Ventilation in bathrooms and any room with an open fire is a building regulation! And windows don’t count as it has to be “mechanical ventilation”.
The more you know.
I’m also learning about septic tanks, wells and water pumps.
Would I say house hunting is stressful? No, it isn’t but it can be annoying. Compromising is a massive part of it. Realising that maybe I have had it easier these past few years by living close to Cork and maybe now we have to concede to living closer to Mallow. Other things like paying less for a house you have to do more on. You end up adding things up in your head. “How much is a fitted kitchen, and do we really need a washing machine AND a dryer?”
I’ve gone from “What a lovely house, thank you for letting us see it!”
To, “And when did you last have the boiler serviced? Is there a reason why the pump isn’t plugged in? I noticed the ceiling was recently painted but not the walls, is there a reason for that?” It’s like Amateur Hour in Baker Street.
So no, house hunting isn’t stressful. I bet house buying, is.
We now have it in writing that the bank will be willing to sanction a mortgage should we find a suitable property. From this stage we have 6 months to approach the bank with a property and then we move on to the other stages.
A solicitor has been recommended to us for conveyance and we have an engineer as well. The bank will then tell us the valuer we have to use.
The mortgage will be for 92% as we would like to use some of our savings/gifts for furnishing the house and for hidden expenses such as carpets or washing machines.
I’ve been a little anal about the house moving thing. There are spreadsheets and I am not afraid to use them! I have worst case and best case plotted out and hopefully the total cost will only go down, and not up. I’ve also worked out the monthly outgoings considering all the utilities and taxes we will have once we own our own place. Short of actually starting to pack we’re all ready to go! I know the colour schemes, the sofa we’ll be getting, the beds and other bits and bobs. Even a few paintings we’d like to buy when we get into the Future House. I have makes and models of washing machines, fridges, and dryers, I have read reviews I’ve checked their energy ratings and give the go I am ready to take Dwyers and Harvey Norman by storm. Though not really Harvey Norman as we really cannot think of anything worse than trying to buy anything from that damn shop.
I haven’t factored in the cost of hiring a van. Dad said he’d be happy to give us The Van MK2. Which is something I can drive around for a month and a bit. When we need to move big things such as sofas and beds we’ll need a LWB van, possibly a Transit or Trafic. Jonathan might go to an IVECO dealer near his work and see if there are any vans that are sitting around doing nothing, and see if we can borrow one for a few days. So it’s a cost that can’t really be nailed down, so it’s hard to account for it until we know if we’ll need it.
We’re hoping to schedule a week for a move, so we can give our current landlords a nice chunk of time before we move out and then give us a cross over between the two properties. We could easily move in a day but if we need to paint and carpet it’s best to do that in an empty house. I can almost guarantee that of the houses we have seen and we will see in the future there will always be something to paint. This is where my mother comes in. She doesn’t know it yet but she has a lot of honied pine to paint over in her future. Jonathan is very understanding and is allowing me to at least paint the wood work in any Future House. Even if it means sleeping on the floor for a month we will be painting the woodwork.
Fucking honied pine. Really, Ireland. Sort that shit out.
We are looking for a home. It’s hard work. We have been looking for a few months now and the process is not an easy one and it’s certainly not quick.
I have been trawling through Daft.ie for houses after myself and Jonathan sat down and made our list (long time followers will know that I love my lists…). Things on our list include:
- Lots of light
- Large kitchen
- Living and dining away from the kitchen
- Specific location
There are also items on the list about gardens and the bedroom/bathroom ratios as well. We have managed to bring the location down to a strip of land that runs between the R579 and the R619 from Mallow to Cork. It’s going to mean a commute to work for one of us at least.
The main item on that list is the turnkey quality of the house. We want to be able to move in and just get started. We’ll negotiate any house down that isn’t 100% turnkey and I will have to concede the plague of honied pine wood trim in most houses. We have talked to an architect about renovations on another house we saw and it added up a lot. We’re not on Grand Designs budget levels so we have to go turnkey. A lot of houses are on the market in the optimistic bracket.
Pleco also needs a lot of land and I know for a fact that I would rather not live in a built up area. Remote is going to happen and Jonathan seems to be with me on this. That and we’re planning at least another two dogs to add to the pack.
Essentially we are looking for exactly what we have now. Only with a bigger garden.
And it’s out there. I’m currently working on colour schemes and a list of furniture items we don’t have. Which is a small list thanks to my parents. We don’t even need a dining table, just a sofa and two beds.
I also might have a justification for a Land Rover Defender.
LET US SEE WHAT THE FUTURE WILL HOLD.