Week 8 of Beeny Knows Best, where our very own Sarah Beeny takes to the blog to answer your property-related questions.
I have a 1860's house and have removed a wall to create a kitchen/diner; what flooring would be best to use? Wood or more expensive tiles with UFH? - Dan
I personally think that you might find underfloor heating tricky to control enough in a kitchen/diner, so if you have the wall space for a radiator I would suggest using one of these and installing a wood floor, as it is much kinder underfoot and really easy to clean. If you don't have space for a radiator then underfloor heating could then be considered - there is a great website called www.theunderfloorheatingstore.com where you can buy your own underfloor heating kit which is a really affordable way to do it.
What are the most important questions I should remember to ask when viewing a property? - Tracy
It's a tricky oneas it depends on what your agenda is, but I would always ask what the thing they will miss about the property most is, as well as the nearest nice pub and how far the nearest 24 hour shop is. I'd then probably move onto issues closer to the property such as transport links, mobile phone coverage, schools and hospitals. Lastly, check if they get on with their neighbours (though if they say yes remember it may not be true) and when the property was last reroofed, rewired and replumbed. Those are some of the most important point to remember, but also take time to really think about what you want from this property and how you plan to grow within it and plan questions around this.
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