Saturday, October 20, 2007

Viewing Houses

Today we have been to view three properties; a new build house, a well kept bungalow we could move straight into and a dormer bungalow that needs lots of work to make it habitable.

We viewed the new build house after we had wandered around the show home - which was lovely but out of our price range. The downstairs rooms of the new house were fine - a large kitchen/diner, a lounge with french windows onto the garden and a downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs the bedrooms were quite small, the master bedroom had an en-suite shower room, the other two rooms were even smaller but the bathroom was a good size. The smaller bungalow was really nice and clean, with good size rooms and low maintenance garden in fact, it had everything we needed. But - you knew there would be a but - we really liked the scruffy, dirty, unkempt and unlived in for ages dormer with its ugly wood panels and overgrown garden. It has so much potential for improvement. It has to be thought about.

In between viewings we had time to visit one of Paul's childhood haunts - the pretty area of The Carrs at Church Warsop. We parked up and walked around the church and the mill.

Above is the church of St Peter & St Paul and below is Warsop Mill with the church in the distance.

Below is the mill pond, with the mill and the mill house over the bridge, the Carrs - an open area of grass land stretches out behind the pond.

The day was warm, the sun was shining - it was lovely. Of course, we must look at more properties over the next few weeks, we may get an offer on our house soon or we may not but at least we have dipped our toes in the water and started to feel that now we can begin to look.


  1. Do you take a realtor with you Rosie when you go to look, or do you just contact the listing agent or owner yourselves? Do you have your house listed with a realtor? I think you call them estate agents. Is your current house listed online?
    Just interested as to how things are done over there.
    Just answer on this comment page, and I will check back.
    Good luck with the selling process, as that needs to happen before anything I suppose.

  2. Hi Lois,

    We have our house for sale with an estate agent and it is advertised in the local newspaper, their magazine, in their window and on-line. We have had the most interest from the web site.

    Yesterday we viewed three different ways:- at the older property we met a representative of the estate agent who showed us around. We made an appointment with the vendor through their estate agent to view the bungalow and they showed us around. The new build was administered by a site sales office and the sales person showed us around.

    If you want to find our house on-line I will e-mail you how to find it :)

  3. Buying and selling is always a stressful process. Both times we have found our new house before selling ours, but they were both properties that sold easily.