I am sure that they are. But that happens towards the end of the year
following the year in which profits are made.
Such profits as there may be.
Lets face it, they are being bankrolled big time, and the Beeb will get
whatever profits accrue to get back what they spend. Each step up in
propery - if you were doing it for real - would justify a slightly
larger loan to do it. Of course the interest on such would be deducted
from the profit...
It's about as one finds. Making money out of property development is a
big gamble and a fine balance between being a paste over it cowboy, and
a proper stucturally aware builder.
You have to be autely aware of what adds a perceived premum value to
aproperty, and what is expensive, nice, but doesn't get a potential
purchaser reaching for the cheque book.
On Fri, 12 Dec 2003 17:55:12 +0000, N. Thornton wrote:
I will defer to the expertise of Estate Agents in this matter but I'd
reckon on it being the things that people don't want done whilst they live
1) Installing GCH. (not improving it when it's already got it though).
2) Rewiring if the wiring is so bad that a lender would require it.
3) Anything that would stop a lender being happy regardless of weather
needed or not.
4) Removing a dated and/or cheap look to kitchen or bathrooms.
5) Adding a shower even if only an over bath unit. - It is now nearly
impossible to let a flat without a shower in the middling rental market
round here - so I guess the same applies to buying.
6) Replacing the electrical fittings with a consistent and modern style -
cheap but can make a big difference.
7) Nice light fittings.
Ed Sirett - Property maintainer and registered gas fitter.
The FAQ for uk.diy is at www.diyfaq.org.uk
Well, having stayed in a non aircon hotel on the beach in Yucatan, all I
can say is they made it possible to sleep. When the power failed, it wasn't.
They work, particularly in low humidity environments, and a little on
They aren't a patch on aircon, but they are a lot better than sweet FA.
Well, it was made clear at the outset that any profit they make after
paying back the Beeb, with interest, would be going to Children In
Need. So it's not as if it's either their own cash they are playing
with, or their own pockets they are lining - they are only TV
presenters. I don't know what the CGT rules are for this rather
unusual scenario; maybe the charity element will provide an exemption?
Have they actually made enough profit yet to worry about CGT anyway?
I think the issue of avoiding stamp duty is a biggie; I'm sure the
dear old IR won't baulk at chasing that up. As someone else has
already said, they shot themselves in the foot bigtime by admitting
they were massaging the apparent selling price to get below 500K.
Quite how or why the producers let that go out on air is a mystery.
Bit of an 'oops' methinks.
On Fri, 12 Dec 2003 02:01:45 +0000, Richard Faulkner
They'd probably have to go off and have a good cry. They are far too
emotional a pair to be let anywhere near something as technically
demanding as modern construction work, building regs and so on. As
designers their work looks fantastic, but as builders or renovators I
do not think they have a clue. I would have been much more interested
in a programme with Nigel showing us how to do a bog-standard
renovation without these two flibbertigibbets getting in the way all
the time. It was really a programme about two talented drama queens.
Well, I don't know that they HAVEN'T failed! I mean, I don't quite see
how this series so far can be seen as a SUCCESS, and the opposite of
success is, well, you know what it is. To me now, in hindsight, it
looks increasingly like the product of a hip, flip, cool, young
production team Somewhere In London, which cooked up the idea to have
two excitable young things (in Colin's case, at least) swan their way
through seven properties and Make A Million. Consider: Two luvvies,
one down-to-earth builder bloke; the magic number seven (not 23, 18,
or, more realistically, 100); the even more magic number "one million"
(shades of Chris Tarrant here); loads of aggro; fantastic end results
in terms of the actual design work; fantastic rolling advertisement
for Justin and Colin.
The most interesting stories about this programme would be from the
behind-the-scenes planning. A story of how the programme was conceived
and made, warts and all, would be far more rivetting than the actual
episodes. For example, what was the real reason the builder bloke
pulled out? Did he just get sick and tired of the two boys throwing
their toys out of the pram? I would have jacked it in after the first
one if I were him. Why did the producers wait until the episode in
which he pulled out to tell us he was off? (Okay, we were given a
brief "taster" in the trailer the previous week.)
As these programmes progress through their allotted hour, one can see
the producers' - and scriptwriters' - minds at work. All such
programmes comprise deliberate peaks and troughs, the most blatant of
which currently is the "No Going Back" series on Channel 4. It is
almost laughable how one can predict with uncanny accuracy when the
next ad break (on ITV/Five/Channel 4) is coming up, as there will be a
sudden downturn in the family's fortunes. And then the ads are over,
and, magically, the problem is solved! Everything is once again
sweetness and light, and the intrepid family are now marching onward
and upward on the sunlit uplands of progress... yada yada yada.
Another 15 minutes and boom! Another calamity, another ad break. And
to think that there will be many thousands of viewers all lapping it
up and nodding sagely into their cardigans, "How brave, how very, very
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