Slough To Buy or Not to Buy


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Simon O'Brien and Rani Price try to avoid a crash landing in Slough as they search for a house for a young family near one of the UK's busiest airports.


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Today we're in the Royal County of Berkshire.

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Yes, the birthplace of King Alfred the Great, King Edward III, King Henry VI and Lord Mountbatten.

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A scene of riots, rebellions, battles, sieges, trials, executions, weddings, celebrations.

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Sounds like a normal day on To Buy Or Not To Buy.

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-Simon, this place practically breeds history.

-Indeed.

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Berkshire and its towns essentially form the basis of the indelible history that is our great country.

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And you know what they say? An Englishmen's home is his castle.

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So, where better to find three castles, well properties, for today's buyers.

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One of which they can try before they buy.

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-Now for a snapshot of today's family.

-They are the Watkins, Kate,

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David and their beautiful two-year-old Elise.

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Mum Kate is a massage therapist, keen yoga enthusiast, and claims she can play the piano.

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David is a special effects supervisor in the movies, and is rather useful around the house with his DIY.

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-Which will come in handy if a property needs a bit of work doing, right?

-Precisely.

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In fact, they'll be happy to buy a house, knock it down and start building it again from scratch.

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Or maybe David could do it using special effects.

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Kate and David, we're here just in Slough.

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I've got to say, you've got an amazing garden here.

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You've got loads of land. Why is it you actually want to move?

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I'd say it's more the area. We love our house and garden, if we could pick it up and put it somewhere else

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-it would be fantastic.

-So, where do we want to be?

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If you use Slough as a centre, we're looking to move pretty much around the perimeter of it, really.

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No further into London.

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Maidenhead would probably be as far left as we'd like to go, up as far as Gerrards Cross,

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above the M4.

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Sunningdale, maybe below, as far down as that.

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Do you like the country kind of life?

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I see you've got chickens.

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We'd like to carry on having chickens. Somewhere with a bit of space.

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We're not really looking for the big house at the moment.

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We're looking to buy a good area that we can then turn into our big house.

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-We'd be looking to do a lot of work ourselves.

-How many bedrooms?

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Three bedrooms, which we've got now. As long as we could extend.

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Picture this house. You don't mind a bit of a project, you don't mind a bit of work. But what style?

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Old, I don't want any new-builds.

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-Something with a bit of character.

-Now, what about work?

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If we're talking about moving away from the area we're in now, are you working in this area?

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-Do you need to be quite close?

-I'm kind of freelance.

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The area we move into, it's kind of within that same circle of where the studios and that are, you know?

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-So we're not doing the big drive.

-Do you mind being in a flight path?

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PLANE FLIES OVERHEAD

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Kind of, yes.

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Yes is the answer, but I don't really see how we can get

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away from that, looking in the areas we're moving to.

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Exactly. Anywhere this side of London, particularly the areas you're talking about,

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-they are difficult to avoid.

-They are, yes.

-But if we can put up with this...

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-If we can put up with this, we can put up with it anywhere.

-Do you prefer terraced, semis, detached?

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-Are you bothered?

-Ideally detached.

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We'd go to a semi if it was in the right area, and the right positioning and various.

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-Budget, what have we got to play with?

-I suppose 400,000 would be our top, top limit.

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Taking into consideration stamp duty and things like that as well.

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Which should keep a lead on you two guys.

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We will do our best.

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We can't push you any further?

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You're definitely saying 400,000?

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Definitely, definitely.

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We have it on film.

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-It's on tape! 400,000, we'll do our best.

-Okay.

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-We've got all the information we need, shall we get going?

-We certainly shall.

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Well, Kate and David certainly know what they're after.

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I think they're after Windsor Castle but with a bit more outdoor space.

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However, we have a budget of £400,000 and less houses for sale.

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I think we have our work cut out here.

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I need to speak to the local folks to find out what's really inside their minds.

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Here it is: usage notes.

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In the past, a king or queen held court when they talked to the people who gave them advice. Perfect.

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See you later, Your Majesty.

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Berkshire goes from one end of the social spectrum to the other.

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Windsor Castle with all its pomp and pageantry, and the world-famous public school Eton College.

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To the slightly less urbane and definitely more urban icon that is Slough.

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Which made its way onto our screens thanks to a certain David Brent and friends.

