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Welcome to To Buy Or Not To Buy.
The property show which is no walk in the park.
Or a gentle paddle through the choppy property waters
that make up today's watery housing market.
-But Rani and I, we love a challenge, don't we?
-We certainly do.
Today's challenge, as always, is to help our buyers find three homes.
One of which will give them a unique chance - a chance to try...
..before they buy.
We're in Nottingham, on the River Trent,
one of England's mightiest rivers.
In the olden days, this was seen as an important boundary
-between the north and south of England.
-It's a fact. Inescapable.
-I didn't know that
but what I did know is that one of the oldest professional football clubs in the world
was formed on the banks of this waterway.
Ah, the glorious Magpies, not to be confused with the Magpies up north
or the magpies that may or may not steal silver from your nan.
But there is a link between the Magpies from here and the ones up north.
-It does, honestly, make sense.
-Ed, shall we just get on with what we're paid to do?
-I think so.
Today's buyers are Laura and John.
Nurse Laura's a Yorkshire lass
and accountant John is from Newcastle.
He's football mad and follows the Toon or Magpies, as they're better known,
whenever he can.
And they love entertaining. Barbecues are their speciality.
That's John's mum and dad, by the way.
So let's talk stats.
John and Laura are in their early 30s and they have two boys,
Jacob, who's nearly three, and six-month-old Sam.
They are currently living in Chilwell, a Nottingham suburb
and they have accepted an offer on their current home.
All good, Rani. Time for a cruise down the Trent to find out more.
Laura and John, welcome to the show.
But I'm disappointed, John, that you, as a Newcastle fan,
are not topless.
They're all topless when they watch the football, irrespective of the weather. Why?
It's just what they've always done. People up north think they're a bit hard.
-So it's quite restrained for you to have a shirt on.
-I haven't got the body.
-It looks lovely under there.
Laura, I'm glad you've got a top on as well.
I think it's great we've all got tops on.
Now, you already live in Nottingham, so why do you want to move?
We want a bigger house. We've got two young boys at the moment.
We're thinking of a third child in the future. We must be mad.
-So we need a bigger house.
At the moment, we've got three bedrooms, a small living space.
-We need a much bigger house for clutter.
-Everyone's got clutter.
What kind of area are you looking?
We're in Nottingham, drifting along -
point us in the direction you'd like us to be.
It's West Bridgford. We want good schools for the kids.
Schools are the most important thing.
Is there any style you're after?
Do you want olde worlde? Do you want modern?
Do you want to do work or not do work?
Our house at the moment is a new-build, it's five years old.
We quite like the newer houses rather than the older ones.
Something 15, 20 years old is the type of thing we think we like,
with an en suite, that type of house.
-We don't want to do much work.
-I'm not good at DIY.
-At least you're honest.
-I could do it if I wanted to.
-You don't like it.
-I don't enjoy it.
Now, you mentioned the kids. What about grandparents?
-Where do your parents live?
-Mine live in Yorkshire.
My parents live up in Newcastle.
So the main reason we want a bigger house, with only having three bedrooms,
we don't have a spare room for when they come down.
-They're on the floor in the dining room on an air bed.
-On a blow-up bed.
So boring things like garages, gardens?
-A double garage would be ideal but...
-Not just a single?
Well, a single, we would be happy.
We'd like space for cars outside, so your own driveway, really.
And gardens, nothing huge.
So is this a short-term move? Is it a long-term move?
What kind of...?
We've decided this is going to be a long-term move.
-We're trying to find our forever home.
-This pressure on us, then, really.
So you said that your property, you've accepted an offer on it,
so what have we got to spend?
Our maximum is £375,000.
So in today's market, we're looking at houses round about the 400 mark,
-with a view to negotiating down.
It's always good to have a haggle zone
and because you're ready to go, you're in a better position.
-That's good news.
-It is really good news.
Have you looked much? Can it be done?
-Yeah, it can be done. We've seen a few.
-If we don't find you one, you'll be disappointed.
-It'll be your fault.
-On that bombshell, we're going to talk to the captain,
moor up and we'll see you later.
-You all right, Ed?
-I feel sick, I feel sick.
Ed, listen - a five-bedroom house for 400 grand is pretty good.
-That shouldn't make you feel sick.
