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Which property would you choose?

ryouga Avatar
6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
Ok I am wanting to move back to my home town but its almost impossible to find a bedsit and its mainly all flat shares or flats about £360-£400 a month not including bills.

I have eventually found 3 possible properties, 1 doesnt interest me much but may be the easiest place to rent, it is in the part of town which is old fashioned and locals arent very nice to non locals(my ex used to live around corner) it overlooks the river and a small museum in a tiny victorian house, rent is £370.

Property 2 is directly in town centre, a 1 bedroom flat and across road from the best take away and baguette shop and across road from main bus stop which I can get to my parents and the best club in town. So in effect I am paying a premium for the area of town. £380 a month.

Property 3 is an actual HOUSE! with the same landlord as property 2 and around the corner from the home where I grew up from when I was 2-6 years old and made lasting friends and also around the corner from the main museum in town where I can go when bored, also dont know if a good or bad point is it has a VERY steep hill up so great for exercise. £380 per month.

I am thinking more of property 3 but havent seen any yet so may change mind or LL may not like me or accept students.

The house sounds the most tempting but it would make me feel "old" but the flat would be nice but worried about loud tenants or it may be small or I may get bored etc.

Plus the house depending on size may be expensive to heat and maintain but I am not sure council tax bands either, I know I am a student now but after I graduate not sure if flat will be more expensive being in the main part of town or the house being a house and all.
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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banned#1
Can't you move back in with your parents?
banned#2
Property 3 and have friends over more often

easy peasy

(invite me over!)
#3
DLM
Can't you move back in with your parents?


Cant as I would have to commute to uni each day and my parents live 8-10 miles out of town and bus fares are like £4 return and there is like 4 a day and dad would want me to pay rent to be there of about £30-£40 a week and my parents house is full of damp as its a council house and the council wont pay to fix it.

If I move back to home town its still a hours commute to uni each day and would be about 3-4 times a week.
#4
Town Centre flat
#5
Property 1, need to stay away from the alcohol and baguettes methinks!!!!!!!
banned#6
ryouga
Cant as I would have to commute to uni each day and my parents live 8-10 miles out of town and bus fares are like £4 return and there is like 4 a day and dad would want me to pay rent to be there of about £30-£40 a week and my parents house is full of damp as its a council house and the council wont pay to fix it.

If I move back to home town its still a hours commute to uni each day and would be about 3-4 times a week.


Can't you find anything near uni?
#7
No 3. Curious as to why it would make you feel old though, just because its a house and not a flat? Just decorate it with things to your taste and have ppl over more often like someone else said, sorted :)
#8
boothy
Town Centre flat


Interesting any reason why? I forgot to state that the 1st flat is pretty much town centre anyway, its next to a bridge which you cross and you are at the base of the town centre then its 2-3 minutes walk into town centre, whereas the house is more like a 15-20 minute walk into town centre but closer to the big 24 hour Tesco, flat 1 is the closest to big Tesco so best in balance for location but the area it is in feels more short term.
banned#9
Have your parents been to citizen advice regarding the property they are renting?
[mod]#10
Why would a house make you feel old?? I've lived in a house since i was born.........no problems. :-D
#11
DLM
Can't you find anything near uni?


Dont like town where uni is, its a big place but horrible to live as its a dive and horrible nightlife just nowhere near as nice a place to live.
banned#12
ryouga
Dont like town where uni is, its a big place but horrible to live as its a dive and horrible nightlife just nowhere near as nice a place to live.


Have a look at them first and then decide :thumbsup:
#13
Syzable
Why would a house make you feel old?? I've lived in a house since i was born.........no problems. :-D


You were old before your time though lol:p
#14
Will you be sharing with others in the house,if so do you know how much the bills are,split between each person etc,
#15
deb8z
You were old before your time though lol:p


Lol, anyway to everyone when I say old it means I feel I cant go "wild" not that I am but I want to be able to see people in their twenties having a laugh or to just be able to randomly leave my place and just go into a pub or get cash from a cash machine.

The further I am from town the more I feel isolated.
[mod]#16
deb8z;7931534
You were old before your time though lol:p


I was born 80 :-D
#17
deb8z
Will you be sharing with others in the house,if so do you know how much the bills are,split between each person etc,


Actually I am not sure as the ad just said 1 bedroom flat and house avalable, not 1 bedroom flat and 1 bedroom house as 1 bedroom for a house seems small, though I know as I lived in one as a kid they are small houses like a bungalow.
banned#18
lived in a flat once. The worst experience of my life. Get a house and you'll never want to live in a flat again.
#19
csiman
lived in a flat once. The worst experience of my life. Get a house and you'll never want to live in a flat again.


That's why i was asking about bills etc though,he might not be able to afford the house.
banned#20
deb8z;7934779
That's why i was asking about bills etc though,he might not be able to afford the house.

I was assuming the house was pretty much the same size as the flat. If it is bigger then enquire about sub-letting the extra room(s) to halve the bills ;-)
#21
csiman
I was assuming the house was pretty much the same size as the flat. If it is bigger then enquire about sub-letting the extra room(s) to halve the bills ;-)


I dont know but I lived in a house around the corner as a kid and know the houses around there are small but at least 2 bedroom, think they are semi detached bungalows, the ad didnt say how many rooms and if it is more than 1 bedroom the LL may say no (all she said over the phone was if the property just for myself or do I have family to move in)

Cant see property 2 and 3 till Friday now so its a bit annoying but am seeing property 1 today.

