I am growing extremely tired of estate agents not listening to us after a day of viewing mostly unsuitable properties.
The first was very nicely presented, having had a makeover and general tidy up.
The settlement cracks still showed though, running parallel inside and out, but the kicker was a broken fascia board where the roof had dipped. This could have meant a broken rafter and possible strip and retile. Megga bucks we haven’t got.
The second we wouldn’t touch with someone else’s barge pole. We took one look, walked inside, and walked out again.
The third was elevated and access gained by a set of steps, which were also shared with the next door property. There was off road parking somewhere, but we couldn’t find it.
The fourth held promise….. on paper only.
Cue busy railway (which stupid us, we’d missed in our initial investigation), severe settlement, flooding and backed up sewage problems. Wonderful what you can learn talking to local people (currently living in a camper van in his own drive whilst his footings are being redug and his home is drying out for the third time in two years).
The fifth: design fault on all the properties in that road sporting identical cracks. Two were actually having walls rebuilt.
Sixth: A new detached bungalow. Beyond us really, but being new, no problems we thought.
Very nice, except the damn thing had already been sold, there were no other detached going up on the site, and the bungalows available in six weeks (and more as they haven’t got the inner shells in yet) are a pair of semis that are £5000 more.
A possible contender if the lady is flexible by at least 10%, but still some settlement issues. Fantastic kitchen diner though, 2 big bedrooms, a third would suit as a study, lovely lounge and bathroom. All up together and outside a garage, good garden and off road parking.
Number 8 was immaculate.
And beyond us by £20K. However, we hadn’t actually arranged a viewing as the details were given to us when we nipped into one of the agents in Haverfordwest to sign on.
We asked the question if she would consider dropping her price. She would, but not by as much as we needed. So I have sent an email to the agent explaining our situation, and asking if she might consider meeting us half way if the place was totally perfect for us after a viewing. Worth a shot I suppose.
Another 15 hours in the car on a 400 mile round trip, over a tank of fuel this time, got soaked in torrential rain twice, blinded by idiots not slowing down and covering our car completely with the subsequent splashback, and have hearts full of despair and despondency.
I’m off to bed.
Tomorrow is another day and maybe things will look brighter.