Series that gives buyers the chance to test-drive a property. A couple are relying on Rani Price and Ed Hall to find them the ideal family home in Coventry before their wedding.
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-Ed, I'm really in the mood.
-In the mood for what, Rani?
In the mood for two buyers, three properties...
A bit of trying before buying?
-Well, it's good news, then, that this is To Buy Or Not To Buy. Come on, then.
-You're in a very good mood today, Rani. I do hope it's going to last.
-Oh, why do you ask, Ed?
You remember the last time? I did that thing and then you wouldn't speak to me again.
There was good reason for that, but, Eduardo, today I will not be sending you to Coventry,
because today's property hunt IS in Coventry.
Very funny. Very funny.
I thought so.
Today's couple from Coventry are newly-engaged Melissa Moseley and Jamie Rexworthy.
They're looking to enlarge the nest since having baby Jacob, getting Lulu
the dog and having Jamie's brother Mark living with them.
Jamie works as a used-car controller for a German motor company,
and Melissa is the manager of a family-run residential care home.
With their wedding abroad in Ibiza looming ever closer, this couple need to find their dream home, and fast.
OK, so we really are looking for a family home, I'm guessing.
-Is that right?
-Yes, it is, yeah.
-So, who've we got here?
-This is Jacob.
Now, Jacob, what are you looking for in your new home?
-Somewhere to play, I think.
He's telling us through the medium of performance art, in some way.
-Now, it's not just Jacob, as well.
Who else is moving in with you?
-We've lived with him for...
-So I'm married to two of them.
-Which I suppose is a bonus, in a way.
-I actually have three children.
-So, what's the reason for the move? I'm guessing space.
We need bigger bedrooms.
-Area, really, catchment areas for the school for little man.
-It's always the way, isn't it?
That's what you've got to start thinking about.
We're in Coventry, and what are the schools like?
What are the good areas? Where would you want to be?
Allesley, Chapelfields, Coundon area, kind of CV5 area of the city.
OK. Is that the Beverly Hills 90210, which no longer is that postcode, of Coventry?
-It's a nicer part of the city, yeah.
-I like it. OK.
It's one of the nicer parts of the city.
So, are we looking for four bedrooms?
-Three is fine.
-Three is good.
Yeah. Three big-sized, two double-sized bedrooms and a... bigger box room.
And what other kind of things are you looking for in this new house?
-Is that a deal-breaker?
How many cars do you actually have?
-I've got one, you've got one.
-Mark's got one.
-We've got two Audis.
-My brother's got a van.
-So you've got three cars to consider.
And a Peugeot 306 Cabriolet, as well, on the drive.
-So you've got a lot of cars to consider.
-We've got four.
-Are there going to be any new cars?
-Maybe a classic car in the future.
-Is it all right to put on the road?
-We need a garage.
I know what men are like. You need your garage?
-Need a garage for a classic car.
-Are you prepared to compromise on that, Jamie?
-If it's a nice area and there's good parking on the road, then we don't mind.
Obviously, if we have to fight for a parking space, then that's not good.
Would you compromise a bedroom for a good parking space?
-Yes, we can compromise.
-We're very flexible.
OK, so, with houses, their styles, various types,
do you want old, modern... What's the dream?
I'm not bothered either way.
I like old, I like new. You like new.
I prefer new, but I don't mind old if it's been done up nicely.
OK. Who's wearing the trousers in this whole house buying?
-Probably me. Probably me.
Which obviously means it's Melissa! Cos she's letting him say that!
At certain points, it's, "No. We don't want that."
I'll go with the flow.
As long as there's no work for me to do, I'm fine. OK.
-He's not very good at DIY.
-I'm not a handyman.
Yeah, I don't mind doing painting.
I'm quite good at painting and decorating, so I don't mind if
-it's got vile wallpaper and stuff like that. I can do that.
As long as it's got no major work to do.
-So we need three bedrooms, new build, just a lick of paint.
-Anything else? Do you want a garden?
-Easily maintainable garden.
-Doesn't matter about the size.
-I mean, this garden we've got now is quite big,
but you can't do anything with it.
So as long as it's maintainable, if it's small that's fine.
Well, before we disappear, is there anything else vital about the house
before we ask how much money you've got to spend?
The main thing is the two double bedrooms, good-sized ones.
-OK. How much does this cost? Jacob, how much have you got to spend?
-How much you got, mate?
Erm, up to about 180.
OK. In the world of the credit-crunch times that we're living in, 180, is that a good price round here?
-Do you think that can get what you want?
-I think we will on that.
-OK, well, we'll see you later.
Jacob, be good. Are you coming along, Jacob?
