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timmbo
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3512 posts since 9/2/10

10 Dec 2021 20:16
Felt the need to vent this somewhere.

Offered asking price for a house a few weeks ago on the spot at viewing - seller had 20 other viewings lined up that week (according to estate agent), and understandably wanted those to finish. Someone came in £5k over, so we beat that by £2k.

We want to be in by April at the latest as my wife is due to give birth mid-May. Estate agent advised that the seller had the flexibility of moving into a rental or another property they own. Seller has been faffing for a few weeks as they weren’t sure they wanted to sell for what we were offering(despite it being £7k over asking, and despite lots of interest but no other offers).

Today we said we’d pull our offer if we didn’t get an answer today. Seller ends up accepting after some pressure from the agent, but that they don’t want to move into a rental or their other property, so will only be ready to move once they’ve found somewhere to buy.

Do I suck it up and move on? To be in with a chance of exchanging and completing by April, I’ve been working on the assumption that I need to have had an offer accepted this side of Christmas.

On the plus side, there’s an almost identical house (Victorian terrace) for sale a few roads over, with no chain; the down side is it needs work doing to it and the asking price is the same as the other one!
rural
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17893 posts since 26/9/06

10 Dec 2021 20:22
No I personally wouldn’t agree to that. They could change their mind or not have found somewhere ‘suitable’ themselves and you’ll be be back at square one and potentially lose money on solicitors fees/ building surveys etc.
rotring
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90 posts since 13/9/11

10 Dec 2021 20:53
Is there a point pulling out now if you haven't found anywhere else you're interested in?
stoney
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17816 posts since 22/1/05

10 Dec 2021 20:57
I did a mortgage val on a house a couple
Weeks ago, asking 875. 24 offers. All in the 850-925 range. One mad cunt offered 1.03 million. I downval yes it. He missed out on a couple houses and decided to go big
eazypz
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3679 posts since 16/4/10

10 Dec 2021 22:11
Sounds like you have no leverage in the situation.
If you pull out, they’ll find another buyer quite easily, so just depends on how flexible you want to be.
Doogan
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1257 posts since 13/4/14

20 Dec 2021 20:53
Anyone had soundproofing done before? I've just moved into a semi-detached and can hear muffled voices when the old couple next door talk to each other. Been here a week and already doing my tits in.
Rez
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8997 posts since 5/4/09

20 Dec 2021 20:55
Honestly you get used to it
Doogan
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1257 posts since 13/4/14

20 Dec 2021 21:38
Possibly although if I can improve the soundproofing a bit I probably will. I'm not keen on losing loads of space though and cost will be a factor.
sydneyking
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5221 posts since 26/9/09

20 Dec 2021 22:17
Is it a new or newish build?
Doogan
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1257 posts since 13/4/14

20 Dec 2021 22:23
Pretty old - 1970. I think it's a brick wall in between sheets of plasterboard which is presumably on a frame. I thought it would be quite well soundproofed but it's worse than my previous flat. There's two sockets on the wall. Not sure if that would cause any issues.

The neighbours aren't particularly loud, I just really don't like hearing folk and I don't like the idea that they can probably hear my TV as well.
eazypz
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3679 posts since 16/4/10

21 Dec 2021 10:28
Doogan wrote: I don't like the idea that they can probably hear my TV as well.

What are you watching? Laughing out loud
Doogan
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1257 posts since 13/4/14

21 Dec 2021 10:48
Knew someone would pick up on that!

Got a quote back of just under 2.5k to do the wall that is approx 7.5metres long. Fuck that! I'll have to try to do something myself. Cry
MoB
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37385 posts since 31/8/04

21 Dec 2021 11:14
Doogan wrote: Knew someone would pick up on that!

Got a quote back of just under 2.5k to do the wall that is approx 7.5metres long. Fuck that! I'll have to try to do something myself. Cry

One of my work team had it done in his flat as his neighbours up stairs had kids running around all day and night. Spent about 8k on it, did fuck all Laughing out loud Cry
Rez
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8997 posts since 5/4/09

21 Dec 2021 11:30
can you put up some bookshelves on that wall? Will help to absorb the noise without losing the space - done this with the alcoves in my lounge and it helped a lot.

The more expensive and thinner the insulation, the worse it actually performs apparently - only option is to use the thick stuff and lose the space.
Doogan
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1257 posts since 13/4/14

21 Dec 2021 11:53
I'm worried about spending money on professionals for it not to work. Tempted to have a bash myself but the liklihood of it doing fuck all appears high. Might just need to do the house up and sell ASAP. Cry

The neighbours are fine, it's just my lack of tolerance that is the issue.

Can't really put bookshelves up but will put a few small shelves and some pictures. I guess I can cover up sockets with the putty stuff. Any improvement would be good.
Crackajack
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8200 posts since 21/4/05

21 Dec 2021 12:13

This video gives a good overview of a DIY job - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErGqRzzz_Vw




eazypz
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3679 posts since 16/4/10

posted 21 Dec 2021 13:28, edited 21 Dec 2021 13:28
MoB wrote:
Doogan wrote: Knew someone would pick up on that!

Got a quote back of just under 2.5k to do the wall that is approx 7.5metres long. Fuck that! I'll have to try to do something myself. Cry

One of my work team had it done in his flat as his neighbours up stairs had kids running around all day and night. Spent about 8k on it, did fuck all Laughing out loud Cry

To be fair, the kids running round would be causing vibrations which travel, which sound proofing won’t help much in an old place.
If it’s noise like conversation, it should make a considerable amount of difference I reckon.

I live in a newish flat, and don’t hear anything from my side neighbours at all, but when my upstairs neighbour is running on her treadmill I can feel every step Laughing out loud
smith
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11789 posts since 5/5/04

21 Dec 2021 17:07
Anyone sold a house themselves? Looking at using strike or doorstep to get in on zoopla and rightmove.

Really don't want to deal with local estate agents. They all over-valued my property massively to get my business. One was even telling me all about the psychology of playing two potential buyers off each other in order to get them to outbid each other. Cunt.
illwill
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4170 posts since 17/5/04

21 Dec 2021 17:30
All I know is that buying a house through one of these services is a massive turn off.

All viewings I've had via them have invariably turned into a shitshow in some way.
beeper
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186 posts since 22/9/10

21 Dec 2021 17:45
We got soundproofing done in one room of a new build. Had almost zero effect. For it to work I think you’d need to do the whole joining wall otherwise the sound just leaks in from somewhere else.

Prob not what you want to hear but ended up moving as it did my head in.