-It's not the house, it's the boat.
-I need to go to an estate agent quickly now.
-You do that and I'll meet the people of Nottingham.
As well as the Magpies, Nottingham also has another football team -
twice European Cup winners Nottingham Forest.
Sadly, though, that was a long time ago.
Never fear, football is not the only game you can enjoy
in this sports-mad city. There's cricket at Trent Bridge
and it's where ice-skating stars Torvill and Dean
perfected their Bolero - simply magnifico.
Ah, but that's not all, Ed.
Nottingham has more available sports facilities per head of population
than any other European city.
But, Rani, the National Water Sports Centre is also based here.
Yes, this city is truly sports mad.
Talking of sports,
what else can you get for your pounds near some of the UK's most renowned sporting venues?
Well, in Kennington, south-east London,
this loft-style apartment is only a Freddy Flintoff six away from the Oval cricket ground.
The price of this two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment...
And in Manchester, this semi-detached family house
is only a Rooney free kick away from Old Trafford.
As well as five bedrooms, you get two receptions and two detached garages.
The price? 365,000 devilish pounds.
And in Edgbaston, Birmingham, home of the Warwickshire Bears, there's this Grade II listed house.
It boasts three bedrooms, two reception rooms
two en suites and two bathrooms, plus a garden.
I'm in Nottingham
and I'm going to find out where's the best place to live.
I have a quest for a family.
They are seeking to relocate to an area that's good for schools.
They have said West Bridgford. Is that what you're finding?
That's a good assumption. West Bridgford is very popular,
in the main because of its school catchment.
If I was going to buy a five-bedroom house,
-I'd like to be near the water.
-Of course, Nottingham has plenty of water.
-It has got plenty of water.
They fancy modern. They want modern, four to five bedrooms.
We have a number of modern properties.
The price range starts around 250 for a four-bed.
I wouldn't want to be too posh cos there is posh areas.
-What are the posh areas?
-Up where Paul Smith's got a property,
-at the top end, near Hart's, the restaurant.
I like that. This'll save them some money.
Nutall, Watnall, Newthorpe, around that area.
So anything with an N?
All right! No - there's plenty of nice places!
Loads of nice places in Nottingham.
A more traditional, big semi-detached property
but in a very desirable location.
So they've got 400 grand to spend, which is a lot of money, I think.
They want four bedrooms and they've got kids, so we need good schools.
-Can you help me out?
-The best place would be West Bridgford.
Thank you for this.
I'm going to go and meet our mysterious property-hunting squad.
-Can I arrange some viewings later?
Pleasure to meet you. See you later.
Whoa! Ed! Are you still looking for properties? I'm very impressed.
I'm genuinely considering this as a sport.
-This is the National Outdoor Water Centre in Nottingham.
You could do that or go round like that, like he's doing, nervously.
The property hunt has been quite efficient today.
Of course, they said between four and five bedrooms in the property.
-They said a minimum of four.
-I've gone for four,
to save them some money and give them, potentially, something to do.
They want modern. I've gone for pretty much everything they say
-and I think this'll be the one.
-Yeah? You sound very confident.
I've got to admit, they said minimum of four, which I think means five.
-So I'm going for five bedrooms
in this modern property.
And it's got a great garden because they need a garden with those boys
and them being footie-mad freaks.
I don't know what happened back there.
The wild card, everyone loves the wild card.
-He loved it so much, fell off when he saw it in my hands.
-The wild card!
OK, they want modern, we have given them character and old.
RANI GASPS But it's massive.
It's in West Bridgford and it's in Lady Bay, the poshest part,
near the shops and the good schools.
I think they might go for that
because I like this the most out of all of them.
-Where shall we start the journey?
-Oh, one, two... Let's go one.
My one. The beauty.
My choice, property one, is in a newer part of West Bridgford.
It's modern, spacious and ready to move into -
a sure-fire winner.
I think you're just playing it safe. Come on, where's the jeopardy?
Safe pair of hands, that's me. It's results that count, Rani.
Safe pair of hands and Edward Hall - doesn't quite add up.
We shall see, Rani. We shall see.
Laura and John, welcome to West Bridgford.
-You don't know the area very well.
Behind you, there's Nottingham, sprawling out behind you
and this is a very nice area to live in.
-You said you wanted a double garage.