We'll go and dump Jacob somewhere.
OK. We'll see you once you've done that.
-See you later.
Tell you what, that Jacob's demanding.
-He really is.
-Bigger house, better area, wants to be close to schools.
It's true. He's not one yet, he can't even walk.
-But, Ed, he's got 180 grand to spend.
-That's a very fair point.
I think, because they want the old CV5 area - I assume if Coventry had royalty, that's where they'd live -
that I'm going to have to get out there, meet a local estate agent,
swoon with that person and find out some information. What are you going to do?
-If you're doing that, I'll meet the people of Coventry.
-OK, see you later.
So, today's property location
is Coventry city in the heart of the Midlands,
just 19 miles east of big sister city Birmingham.
Because of severe bomb damage suffered during World War Two,
Coventry now has a real mix of both historic and modern post-war architecture,
everything ranging from the 1950s right through to the present day.
With major redevelopment plans happening here this very year,
there could be even more reason to put down your roots and move to this phenomenal part of the country.
But before we start trawling the treasures of Coventry,
what's on offer in other cities across the UK?
Well, starting in Cheshire
and the city of Manchester, there's this stylish third-floor
apartment with two double bedrooms, contemporary kitchen and bathroom,
plus a Juliet balcony.
It's on the market for...
In the portal city of Plymouth in Devon
is this imposing Victorian villa apartment
with a roof terrace, huge living room and striking kitchen/diner.
It's on the market for...
And staying in the south of England, in the daddy of all cities,
what about this phenomenal three-bedroom maisonette in E7 London?
Two generous bedrooms and a bright and sunny living room.
It could be yours for...
Very nice, I'm sure, but time for us to play property cupid in Coventry.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is a treat. I've got Andrew, and Andrew has come to me.
Normally, I go to the estate agents. Thanks for coming on a day like this.
-So, Coventry - I have been told by today's buyers that CV5 is quite the area to be in.
They've got a young child, they're looking for schools.
-Are they right?
-Yeah, they're correct.
It's a nice area to live. There's always a constant demand for property round here.
What is great about Coventry?
I'm trying to help people find a house here.
-What is great about Coventry?
-Yeah! It's not a trick question!
I know it's not a trick question. Everything's good about Coventry.
We're looking for three to four bedrooms,
garage potentially, off-road parking,
CV5 area in particular.
Is that achievable? 180?
-Is that realistic?
-It's realistic for a three-bedroom semidetached,
either a modern three-bedroom semidetached or a traditional.
They've got £180,000 to spend.
-Is that realistic to get them a cracking house?
-I'd've thought so.
If they've got a job. Have they got a job?
Yeah, they've both got good jobs.
They should find a nice house for 180,000.
Now, obviously, the property market the way it is at the moment, it's tricky, but how's Coventry fared?
We've certainly had a very difficult year.
But in September and October, we saw a small turn of recovery with bursts of activity.
Tell me something good about Coventry.
Well, I think the regeneration of what they're doing is really good.
It's all coming up, isn't it?
Yeah. They've got...
-millions of pounds to regenerate the whole city centre.
They're taking out some of the ring roads and trying to improve the shopping in the centre.
You've done all my work for me, nearly. I'll go and meet the mystery property hunting team.
You'll never recognise them. They may have met you already.
-I'll see you later, maybe.
-Yeah, no problem.
-I don't know where your car is, but I'm going this way. See you.
I've had a lovely time with Andrew. Have you had a nice time with the good folk of Coventry?
Very friendly in Coventry. I wasn't put in Coventry at all.
So the rumours aren't true. OK, the mystery property hunting team,
Rani and myself have been thrashing around, and we have found three absolute crackers.
The one that I'm plumping for today is known simply as the Heybridge.
-It doesn't have a surname. It's just the Heybridge.
If it was a detective, it would be known as...
Obviously, a house couldn't be a detective. It's silly.
But it's a modern house on a lovely modern estate. It's very, very nice.
It's in CV4, which I believe is one better than CV5 even though it's one less than CV5.
-Postcodes, we're talking.
-Now, that surprises me, because they want to live in CV5.
-Yeah, but mine's CV4.
-I've decided to champion a house in CV5.
-Good old me.
And it's got a great garage, got a great little bit of parking.
However, needs a touch of work, so Jamie's not going to be too happy.
The wild card is in CV5, as well.
-CV4, apparently, I was told...
-The wild card is a cracker. I'm not going to show it to you.
And Melissa is going to be livid about this, because
it's got a carport for Jamie's future purchase of a classic car.
So yes, they've got everything they want in the wild card. It's a cracker. Doesn't need any work.
But it is vacant possession and is, in the credit-crunch times, Rani, an absolute steal.
