Our new house was nearing completion, it was in the area that we wanted, it had a large garden, the indoor space and the bedrooms we
needed wanted, it had the all important space to extend into the loft, and it was well under our budget even though we slightly overpaid for the property to be in the area we wanted.
The downside, was the state of repair, it had sold, and then the buyer pulled out due to the survey results. At 40 pages long, it did not make happy reading. We had spotted most of the issues (damp, dodgy electrics, shoddy DIY etc.) when we viewed the property, so we had done some mental calculations on what the initial renovation costs would be to get it to a habitable standard, and how far our savings would take us. We figured the initial chunk of renovations we could cover no worries. Plus, score one for us, as the vendors were so jumpy about the survey putting us off, we were given a full structural survey report for free, saving us about £1000. Which, let's not beat around the bush, we would totally need later for rectifying the 40 pages of terror.
Undeterred, and flush with the success of getting a great sale price for our flat, that added to our DIY and decor prowess getting us the price we wanted, we were all in for the renovation of our second property. The fact that we got full asking price even though the estate agents said we would get £5000 less than we did (yep, they definitely got an "I told you so") over inflated my ego, this was not helped by a gazillion hours in front of design blogs, decor magazines and DIY TV, we foolishly thought "yep, a reno project is for us, we can totally do this". Famous last words...!
The pictures below are from the agent's sales particulars and really do not show the full extent of the horrors that awaited us. It all looks rather inoffensive and slightly charming, almost on trend 'shabby chic' style. The husband hated it the first time we saw it, shows how much he knows, as just a few short months later, here we are.
|Quaint living room|
|Ample sized dining room|
|Good sized kitchen|
|Downstairs bathroom - not ideal!|
Photos Courtesy of Right Move and Hastings