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Yet, venture only a mile or two outside and you're greeted by some of the country's finest green belt.

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Beautiful villages, tranquil living and stunning properties bursting with character.

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Berkshire is right next door to Greater London,

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and the centre of the capital is only 20 miles from Slough down the M4.

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Which is why thousands commute daily.

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With numerous train links, and Heathrow airport on the doorstep, it's immediately obvious why

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Berkshire is a seriously desirable place to live.

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But what would 400 grand buy around the rest of the UK?

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Well, in Stockport this extended, four-bedroomed detached house sitting in a secluded cul-de-sac

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comes with landscaped gardens, its own private driveway and the very reasonable price tag of £375,000.

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Or perhaps a super duplex apartment, set in a Grade 2 listed manor near Cardiff.

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With two double bedrooms, two luxury bathrooms and 15 acres to stroll around in.

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All for £395,000.

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And in rural Somerset, you could be the proud owner of a quite charming

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three-bedroomed thatched cottage, tucked away in a quiet village,

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with superb outside space at the slightly higher price of £425,000.

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So, let's see how we can spend the Watkins' money in and around Royal Berkshire.

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-Hello, is it Nick?

-Hello, I'm Nick.

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Thank you very much for seeing me today.

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Right, I've got a lovely couple.

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They want to relocate from Slough.

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Datchet is a really, really quaint, pretty little area, and you're by the river as well.

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Do you think that will be more affordable?

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-I think it's all a bit of a muchness in this area.

-Right.

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-Around £400,000.

-Yes.

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They'd like something period.

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But I think they're very open-minded about that, and they don't mind doing a bit of work.

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-How realistic is that?

-I don't think it'll buy a period home around here, partly because there aren't so many

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period homes, and when they do come up they're in high demand and they get a considerable premium.

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Going from Beaconsfield, Windsor, Datchet, Farnham Common,

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Stoke Poges, I think, really, it's all a bit of a muchness.

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Excuse me, are you inside Kate's head? Because you're listing everywhere she wants to live.

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Hedgerley is great because it's a true village.

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It's got a village pub,

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it's got beautiful walks, it's got a pretty church.

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It's got all the right ingredients.

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Perfect, I love it. I love it!

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-You don't look like you're working very hard.

-I've done all my work.

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Well, we'll see about that.

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I, meanwhile, have been working my socks off.

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And I think it's been worth it, because property one today is a fabulous choice.

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They said they just wanted to move their house and put it somewhere else.

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That's more or less what I've done, but there's also room for expansion.

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That's property one, it's a beauty. What have you got?

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I'm going for location.

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That's what I'm going for.

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This property gives them a choice to do a little bit of work.

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-It is a bungalow, but it's got a lot of space.

-We're both very, very happy with this.

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-Yes!

-The wild card.

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When they see it, we know they're going to see the potential.

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That's the wild card, it's beautiful. Shall we get on with some more work?

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-Yes, let's start at property number one.

-Oh, yes. My choice.

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My choice is an absolute winner.

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In the small village of Datchet near Slough is this original 1930s Art Deco semi, with over

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150ft of garden and a drive for up to three cars.

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This place is property's equivalent of being dealt a straight flush.

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Right, come on. My choice today,

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property one is this offering here. First impressions?

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It looks very nice. Loving the arch.

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-Yes.

-Looks like it's got a bit of character.

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Nice.

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1930s, little touch of Art Deco there.

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And you'll find those touches throughout the property as well. All right?

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-Datchet, do you know this area?

-Fair knowledge of the area, yes.

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I don't normally applaud you in your choice of areas, but I do think it's a fantastic area.

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And I believe it's a great catchment area for schools as well, which is

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-something you're thinking of for the future, isn't it?

-Yes.

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You want good schools for your little one(s)!

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Absolutely. Good primary school, good secondary school and also

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a very good private school just along the road, Eton End.

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So let's aim for the skies.

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-Talking of which...

-Right on cue!

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Let's see what you think when you get inside.

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Get in there and enjoy it, see you in a bit.

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Thank you. Wooden floors, that's a good sign.

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-Good for children.

-One young kid, maybe more on the way.

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Wooden floors. No messing.

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Through to the lounge.

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Nice fireplace. That looks almost identical to what ours is at home.

