Food for Thought
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
I went to look at the second house today as arranged, and oh my - does it need a lot of work doing. As soon as I walked in I could smell damp even through my mask. The boiler is ancient and almost certainly doesn't work, the electrics were modern ish - if you consider anything post 'bakerlite' up to date. Some window sills are rotting, and well, basically EVERYTHING needs doing. Of course that is reflected in the asking price. The agent showing me around thought that the offer on the property had fallen through - more about that later. I took loads of pics to flip over to Peetee. It wasn't possible to get out into the garden so I took some pics from an upstairs window. What do you know, I noticed a chap at the rear of the land seemingly spraying some sort of pesticide. Which was interesting to me because I'd noticed a council van outside on my way in.
I was keen to chat with said chap without the Agent around so I thanked him and said I'd be in touch. Sauntered down the road and once the Agent passed me and turned the corner, I doubled back and caught the chap from the garden by the Council van I'd noticed. Had a good long chat with him and got lots of info, plus his boss's details. The bit of land next to the house wasn't on his work schedule because as I already knew, no one knows who it belongs to. I asked him what he thought the cost would be for treating that bit of land for the sodding knotweed and he reckoned around £5,000. Which actually was a little bit less than I'd been calculating. Because it's a Council offshoot, it's somewhat cheaper than most commercial companies. The downside is because the Council won't pay the 15% land value charge to the Insurance Regulators, it doesn't include the Insurance guarantee. Another thing I need to look into! The feedback I'm getting atm is that you CAN pay for removal of knotweed on land that doesn't belong to you if a] it's affecting your property and b] you've attempted to find the owner of the land. Useful information not only regarding that house [or any future potential buy], but also for Base Camp if I'm unable to find the owner of the land behind my garden.
Once back at Base Camp, I rang the agent's office. The young woman I spoke to [T] was quite helpful. Seemingly there was an offer on the property which fell through, and now there is another offer. The vendor however still wants the agent to continue marketing the house. Which immediately tells me the offer isn't close enough to the asking price. T confirmed that. She also told me the vendor has a particular figure in mind he's hoping to achieve. Of course she can't tell me what that figure is, nor what the offer on the table is though she did tell me it began with a six. My private guess is 62. Once I'd flipped the pics to Peetee he reckoned 63. Given the amount of work that needs doing, I wouldn't be prepared to go much more than that. Fixed up though it could be quite a nice little house.
My grocery delivery arrived bang on the dot. I'm clearly on the beginning of the route here because my orders always arrive at the start of my allotted hour. No frozen stuff as I said, due to wanting to get rid of the old fridge/freezer. I'm starting once again to notice little pockets of freezer space which I'm trying to ignore. Lots of lovely fresh veg which always makes me feel happy food wise. Especially knowing I will actually use all of it. I read an article today saying that people waste 20% of what they buy - especially if they buy ahead. Not here I assure you. Every last bit of everything I can use, is used. To the best of my knowledge. Of course I'm always looking to learn more.