That was like, hopefully a double garage. You've got one there.
I want to know what you think. Am I barking up the right tree?
-Definitely. A lovely neighbourhood.
-I like it.
-It looks nice.
-You might be on with a winner.
-Thank you very much.
-So this is what Ed is offering you today.
-There's a couple of things to point out.
Probably the largest ever en suite known to man.
It's very nice. Great bathroom.
And also, a lot of dining opportunities.
-You have a kitchen diner and other possibilities.
-"Where will we eat tonight?" you'll be saying.
-We like our food.
They say you can dine in a room and never go back to that room...
No, that's Paris.
Or you can eat in front of the telly.
-Go and have a look round.
That's it. Game over, ladies and gents.
It's a ten-minute show today, I think.
-Let's find out if it is a key-turner, Ed.
This is our first house to look at.
-Nice stairs. Nice and airy, isn't it?
-Yeah, it is.
-It is lovely.
-Creaky door, though, that's all.
-Everyone likes a project and a little bit of 2 in 1 oil...
-Were you not listening to John?
-Yeah, it's a nice-size lounge.
-Better than what we've got now.
-We could fit our settees in.
-They'd easily fit in.
-What's gonna go on that wall?
-You'll be wanting a plasma TV.
-It's a good-sized dining room.
-It is, yeah.
We did say it would be nice if we had a separate dining room.
I like the fact it's off the lounge. That's nice.
Because you can close the doors
but you can be watching football and I can be feeding the kids.
Yeah, you can do.
That is love, there. I mean, the double doors are great
-but John is allowed to watch the football whilst Laura's feeding the children...
-It's like family time but separate.
Conservatory looks nice.
I bet it's warm on a day like today.
It is warm but, look, they've got blinds.
-We haven't got blinds in ours.
-This is nice.
-This is lovely.
We could maybe use this as a playroom for the kids.
Might be hot, though, in the summer for them.
They'll be out in the garden. I've only just noticed the garden.
-The garden's taken Laura by surprise.
-It has, hasn't it?
-This is lovely.
-This is a really nice size.
It's got a lovely easy-clean floor.
-Is there enough work bench space?
-Not a massive amount, is there?
You've got the sink there, you've got the oven there -
there's not a great deal of space for chopping your veggies.
-It's not too bad.
-It's all right.
-Got a double oven.
-Aye. You've always wanted one of them.
I have always wanted a double oven.
I wonder if that's where the fridge-freezer is.
-Kitchen - I don't think they'll leave the kitchen. They love it.
They've gone through every cupboard. That's a seller, for me.
-Looks like a utility room.
Another sink. There's more work space.
Fridge-freezer in the corner. That's good, though, hidden away.
Downstairs loo. That's good.
They've discovered the utility room in the kitchen, which is lovely.
-It's always nice to have one of those. A separate toilet as well.
-Great for the little ones.
Let's have a look at the bedrooms.
-I like this hall. It's really airy.
-Yeah, it is.
I've never, ever, ever, in the million years that I've been presenting this programme,
heard anyone wax so lyrical about a hallway, ever.
Right. I wonder how many bedrooms it's got?
-We'll find out.
-This is one bedroom.
-It's a good size.
-It's not bad, actually.
I mean, that's a double bed.
-They don't seem that impressed.
-Maybe they've gone into the smallest one first.
They've gone into the one with the low bed,
which is not the smallest one, cos they use that as an office.
That's a nice size. It's a double bed.
-Let's see what's in here. A study.
-You said you wanted a study.
-I did, yeah.
-When did he say that?
-Obviously to Laura, before they met us.
-All I remember is they wanted a double garage.
-And watching telly.
-And going to see the... What are they called?
Shower, bath, toilet. Fantastic.
-But the tiles? Mm.
-Not sure about.
Oh, this is a bigger size.
-That's a good bedroom.
-That is lovely.
-This is bedroom two, presumably.
-So this would be Jacob's room, wouldn't it?
-This is a lovely size.
-For a second bedroom, it's really nice.
Really nice size.
This room's exciting them for Jacob.
Nice big room, put in a single bed
and a little place for his toys, his diggers.
-This is beautiful.
-This is really nice, isn't it?
This is lovely. Yeah.
-Look at the wardrobe space.
