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Anybody bought a house before that needs work doing to it ???

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Looking to buy my first house in the new year and I am a bit clueless with DIY or how much big jobs would cost... Preferably Id buy one that is all done up already but anything decent is a bit much fo…
chrisredmayne Avatar
2m, 1w agoPosted 2 months, 1 week ago
Looking to buy my first house in the new year and I am a bit clueless with DIY or how much big jobs would cost... Preferably Id buy one that is all done up already but anything decent is a bit much for me...

For example. this house...

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-57071428.html

Had a viewing on it and it looks like...
The guttering needs sorting, maybe the roof? But next doors looks like its the same one so probably okay
The front of the house needs a nice paint or preferably have it bricked like the one next door
The porch is a mess so needs replacing
Inside the house the dining room wall looks a bit damp so might need work done
The windows are fine but again theyd be better if they were wider like the one next door
Then theres carpets and walls need painting etc!

Apart from that though its fine ha! I have no idea how much these things would cost so its hard to budget :( Any tips
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2m, 1w agoPosted 2 months, 1 week ago
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#1
Honestly say you can do it if you have : YouTube and TIME.

The only thing I'd stay away from is windows. Expensive if you make a mistake.
#2
roof needs attention , your surveyor should give vou the list of what needs doing then you get prices for the work , get more on your mortgage to cover those repairs maybe then your not living in dust etc if your thinking of doing the repairs yourself
#3
the dinning room wall could be condensation if no ventilation with gas heating the porch needs pulled down probably causing more problems than good I moved into a house 3 years ago 10 times worse than this and can say this Christmas for the 1st everything is completed and decorated that was with 2 daughters under my feet you can do it bit by bit and even surprise yourself what you can do I wish you all the best for the future x
#4
I've just sold a house in a finished condition and bought one that needs a complete renovation, moved In 2 weeks ago, I started with a full rewire, and then a new boiler, now going room by room until the kitchen comes 9th Jan, and windows doors on 16th.
I went on rated people. com and put what I wanted doing and then tradesmen contacted me.
#5
I bought our first homework 64, it's had around 12k invested in 2years. Only ever paid other people.

It just depends on how patient you can be...
#6
oh and we are all sleeping in one bedroom, 2 adults 2 kids and 1 little dog.
we are on with the bedrooms now, should be done middle of next week.
I also have a little help off my pals jack Daniels and Jim beam.
#7
Agree with above. Would strongly recommend you have a mate who has a bit of DIY experience have a look at it as well. Damp may or may not be a problem that could make it difficult to get a mortgage or resale if not sorted. Pay special attention for any cracking or signs of movement in outer brickwork - internal walls will be ok as it's terraced. Allow £5 for windows. See what similar houses have sold for from Zoopla then you'll have a better idea of it's true value for making an offer on it. Consider getting it professionally surveyed before taking the plunge. Have fun

Edited By: bendaw on Dec 16, 2016 13:32: repetition
#8
It's hard to tell from pictures but looks a nice project to me. Kitchen and bathroom ;look fine and that's where you can spend a lot. The roof and the possible damp would be my main concerns. Try and go up the loft after heavy rain and look for wet areas. Replacing or even patching a roof can be expensive. Get the place weather proof first. Do not replace the windows straight away if you do not have the cash (do not finance separately just add to the mortgage at a later date), If you don't need a porch you could just take it down and replace at a later date. As tomminator says get a surveyor to look at it and then get quotes from builders. Then decide what you thing you can do yourself. Bear in mind that although a builder will cost more they will get the job do quicker and will leave you time to do some painting. Once you have quotes in use them as a negotiation tool and you may get the price lowered.
#9
ENIGMA was posting a lot about his house recently and doing it up etc, maybe private msg him/her and see what they have done. they were doing their whole house up by sounds of it
#10
You'll never have money once you buy a house. You're better off looking for one that doesn't need alot of work. I bought mine which was in excellent condition but still spend £10K doing stuff and have about £12K of stuff I'd like to do !

I'd save up £5K and that should cover the necessities....do the cheapest jobs first with the help of a local Handyman.
#11
don't like the look of that roof connecting extension...I'd be checking for damp..
#12
tomminator
roof needs attention , your surveyor should give vou the list of what needs doing then you get prices for the work , get more on your mortgage to cover those repairs maybe then your not living in dust etc if your thinking of doing the repairs yourself

Surveyors are useless, just read the small print on their contracts.