So we're thinking these houses are lovely, but remember,
this is the first house they'll move into as a married couple.
It certainly is. We've got to think about what they need, what Mark needs and what even Jacob needs.
-Where should we start the journey?
-Property number one?
-What, the Heybridge? The house detective?
So, we start today's house search with my charming offering,
the Heybridge, a three-bedroomed semi-detached newly-built home situated on a former industrial site.
Jamie and Melissa, walk toward what could be the new family residence.
Let's stop and just take a second to marvel at it.
This is of course the Heybridge-style house.
There are many in this development.
If you can hear the beeping of machinery, that's a good sign, as
a lot of developments in the world of the credit crunch have stopped. People aren't building any more.
-Makes a change.
-But this one is still happening, so obviously people want to live here.
And I tell you why.
Because it's not CV5, it's better than CV5.
What's better than CV5?
CV4, of course! We're talking postcodes.
So, you're in the catchment area of very good schools.
It's a modern development.
Obviously, they are looking for deals to be done.
It's all brand-new. No-one's ever lived in there before.
You fancied the idea of modern.
-Yes, yes. I love new houses.
-What do you think about it?
-Nice from the outside.
-Lovely from the outside, yeah. Very nice little street, isn't it?
-And what do you think about the parking situation?
-Where is it?
Where is it, Ed?
-Where's your parking situation?
-There is actually space there for one car park,
-and there is also a garage, as well. Let's think about the inside of the house.
-Good idea. Good link.
It is called the Heybridge.
Walk around it like Hattie Heybridge and enjoy it.
-Hattie Heybridge is a celebrity, isn't she?
-I don't know who she is.
-I don't know her either.
If you are Hattie Heybridge, how would you walk around?
Ah! It's nice and bright as you walk in.
I've figured it out, Rani.
Hattie Heybridge was actually called Hattie Hayridge, and she was in Red Dwarf.
So, as links go, it's pointless.
But if you're doing a pub quiz tonight and that comes up, Red Dwarf's the answer.
-That's nice, to have a downstairs toilet.
Saves people going upstairs, doesn't it, when we have parties?
Well, that's good news. I often think a downstairs toilet really is a useful thing.
And with a little baby, as well, when toilet training happens.
That's a nice lounge.
Mm. Manageable size. No room for clutter.
-Jacob would love crawling round on this carpet.
-He would, wouldn't he?
He's very practical, isn't he, Jamie?
-It's better than the wooden floors we've got.
That's nice out there, as well.
Mm, nice, manageable garden. That's what we like.
There you go, a nice garden for them, easy to maintain.
It is, although it's grass and you would require a shed for a lawn mower.
People always forget that, don't they? Although, you know,
-there's room for a shed down there.
-Nice size, isn't it?
You could fit our sofas in here, as well. One there...
and one there.
Shall we have a look at another one?
Oh, that's beautiful.
-Ah! My kind of kitchen!
-What a nice room.
OK, they've cruised into what I think is the main event of the downstairs.
The Heybridge really offers a lot for a modern family, and the kitchen is where the magic happens.
Nice and big. We could have some proper social events here.
-Nice, big table.
The big table would fit there, wouldn't it?
Nice, big kitchen, isn't it?
Lovely, yeah. It's laid out really, really well.
It's a large kitchen, which Jamie has picked up on. Large enough, I think, for three adults living there,
-and adults require a bigger table to sit round, like the Waltons. And Jacob's getting big.
You could sit here and watch the world go by.
You could put a table and also have a sofa. Look at the kitchen.
-You wouldn't fit your fridge-freezer in here.
-I'd find somewhere to put the double fridge-freezer.
-Door goes out to the back.
-Ideal for the dog, isn't it?
-When you're washing up.
-Nice shape here, isn't it?
-A strange shape, but it works well.
-I like the shape.
-I do like the shape.
-It makes it look bigger.
-Different, isn't it?
Ah. The shape of the house, Ed.
I saw the plans earlier on, when I was finding this with the mystery property hunting team.
And if you just pan round, it's a weird shape. Have a look here, OK?
You can see one of the cameramen there, look. That's why.
Because they're two houses joined together.
One's a weird-shaped kitchen. You see? Very clever, isn't it?
-This is nice.
-Yeah, I like that window. It's different, isn't it?
I like these windows at the top, as well. Nice, airy...
-Lots of cupboards.
-Master bedroom. This looks nice.
-Nice and big, isn't it?
See what they've got in these...
-You could lock me in there!
-I like that. Is there another one that side as well?
-Have a look.
I'm getting the biggest one.
-Ah, en suite.
-That's nice, as well.