-This is really big.
This is huge.
-Oh! The light came on!
-Wow. A bit fancy.
Oh, listen to her voice. She sounds quite chipper in this one.
-Wow, this is a lovely size en suite.
-Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-Now, that's not a lovely sized en suite.
It's one of the biggest sized en suites in the whole of Nottingham.
If Brian Clough were alive, he would be living in a house like that.
-The king of Nottingham would be living in a house like this.
I'm just concerned when we're thinking about the bedrooms.
The study isn't going to be a bedroom and what about grandparents?
It's a four-bedroom house, so that would have to be Sam's room.
Jacob would get the third bedroom and keep the second one as a spare.
Why don't they have the study as a study because he needs a study
and put Sam into the room he would go into when he's bigger?
Because they need the spare room for the grandparents that come to stay.
We don't know what we can get for the price.
It'll be interesting to see what houses two and three look like.
-Shall we go and find those two in the garden, then?
-Yeah. Come on.
OK, you've been round the property.
I don't feel that you loved it as much as thought you would do.
It's got what we want - the bedrooms, double garage, the quiet location.
It's just not... Something I can't put my finger on.
It's hard to say. Just don't really get the spark.
One of the things is I felt you possibly wanted a fifth bedroom.
-More than you thought before.
-We are in a garage. Can you guess what the solution could be?
Yes. Another bedroom.
You've got a double garage and it's a very easy conversion to do.
Brick that up, window there.
Partition that and you've got access to the house.
You could call the downstairs bathroom the en suite.
-You could turn it into something...
-That's a possibility, yes.
Or you could convert it into the office and go for upstairs.
-So there are possibilities.
-There are, yes.
-Do you think maybe the price might...?
-It might sway us.
I think the thing is because we've not really looked round too many houses,
we don't know what you can get for your money,
so it'll be interesting to see.
Well, it is guess the price time. Let's go this way.
Rani, you missed a brilliant tip in there.
The idea of, you know, the garage - it's a great idea.
And look at that. Potentially, you could extend as well.
-To make this beautiful house even more lovely.
-It's guess the price time.
-It really is.
Who wants to go first out of you guys?
-You go first.
-All right, then, John.
Your maximum budget was 400,000.
You don't really want to spend that much, so what do you think this place is worth?
Well, I think this place is probably worth, I'd say, 365,000.
-What about you, Laura?
-I'm going to go a bit lower
and say 355.
OK, then, Ed. What is the price of this house?
-..the actual price is
-Which means... You hear that?
-That is very good.
And didn't we say, in there, if the price was right, that would be...
-So shall we buy it?
Let's not get too excited, please, because there are two more properties to see.
-Shall we look at property number two?
Like your offering, Ed, my property is also modern
but unlike yours, mine has five bedrooms.
You're looking worried, Ed.
I think you'll find that this is a smirk.
And why would you be smirking?
Well, Rani, it's not in West Bridgford and it's empty.
I'd like to describe it as a blank canvas
and West Bridgford isn't that far away.
Now, we're not in West Bridgford, where you wanted to be,
but we're not far away in Gamston.
You're in the same catchment area for all the schools,
-which was a real big for you, wasn't it?
-It was, yes.
You're just a few minutes away from Nottingham city centre,
-so that's good for your work.
And you will be driving there, so I'm giving you a double garage.
-What we wanted.
-Just what you wanted.
-I gave them that as well.
-You did, you did.
But I'm giving them something a little bit extra
so you can keep this as a double garage.
I'm giving you not four bedrooms like Ed did,
-I'm actually giving you...
-What do you think?
-Yeah, really pleased so far.
-It looks nice.
If you did like this property, it is vacant.
There's no-one living there, so the owners would probably be looking for a quick sale.
Also, there's a bit of maybe... It's hard to be pleasant about it.
Some of the painting's been done with a sponge.
-I think in the '80s that was the vogue
and you'll see that in there.
What Ed's trying to say is keep an open mind.
Forget the decor, go in there
and see if you can see you, your husband and your kids living there
and being very, very happy.
-That's what he's trying to say.
-In your forever home.
With sponged walls. Three, two, one, go in the forever home.
Right, property number two.
-That's a nice hallway.
-A nice big hallway.
-That's bigger than the last one.
