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  • in reply to: Moving to Devon #11324

    John
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    Quite nice in Devon not too far away from my location WyeValley Okay travel links Bristol Cornwall Wales London Midlands lots to do

    in reply to: Best oil boiler #6108

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    What about a heat pump?

    in reply to: Moving to Wales but getting the jitters! #6088

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    You’ve nothing to worry about except maybe how your other half feels about moving
    I’m English London born. Never had a problem. Came down in the 70’s Making friend is a thing that finds it’s own way. All you want to do is not try and it will come to you, however if you start worring and wondering it won’t happen for you…and may I add Big flipping deal if it does go wrong and others blame you… So what…. Tell em to like it or lump it… If you go though life thinking “I’ll better not do this or that, what if it goes wrong I’ll get the blame” you’ll never do anything… Look! You’re only on this planet for so long so have fun, just don’t be attached to the outcome good or bad and besides all sorts can happen when you’re up there in London and may i also add London’s not that far away…. Best of luck John

    in reply to: Moving to Bramley or Mortimer? #5257

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    Hi Sarah What type of swimming pool is it As Adrian points out there are pro’s and cons with both types of pool.
    Liner pools are better and cheaper alternative and will last around 6 to 8 years or longer if looked after well. and you have the option of changing the colour and pattern too.
    Concrete pools are more often than not a problem if not constructed correctly. They leak and are often converted to liner pools because theleaks cannot be stopped.
    If you need help and more information here is our website
    http://www.ospreypools.co.uk/
    and plenty of articles and information on our blog
    http://www.ospreypools.co.uk/blog/
    or Telelphone 01600 861 851

    Best

    John Cox TnISPE(Cert)

    in reply to: Self building…are we mad #5164

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    Re: The weather… Rain is not normally too bad (unless you get flooded) If you consider our lovely British climate and allow extra monies for scaffold cover so if it rains, it does not hold you up, and consider starting the build around end of March (The frequency of freezing weather lessens from then on) This should reduce those problems of construction
    John Cox

    in reply to: Self building…are we mad #5026

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    Hi Helen

    I’m a builder

    I echo what Amada and Sarah have said
    TBH If I were you I’d do 6 months working for someone in building so you fully understand what it is you’re getting yourself into.

    For piece of mind if you can “Detach” from any outcome the you’ll be ok
    Examples 1: Bad weather… It’s Ok for a week, but how would you feel if the bad weather went on for months on end? Then you find the rain has ingressed on your self build and ruined say the roofing or flooring.

    In construction, problems rarely happen on their own, they usually arrive in batches (like London buses).

    Some of what goes on in Grand designs is playing to the audience However it is a taster of what to expect

    As for me, Building is a walk in the park because I’ve had over 3 year to get use to it, and you know what??? I never do… and any builder who tells you different is fibbing

    Listen to Sarah and Amanda but if you’re squeamish don’t touch it…

    Best wishes

    John

    in reply to: Londoner seeks alternative #4443

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    Difficult one. Depends if you can adapt to different environments and situations. Living in London you may as well be living on another planet compared to the rest of the country.
    I moved out of London (Notting Hill) in the 70’s, met the wife here in Wales. 30 odd years later 2 kids, 3 grandnippers and one on the way. I wouldn’t move back as London is not too far away (150miles Cardiff to centre of the London) You can travel back to London to find out what you’re “not missing”.
    All you do is adapt go with the flow keep an open mind. If a place don’t suit then move on or move back. Rent before you buy. East Wales is a nice place to retire and close to major road and rail links back to London. Bristol Bath Swindon Gloucester and the M5 to Cornwall is just over the Severn bridge Hereford is just up the road.
    John


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    To go off from what Georgie said about living in the sticks, one bonus (if You’re like me and like watching the night sky) is you can “see” the night sky, and the milkyway on a clear night, plus shooting stars, and loads of fantastic wildlife… It’s brilliant

    John


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    I agree with Fiona plus what is a house but bricks and mortar with usually a high value… Use it to get what you want don’t be attached to property

    John

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    in reply to: When it all goes wrong…a cautionary tale #4132

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    Bit of tuff luv here… Accept this is the norm. (This is normal) What your feeling is normal. We’ve move more times than most have had hot dinners, and we’ve been let down more times than I can remember so you’re not alone. Couple of things you can do.
    1. Embrace it. Go with the flow and move on in your mind, otherwise you’ll just crack up inside. It’ your choice you can either hang on to these thoughts which in reality “don’t exist” so why hang on to them begin looking for the next house. put this one out of your picture mind box.
    2. There’s a good reason why you do not have this house. It was never meant to be.
    3. Detach yourself from any outcome. If it happens, great! It’s a bonus.
    4. Live in this moment in your mind not what was and not what’s to come, the future. You can’t physically live in the past or the future so why live there in your mind? 🙂

    in reply to: More space to play outside? #3699

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    There’s two ways to look at this
    a) All the bad thoughts of the “what if’s… !”
    Scaring yourself of something thats not happend
    Or
    b) No thoughts at all, just excitement

    You choose which one… a) or b)
    The outcome on both of “a” and “b” will be the same.

    And if things don’t go according to plan (which in truth they don’t)
    Change direction… Adapt… Or stay in the comfort zone never knowing

    in reply to: More space to play outside? #3694

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    I lived in Guildford many years ago. I found the place fine. Good shopping area, transport etc. School I’m not sure of… I now live in Monmouth. Schools are first class not to far from major cities Hereford Cardiff Gloucester Bristol Worcester Nice an open, can even see the milkyway on a good dark night.
    The old adage comes to mind “try before you buy” So rent first, buy later…
    Osprey Pools

    in reply to: HELP!- Esher vs Walton on Thames vs Oxshott? #3665

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    I lived in Guldford once, many years ago.Not a bad place to live but best thing to do is pick a central rea, rent for 6 months and do your research on the areas you favour place in colums all the things you need to know i.e Schools- shopping – crime – transport – people etc then give a number from 1 to 10 on how good or bad you think they are ask questions of local people best place is a corner shop garage pub etc. It take a lot of legwork

    in reply to: where to go? #2475

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    It’s horses for courses.
    What might suit one person does not suit another
    This is a good excuse for traveling around the country
    1. Choose do you like north south east or west of England
    2. Would you live in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland (I live on the Welshborder
    3. Make a list of areas of the UK you “both like” and dislike
    4. Narow the list down
    5. Research your chosen areas and then travel and stay for a few days ate each place
    Thats to start with

    Hope this helps 🙂

    John

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