-They've used the space really well, haven't they?
Yeah, nice size. Nice floor.
It's nice and bright, as well, because you've got the two windows instead of just one.
-Have to get rid of all the old bedroom furniture and start again, though.
-Yeah. Yeah, it's wonderful.
Oh, my goodness. Did you just hear Melissa there?
She just said it. "It's wonderful." "It's beautiful." "It's lovely."
Oh! This is nice, as well.
-Another nice-sized room, isn't it?
-This could be Jacob's room.
That's lovely. It's a bit bigger than a box room, as well, isn't it?
-Ideal size for Jacob, isn't it?
-Yeah, it's a perfect size.
They think the space is lovely. It's a cracker, isn't it? There's not much to say. It's a brand-new house.
Right, so this is going to be Mark's room.
-Ah! Nice big room for Mark.
-That's lovely, as well, isn't it?
He'll like that. It's a nice, good-sized room.
Is there anything you don't like about this house so far?
-No. I love it. I'm smitten with it so far.
-Well, there's a sum-up, isn't it?
There is nothing in this house she doesn't like.
Sadly, none of the stuff in the house stays with the house.
Oh, yeah, I love it. I want to move now!
Oh, what's in here?
Oh, this is really nice, as well.
I like the tiles.
-No shower, but you've got it in the en suite, haven't you?
-You could soon put a shower in.
It wouldn't be a problem. I like it.
-"Lovely jubbly" indeed!
-He's not a cockney!
He's from Coventry!
-Jamie and Melissa, I think you quite liked this.
-You did, didn't you? You loved it.
-Absolutely lovely. It'd be perfect.
-I liked it, yeah. But I'm not a new-house fan.
-As new houses go, this is exemplary.
-The rooms are big, as well, aren't they?
And the small room is a big room, as well, which is good for Jacob.
You see? It's almost like Doctor Who.
Now, I'm aware that some cheating may have taken place for the next part of Guess the Price, because
nailed to the side of this house is the price. But it's been a long time since we saw that sign.
I have actually forgot what it says.
And I, luckily, have got it written down in my pocket, so I have got a price in my head.
-Who would like to go first?
-Before we saw the price, I thought...
"Before we saw the price and came into the building..."
-I think about 210.
-I thought about 200, 210.
Do you want to say what the actual price is?
I'm going to give that to you, Melissa,
because you might as well be one up in this competition.
It's a good price. They started off, I believe around the 230 mark.
-And obviously, there is room for negotiation.
Yeah. It's slightly over our budget, but, as you say, there's room for negotiation.
-And we can move in and do absolutely nothing to it.
You don't have to make your mind up yet, because we've got another property,
property number two, which is my choice. Are you ready for it?
-Yes, we are.
-Come on, then.
Right, for my choice, I'm suggesting to Jamie and Melissa
this well-presented, spacious three-bedroom semi situated within a quiet cul-de-sac.
OK, Jamie and Melissa, welcome to property number two.
Now, I just want you to take a moment, because here we are in CV5.
-How does it feel?
-I'd say it feels slightly less exciting than CV4 that we've just been to.
CV5 is a great area. Let me tell you first, this is walkable
-to a very good primary school. Does that appeal to you?
-It does, yeah.
-And this is a very nice family estate area as well, so lots of kids around here.
And this is property number two.
-Looks very nice.
-It's not as modern, is it?
-It's not got a fancy name like my one.
No, it doesn't have a fancy name, but you can see straight in front of you.
-And a front garden as well as a drive.
-Yeah. And? And?
-It's not got a fancy name, has it?
-You can name it.
-Stop with the names!
-We could name it.
As you're going round, think of a name for the house.
-What do you think of it?
-It does look good.
-It's got potential for extending as well, hasn't it?
-You never mentioned that before.
-No, but it's always good, isn't it?
All the other houses, they're all extended.
You must have watched our show before, because we always say this.
If you roll up this sleeve, I've got it tattooed on my arm. "Look next door, see what they've done."
All right, there you go. You've got lots of potential.
It's all happening. I will point out again, it doesn't have a name.
-Think of a name during the tour and enjoy.
-Are you ready to go in?
-Get in there.
-Go on then.
-Got a name for it yet?
-No, but let's see your tattoo, then.
Oh, it's the other arm. I'll show you later.
Quite a big hallway.
Will you just smell that CV5 air.
-It's opulent, isn't it?
Mm, that fireplace, very retro.
-It's a little old-fashioned, isn't it?
It's a good-sized room, though.
That's a positive. It definitely is a good-sized room.
I think I prefer the other one already.
-Let's have a look at the kitchen.
-Again, nice big kitchen.