The house I am in was riddled with wood wood, so bad in places that only the paint was holding the wood together; THREE different survey firms failed to notice it, or the rampant rot in the dining room floorboards where concrete had been laid that breached the damp course outside.

If you dont know what you are doing, your free choice is Youtube, your paid choices are a part time college course in DIY, or a DIY book you can refer to for each job.

Edited By: Gentle_Giant on Dec 16, 2016 13:51
banned#13
Gentle_Giant
THREE different survey firms failed to notice it

You obviously went for the cheapest option, pay cheap, pay twice (or thrice in your case_
#14
I think the problem is the market is just filled with investors so you cannot really find anything half decent that actually stays on the market for more than five minutes. This way as you say is the only way for a lot of people. Even that seems like an impossible reality for many.
#15
I did my place up with no prior experience - Google if you're not sure how to do something.

I underestimated how quick it would be carpet delivery and install, pretty much came the next day, and the guy who fitted it all (big lounge, big bedroom, medium bedroom and L shaped hall), did it in a few hours for £200.

Sanding, filling in holes and pits in the wall before painting takes the longest time.
#16
Gentle_Giant
tomminator
roof needs attention , your surveyor should give vou the list of what needs doing then you get prices for the work , get more on your mortgage to cover those repairs maybe then your not living in dust etc if your thinking of doing the repairs yourself
Surveyors are useless, just read the small print on their contracts.
The house I am in was riddled with wood wood, so bad in places that only the paint was holding the wood together; THREE different survey firms failed to notice it, or the rampant rot in the dining room floorboards where concrete had been laid that breached the damp course outside.
If you dont know what you are doing, your free choice is Youtube, your paid choices are a part time college course in DIY, or a DIY book you can refer to for each job.
Their job is just to provide a bit of paper and deprive you of lots of money to allow you to get a mortgage.
#17
CBK
I think the problem is the market is just filled with investors so you cannot really find anything half decent that actually stays on the market for more than five minutes. This way as you say is the only way for a lot of people. Even that seems like an impossible reality for many.
Most landlords buy run down properties, don't do any remedial work, and let out individual rooms at £500 a month.
#18
When I first saw it at 120k for that in dinnington I nearly fell off my seat!

Then I realised it's not the one near Rotherham.

Without a good look at the property it's hard to judge how much it's going to cost. But you will end up doing more than you think. Any rooms that look ok now look awful once you have done another room!

The big thing is what you plan doing with it long term? Being right next to the Airport will massively limit your buying market (noise of planes before 6am, pollution ect). If you are keeping it and in the long run renting it then there maybe good rental returns from Airport staff looking for close accommodation (and it doesn't get much closer!).
#19
anewman
CBK
I think the problem is the market is just filled with investors so you cannot really find anything half decent that actually stays on the market for more than five minutes. This way as you say is the only way for a lot of people. Even that seems like an impossible reality for many.
Most landlords buy run down properties, don't do any remedial work, and let out individual rooms at £500 a month.

http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11126/111266228/5090644-1956663931-tumbl.gif
#20
Oh man, anything with damp i'd be very cautious of. My brother bought a fixer upper house, got a good price and it's a good size and 10 years later there is still damp - he's replaced the roof, re-plastered, done all sorts and to no avail.

It's a great idea buying a fixer upper if you can do a lot of the repairs yourself, otherwise you're paying someone to do it and may as well just buy an already complete one for the same price.
#21
Don't buy in dinnington , it's full of riff raff . Years ago the council used it as a dumping ground for problem families .
#22
plodging
Don't buy in dinnington , it's full of riff raff . Years ago the council used it as a dumping ground for problem families .

It's not the one near Rotherham. :)

Edited By: GAVINLEWISHUKD on Dec 16, 2016 15:18
#23
GAVINLEWISHUKD
plodging
Don't buy in dinnington , it's full of riff raff . Years ago the council used it as a dumping ground for problem families .
It's not the one near Rotherham. :)
Know nothing of the Rotherham place , but know this place quite well . £120k plus renovation costs in that area is crackers . The flight path noise is the least of your worries :)

Edited By: plodging on Dec 16, 2016 15:24
#24
plodging
GAVINLEWISHUKD
plodging
Don't buy in dinnington , it's full of riff raff . Years ago the council used it as a dumping ground for problem families .
It's not the one near Rotherham. :)
Know nothing of the Rotherham place , but know this place quite well . £120k plus renovation costs in that area is crackers .