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Nice space for our big sofa. I see they've got a big sofa.

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Yes, a big L-shape, yes.

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Nice size. I was thinking that this was a dining area.

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-It's quite a long front room, isn't it?

-Yes.

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I'm hearing the planes, Simon.

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But they aren't commenting on them, so it must have good windows.

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It's double-glazed throughout, yes. Thank you for that, Rani.

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-Double-glazed throughout, front and back.

-Kitchen, kitchen/diner.

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-This is quite a nice area.

-A good size.

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And there's space around here, I guess this would be a utility space.

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Perfect.

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Possibly even maybe close this off?

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I was just about to raise that point, because of the noise of the washing machine.

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I agree with that, I'd separate out the utility room.

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-Right.

-I don't like the noise of the dishwasher going, and the washing machine. I'm with you there.

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And a conservatory.

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It's a nice space.

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Might even make it a play area for Elise.

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If we weren't looking to extend, as next door have done.

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Next door have extended so the precedent has been set.

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-Right.

-So they can come out back, they can put another bedroom upstairs if they want it.

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Family bathroom. And...

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doesn't appear to have a shower. No, it has got a shower.

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It's got half a shower, by the looks of it. Needs a bit of work.

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First bedroom. Nice, big cupboards there.

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I take it this isn't master bedroom.

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Yes, we could make this Elise's room. I will use some of her cupboard space.

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I'm sure it'll all be used for your clothing.

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There you go. They start to imagine themselves living here.

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That one would be Elise's room.

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Yes, a room fit for a little princess.

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OK, with a double bed. I take it this is...

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This would be the master bedroom.

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But very similar storage next door. Similar sort of size.

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-Nice big window, lets a lot of light in.

-Yeah.

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I guess this is the spare room.

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-Yeah, third bedroom.

-Small.

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Could be a study.

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Could be office. Office, study.

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Or temporarily a nursery, maybe.

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Office study for now.

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Nursery in the future.

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There you go, Kate.

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-There you go. Now then, join us here a second because you've left us a bit confused.

-Yeah.

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You kind of warmed to the place, then went cold, then warm...

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-Talk to us.

-We're just trying to sort of envisage.

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It's fairly similar to what we've got at the moment.

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So I'm kind of reserving judgment.

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-We've got more properties to look at. So...

-Oh, well, thank you. That's really positive.

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You did say to me, you did say to both of us,

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that if you could take your house and move it to another area, you said if it's a good area...

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-Yeah, that's true. We did.

-That's more or less what we've done.

-It's got potential.

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I mean, looking at next door as well, they've got a big extension on the side.

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They've set a bit of a precedent at the back of the garden, big garage built.

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I don't think we'll have trouble getting permission for that.

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I don't need to do my job here. Exactly what I was about to say.

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-It has got potential.

-It's got exactly the potential that David's talking about.

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You said you wanted something you could extend as you went. Look what they've done next door.

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They've gone sideways, they've gone backwards.

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They're about to put a massive conservatory on it.

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As David said, you've got a huge garage down there because you've

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got rear access at the end of the garden, with summerhouse, workshop.

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You said your maximum budget would be £400,000 for the perfect house.

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-Yes.

-Kate, however, is reserving judgment whether this is her perfect house.

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But how much do you think this property is on the market for?

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You're good at this.

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I would say this is up for... 380.

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380, OK.

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I'm going to go for 375.

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-Hoping.

-Mmm. Yes. Hoping indeed. Bit of wishful thinking, there, Kate.

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It's actually on the market for 389,950.

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-OK.

-But, you know, lovely area. Look at the garden. It's gorgeous.

-It's got potential.

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It has got potential.

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Yeah, it has got potential. I'll agree with that.

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I still don't know whether they like it or not. I'm confused.

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Kate, let's go to property number two because, hopefully,

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we'll be able to get a bit more of an idea of what you really like.

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-I think I've made a better choice. Come on, Kate.

-It's that way.

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My choice of property also lies in the beautiful village of Datchet.

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In fact, I'm surprised we didn't bump into each other.

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It's a detached, chalet-style bungalow with 120ft rear garden.

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On the poker theme, I'm looking at a royal flush right now.

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So, Simon, I'll see your straight flush and I'll raise you.

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Right, then, you two. Now, Simon took you to Datchet.

