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26 September 2007 @ 04:07 pm
One thing I don't think I particularly expected from owning a house was random offers from other people to demolish bits of the house at their expense ;)

Next door's been sold recently to someone who's going to rent it out, and it appears they're having a bunch of work done. So a guy (the guy?) from the property management people popped round yesterday evening, to say "We're thinking of removing the chimney stack at the back, how about we do your half of it too, at our expense. Whatcha think?". And well, what I thought was ... umm.

So today I've called the council - yes, it's covered by building regulations and there'd be forms and fees and inspections and certificates. I've called a surveyor (the one that did the survey when we remortgaged) and the nice lady there suggested an estate agent might be better at telling us if it would affect the value of the house.

We've asked J's sister's husband (who does solicitor-y house Stuff, and kindly answered swiftly despite being busy) and he pointed out to check for convenants (pretty sure that's ok, tho must double check - we just can't sell wine or such as I recall), and that there'd be structural implications & building regulations for our half if they just took their half away.

I've called an estate agent who said it was a hard one to call, depends how much it alters the overall look of the house.

I've called the property management people back & said things about "of course you'd cover fees for the council" and such. And "how about putting it all in writing?". And they're gonna send us a letter.

And we've still no idea what we'll do. But we have a lot more information, and I've had my faith in human nature bolstered, as only the council lady actually had to help us as part of her job, everyone else was just being nice.

Half of me thinks "It's not like we were using it anyway."; the other half thinks "But it's our chimney stack, why should we get rid of it to make your life easier?".
Current Mood: bemused
Current Music: Marillion "Clutching at Straws"
Mrs. Christie: turtleshineyquarter on September 26th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
Long live the chimney stack. Or not as the case may be. ;)
magidmagid on September 26th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Would you gain anything by losing the chimney stack? (usable space, less to maintain, whatever)
Margaretpling on September 26th, 2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
Less to maintain is, I think, the only thing we gain. But we'd still have another chimney stack, and I'm not sure it makes that much difference overall.

I think it's the only thing on the plus side, though (as opposed to a selection of neutral things).
magidmagid on September 26th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
Ah. Not so useful, then, especially if it changes the value of the house downward. (Would it? I don't know anything about preferred house features there.)
Robdreema on September 26th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
only thing i could think of would be maintenance, if it's not getting used at all, then it may be a good idea to get rid of it, before it starts to crumble and disintegrate and spew crap everywhere. Ours would be slightly harder to get rid of - a) we have a coal fire in the lounge that needs it and b) it runs up the centre of the house
Zanardizanardi on September 27th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
I suppose it depends whether or not half a chimney stack is desirable to no chimney stack. It probably makes more work (and costs more no doubt) to make sure that whatever is left is safe structurally and functionally.