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Series that gives buyers the chance to test-drive a property. Ed Hall and Jonnie Irwin help two legal eagles looking to move across the Pennines to the suburbs of Manchester.


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Good morning and welcome to To Buy Or Not To Buy.

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The property programme that gets to turn dreams into reality.

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-Jonnie, could you tell our viewers how we do that?

-It's simple, really.

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We show these lucky house hunters three properties,

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-only one of which they get the chance to try before they buy.

-It is amazing, isn't it?

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Today, you find us on the outskirts of the UK's unofficial second city.

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Yes, we are near Manchester, the world's first industrialised city,

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home to two premiership football clubs

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and the birthplace of indie rock, and that is official.

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Yes, Oasis, the Stone Roses and the Smiths all come from around these parts,

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but we're not going to turn the programme into a musical house-hunting show.

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No, we're not, going to. We can't.

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What we're here for is to solicit a house for today's buyers.

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I've got to stop you there. Because we're not looking for a house. We're look for a home.

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We've got to be very, very, very, very, very factually correct today

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-or we could end up in court.

-I don't think you need to worry too much, Ed,

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because if we do get into trouble, I know just the couple we can call upon.

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Today's buyers are Robert and Montsy Skiner. Robert is a barrister and Montsy is a solicitor.

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They live in Rotherham, but are desperate to move across the Pennines.

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There's anything wrong with Rotherham - it's the commute, your honour.

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Yes, the dreaded two-hour journey Montsy has to make each way

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every day to get to her Manchester office.

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But it is not just the travel, there are other factors to consider, too.

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Little feet.

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Yeah. We've been together for nine years.

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Married for three-and-a-half.

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It's about time we think to start putting plans into action,

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so jobs are just about getting sorted.

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Next thing is house and then hopefully,

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a year-and-a-half, two years down the line, start a family.

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This is very nice. Are we going for the traditional, is this a house forever now?

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What we want is a house that's probably a little bit too big for us,

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that we can grow into and not have to move for another ten or 15 years.

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We're picking the environment of Manchester as our location. Have you honed it down any more?

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We've looked around the whole of the M60 corridor.

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We spent a couple of months driving here every Saturday, coming off at every junction,

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looking at the neighbourhood, looking at the area, trying to find places we like.

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Worsley seemed to tick most of the boxes.

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You've done a lot of leg work. Looking at the size of this house -

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How big does this new home have to be in order to grow into it and to last you hopefully forever?

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We're looking for really a minimum of four bedrooms because the way

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obviously we want our family to develop, we're looking at a couple of kids.

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A spare room for people coming over to stay or for me to use as a home study.

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In terms of style, character, do we want it to be modern, do we want it to be old?

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Are we bothered in any way?

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I would like an older property with larger spaced rooms and a bit more character.

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Although obviously character features aren't necessarily a deal breaker.

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Is there any dream that you've got that you would really like the property to have?

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It's mainly just the good sized rooms and a nice garden.

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I do quite like a nice garden because it's just to sit out there in the summer

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when you've got home from work is really nice, and especially planning for the future.

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For children to play. Of course. You mentioned a couple of things there.

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You have got to envisage the fact that you've got children around in the future. What are no-nos?

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Having a busy main road right in front or behind the house is always going to cause difficulties.

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But there's right on a main road and there's set back from a main road, conceptually very different things.

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-What's the maximum we can spend today?

-£375,000.

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-OK. Ed. That's good.

-I'm happy with that. That's a good amount of money there.

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I think that's it. We're going to head off.

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Wish us luck and hopefully we will stop your two-hour journey.

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-Oh, fantastic.

-See you later.

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Thank you, bye.

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Well, to a layman you would think that we've got a lovely day ahead, wouldn't you?

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We're looking for a new family home for a young couple.

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However, let us not forget this couple are legal experts.

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Everything we do today has to be by the book.

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I'm very nervous, I will be honest, because if we get this wrong, we could be legally responsible.

