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What Do We Expect From A Home?


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#1 SteamyTea

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 01:22 PM

I was having a coffee earlier and pondering deeply and thought.

1: 'What do we expect from a home?'

and

2: 'What do we expect from a house?'

They seem the same question at first, but are really very different.

So anyone like to give answers to those two question.

Start then with the question number (1 and/or 2, no need to answer both) and list what you look for or need.
Let us try and keep it simple, no long essays, just simple statements or descriptions please.

#2 jsharris

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 01:50 PM

A home - comfortable, secure, safe.

A house - energy efficient, attractive, nice location.

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 03:02 PM

A home? Where the heart is. (Ahhh. Symbol of little bird fluttering down to sit on finger.)

A house? The thing your ex wife kept as part of her divorce settlement. :angry:

#4 vijay

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 07:34 AM

Somewhere to live you can feel at peace with life

#5 daiking

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 07:42 AM

The trouble is that too many think the answer to 2) is make money.

Even on here I am surprised by the number, especially given the supposed self build reasons for 1)

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 08:43 AM

+5% on RPI

#7 SteamyTea

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 08:56 AM

Yes, a lot of people do think that a house should be an easily tradable asset. As it is, they are anything but.

#8 joe90

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 09:09 AM

View PostSteamyTea, on 18 October 2015 - 08:56 AM, said:

Yes, a lot of people do think that a house should be an easily tradable asset. As it is, they are anything but.

Yes, just took 16 months to sell my house in Bristol, friends were amazed as it was considered by most as a great house!

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 09:22 AM

View PostSteamyTea, on 18 October 2015 - 08:56 AM, said:

Yes, a lot of people do think that a house should be an easily tradable asset. As it is, they are anything but.
There's a difference between it being an asset/personal saving scheme and funny money policies that gift the undeserving large amounts and allowing undesirables to trade on margin.

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 09:24 AM

Well done on the sale at last.

I think, in some ways, you have helped answer my questions.
You and your friends liked your house because it was your home. Others (potential purchasers) thought different.

So you going mad with the JCB on the new build, you may hit some copper. Though they are putting in fibre now :D

Edited by SteamyTea, 18 October 2015 - 09:45 AM.


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Posted 18 October 2015 - 09:56 AM

View PostSteamyTea, on 18 October 2015 - 08:56 AM, said:

Yes, a lot of people do think that a house should be an easily tradable asset. As it is, they are anything but.
As I have just posted on another thread, yes I KNOW houses are illiquid assets. Our present house for sale seems so illiquid at the moment it's positively solid.

When the market works and you can sell a house it's your most valuable asset and enables you to do things.

When the market is broken and nobody wants to buy it becomes the thing that should enable you to do things but you can't and you are stuck in limbo.

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 11:55 AM

Is there any particular reason why people want to sell a house that is not even built yet ?

I mean why do people prepare to sell their newly built house ?

Once again, there are extreme cultural differences in perspective as I'm from eastern europe altough I'm a Londoner for almost 10yrs now , my idea about building a house that you build it and you live in it, nothing more - so it needs to fit to my needs and taste not a future buyer's .

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 01:21 PM

Isn't a home all about subjective wants and a house is about objective needs?

Home: warm/cool, traditional/cutting-edge, busy/quiet, secluded/accessible, open-plan/multi-use, relaxing/energising, etc.
House: affordable, secure, waterproof, long-lasting, appropriately-size, etc.

#14 vberg

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 01:27 PM

I'd rather say a home is where you feel home a house is a form of home - not a flat, has it's freedom, it's just something that can be a home if that's your preference - no 'wall' neighbours and you cut the grass :)

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 03:53 PM

Well, as you will see from above I sold my house last year ( although it took ages) but it was my main savings policy, as a doo er up er of houses, every time I did another one I moved up the house ladder. I put a loft conversion and second bathroom in it, not that I needed it but it raised the value of the house for the future and that future always was to move to the country side for my retirement. Now it's sold I have the cash to build my last home, a place to feel happy, secure, warm ( cheaply) room to potter with retirement projects, room for friends and family to visit. A calm place in the country to enjoy a stress free ( as much as possible) existence.

So although it was a lovely home for my children and family to grow up in it was financially worthwhile house to enable me to move on to the next phase. (,that's if I ever get bloody planning permission).



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 03:56 PM

Joe, if anyone ever generated a word cloud from your posts, I think I know what the largest words would be. :D

#17 joe90

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 03:59 PM

20 months and counting to get planning, I have a meeting with the planners next Monday, I may have some news, but don't hold your breath :)

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 04:10 PM

View PostSteamyTea, on 17 October 2015 - 01:22 PM, said:


1: 'What do we expect from a home?'

2: 'What do we expect from a house?'


Answer to both: what you put in

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 04:59 PM

similar to Ian really, Just to stay standing for both,
House/Home/Abode/Digs/Flat/Residential accommodation, However you want to name it It is just somewhere to put your personal stuff. IMHO