It's a very strangely laid-out kitchen, though.
You couldn't really have a table in here, could you?
-Nowhere you can have a table.
-Nowhere to put a table, Rani?
-Nowhere to put a table?
-I suppose you could change it.
But we don't want to do that, do we?
-It'd cost too much money, wouldn't it?
-Nice size, though.
-Nice size. Shall we have a look upstairs?
-This is nice and light.
-The walls are quite flat.
Yeah, they are.
Let's have a look at this bathroom.
It's a good size. A bit green. It's a little bit dated, isn't it?
Green and light wood. Nice combination.
-Not our cup of tea.
They said one thing in that bathroom that was brilliant, the fact that it's a good size.
-All the other stuff, they can get rid of.
And in these credit crunch times, Rani, they can buy new bathroom suites very cheaply.
-Odd-sized room again.
-Yeah, very strange.
I'm not sure I like that grey.
If you put the bed there, then you'd have no room for anything else.
You'd have to squeeze.
Lie down on the floor, see how much room you've got.
I'm little, though.
Not a lot, considering I'm so small.
It's not, is it?
It would seem you've offered them a smaller house than they currently have, Rani.
Yes, it's in CV5, but it is smaller.
-Oh, that's bright.
Hmm, it's very small, isn't it?
But that's the thing you've got to try and point out to people, they want the most desirable location.
They think they do, but you're not going to get as much for your money.
You know, I'm really finding it hard to get excited about this house.
Yeah, I mean, the decorating, you could decorate no problem at all, but the rooms.
You could extend that there, but I don't think it's worth it.
-I think Jamie's heart is definitely not alight upstairs either.
Yeah, this room's small.
There's another room which is even smaller, a box room.
This is too small, isn't it?
It's not the same as our house. It's not two double bedrooms, is it?
No, if you put a double bed in, there's no room for anything else.
-Shall we go and look at the small small room then?
Let's go and have a look.
-This is a box room.
-It is it box room, isn't it? Very small.
It is quite tiny, isn't it?
-The colours are a bit radical, but you can paint over that.
-I just don't think it's big enough, is it?
-I mean, lovely area, front of the house is lovely, garden looks nice, but...
-It's not big enough upstairs.
-I don't think this place is doing it for Jamie.
No, but he's as good as told us.
Do you think that's my fault?
Now then, Jamie, I thought I'd grab you out here because on the walk up
Melissa pointed out the extension.
I just thought, I'm giving you three bedrooms here
and if you wanted to, you could have a fourth,
in that little space there, if you were interested.
I wanted to tell you an extension like that could cost anything between five and ten grand.
Which isn't a lot of money, but at the same time, at this moment, with the credit crunch the way it is,
you'd have to be wary because it might not add that much value to the home.
You could possibly just break even, so it's something you may want to consider.
The potential's there, isn't it?
-You see, that's it.
-The potential's there if we have a growing family, which no doubt we will.
Well, the other thing to consider as well is how much the property is actually worth.
Have I catered for an extension?
-Are you ready to guess the price?
-I am. Let's go.
-Let's find Melissa.
So, you didn't name it. You didn't name the house.
-That was your quest.
-We can't really name something we didn't like.
-That is harsh.
Below the belt, I think. Mel?
-It wasn't our thing.
From the outside, actually, the area was lovely. The garden was lovely.
When we walked into the house, it was quite disappointing.
The size of the rooms. I mean, decoration you can do but it didn't feel right at all.
-The oven's quite nice.
-It didn't feel like a Heybridge, did it?
-Hang on, what was quite nice?
-The oven was quite nice? You see, there's always a positive!
-The oven is nice, and it would look nice in a Heybridge, that oven.
-Do you not think Jacob would like this place, a little bit of space for him in this living room?
-Close to a school maybe?
-I don't think he'd like it.
He really wouldn't.
Do you want to play guess the price or shall we just leave it?
Put it this way, when I was outside it was a lot higher than it is now I've come inside.
Oh, my goodness me! Well, let's try and turn this frown upside down.
We gave you the victory in the last one, even though you both knew the price.
Jamie gallantly did that. You've got a maximum of £180,000 to play with.
-I'd say 165.
Yeah, about 170, I think.
OK then. Your maximum budget is 180.
You were actually the closest because out of that, I would only be giving you £50 change.
-£179,950 is the price of this home.
But that's what you're going to have to pay if you want to live in CV5.
That's the compromise.
What do you think now?
-Not making the compromise!
-I feel depressed.
There's always a wild card, everyone's favourite part of the programme. That might chirp us up.
-Do you want to come?
-Yeah, let's go see.
-Let's go through the kitchen.
