Finally my husband has said that we have to move house.
Currently we have a two bedroom bungalow in a very rural area . Septic tank,
no mains gas and an extension ( one room) which has a flat roof and a large
garden - an acre or so, all electric which he also hates.
There is little or nothing going wrong with these things right now. We have
had problems with the septic tank in the past ( well a blocked drain but
that was sorted - surely you can have blocked drains on mains drainage too?)
He says another place would be cheaper and we cant afford this one. He
maintains loads of things are wrong with this house but I don't see any of
them when I look around. We have rising damp apparently but its
I don't know how much our house is worth but not a lot given its state of
repair - old bathroom, ( avocado suite if you remember those) and old
kitchen and mostly old storage heaters and rather damp right now as a result
of no heating. The guttering leaks at all joints and the double glazing is
so old it probably needs re doing too.
We don't have a mortgage and no real money worries to be honest.
He wants to move into town into an old peoples unit ( one bed and no
garden) which would cost about £80,000. It would be leasehold and
maintenance fees are about £500 at the moment.
We would also have to have a water meter and we would still have storage
heaters as they have no mains gas allowed there either - I think that was
for safety reasons for the elderly.
He is 59 and retired early recently.
I am 50 and still working.
I don't want to move. I would rather try and sort our house out. I don't
have the skills for this though. I do know my neighbour who is on a water
meter pays £254 a quarter for water and there is no reason to suppose we
would use less than her. I currently pay £250 a year in rates for water (
our septic tank means we get reduced rates - we wouldn't get that with a
water meter in SW water) .
Is it bad news to have a house with septic tank and storage heaters and no
mains gas and a flat roof on an extension? Or is he being bloody silly?
Just want opinions really. Thanks.