Moving home

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Re: Moving home

Postby Ratatouille » November 14th, 2017, 9:25 am

Gosh that was quick. You should take over on escape to the Country!

I hope everything goes well for you both.
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Re: Moving home

Postby miss mouse » November 14th, 2017, 9:45 am

hickybank wrote:The property is on a residential park for over 50s, no holiday letting,


I am sure that you will have the lease checked by a solicitor for service charges, ground rent, any complications if you want to sell again later.
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Re: Moving home

Postby Seatallan » November 14th, 2017, 1:10 pm

That's good news Hicky- hope you're very happy in your new home and that the impending sale/move goes really smoothly. :hug:
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Re: Moving home

Postby hickybank » November 14th, 2017, 1:19 pm

Hi Patsy you can have them furnished or unfurnished, here is a link to the park

http://www.chiltonpark.co.uk/
If you would like any more info please feel free to PM me
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Re: Moving home

Postby hickybank » November 14th, 2017, 1:20 pm

miss mouse wrote:
hickybank wrote:The property is on a residential park for over 50s, no holiday letting,


I am sure that you will have the lease checked by a solicitor for service charges, ground rent, any complications if you want to sell again later.

WE have checked most but will get a solicitor to go through all that for us
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Re: Moving home

Postby miss mouse » November 14th, 2017, 5:57 pm

It sounds perfect, I do hope it goes through for you. There has been a lot in the news and on the radio about older residential communities, some rip people off so do take care.
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Re: Moving home

Postby scullion » November 15th, 2017, 12:52 am

are you moving to be near family?
it's on a medium risk flood area, and how long is the lease before you have to renew the structure?
how different is it from the place you live now with respect to closeness of friends/family and the amenities you currently use/enjoy?
does the place gladden you?
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Re: Moving home

Postby hickybank » November 15th, 2017, 10:03 am

Wow, good questions so I will do my best
I checked the flood risk & no flooding in past 50 years even after the big floods on the levels,
The laws covering the lease are are set in government statute & these apply to all residential parks but will get our solicitor to check & confirm
We will be moving away from family, but they are all so busy we see them once a month & they will only be a 2 hour drive away so might see them more
The facility's area s good if not better than we have at the moment we are close to a leisure centre if we fancy a swim which we currently do not have,
We will be spoilt for nature reserves & places to walk with the Quantocks & Exmoor on our doorstep,

If you think of any more please ask
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Re: Moving home

Postby earthmaiden » November 15th, 2017, 12:42 pm

Wow, this is the first place of that kind that I have seen where they are not predominantly holiday homes so that you have to vacate for at least a couple of months a year under the terms and conditions. I think they are ideal for full-time retirement living and I hope that all the terms are to your liking.

My biggest concern with homes of that kind is insulation, they used to be very costly to heat but I am told that the modern ones are very good. As for whether it gladdens you, I guess it must do! If it is in a place you like and the local amenities are good then it will be an exciting new start for you.
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Re: Moving home

Postby hickybank » November 15th, 2017, 1:59 pm

Regarding insulation the wall are 14 inches thick, all insulation
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Re: Moving home

Postby mum-at-the-oven » November 15th, 2017, 3:02 pm

14 inches hicky!

I used to live in a mobile home and there were quite a few rules and regulations set out by the owner.

The exterior had to be repainted every 2 years.
Grass cut and outside areas kept in good condition.
No washing out on a Sunday (not ideal when I had 2 babies in terry nappies)
The electricity would be turned off to the site when they wanted to put on or pull off a home.

Of course these were the particular rules of the owner but do make sure you read the small print hicky
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Re: Moving home

Postby hickybank » November 15th, 2017, 10:51 pm

Hi mum
yes this is a brand new home built to the latest spec, every 3 years is recommended for painting but not compulsory only costs £250
None of the rules you had but gardens should be kept tidy to make the park look good anyway

Our house went live on the market today that is the most scary part having lived here 50 years
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Re: Moving home

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Re: Moving home

Postby hickybank » November 16th, 2017, 6:50 am



Brave or barmy :lol: :lol:

De cluttering after 50 years is fun, our local charity shop is going to have to move to bigger premises
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Re: Moving home

Postby Amber » November 16th, 2017, 9:11 pm

If it’s on the flood plain you may struggle to get insurance.
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Re: Moving home

Postby hickybank » November 17th, 2017, 8:46 am

Amber wrote:If it’s on the flood plain you may struggle to get insurance.

It depends which flood risk map you look at.
The local authority map show no risk where this is situated, the village has been there 100s of year with no flooding.

Also the homes are around 60cm off the ground so it would take a massive flood to be a problem, also food gates are being installed as the only problem can be from very high tides.

Things are moving on with the first viewings next week so keep having panic attacks.
We are letting the agent handle the viewings as the thought of a stranger looking around my house I think would upset us.
We are still positive we are making the right decision.
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Re: Moving home

Postby dennispc » November 18th, 2017, 9:51 am

Some friends moved to Minehead, much to the surprise of everyone. He'd had a number of mini strokes, his wife didn't drive so their criteria was doctor, dentist, pharmacy, shops and places to walk nearby. Perfect for them though being an hour's drive from the motorway didn't go down quite so well with the family! The hickeys have solved that problem.

The map is for planning purposes, following down to Taunton where our son lives is right bang in the middle of a high risk area, possibly because Taunton flooded in 1960. Chilton Park is not listed as high risk, and seems unlikely to have a problem. After the flooding on the Somerset Levels plans were drawn up to improve the existing flood defences, from hickey's post it looks like they're underway.

I'd be put off more by the steps up to the front door than anything else! :lol:
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Re: Moving home

Postby hickybank » November 19th, 2017, 2:25 pm

WE have our first viewings tomorrow, the house has never looked so clean :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
We are letting the estate agent handle the viewings as I think strangers looking round your home would be upsetting
Wednesday we have a factory tour booked with Prestige just to see the quality of the build
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Re: Moving home

Postby scullion » November 19th, 2017, 4:12 pm

the cottage that i've had my eye on for a few years has come up for auction - unfortunately it has a long let tenant and has been run down a bit.
http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for ... 93090.html
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Re: Moving home

Postby hickybank » November 19th, 2017, 4:56 pm

Looks stunning & a lovely location I suppose it is just a case of how much time & money would be needed to bring it up to your ideal
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Re: Moving home

Postby scullion » November 19th, 2017, 5:51 pm

that wouldn't be the problem - the assured long let tennant would be - they could hardly be moved out to do the place up and from having read parish council notes (when i was trying to find out who owned it, some time ago) they aren't exactly the tenants to make an effort looking after the place.
but i would imagine it'll go for rather more than the guide price - even with the tenant.

the other 'problem' with it is that it's down wind of the hunt kennels.
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Re: Moving home

Postby hickybank » November 19th, 2017, 7:42 pm

I see your point, sounds more like an investment property for someone who would by happy to keep the tenant until such time as it could be done up & sold on
There will be others out thers just a matter of finding them, good hunting
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