Well, without further ado it's time for our final option for today, the wild card.
If it's space and parking our two are after, then this has it by the bucketload.
Let's just hope they're open-minded on the decor front.
Jamie and Melissa, the wild card.
Everyone normally does love the wild card, but today's wild card is a bit of a mild card, because well,
look at it, it's not a windmill or a houseboat,
or a converted gasworks or anything like that.
It is what it is.
The thing is, it's only just come on the market.
It is a deceased estate.
-And it's a good house.
-You could fit about seven cars on here.
-Yes, you've got a lot of space out here.
-A nice big drive.
-We are in CV5.
There is a very good school just that way, walkable.
You've got a great parade of shops just that way, so it's very accessible.
-And this is the property. So what do you think?
Yeah, it looks very nice from the outside.
-Now you've got to be positive when you go in there because it needs decor.
-That's not a problem.
It's not terrible by any means. It's instantly livable, but go in there, be positive and enjoy yourselves.
-Thank you very much.
-That was a good sell, wasn't it?
-Yes, I think they're interested.
I thought my house was going to win. Now I think this is. Don't think yours is.
I think you're right. Mine isn't going to win.
-Nice and big entrance hall.
-That's all right, isn't it?
Ed, if a wild card is normally a tiger,
is this mild card just a little tabby cat?
-It's a tabby cat with a carport.
-That's kind of handy. And an alarm as well.
Instantly, they've gone for the practical when they walked in.
Did we have an "Ooh, that's brilliant" when they walked into the Heybridge?
-When they walked into yours they went, "eurgh!"
-No, they didn't!
In this one, they've said "Ooh, store cupboard, alarm system, practical."
That's quite nice.
-Nice size, isn't it? Very nice size.
-Not too bad at all.
-Dated, but that doesn't matter, you can soon change that.
-That's not too bad.
-It's only decoration.
-The walls are nice and straight.
I think I'd keep them carpets, though.
-It's got wooden floors under it.
-Just round the edge, I think.
'I've got to say though, I love the sunken carpets.'
And Melissa's just said, "I like the floor."
Did she? The flooring is nice, the wood is nice.
Maybe you'd change the carpet to a different carpet.
Ah, a modern carpet but still that sunken feel? It's quite nice.
Lovely garden, as well.
-Very nice. Look at that view.
-Oh, beautiful. You've got the playing fields, as well.
The back garden, they've spotted, is lovely.
When young Jacob is growing up, learning to play for Coventry, if they've a decent football team then,
-he could learn to play on that playing field in the background there.
-That would be amazing.
-'It's a lovely thing, isn't it?'
-Have a look on the outside.
That's not a bad size either, is it? It just needs updating, doesn't it?
-That's a lovely size, isn't it?
-It's good. A really nice size.
Nice front. I like these windows, as well.
-Yeah, very nice.
-Yeah. I like it.
You've just got to look the on the decoration, haven't you?
As you say, it's just decor, isn't it?
-It's all clean and tidy.
-Lots of potential.
Now, in property number two, they couldn't look behind the decor.
Because the house was too small. Stop banging on about property two.
No, but what I'm saying is, here,
they want to look beyond the decor.
-It's very positive.
-It is positive.
This must be the kitchen.
Oh, tiles everywhere.
-That's a strange one.
-Very blue, isn't it? Sky-blue.
Yeah, it would need redoing completely.
-It needs completely ripping out.
-But it's a good size.
-It's not a bad size, is it?
-You wouldn't have a dining table in here.
Their dining table is too big.
They need to get rid of that.
If they all got high chairs like Jacob had, it would be all right.
They could just have four.
I mean, it does need completely redoing, doesn't it?
Yeah. It could be done quite nicely.
-It's got potential.
-Very much potential.
That's a nice staircase. Change this.
-Change that again.
-It's all very '70s, isn't it?
Yeah. It's nice, though.
-It just needs updating.
-I like having windows on the landing.
That's quite a nice bathroom, apart from the tiles.
-The suite's nice, isn't it?
-Change the taps. You'd like that bath, wouldn't you?
-Yeah. And Jacob would.
No, I like that corner bath. It's a nice little size.
-You'd change the ceiling.
-Is that cork?
I don't know what it is.
But the bathroom suite's really nice.
If they can live with everything the way it is now, which they should be able to,
just work it room by room. That's what I'm saying. Work it room by room.
-That's quite a good-size room.
-Yeah, it's not a bad size at all, is it?
-No, it's got built-in wardrobes.
-Yeah, but you don't want to keep the wardrobes.
-No, you'd probably change them but there's room for, if you wanted to put new ones in.
-Now, there you go.
This room, very good size. They're pleased with the size of the room.