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I am a bit more in the know with the locals so I am bringing you to Dash-ay(!)

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This is a lovely, lovely area, this is.

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There's a little local park where the kids hang out with the parents.

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So I kind of thought that was a nice feel for you.

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We're only still about 15 minutes away from Gerrards Cross. So we're in the vicinity you want to be.

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-Is that good?

-Yes.

-We've got everything in the area you want.

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-It's a good area.

-So, go on then, first impressions, Kate.

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What do you think?

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-Well, it's a bungalow.

-Very observant.

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But... no, I'm open-minded.

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We've not thought about looking at bungalows.

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But, yeah, wait till we get inside.

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-Perfect. So, Dave, what are your thoughts?

-Yeah, very similar to Kate, really.

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I hadn't really thought of a bungalow but it doesn't mean

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it's not going to be good so we'll reserve judgment until we've been inside. And good off-street parking.

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No through road, in a cul-de-sac.

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Perfect for kids.

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It's a really nice family area.

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And if you do want to flatten this like I'm getting the impression you do want to,

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you can always park your caravan here.

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So, are you ready to go in and have a look around?

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-I believe we are.

-Go on, then.

-See you in a bit.

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Wow, long hallway.

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OK, let's check out this room.

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It looks like it's got an en suite there.

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I gather there's a young lady maybe living in here.

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Good for Elise's room.

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-With en suite. Which is good.

-Nice and light.

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-I like rooms that are light.

-Bay window.

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-Would you be able to get a double bed in here, do you think?

-Easily.

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No, you can fit a double bed in there, of course you can, Kate.

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Downstairs toilet. Mind you, they're all downstairs because it's a bungalow.

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But it's a fair size. It's got a shower and a bath.

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This looks like the living room.

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Yeah. Big sofa.

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-Our L shape would go in there well, wouldn't it?

-Yeah.

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I like the fact this house is nice and light.

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They seem to like this place a lot more than they liked yours.

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-They do, do they?

-And we come into another bedroom.

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Looks like we've got another lady in here. It's all pink in this house.

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I think you're going to be OK.

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Fairly decent size.

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Again, room for a double bed.

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Now. What do we have here? Office.

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It is a strange layout. I suppose, being all on one floor is different.

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-We're not used to it.

-It's different for us. Exactly.

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I completely agree with Dave there.

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It is quite confusing, this space.

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It takes a couple of circuits to kind of get the layout in your head, doesn't it?

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A nice sized kitchen.

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Loads more work surface, actually.

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-Yeah, there is a lot more.

-And a gas cooker.

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Gas cooker. Still feels like it's a bit enclosed.

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Yeah, it's just a funny layout.

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It is a funny layout.

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And we're not used to looking at bungalows, exactly.

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That could be knocked out, could it?

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Hang on, they want to knock things out?

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I knew he'd want to do this. I was waiting for this, Dave.

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And the last bedroom.

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OK, a similar sort of size. Nice to look out on to the garden.

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-Yeah.

-I quite like that.

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And nice and light.

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Storage is a bit of an issue in this room, is it not?

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There doesn't seem to be too much storage behind there.

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-They've got a nice big bed in here, though.

-It is oversized, you're right.

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See, I would probably change the layout and I would probably make

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this bedroom a dining room, with the patio doors coming out.

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Or some kind of area leading off the kitchen.

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Looks like we've got another room through here.

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-Ah.

-Another office.

-This could be yours.

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-I think it is definitely mine.

-We'll shut you out here.

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Congratulations, you two.

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You found it to the garden.

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Eventually. It was a bit of a maze in there.

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It's kind of a bungalow. It's just a different way of living.

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And if you did decide to go for a property like this,

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you could move the rooms wherever you wanted them to.

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You could have your bedroom here or, Dave, you could just knock down the walls, you know.

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-Have it all open-plan.

-Take off the roof, extend.

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-That is the point.

-It could go up, actually.

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If you look next door, they've gone up. There's potential doing that.

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Or, of course, you could go down, go into the basement.

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I never thought of that.

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Bungalows, they just do generally have a much bigger footprint than your standard house.

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I agree with you, the layout in there, you do have to go around it

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a couple of times before you kind of work out where everything sits.

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But, Dave, come on, this is your opportunity.

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Get some walls out, you could create a massive living space in there.

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-Big open-plan.