-Let's have a look in the lounge.
-That is big.
-That's a huge lounge.
-That is massive.
Yellow. I could live with it for a while.
I'll be honest, if they have issues with the yellow of that lounge,
wait till they get upstairs.
We'll have to buy more settees.
-That's a better garden.
-That's the type of garden we're after.
That's a nice big flat garden.
Oh, that's nice. Look at the bay window.
Be nice with a nice table in here with a view of the garden.
-Windows open in the summer.
-You could watch the kids running around.
-Feeling a good vibe. A good vibe.
-Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Well, I'm, I'm...
I'm depressed. They were so excited when they heard mine was 325.
325? Can you believe that?
And then, in here, "Oh, that's the better garden.
"This is massive, this is lovely."
It's nice to hear them being positive.
How much does this cost? Is it 325?
I bet it's not 325.
-Well, I'm not telling you even if it was 325.
-I bet it isn't 325.
-Nice and big.
-Kitchen in here.
-It's smaller than I imagined but...
-Let's have a look.
-It's not as spacious as some of the other rooms have been.
-But there's plenty of cupboard space.
-Lots of cupboards.
A decent amount of work space.
That's a massive oven, John, look.
-And there's that bit on the side that I hadn't seen.
So that looks nice.
-Yeah, I mean, this...
-So it is a kitchen dining room.
-And a big kitchen diner.
The kitchen is of a phenomenal standard.
I often knock, knock, knock on all the surfaces.
Marble or granite or something like that. Very expensive, very.
The kitchen has been recently done.
The kitchen has but the painting in the rooms upstairs has not.
-There's a utility room.
-Oh, that's nice.
And I suppose, if you really wanted to, you could...
Oh, I don't know. Maybe knock... Could you knock that through?
-We'd have to think about it.
-That would open up the kitchen.
This is a really separate utility room.
It's not attached to the kitchen, so your washing machine, you're not going to be hearing it
-going on and on.
-It's the same in mine.
Yours was round the corner from the kitchen.
It's not really any different. Mine was £325,000. Can you believe that?
Let's go this way.
-I don't know how many bedrooms it is. Did they say?
-Four or five. Let's have a look.
-Oh, this is nice.
-Big room, isn't it?
-It is big.
Is this above the garage?
-Is this the master bedroom?
-It won't be the master bedroom.
I wouldn't have thought.
And they think this one's spacious? Wait till they see the master.
This'll be another bedroom. This'll be one for...
-This'll be Jacob's room.
-Jacob or Sam's room.
We'd hope one them would be the kids' rooms.
They have got to be. They have got to be.
Otherwise they're putting Jacob and Sam in the double garage.
I like this bathroom. The tiles are really lovely.
Really good. I like this. It's very, very nice.
-Laura's liking this bathroom.
She didn't go, "Ugh!" like she did when she went into your bathroom.
I will concede that this bathroom in here is brilliant.
Very nice. And obviously was added at a later date
and not in the sponging paint wall season.
Wow, that's blue.
-That's your office.
-If it's the smallest bedroom it can be.
This is five beds and yeah, it does need decorating.
-It all needs painting.
-I would be willing to help them.
This is a bit better decor.
It's not... It's not smaller than the nursery we've got now.
-For a kid's room, it's not too bad, is it?
-It's not massive.
So that's two rooms that are a little bit smaller...
This would be for little one, that's your study.
The other bedroom there that's big enough would be Jacob's room
and we've still got a double room and we've haven't seen the master.
-What more can you ask for?
Each room is designated to someone, they've even got an office.
That's what happens when you give them... bedrooms.
They said they wanted between... and... bedrooms.
-Fitted wardrobes throughout.
-Well, this is beautiful.
-I like this en suite.
It looks like it's been done recently.
It's the nicest en suite I've ever seen.
-The tiles are just gorgeous.
Really, really, really gorgeous.
-It may not be the biggest en suite...
-That's my one.
-..but it's the nicest one Laura's ever seen.
-It isn't, it isn't.
-The nicest one Laura has ever seen.
-It's not even the nicest one she's seen today.
-She's ever seen.
-It's not the nicest one she's seen today.
This ticks, I think, all the boxes, it's just that kitchen.
-But, well, we could think about it, couldn't we?
-I think we need to find out how much it is first.