-Is this going to be Mark's room?
-Mark seems to be doing quite well.
In every house, Mark's done well. He's got to be a lovely guy.
-Again, it's a nice size.
-That's a nice view, isn't it?
Yeah. You're not overlooked at all, are you, in the garden?
No. And there's a garage out there as well. And a greenhouse.
I like the greenhouse.
Grow yourself some tomatoes and veg.
OK. We've learned something about Jamie there,
something we probably thought we would never know.
-He likes greenhouses.
-Again, nice size room. This will be the master bedroom, isn't it?
It's a good size again, isn't it?
-Yeah, nice and bright, isn't it, as well?
And you've got, although you wouldn't keep those wardrobes,
you could put new ones in. There's a good space.
-It just needs to be decorated.
-That's all you need to do.
What's great is, we've got the size.
You have the size, Rani.
-You've got the blank canvas, haven't you?
-No quirky shapes.
-No quirky shapes.
-Just keeping them happy.
-Although I miss the quirky shape of the Heybridge.
Once you've lived in a Heybridge, they say, you can never go back.
-That's not a bad size room, is it?
-No, not for a box room. Nice size.
For Jacob you've got......
-Enough room for a cot.
-Yeah. At the moment, they've got a single and the wardrobe, so it's quite good.
-The floor's quite nice in here.
-You wouldn't have to change it, would you?
No, you could leave that in.
-You've got to see beyond the decoration.
-It could be really nice.
You've got to see the potential in it.
I guess the question here is, Rani,
will today's mild card be just too mild for them?
-Should we go and get an update from them?
-I like it.
-Jamie, you like this, don't you?
-I do. I like it a lot.
Melissa, she likes it but not as much as you.
No, it's not grabbed her.
Do you think the fact is that, behind here, she knows... Tada!
It's almost like its electric. It isn't. I'm going to stop before it smashes.
-That his means you can have the classic car.
-I can have whatever I want in there.
Let's come into here. So you've got a garage here.
I was thinking that maybe you might want to put the classic car out here.
I'd keep the car in the garage, leave this bit for, well, you could socialise in here.
You could have parties in here. You could have all sorts.
Also, with the doors there, a very secure area, so you could have Jacob playing out here.
You've got the back garden, so it kind of makes that whole area.
-It's all very nicely secured off.
-You like it?
-I like it.
A lick of paint and we'll be on the way.
-Will you like it when you know the price?
-Let's wait and see, shall we?
-OK, shall we go and find them?
Now then, Melissa. These two main double bedrooms, a good size for you?
Yes. And this one, absolutely brilliant.
-Yeah, so this is all good as well?
A good-sized bathroom as well.
-So you're happy with all the space here?
-I am, yes.
-That's very good.
-A lot of space.
What we were actually thinking is, if you look at the rest of the houses,
-some of them have actually converted their loft.
That means, up here, you have a lot of space to use if you wanted to.
-Now, Jamie mentioned the growing family thing.
Is this potentially, if you were to buy something like this,
somewhere you could foresee yourself being in five or ten years?
Yeah, we'd probably stay here for at least five years.
-So that means you might need a little bit more space?
So, if Mark's still here, if he hasn't flown the nest by them, there is a possibility...
-We could go up...
-You could go up into the loft.
With the cost of that, you are looking about £15,000 to £20,000.
It does mean you'd have to lose some of this space as you'd need stairs.
You can't keep hoicking that down and putting a ladder up!
We are talking about £15,000, because of building regulations, all the work that needs to be done.
But have we left you enough money to play with?
It depends really on the price of the house and, obviously, because
we'd stay here for a while, it will be something worth doing.
If you weren't going to stay here, then, it wouldn't.
D'you want to play guess the price?
-Let's find the others.
-So then, what did you think of this mild card?
-I liked it.
I really liked it. Of course, you've got to see behind the decor and the carpet. And it's very nice.
It's a very clean house, isn't it? You could see potential in it.
And would you keep it clean as well, Melissa?
-Yes, I'd try. Is Jamie very clean around the house?
-You're not too bad. your brother's a bit of a nightmare
-OK. It's lovely.
I think maybe Jamie likes it more than you, do you think, Melissa?
-I think he does.
I think it might be a bit too much work.
Well, when you find out what the price is, maybe...
-It might change my mind.
Maximum budget £180,000. That's what we're saying, isn't it?
I think this one's possibly about 170, I think.
-I thought about 175.
-It's 1-1 at the moment, isn't it?
Melissa, you're closest. It is a victory to you.
-Jamie, commiserations. It has only just come on the market.
The actual price is £184,950.
With the property just coming on the market, that could mean that they are testing the water.