Oh ok they are all **** holes then! X)
#25
GAVINLEWISHUKD
plodging
GAVINLEWISHUKD
plodging
Don't buy in dinnington , it's full of riff raff . Years ago the council used it as a dumping ground for problem families .
It's not the one near Rotherham. :)
Know nothing of the Rotherham place , but know this place quite well . £120k plus renovation costs in that area is crackers .
Oh ok they are all **** holes then! X)
Yeah and the estate agents are based in a right nice area too, to add insult to injury
#26
It doesn't look that bad to me . If it's you first house I'd say if it ain't broke don't fix it . The Windows look fine and the render will look heaps better with a coat of paint . Taking it all off would be a big job and not really add to the resale value . Concentrate on the damp and the roof and do the cosmetic bits as and when you can afford them .
#27
plodging
GAVINLEWISHUKD
plodging
Don't buy in dinnington , it's full of riff raff . Years ago the council used it as a dumping ground for problem families .
It's not the one near Rotherham. :)
Know nothing of the Rotherham place , but know this place quite well . £120k plus renovation costs in that area is crackers . The flight path noise is the least of your worries :)

Is it really that bad ? Often ride my bike up that way and it always seems so quiet, and its off the main block but not directly over the flight path so seemed like it would be dead quiet. Guess I need to go up on a Friday night one time, the Swan pub beside it looked full of OAP's but theres another round the corner Ive never been in before!

Strangely I know this property was on for 140k and its went down to 120k now... And Zoopla said it sold for 157,500 just in 2008...

So either the area is going down in value badly or no one wants to take a gamble on this one, look at the archive pictures though it looks like it could be lovely again quite easy

http://www.zoopla.co.uk/property/6-march-terrace/dinnington/newcastle-upon-tyne/ne13-7af/15511552
#28
chrisredmayne
plodging
GAVINLEWISHUKD
plodging
Don't buy in dinnington , it's full of riff raff . Years ago the council used it as a dumping ground for problem families .
It's not the one near Rotherham. :)
Know nothing of the Rotherham place , but know this place quite well . £120k plus renovation costs in that area is crackers . The flight path noise is the least of your worries :)
Is it really that bad ? Often ride my bike up that way and it always seems so quiet, and its off the main block but not directly over the flight path so seemed like it would be dead quiet. Guess I need to go up on a Friday night one time, the Swan pub beside it looked full of OAP's but theres another round the corner Ive never been in before!
Strangely I know this property was on for 140k and its went down to 120k now... And Zoopla said it sold for 157,500 just in 2008...
So either the area is going down in value badly or no one wants to take a gamble on this one, look at the archive pictures though it looks like it could be lovely again quite easyhttp://www.zoopla.co.uk/property/6-march-terrace/dinnington/newcastle-upon-tyne/ne13-7af/15511552
The White swan attracts custom from outside the area due to good food reputation . Transport into that place is woeful , a bus an hour , taxi into town close on £20 . Always had the reputation for being rough with lots of council problems . But hey it's your cash .. Wouldnt be mine . Funnily enough I used to cycle through it then up to ponteland via Horton grange and up Berwick hill when I lived in gosforth. Not a place I would invest . But horses for courses I suppose .look at the crime stats .. A small village ... Burglary , drugs , sexual assault , criminal damage .. 12 in 12 months .. Hardly New York but grim all the same .