Let's go and find those two.
Well, guys, you seemed to really like this one.
-We really got a good vibe. We really like it.
-We like this one.
It seems a good family home.
I did hear you talk about the kitchen.
There's the separate dining area but is it big enough for you guys?
First impressions, I thought no, it's too small
but having a real good look round, it's a nice kitchen.
-It's a good size, good cupboard space,
and the extra bit to put the dining room on would be OK - we could maybe knock through.
So this property, what would you say it's worth?
Laura, I'm going to start with you. Maximum budget was £400,000.
So your guess is?
Intriguing guess. John?
I'll say a bit more than that. I think 380.
-Just a little bit more.
-Just a little bit more.
All right, then. 380, 376. John, you know your numbers.
This property is worth 380. That's what it's on the market for.
-On the knocker.
-That's all right, isn't it?
You're in a fantastic position. You could try to haggle them down.
-But it isn't £325,000.
-No, it isn't
but it's got an extra bedroom, it's got a nice lawn and it's near the schools.
Enough. And there is one more property.
-Is it your favourite? You've watched the show a lot.
-The wild card.
-The wild card!
-Shall we go? I think it's this way. Come one.
The wild card, the wild card, oh, how I love the wild card.
-Where shall I begin?
-You can start by saying it's not modern
and it's in one of the most sought-after areas in West Bridgford.
I can also say it's retained many of its original features,
including some Minton tiled flooring and its set over three floors.
You can, Ed, and have we mentioned one the area's best primary schools
is just a few hundred yards away?
-A mouth-watering offering, I'd say, Rani.
-Sure is, Ed.
Hold your excitement for just a couple of seconds more
because we're at the wild card, everyone's favourite part.
And there it is. Isn't she beautiful?
It is lovely. You're speechless. Rendered you speechless.
We're in Lady Bay, the poshest part of West Bridgford,
which I believe is the poshest part of Nottingham,
which is an exciting place to be, really.
It's old. It's not the modern thing you were after but it's very big.
-What do you think?
-The house definitely looks big
and I'm very intrigued to look inside.
But I would say is the fact that it looks like there's no off-street parking
and it's near a busy road is what would put me off initially.
-Me, too, definitely.
It is a busy road, there's traffic passing by
but there is a school just down the road,
so there is a lot of school traffic.
Also, we've got a garage round the back for you, off-street parking,
so if you've got two cars, you could throw them in both the spaces.
Park one in the garage, and you're fine. That's covered.
Take that out of the equation and look at the house - what do you think?
Open mind. I think we need to look inside.
And on that, go in there and look inside.
I don't know. Lucky it had a garage.
-We were... Oh!
-Wait till they find out there's only four bedrooms.
The wild card.
This looks quite spacious.
They're excited. They're enthused.
Rani and I aren't in trouble and been sent to the cellar,
it's just started to rain.
-Look at the floor.
-I like the floor, actually.
-It's definitely an older-style house, isn't it?
I still get the vibe, though, that it's a nice house,
it's just not...
-It's not what we're looking for but we need to look round every room.
I didn't realise the vibe was so strong a thing but it really is.
You've got to walk in and go, "I could live here,"
and it doesn't matter if somebody's sponged the walls.
And that gave them the strongest vibe.
-So this must be the living room.
-The living room.
The floor's... Nice wooden floor.
-It's small, though, isn't it?
-But I like the high ceilings.
It's a different house to what we thought we'd be looking at, which is why it's the wild card.
Outside, she wasn't happy about it
and I don't think she's erm... feeling happy inside.
I think John likes it.
John likes the high ceilings.
-Look at this room.
-A nice music room.
-A music room, yeah.
They're a musical family, then. It's the same size as the other one.
It is. It's a mirror. They've got the bay window on each side.
-So we could use this...
-So we could use this one either as a play room...
-..or the dining room.
OK, so the lounge issue, the lounge being quite small.
They've got a separate lounge, their music room.
-This could be a dining room.
-There's lots of rooms.
Older houses, different layouts.
Wow, this is... Well, it's in keeping with the house.
It's an old-fashioned kitchen.
Yeah, it is quite small but...
-I suppose what I'd say is there's not really much work space.
-If you want to actually...
-And that's what we're looking for.
We're looking for a big dining kitchen with lots of space.
