That's right, as if there wasn't enough going on in the world, we are attempting to move! Actually, we have been thinking about it for a long time, and now we've decided the area we want to move to, we have got on with prepping our house.
It went on the market last Thursday, first viewing was the next day, and they have offered us the asking price. They are sold, to a first time buyer, their finances check out as far as they can, so we're on
We have narrowed down our choice to two houses, both of which we are visiting next Monday, and I wanted to get some info in advance, as one of them is a bit of a departure for us.
House number 1 is on the edge of town, with views over fields. It's a 3 storey, 6 bedroom detached, with more than enough internal space for every eventuality, double garage, and a reasonable-ish size plot. It was built in 2005 in a development of 4 "executive homes" and although a "select" development, it's on an estate, albeit the edge of one. That's really the issue with it, other house close by, and not a lot of space around it.
House 2 is in a small village a few miles outside of town. Built 11 years ago on a plot of land bought from the owner's parents. It has much more land, a large drive and big double garage. The house itself is 4 bedroom, and is actually quite modest, but straightforward, with enough space (2000sq ft, compared to the 1500 we have now, and the 3000 of house 1)
The basic question of town or country is one that only we can answer, so I'm not really after opinions on that. What is in the mix however, are some details concerning house 2. Whereas house 1 has mains water, drainage, gas, etc, and conventional central heating, house 2 does not...
It does have mains electricity and water, but not drainage, so the first question is what it's like to live with a bio-digester system. Does it need regular emptying, or maintenance? Is there a limitation on what cleaning products can be used?
It was built to be fairly energy efficient, and has a ground source heat pump with underfloor heating throughout. From what I have read on this, it's a really good combination as the relative low temperature from the heat pump needs large area heat sources. My concern is whether it is an efficient way of heating water for washing, etc.?
It has a gas cooker, using LPG cylinders, although I'm not so worried about this as I presume it'll be easy to have a regular delivery.
Although house 2 is more expensive, we are leaning towards village life at the moment, assuming that the points above are not going to be a pain to live with.
What thinks the hive mind?