@cloudpants,Albeit you went through a terrible time with this house purchase, as have many people who have responded in this forum, it's great to hear that you persevered and are now very happy with your reno'd home, it's a credit to you!!I have just recently sold my elderley mother's home (settlement in July) and in the process of cleaning etc... we found that the roof insulation that had been placed there when the gov was offering pensioners free insulation, was done to say the least, very poorly, needing at least another 6 packs of batts to cover the entire roof properly, we also vacuumed the roof and we replace all the roof insulation paper.We could have left it like that, as it seems plenty of people out there have absolutely no morals or even a slightly guilty conscientious about the fact that it's wrong on so many levels, not to mention it's simply deceitful!!!!!We have also put a new flue in for the wood heater and had a plumber make sure all the iron was resealed properly.We have put a new heated towel rail and a tastic light in the bathroom, a new shower head, taps and new door handles throughout the home.We're also paying to have an electrical check performed, as the house was built many years ago, so that we can hand the new owners a certificate of compliance.Obviously, this has cost us thousands but we felt it was the right thing to do!!Are we honest and caring people a dying breed??
What do you think of this floor plan for our new home?
What do you think of our reno plans?
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We too have "crying windows" in winter - I have to go round every single morning with a squeegee and a towel. Bane of my existence
I attended a builders info night (I work along side the building industry) and was told that window condensation (especially with double glazed) is not due to the window installation.,, But have to find the source of moisture and fixed that. So the window is not the root cause. For owners of newly built houses, the Disputes and Resolution guide will be helpful (for homes built in Victoria, Australia).
Don't buy a house in a drought, like me. The building inspector couldn't pick up the leaky roof. Of course the drought broke as soon as we moved in.
Sharon Whiteman, have you considered that your windows may be in pane, hence the crying?
Welcome back, Chook!!!!!!
Good for you, Barbara.
Chook, you're back!! Long time!
I sympathise with all your horror stories everyone. Mine includes so many things, but what really got me was that every picture, photo and mirror had been placed to cover cracks in walls, and that the furry animal on the end of the kitchen bench had been placed to hide broken wall tiles. We've spent a small fortune fixing all the wrong things about this house, and still have more to do. BUT, we are on a very precious quarter acre block with a huge rear garden I love, and we don't have to brave the winter weather to take our little dog for a walk - just throw his ball from one side of the garden to the other from the shelter of our patio. Spent a lot on that too, but hey, we can't take the money with us when we drop off the perch, so we continue to over capitalise, but enjoy where we live, and that's what is important to us. A bonus is the 3 L's - location, location, location. Close to everything we need now. Transport, shopping, hospital for OH's cancer treatments.
I'm sorry, Jeannie.
Sorry to hear of the ill health in your family, I do sincerely hope there is a positive outcome.
Hubby and I are in the country and have acerage too and although we are 25km from the nearest town with a safeway, coles target hospital etc... we have a fantastic community health centre some 15km from our home, which has three doctors, countless activities and health professionals like a dietician, podiatrist and we even have a chemist, all in a very small town servicing probably less than 1000 people.
I would say the 3L's work for me too even out of suburbia!!!
I don't even need to walk my dog, as she simply hangs with me all day.
We are currently building and I wouldn't know if I have overcapitalized or not, nor do I care less as it's where I want to be till as you say, we fall off the perch!!
Finally there is someone else like me who doesn't keep talking about how much their home is worth but instead saying, it's the only place I want to be, so I've fixed it to suit and I love it!!
We kinda think we're lucky, because the cancer has hit late in OH's life, unlike the poor little children who have to live through chemo, and still have more to endure. From experience, we know how devastating the big C is.
I am still really sorry. Prayer helps.
How are things, Jeannie?
It is shocking what state people will leave a house in and put it up for sale in the same state. We recently sold our three year old house and I spent weeks cleaning and shining every little bit of it top to bottom. It sold first viewing. The house we recently bought even though we had a building inspection has had numerous things to fix and many DIY jobs that simply were very poorly done. While the house looked clean and tidy in reality it was left in a poor state, especially the toilets once the seats got taken off and the paintwork is so poor we have to repaint the entire house..... it does make you wonder how poor the maintenance was over time....
I hear you!!
Sometimes I think the estate agent should carry quite a bit of the blame actually. If they do their job correctly like you see in the adds on TV, they should bring these discrepancies to the attention of the sellers, stand on their morals and say if you can't get it better than this, then you'll have to find someone else to sell your home!!
I know you can't make everybody "house proud" but the saying "do unto others" springs to mind. I bet if these same people bought a house not up to scratch, "a current affair" would hear about it but they don't think it wrong to simply walk out on a house that isn't being left nicely for the next family!!
I have some friends that recently sold a house in Essendon, Melb and whilst the buyers were back and forth selling their own home, my friends kept watering the plants and even did things like painted out the wardrobes because of the scuff marks made over time!! They cleaned the entire two storey house from top to bottom and finished by mopping the floors as they were exiting. The buyers were so taken by the entire home, they bought it with almost all the furniture that my friends had in it!!
I just cleaned the oven in this house and it was not even cleaned for resale - the dirt and grime that came out of it!!!!! yes agree with the comments - I walked out of a lovely home for sale because it was so dirty and grimy it made me feel badly about the condition of the house - I guess it is tue, not everyone is house proud as they say.....
@Karen Hodge. I know exactly what you mean with the oven! I mentioned waiting for a professional oven cleaner service to clean the oven, etc, and sadly, it took him 5 hours to do it all. He felt that the lovely Ilve oven had probably never been cleaned in the 10 years since it had been installed. Ugh!
that we wouldn't have trouble with parking ..council only gave us one street parking permit..family of 5 can only fit 2 cars in and one across barely as there's bins to account for..so really only 2 cars in until we clean out our mess..
I have brought houses in VIC and NSW and built a house in QLD and each of the states are so different regarding the selling, buying and legal processes, that I recommend checking that out first if you are moving interstate. One of the big things I've learnt is, if you can afford it, make sure you have a little 'slush fund' for when you move into a new house. Even if you thought you had everything covered and accounted for there will always be something the pops up. We moved into a new house at the beginning of the year. We brought it off a lady whose partner had passed away approximately a year earlier of a freak accident. This meant the coroner was involved and therefore her money tied up. She kept the house so well considering the circumstances, but once we moved in we started having costly issues with the pool, then some drainage issues (the neighbours tree roots in our pipes) which cost $1500 to repair as the pipes were in a retaining garden. On top of that our fridge decided not to work again after the removalists left and it was only 5 years old. I've had similar things after other moves as well. If you can budget a few thousand for a safety net it can be very handy.
On the final inspection day before buying our house, we found some problems we missed the first time we checked the property. The dishwasher was not turning on and there wasn’t much hot air coming from the ducted heating point, which was advertised as features of the property. Lucky for us we were able to ask the vendors to fix those issues.
Everything’s going smoothly until we checked the garage. It was clean and there’s no apparent problem. But when we opened the garage door it feels heavy. It’s still working but we’re scared that the springs and other parts might just snap. It was a Sundaay afternoon and good thing we got hold of someone who came over quickly and repaired our garage door. He also explained what was wrong and gave us tips on how to maintain it. If you have a garage door emergency and you live around Perth, these guys can help https://www.garagedoorservicing.com.au/.
What a nutter the neighbour is!