-Yeah.

-And you could keep this garden,

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you've got fantastic space for your chickens, your

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swimming pool, your hot tub, your summer house, all those things and still space for Elise to run around.

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It is nice and light out here, I must admit, in this property.

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Kate, you're one down. Your budget maximum £400,000.

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How much for this place?

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-Go on, I went first last time.

-OK, I'll go first.

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-You went off my mark.

-Up my stakes this time.

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I think I'm going to go for 395.

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-395, OK.

-I think it's a lot less than that, personally.

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I think more like 360.

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360, 395.

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Well, you've upped your stakes and you were right to do that.

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Congratulations. It's now one all.

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You were the closest.

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Unfortunately, you said don't go above 400,000.

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All right, I did go above 400,000 because I thought it was worth it for this area. It's 430,000.

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But hopefully, with the market, the way it is, there is room to haggle.

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-OK.

-You could get it within your budget.

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-Yeah.

-Right. Two very different properties so far, eh?

-Yeah.

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We've got one more to go, though. You know what it is.

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-It's the wild card.

-It's the wild card. It's this way.

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Come on. Let's go.

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We've gone off the beaten track for the wild card.

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-Well, we've gone to Buckinghamshire.

-It's got the space they're after,

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the rural location and needs work doing to it.

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It's ex-local authority and could just be the missing king of hearts to complete our full house.

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OK, Kate and David, the ever intriguing wild card is upon us.

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Here it is. But before we talk about the property, let's talk about where we are now.

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We've hopped over the border into Buckinghamshire to Hedgerley just round the corner from the

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lovely village of Stoke Poges. What do you think of the property?

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Well, first impressions aren't great. But the immediate area does look great.

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-It's much quieter than we were in

-Dash-ay(!)

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Absolutely.

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The size isn't bad. It doesn't look small. That's good.

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No doubt it has potential but I'm loving the area.

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-The area's good.

-Yes. It looks fantastic.

-Much greener.

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At the back you've got private woodlands, so nothing will be

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built behind you, which is absolutely brilliant, I think.

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Simon said there, we've hopped over county which is excellent news

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because that puts you in the catchment area for future grammar schools.

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So if you did want to stay here and make this your family home, that's kind of fantastic news and

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it's also got good primary schools as well, just in Farnham Common, which is down the road.

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Right, before we send you in, a word of warning, it's not the wild card for nothing.

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You said when we first spoke to you, you weren't scared of doing a bit of work.

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Bear that in mind. Let's find out if you have the imagination to make this your family home.

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All right? Get in there and enjoy it.

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Ah, it certainly is a wild card. OK, so does it a lot of work but that is what...

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Needs new windows.

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Well, I'm still quite blown away by the front.

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Yes, and the actual location.

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When you take someone into property that needs a lot of work and you hear them going...(GROANS)

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Their voices have actually gone up an octave. They seem quite excited about doing work.

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And that is why we picked this wild card.

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-What's through here? We've got a bar.

-Wow!

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That's a little games room.

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And looking through there, I'm probably inclined to open all this out.

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Dave, I would go one step further, actually.

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I would literally take the extension down and start again.

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Go through to the kitchen? It's a good-sized kitchen.

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Much bigger than we've got now.

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Would we be able to open that out any more?

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Maybe that could possibly be redesigned.

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-Redesign the back of the house.

-That's got loads of potential.

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David said it there, "loads of potential". And that's what they wanted.

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It's nice and bright as we walk up here, nice and bit of sun coming in.

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-It's a fair sized garden.

-Yes, it is a fair sized garden.

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-Lovely woods at the back.

-I wonder how far they do stretch?

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Take a look at this. Woodlands are privately owned.

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So no-one's going to be building on this. It's absolutely beautiful.

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-This is, what? A small bedroom, would you say?

-It is a fairly small bedroom. But...

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A good bedroom for...a good bite size bedroom for her.

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-Yes.

-Enough for a small bed and a wardrobe.

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It's a good, blank canvas, I think, this whole place.

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The excitement is continuing upstairs, isn't it?

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It really is and they're seeing beyond the decor.

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-Another bedroom.

-Original floorboards.

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Yes. That's good potential there.

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-Love the floorboard.

-Take the carpet up.

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At the minute, we don't know if this is the master's, do we?