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-We could all be sued for doing this programme. We could be. We could.

-Is that the royal we,

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-you me, the viewers at home...

-They are watching it, they are responsible as well.

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Cross your fingers - we need something very clever today. What are you going to do?

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Get some information, talk to an expert, perhaps an estate agent.

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I don't know what I'm going to do, but it will be very legally binding

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and very clever. See you later.

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Worsley is in the borough of Salford in Greater Manchester.

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Lying about six miles west of the city centre, the town is famed for its historic waterway,

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said to be the forerunner of the modern canal system.

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The average property price here in Greater Manchester is £109,443

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compared to the national average of £161,554.

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Worsley is ideal for a quick getaway.

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Links to the M60 and the M62 motorways are only a few moments away.

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Our budget here in Manchester is £375,000,

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but what will that get you in other cities also with great footballing traditions?

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Well, in Birmingham, if open-plan living is what you're after,

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then this two bedroom canal-side penthouse apartment

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will set you back £275,000.

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And in London, only for Arsenal fans, I hasten to add,

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you can relive the glory days

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by netting yourself one of these apartments.

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On Merseyside, home of Everton and Liverpool football clubs,

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this three-bedroom thatched cottage

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will make your pockets lighter by £375,000.

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Time to meet an estate agent.

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Our couple have driven around this whole area.

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They're looking to relocate and they like Worsley because it looks nice,

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but it also seems to be in the centre of everything they want.

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It is convenient for the city centre. The local Trafford Centre, the ski slopes,

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everything is on our doorsteps, so area-wise and for commuters, it is ideal.

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The Bridgwater Canal was commissioned by the third Duke of Bridgwater

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and began construction in 1759.

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And the canal is where they did the first trials of steam-powered boats,

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the steam-powered boats that were the forerunners

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of the paddle steamers that we see on the Mississippi today.

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So this one looks like it is semi-detached which is fine.

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-Period, they especially like, so...

-That should fit the bill.

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The building of the Bridgwater Canal enabled the transport of coal

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from the mines here in Worsley to the centre of Manchester.

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Halving the price of coal overnight and changing the landscape of Britain forever.

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So are you an expert on the area of Worsley, would you say?

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I would say myself and the viewers have potentially got an A-level in Worsley right now.

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-How have you got on?

-I've got on even better. I met a man called Owen who imparted so much about the area

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-and what we can afford, I'm confident we can do it today.

-What have you got?

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Well, property number one, you know they asked for three to four bedrooms?

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Five bedrooms, people.

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Semi-detached, the only potential downside I can see from this house is,

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well, it has very good access.

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It is on a main road.

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Mine was taken on a sunny day. Mine is the kind of house you would have drawn as a child.

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An ideal house. I think this will be for them.

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That's all I'm going to say.

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The wild card is particularly wild today. Give it a quick flash.

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There it is. Now the picture doesn't do it justice, does it?

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-No.

-What I would say is the only word used by the secret property hunting team was this - Malibu.

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It reminded them of a residence one might find in Malibu. If that doesn't make it wild, what does, Ed?

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Let's keep Malibu for the end of the programme. Where shall we start?

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My one, property number one.

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My choice of property is an absolute beauty.

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-A bit like me, I would say.

-Shallow, tired looking?

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More on the inside than the outside, is what I meant.

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Remember what I said about lying.

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Now, Robert, cast your mind back to now regrettably the question I asked you about the no-nos.

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Legally speaking, does this constitute a main road?

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I don't think it is a main road at all.

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It is a road, but I wouldn't say it is a main arterial route.

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That's enough for me. Well, after coming down this...road.

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-Yeah, road.

-We arrive at property number one, which for most part is a pretty standard pre-war semi.

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-Thoughts, please.

-It looks good. I mean, it is impressive from the outside.

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I can't wait to get in and see what it is like on the inside.

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OK. Do you want to go in?

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-Yes, absolutely.

-That's a relief. Off you go.