It's... It's done well.
It is good space. It's a kitchen diner, the kids could sit around there.
They'd love it. It looks like a very happy, family place
but she didn't like the outside, she doesn't like the inside -
what's the point? It's not for her.
-I tell you what, there's no downstairs loo.
So I wonder if there's an en suite upstairs
-or maybe just a family bathroom?
-There might be.
-A boy's bedroom.
-This would be a good one for Jacob.
-Another feature fireplace.
Look at that - "No girls"!
-It's not a double bedroom.
-It could be.
It could be but it's not like the one in the first property.
They're kind of a little bit more cosy, these ones.
A little bit cosy.
I bet this'll be the bathroom.
-It's not a big bathroom.
-It's not a big bathroom.
Some of the ones we saw earlier today weren't big bathrooms.
I think it's the shape of it,
it goes that way, rather than that way, and the way the door opens.
-But there's a bath with a shower, a toilet.
-That's a bathroom.
It's not really a bouquet, an explosion of positive words, is it?
Another kid's room.
-Yeah. Again, it's a good size, isn't it?
This is a great solution, as well.
They want three children. They did say they wanted four or five bedrooms.
This only has four.
Bunk beds - it's perfect.
And also, they only want three children, it's got four bedrooms -
the parents could sleep down here in the cellar.
You could convert this into a nice lounge area with a sofa bed.
Another bedroom. I don't know whether this is the master bedroom.
The bed's huge, so it takes up a lot of the space in the room
but you've still got enough space to walk around.
-Shall we have a look...? I think I've seen some stairs.
I wonder if this has been added on
or whether this has been part of the house.
-There's a stained-glass window there.
-I quite like the stained-glass windows.
-It's a nice little room, this.
Look at the little beds.
-It's a nice little attic room, this.
-This is a nice attic room, yes.
So how many bedrooms? There's a master bedroom and two, three,
so great grandparent space.
-Well, this is bad news for Sam.
-He hasn't got a room!
-The grandparents have got a room.
-They're got their own room.
Jacob's got two, they've got one.
Sam, their own flesh and blood, has nothing.
-More storage space.
-Yeah, more storage space.
Nice skylight to look out of.
-And, well, a bathroom. Another bathroom.
-With a bath.
It's bigger than the one downstairs.
-They've made really, really good use of this loft space.
Now, then, John, you were loving them high ceilings, weren't you?
Yeah, I think they're nice.
It really does make the rooms look a little bit bigger.
Was the size an issue for you, Laura?
Overall, I think the house is a very good family home.
-But it's not for me.
-It's not your forever home.
-It's not, no, no.
We've got a three-storey house
and the downstairs space is what we wanted more space,
so having just the three smaller rooms,
even though it's good, it's not for me.
-That's all right.
-But we're duty bound to give you another way of looking at it.
There is a cellar underneath here, which is where we were,
sheltering from the rain.
Now, it's not that frightening, I don't think there are any ghosts
but you could do the cellar out.
It's very much the vogue in London
because rather than going up, it's cheaper to go down.
You could take that out. You could get a light well going in there.
You could have the kitchen diner down there, have this into a whole...
-John there. "Mmmm."
-Sounds like a lot of work.
-You don't have to do it.
And you can live in your house whilst it's being done.
But, right, it might be factored into the price. You see?
-I've thought about everything, here.
All right, then, guess the price time.
-It's one all at the moment, isn't it?
You got the last one right. OK, maximum budget is £400,000.
375 is more what you'd like to spend, I'm guessing,
so who wants to go first this time at 1-1?
I'll go first.
I think it's on for 399.
I think it's probably on for less than that.
I think I'll say 390.
Tell you what, I'm excited about giving out the price now.
-Is it going to be unbelievable?
-Watch Laura's face.
-Are you ready, Laura?
-The actual price is £315,000.
-Look at you!
-315. So you could do...
-It is unbelievable, isn't it?
-That's really cheap, actually.
-There we go.
-That is a shocker.
-Best area around here.
-Right. And 315.
-You've won, obviously, guess the price.
-Who'd have thought?
-But that's a bargain.
-315's actually good, yeah, it is for this house.
Right, so you've got a dilemma now. You've now seen all three properties.