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-I'd like to think not.

-That's obviously a small bedroom.

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-Yes, that's right. OK.

-We'll see.

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And now....the master bedroom.

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Ah, this would be master bedroom, I would say. With a bit more storage over there.

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-Wouldn't you say?

-Yes, definitely more room.

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It's got a double bed in already and it looks like there's

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a similar size to there with that one without the double bed.

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-Definitely. No, this one has got more space.

-Yes.

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Here you are, sitting in the sunshine overlooking the woods.

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-Yes.

-It was.

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-Say a little bit more, please!

-We're just thinking about a lot.

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It's hard to get excited about the property as it is

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but it's quite easy to get excited about the potential.

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And that's what you really want, isn't it?

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When you're walking into a property and most things are finished,

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you're looking at a finished project. You're not looking

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at what it can be turned into.

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Easier, isn't it? To picture a place which needs work in your own style.

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Yes, exactly that.

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Who's in the lead here? Is it 1-1?

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1-1? It's 1-1, isn't it? All right.

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So your maximum budget is £400,000. Who wants to go first?

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I'm going to go on the money.

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-400,000.

-I knew you'd do that!

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-Was that your guess?

-Yes.

-Did you say that to him?

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-OK.

-OK. £400,000 from you, Dave.

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And I'll go 395.

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-You've won, Kate.

-Yes!

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-And....

-Look at Dave's face. Don't like that!

-Yes, never mind that.

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You might not like that but he will like this.

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This place is on the market for £315,000. That was one-five.

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-Is it really?

-Yes.

-Wow.

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OK, you two. You've got a big decision to make now.

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Which one would you like to test drive?

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But we're not going to ask you right away.

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We're going to give you a moment. You can go over there, put your heads together.

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-Yes. We'll see you in a bit.

-And make your choice. Good luck! All right, while they do that...

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Here's a quick recap for you.

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Will it be my pad offering the perfect opportunity for the family

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to leave their own personal footprint?

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It's a wonderful Art Deco period house with a whopping 150ft of garden and affordable at £389,950.

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Or will it be my property, bizarrely also in Datchet.

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The superb detached chalet style bungalow.

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It's a great size with loads of outdoor space, which is exactly what they're after.

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I think it still represents good value for their money at £430,000.

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Or just perhaps David and Kate will plump for today's wild card.

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The ex-local authority semi-detached in rural Hedgerley.

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Practically a giveaway at £315,000.

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And they've chosen....the wild card.

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Would you believe it? The ex-local authority house in Hedgerley.

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Come on, guys, in you get.

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And David's straight into the bar.

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Hey, cheeky! How did he do that?

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This is dusting off the cobwebs....

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-A 60...

-Its been a while since I played darts.

-120!

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Double top to bring the house down.

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-He's there!

-How did he do that?

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Must be special effects.

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Good to see Kate wasting no time getting started with the yoga.

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Easy, girl!

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That's better.

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Gorgeous Elise has got it all figured out.

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But come on, David. Let's see one big special-effect, come on.

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A lovely day for testing a bit of snow in the country.

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Make it snow in Hedgerley? Wow!

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Brr! It's like a winter wonderland!

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Well, you picked the wild card to test drive.

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-Shall we ask why?

-This place has got loads of potential.

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I think more for us the area.

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It's a fantastic area.

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Slightly less noise, which is always nice.

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-Yes.

-So, yes, that's the main reasons for me, really.

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This place we can more or less put our own stamp on it.

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-I'll ask the big question....

-Hold my hand.

-Yes, OK.

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To buy or not to buy?

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-I think we're going to buy.

-Really?

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That's fantastic.

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Well, of course, it's £85,000 below your budget.

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You've got that to do it up. Maybe even a little bit more?

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Absolutely. Dave, you can just get happy on this place, knocking walls to bits all over the place.

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-Demolish it!

-Listen, before he does, shall we get out here?

-I think we should. Good luck, guys.

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-It was lovely to meet you.

-See you later.

-Thank you.

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Simon, the perfect result.

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-To buy.

-Absolutely. Nice house, that. Pity he's going to demolish it.

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But I guess the point about this search was it was less about the property

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and more about finding them the place to live.

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If you want us to find you the perfect location or the perfect home...

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-Don't hesitate and get in touch.

-Bye-bye.

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