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18-10-2020, 09:30   #1
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Things you didn't think of.

Hi all.

Thought it might be valuable to get people's stories of the things they didn't think of designwise or otherwise when buying or moving into new house.

For me it was a new build I would have liked to have:
- Screwed down the floor boards before putting down carpet to prevent creaks.
- Looked at soundproofing mid floor
- Taken photos of cabling and ducting during build process.
- Put plugs on both sides of one of the small bedrooms
- Checked the quality/level of the garden and put on snag. (Was very uneven and poor quality)
- Not said "Ah no its grand" when electrician asked me if I wanted an outside plug.
- Looked at practicality of positioning of the sink and toilets

I'm sure there is loads more but that's a good start.
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How to get furniture in through the front door.

I bought a terraced two - up two - down after only one viewing. The front door leads into a tiny porch with another door before you get into the living room. Before I actually moved in I bought and paid for a big DFS leather sofa. Only as I got closer to the delivery date for this thing did I realise that it might not actually fit in through the front door.

It didn't. In the end we had to take off the back door to the house and even then it just about squeezed through.

The other thing I didn't think of: I spent years living in flats and "studio apartments" i.e. glorified bedsits. After a few years in my house I began to realise that I didn't like the layout of the place -all those years living in flats had given me a taste for having everything on one level. Running up and down stairs is for the birds.

I should really have bought a bungalow or cottage. Planning on selling my house in the future and buying a one level place.
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18-10-2020, 10:00   #3
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Just realised this thread is about new houses - mine wasn't new, sorry.
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Just realised this thread is about new houses - mine wasn't new, sorry.
It was new to you and you may have redesigned parts of it prior to or upon moving in.

Anyway, I don't know if this would be "up to code" in Ireland, but living in apartments in other European countries, some rooms had a socket right next to the light switch beside the door. I found it very handy for plugging in the hoover, you didn't have to bend down or move any furniture to find a socket each time you moved to a different room.

If I were building a new house, I would definitely try to have that, as well as switches at the door that turn on/off lamps around the room.
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Hi all.

Thought it might be valuable to get people's stories of the things they didn't think of designwise or otherwise when buying or moving into new house.

For me it was a new build I would have liked to have:
- Screwed down the floor boards before putting down carpet to prevent creaks.
- Looked at soundproofing mid floor
- Taken photos of cabling and ducting during build process.
- Put plugs on both sides of one of the small bedrooms
- Checked the quality/level of the garden and put on snag. (Was very uneven and poor quality)
- Not said "Ah no its grand" when electrician asked me if I wanted an outside plug.
- Looked at practicality of positioning of the sink and toilets

I'm sure there is loads more but that's a good start.
I knew I should have asked for an outside socket yesterday!
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18-10-2020, 12:00   #6
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Very useful thread. For me, when I bought the apartment years ago, I wish I would have put underfloor heating all over
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18-10-2020, 12:12   #7
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Light in the hot press. Light in small storage space.

Plug and tv point over fire place.

Extra plugs beside bed- most houses end up with adaptor or extension lead.

Sensor lights out back/side.
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Network point in the hallway ceiling to add a wireless access point to
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Alarm control panel in the bedroom is a big one for me. Plus more sockets everywhere.
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18-10-2020, 13:13   #10
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Can you ask for extra sockets usually as part of the snagging process?
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Alarm control panel in the bedroom is a big one for me. Plus more sockets everywhere.

I got my house rewired when I moved in. Got 20 sockets in the living room, still not enough!!
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Can you ask for extra sockets usually as part of the snagging process?
No, far too late for that.
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What do you mean soundproofing midfloor?
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Very useful thread. For me, when I bought the apartment years ago, I wish I would have put underfloor heating all over

I'm about to buy a new home from Glenveagh next year so just noting down the suggestions from here 😅
Highly good idea
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- Not said "Ah no its grand" when electrician asked me if I wanted an outside plug.
Same in relation to when the plumber asked did I want an outside tap.
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