Edited By: plodging on Dec 16, 2016 18:31
#29
plodging
chrisredmayne
plodging
GAVINLEWISHUKD
plodging
Don't buy in dinnington , it's full of riff raff . Years ago the council used it as a dumping ground for problem families .
It's not the one near Rotherham. :)
Know nothing of the Rotherham place , but know this place quite well . £120k plus renovation costs in that area is crackers . The flight path noise is the least of your worries :)
Is it really that bad ? Often ride my bike up that way and it always seems so quiet, and its off the main block but not directly over the flight path so seemed like it would be dead quiet. Guess I need to go up on a Friday night one time, the Swan pub beside it looked full of OAP's but theres another round the corner Ive never been in before!
Strangely I know this property was on for 140k and its went down to 120k now... And Zoopla said it sold for 157,500 just in 2008...
So either the area is going down in value badly or no one wants to take a gamble on this one, look at the archive pictures though it looks like it could be lovely again quite easyhttp://www.zoopla.co.uk/property/6-march-terrace/dinnington/newcastle-upon-tyne/ne13-7af/15511552
The White swan attracts custom from outside the area due to good food reputation . Transport into that place is woeful , a bus an hour , taxi into town close on £20 . Always had the reputation for being rough with lots of council problems . But hey it's your cash .. Wouldnt be mine . Funnily enough I used to cycle through it then up to ponteland via Horton grange and up Berwick hill when I lived in gosforth. Not a place I would invest . But horses for courses I suppose .look at the crime stats .. A small village ... Burglary , drugs , sexual assault , criminal damage .. 12 in 12 months .. Hardly New York but grim all the same .
Yeah the taxi into town is a bit off putting, would make it hard to get to places like ouseburn as well, just hard finding somewhere in Newcastle in a good area that isn't a flat for around that price! Hate how they have split houses in places like heaton, the proper semi detached houses into a flat?! Would feel weird living in something like that! Looks likes there is a few in Benton area that could be okay, but again its not that best of areas but a lot more accessible and I like the pubs up there at least! Probably not the best time to look too, hardly any properties out at the moment near Christmas!
#30
Is it to live in or sell ?
#31
On rightmove .. 2 bed terrace Salters close .. Million times better area £129990
#32
Or 3 bed end terrace Mary Agnes street , coxlodge . .. Not much bother there ,and on metro , good buses , gosforth high street less than a mile . Join coclodge club , great for footie and cheapest beer and spirits ever and it's not rough .£130000
#33
plodging
On rightmove .. 2 bed terrace Salters close .. Million times better area £129990
Is it a flat though ? Dead put off by flats from renting the last few years


plodging
Is it to live in or sell ?
Would be to live in, maybe sell on in 10 years or so!


plodging
Or 3 bed end terrace Mary Agnes street , coxlodge . .. Not much bother there ,and on metro , good buses , gosforth high street less than a mile . Join coclodge club , great for footie and cheapest beer and spirits ever and it's not rough .£130000

That sounds tempting, just close to Kenton and Wansbeck though and Ive been advised against both of these, love Gosforth area which is close - Shame its ridiculous prices to live there though!!! :(
#34
chrisredmayne
plodging
On rightmove .. 2 bed terrace Salters close .. Million times better area £129990
Is it a flat though ? Dead put off by flats from renting the last few years
plodging
Is it to live in or sell ?
Would be to live in, maybe sell on in 10 years or so!
plodging
Or 3 bed end terrace Mary Agnes street , coxlodge . .. Not much bother there ,and on metro , good buses , gosforth high street less than a mile . Join coclodge club , great for footie and cheapest beer and spirits ever and it's not rough .£130000
That sounds tempting, just close to Kenton and Wansbeck though and Ive been advised against both of these, love Gosforth area which is close - Shame its ridiculous prices to live there though!!! :(
Salters close is a house at bottom of Hollywood AV . Mary Agnes is no bother .. It's like darras hall compared to dinnington . My mate lives in next street with 2 kids never had any bother whatsoever .def worth a look if you like gosforth . Salters close is a nice area .. House will be tiny I guess . And yeah avoid inner Kenton . Coxlodge never suffered the same problems . Probably as close as you will get to gosforth itself unless a flat on salters road . Give it a look .. Nowt to lose , unless you up your budget by 200k ... This area is no comparison to Kenton or Fawdon .. Really .


Edited By: plodging on Dec 16, 2016 19:56: Spelling
#35
It looks like a repossession.
Gutters need replacing, roof needs attention and if thats the case it may need replacing. Also signs of damp on the internal wall that needs looking at. Replacement porch and The rest looks cosmetic. I dont know if its good value but this is probably the starting point house that want a simple do up house so may suit a diyer but will eat up a bit of cash.
I'd estimate around 10k plus.
Watch youtube videos on the different type of work involved so u know what your letting yourself in for and it give u idea on how to handle each job if u do go ahead with it. Try and find a builder or a handyman to view the property and pay them for the hour.

Edited By: kash2013 on Dec 17, 2016 01:42

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