You have to make the biggest decision of your adult lives
about which you want to test drive. We'll see you later.
-Well, I don't know.
Who'd have thought? 315 for this, 325 for mine.
Whilst they make their decision, here's a recap for you at home.
Will it be property one?
My pick is a modern, four-bedroom detached house in West Bridgford
and affordable for Laura and John.
Price - £325,000.
Or will it be my choice, property two, a five-bedroom offering?
It's in Gamston
and it's near the top end of their budget at £380,000.
Or maybe it'll be the wild card in bohemian West Bridgford.
Older than the first two and it's also the cheapest.
The price - £315,000.
Well, I've got to say - unbelievable.
You've picked property number two. I'm very impressed, I have to admit.
Why have you picked this one?
I think it just had the more family feel for us,
-with the five bedrooms...
-Five bedrooms, yes.
Five bedrooms is what we were after in the end.
Now, we have had the To Buy Or Not To Buy mystery surveyor turn up to the house.
-You've never seen him, have you?
-I've never seen his face.
He's a mysterious man.
He has given it a thorough going over. It's not legally binding
but it's a good heads up if you were going to proceed.
And you need your own survey, you can't just have our celebrity one.
OK, now, chimney. Did you spot the chimney?
-Have a little look just there.
-Normally, with modern houses,
it would be a pretend chimney but that's real.
You could put a solid-fuel burning fire in there.
The thing is, you need a cowl for the top of it to stop birds from flying in.
There is something else.
The windows in this place. It is all double-glazed
but they are really coming to the end of their life.
Some of the beading's gone so they're not very efficient any more.
They're all timber. You'd be better off replacing them.
You could repair but it's not going to be very economical
and if you replace them, you can go with plastic units
and much more efficient, saves money on your fuel bills. Be fantastic.
-We'll have to factor that into the price.
-It's a good bargaining tool.
Well, now you know all those pieces of information,
-will you test drive it?
-Good luck. You've got to get your family, as well.
Have a look, get your family and we'll see you later.
No-one mentioned a race track!
Anyway, I thought they were footie fans?
-We'd bring in our big fridge-freezer.
Stock the fridge with all the beer...
He's got his priorities sorted.
Will his parents be more impressed upstairs?
This is the master bedroom. It doesn't feel as big as what we've got now
-but we're in a three-storey house with the full upstairs.
Well, this is a test drive, after all.
Are you looking at me?
So this bedroom, if this one's the second bedroom,
-which I think it is, it's still a good size, isn't it?
So this one'll be Jacob's.
I don't think Jacob really cares but haven't they got two boys?
Yes, Sam. He's with his grandma.
And back to Jacob. I don't think we really need to worry about him.
He's found his own digs.
Wow! Are you going to buy this one?
Go in, then.
-Have I got to come in as well?
-Yeah, go on - get in there, Granddad.
That's it. You fit perfectly.
Now, you've had some time in property number two.
How did Jacob and Sam like it?
Well, Sam's fast asleep so he's obviously very chilled in the house.
That's a good sign.
Jacob loves the house, especially the garden
and there's a Wendy house, so I think he wants to live in that.
-His own house.
-He's got his own little house - not his own room, his own house.
That makes it a six-bedroom house.
So you don't need to convert the garage.
He's already been upstairs to choose which bedroom he wants.
-I think he's quite chilled and settled.
-Is he aware just how much money you're going to spend on this?
-He's coming from his pocket money.
-What do your folks think?
They like the place, actually.
They've had a good look round and they think it's a good house.
The question is... It's your property, you should do it.
Go on, then. To buy or not to buy in Gamston?
Well, I think it's fair to say that this is a really nice property
and I think that we would potentially buy.
-The reason I say potentially
is I think we need to look at another half a dozen properties or so
but this is right up there.
This is great.
I hope you don't find any others and that this is the one.
It would be nice to think we could have a plaque put on the outside.
-"You found our house."
-Well, it was Rani.
-Me and the mystery property-hunting team, of course.
-Have you enjoyed the show?
-Really enjoyed it.
-A very long day but very good.
-It's hard work finding a property.
Well, it's been a pleasure, guys. Thank you so much.
-We're going to get out of here.
-We are. We'll see you later.
Take care. Bye-bye. I'll say goodbye.
See you later.
The other one.
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