You may be realistic with what you've guessed as a price for it.
There is a lot of negotiation to be had.
That is the price. You may be able to get it for your price.
That is why we showed you something a bit over your budget.
You now have to head off and make the biggest decision of your adult lives about which one to test drive.
-We will see you later.
While they do that, here's a quick reminder for you at home.
First, there was my property, the Heybridge. Three great bedrooms, a great, huge kitchen diner.
How could they resist it for £189,950?
Not so fast, Ed.
Don't forget there was my three-bedroom, semi-detached place
which, unlike your property, was situated in CV5
and on the market for just...
Fair cop, it was in CV5, as was today's mild card.
Buckets of space and a huge carport and garage, which I think might swing it for Jamie.
But will the price tag put them off?
Jamie and Melissa, you didn't pick Rani's property, which has surprised us all.
You went for the only house today that had a name.
-And that name, of course, is...
And what a great place. Can I firstly say why?
Too much work on the third one that we looked at - the wild card.
You did like that one, though.
We liked that, yeah. The second one, we didn't like at all.
-This one, you just walk in and it's got the wow factor.
We had our mystery To Buy Or Not To Buy surveyor come round and give it a thorough once-over.
It isn't legally-binding but it's a good heads up as to what you can expect.
And you would think, a brand-new house, would there be anything to say about it?
-You wouldn't think so, would you?
-You wouldn't think so, but actually, there was.
There was a couple of things he mentioned.
The first thing was, as we talked about earlier on,
it was built on an industrial site.
Out the back, the drainage isn't great.
There is nowhere naturally for the water to go and the grass is becoming very cloggy.
There's a lot of water there. It's very flat.
-You would need to get that improved if you went ahead with buying this place.
-That's not a good thing.
If you look at the windows, you can see that there's gaps.
They shouldn't be there and should be filled.
The house will be, in theory, guaranteed under the NHBC.
You can see it as a negative or a positive because you've got a brand-new house.
You could, therefore, with all these things, have a bit more room to negotiate.
The house still does have the wow factor on the inside.
It is a cracking house. We'll see you later.
-We've got a bit of time, what do you want to do?
-Grab a cup of tea.
-What are you cooking me for tea?
-I'm cooking you a nice shepherd's pie, babe.
-That'll be nice.
I'm going to the wedding dress shop in a minute.
-It'll be all ready for you when you get back.
-Right then, bye.
-See you later, babe.
That bodes well, practising for days of wedded bliss ahead.
It looks like every day will be a heyday in the Heybridge, Ed.
I'm not so sure, Rani. It looks like Melissa has left Jamie to it to try on wedding dresses.
She's like Chris de Burgh's Lady In Red.
Forget dresses, Ed, Jamie's cooking.
And I'm loving the aubergine number.
She's like Chris de Burgh's Lady In Aubergine.
Aubergine, that would be good in a shepherd's pie.
Rani, can you stop thinking about your stomach for just one minute and look at Melissa.
She's like Chris de Burgh's Lady In Cream.
Yes, cream goes well in mashed potato. That would be good on top of the shepherd's pie.
No, I'm sorry, yes, Melissa looks great in that dress.
But I've got to say, Jamie's shepherd's pie. That looks delicious.
-Here you are, babe.
-Looks very nice.
So you've had time to spend in the house.
You've come back and you've seen it.
You've had a sniff about, you know all the information about it.
-Have you found any other problems? Do you still like it as much as you think?
-We like the interior.
We like the inside of the house but there are problems on the outside,
especially with the drainage system, which is waterlogged.
Would that put you off? It is remediable, you could sort that out.
-What about the area?
-Yeah, the area is good.
The house is good, good location. It's got a lot of positives.
I still like it.
-So you still like it a lot, then?
Well, the question is, then - the Heybridge - to buy or not to buy?
I think we are going to have a serious think about it and
come back and see it again, see what we can get them down on, price-wise.
It's all about negotiation, I think. And what they can do with the exterior and garden
-and how they can put it right.
-I don't want to blow our own trumpet
but, because you've had this non- legally binding heads up survey,
you've got the information before you'd commit money to it anyway.
-So you're in a good position.
-Yes, we are.
So it is a serious contender. And you're not in any way tempted to go back to Rani's property?
-Seriously, if you want to, I can take you there now.
-No, we're fine! We'll leave it for someone else.
Then, I think we should leave. I'll pat you on the back on the way out.
-Thank you very much. See you soon.
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Series that gives buyers the chance to test-drive a property before buying. With their wedding in Ibiza looming ever nearer, a couple are relying on Rani Price and Ed Hall to find them the ideal family home in Coventry.