Week 20 of Beeny Knows Best, where our very own Sarah Beeny takes to the blog to answer your property-related questions.
We have a leak in our newly installed ensuite bathroom from the sink waste. What do you recommend we do to prevent us having to take up the new limestone floor and electric underfloor heating which would be costly and a big disruption. - Helen
Drain lining is used for drains externally rather than internally. A basin waste is 32 or 40mm rather than the 110mm that a sewerage (or loo) waste pipe is. The smaller pipe renders it very difficult to 'line' the pipe leaving enough space for water to flow down. Your best solution would be to either rerun the pipe altogether or try and attack it from underneath as the ceiling below will be much cheaper to repair than the floor of the bathroom.
We've been trying to sell my late mother's home for a year and have had two sales fallen through. It's a 5 bedroom detached property set in extensive grounds in a beautiful setting. There is an issue with damp in some of the walls but we believe the property to be generally sound. We were originally asking 325k for a quick sale (we felt it was worth 350k) but it is currently been marketed at £289k and the latest offer on it is £252k which we feel is too low. It's been our family home for 73 years yet it has now become a mill stone around our neck. We need it sold and feel like it's gone stale. Do we accept this paltry 252k, do we switch estate agents or do we take it off the market, do some remedial work on it then put it back on the market? We've been reluctant to do work as we feel it very much a blank canvas but we don't still want it on our hands next winter. We're really stressed with it! - Adele
As long as you are with a good agent like Tepilo, have great photos and have a 'for sale' board, then I fear you have done all you can. Whilst it may be very gawling to feel that someone is getting a bit of a bargain, the offers you have had and time it's been on the market seem to suggest that the fair price in todays market is closer to £252k than the £350k you feel it's worth. A property is worth as much as someone is prepared to pay for it, but it's hard to handle that if you have had your eye turned by an agent who has put a higher figure on it. My advice to you would be to take the offer and move on.
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