Its only 40 minutes on a train but a bit of an annoyance but worth it if I get a nice home.

I am a low usage person for bills, even in my last 3 flats I had(though first one was 4 years ago) I paid £5 a week over summer and £8 winter, 2nd was about £8 a week but never had heating on since it was electric, 3rd was about £5-£10 each week since I am a bit tight with bills.
banned#22
csiman
lived in a flat once. The worst experience of my life. Get a house and you'll never want to live in a flat again.


Houses aren't always available in 'popular' areas.

Houses just seem a bit too close to settling down.
#23
The thing to consider with Flat verses House is the heating source. I had a 2 bedroom flat (well 1 and a tiny room) And then went on to get a 2 bedroom house. My Flat cost me more as it was a modern flat so the walls were thin and it was always freezing, the Flat was heated with storage heaters, which I used only when I had to. My bills were extortionate. My house was heated by gas, I had the heating on lots and it still cost me less than my flat. So think of that when you look around.

Also does the house have a garden? Think of that for summer BBQ's etc with your Pals?!
#24
Ok back again, the first flat I saw was unfurnished a nice flat though but old and the view from the living room is overgrown grass and a old shed with no windows! I actually like that all it needs is grass to be cut.

However they want £500 deposit, so basically after deposit, rent in advance and furniture over a grand would be spent if not far more.

Cant see other properties till friday, just hoping they are furnished! since £380 seems cheap for a house.
#25
Ok any more ideas and advice?
banned#26
ryouga
Ok any more ideas and advice?


Only you know what you like/dislike.

Hope you find your dream home:thumbsup:
#27
I can't imagine you would get anywhere for that amount unfurnished! But if you look on freecycle I am sure you will be able to funish it easily enough.
#28
Shellywelly
I can't imagine you would get anywhere for that amount unfurnished! But if you look on freecycle I am sure you will be able to funish it easily enough.


Very small town, so its freecycle is so small that it piggybacks on another town 40 miles away!

I hope I am wrong though about the house possibly being unfurnished, the flat I saw today didnt even have a fridge in!
#29
Ok so I saw the 2nd flat yesterday as the house had already been taken(quite annoying since the LL said the first viewing they could do was yesterday for anyone!) nice flat, quite small and in town centre, the main problem/s are that is is FREEZING cold, but in part that may be due to the fact it rained all day, and second that it only has night storage heaters so will be expensive to heat, and of course I would need to buy a microwave and toaster, has a fridge and washing machine and cooker though and looks like all brand new kitchen and furniture.

Also the phone line is in the bedroom, and I like to have things wired by ethernet when I can so would mean buying a 25-30 metre cable at least..

The main issue is the heat, will be nice in summer though as even the hallway/stairs were freezing.
#30
Can you really afford to rent anywhere and then commute to Uni as well?

Have you actually costed all of this?
#31
Inactive
Can you really afford to rent anywhere and then commute to Uni as well?

Have you actually costed all of this?


Yeah I have, I dont go drinking often or smoke and eat quite little and my disabled student allowance will cover most of the cost of internet and phone(but will get O2 free for 2 months)

Plus I get a token amount of housing benefit due to my disabilities so at the end of the week I have quite a bit left over each week to cover rent and food.

I Plus most of my uni work is group assignments so I will have to be in 2 days a week at most and fare is £3.20 so I can afford about £6.50 a week travel especially as I have no real classes after April as well.

The main concern is heating and/or electric.
banned#32
ryouga;7967867
Ok so I saw the 2nd flat yesterday as the house had already been taken(quite annoying since the LL said the first viewing they could do was yesterday for anyone!) nice flat, quite small and in town centre, the main problem/s are that is is FREEZING cold, but in part that may be due to the fact it rained all day, and second that it only has night storage heaters so will be expensive to heat, and of course I would need to buy a microwave and toaster, has a fridge and washing machine and cooker though and looks like all brand new kitchen and furniture.

Also the phone line is in the bedroom, and I like to have things wired by ethernet when I can so would mean buying a 25-30 metre cable at least..

The main issue is the heat, will be nice in summer though as even the hallway/stairs were freezing.

sorry but I had to lol at your suggestion that the flat could of been freezing cos it had been raining :w00t:

tbh, you sound like you're being really fussy expecting a flat to come with ethernet points, fridge, microwave etc etc

still, maybe you could get a 6 month lease as then the heating isnt really an issue and you could look around in the summer.
#33
csiman
sorry but I had to lol at your suggestion that the flat could of been freezing cos it had been raining :w00t:

tbh, you sound like you're being really fussy expecting a flat to come with ethernet points, fridge, microwave etc etc

still, maybe you could get a 6 month lease as then the heating isnt really an issue and you could look around in the summer.


Oh no I have been in flats without microwaves in the past and dont mind looking for one on freecycle its just they are a life saver lol, I wasnt expecting ethernet points lol I was hoping the main BT point was in living room so I could just run a cable to my pc in same room instead of putting a really long cable through the flat, not the end of the world as I can use wireless though but I prefer wired.

I was meaning the flat would be freezing due to the temperature outside being freezing cold constantly so you would need heating on more often so it wont be insulated that well.

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