Down and 17Mb up.

02/09/22(Fri)21:31
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I figured you were house hunting or Boris.
So Liverpool? :|

Will the house have to be approved by your lordship Charlie?

01/09/22(Thu)18:24
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Once again I apologise for not being here lately. The search for a new home continues...

...But I looked at a place today about 50 miles north from where I am now and I think it could be really good for me and Charlie. I'm probably going to make an offer to buy it tomorrow and we'll just have to see what happens...

23/08/22(Tue)16:34

Well I'm still trying to find a house to buy. The housing market is insane, houses are selling for far above the asking price and they sell very quickly. It's a nightmare!

I'll keep looking... :S

22/08/22(Mon)10:03

Best not look for a house in the Netherlands, prices have doubled. Also the inflation is high and so is fuel and other living costs.

I do hope you'll land a nice bungalow, or mansion.

17/08/22(Wed)13:49

I'm taking a day of house hunting today because my brain is so overwhelmed by it. I think I need to start trying to find particular areas I'd like to live in and find properties in those areas, but right now I'm looking at a general area of probably 100 miles by 100 miles :/

12/08/22(Fri)14:27
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Home?

Damn, sorry to hear about your parents.

The housing market everywhere (in Europe) is kinda shit, if it ain't overpriced it's gone in 60 seconds. What are you looking for?

PS: Life goes before site, so no need to apologize.