-Good luck.

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Wow.

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Clearly a family house, isn't it?

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-It is very nice. I quite like the entrance way.

-It is gorgeous.

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This is a nice room, isn't it?

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Yeah. It's...a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be from the outside.

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-It is, and the fireplace.

-Looking around, there is certainly going to be a room

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for a few little ones when they eventually come around, isn't there?

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Plenty of seats for everyone to sit in.

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Hang about! I think Robert is already suggesting he wants to test drive this property straightaway.

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That road outside seems to be a distant memory.

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-In fact, I will not talk about it again.

-This is really nice.

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-Walk through to the second.

-It is nice and there are doors here for you to close.

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It would be nice if we had people over, we could use both rooms

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-and then if we didn't, we could close the doors and just keep it to ourselves, really.

-Yeah.

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The kitchen is smaller than I expected considering the rest of the house.

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-Yeah. I think it is big enough for what we need to do though.

-Oh yeah, definitely.

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To sort of cook and prepare all the meals for both of us that we have to do.

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It's quite nice, a separate dining room which is always a bonus.

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-Yeah, it is nice.

-It looks out onto the garden as well which would be lovely

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-in the summer.

-Yeah.

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-This is quite unusual, stairs both ways.

-Oh, yeah.

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Another interesting look around here.

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Oh, it is just a bathroom right at the top of the stairs, it is massive.

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-That is a big bathroom.

-Much bigger than I was expecting it to be from outside as we walked up the stairs.

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-There is no shower in here, is there?

-No.

-The shower over the bath, but no stand-up shower.

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Now then, there is no shower there,

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but have we got something for you, Montsy.

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The world's greatest shower ever.

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Oh a bedroom, although there is nothing in it.

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Yeah. It might be quite a nice...

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It is a good-sized room.

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-We could use it as a guest bedroom maybe.

-Yeah.

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-This must be the master bedroom.

-Yeah, I think I would keep it as the master bedroom.

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-It is nice, isn't it?

-It certainly looks...

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-Fitted wardrobes.

-It certainly looks the part.

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There are at least three rooms by the looks of it, which is a surprise,

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I thought there would be just one.

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-Oh wow, this is quite...

-Another double bed.

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It is certainly a double bedroom with plenty of space.

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Oh, I like it. An extra shower room.

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-Set away from the rest of the house.

-That explains why there is no shower in the main bathroom.

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-That looks a very fancy shower, don't you think?

-Yeah.

-With all those jets.

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-Fancy shower, it is more than fancy, Montsy.

-It has a stereo in it, Montsy, and a seat.

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Another double bedroom.

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So, how many is that then? It is massive upstairs, isn't it?

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Much, much bigger than I thought it would be from the outside.

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And um...actually loads of food for thought, really.

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Well, we were waxing lyrical inside, weren't we? Lots of positive words.

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It is a lot bigger inside than it looks from the outside.

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I thought the downstairs, particularly the two sort of front rooms, were particularly impressive.

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Yeah, I mean I thought upstairs it was just massive.

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Everywhere, there was another double bedroom, a proper double bedroom.

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So would you say this could be a house that you

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could see you and hopefully your family living in maybe long-term?

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I like the house and it has got a lot going for it, but I'm not falling in love with it.

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Maybe when you find out the price

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and all the money that you will hopefully have left over from the price, you might love it.

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Montsy, would you like to play first on guess the price? We had a maximum budget of £375,000, was that it?

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I would say maybe £325,000.

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325, OK.

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Looking nervous. Robert?

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I would have said a little bit less because I think it does need a fair amount of work doing.

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-I would have said about 315.

-315 and 325.

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Well, they are good guesses!

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Well, maybe you could negotiate down from the actual asking price,

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which is £339,950.

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Don't think that would leave enough for the work that we want to do.

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I don't know why I'm saying this, you are in a good position to move,

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but it would almost seem pointless because my property

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is not on a main road and it does have a large back garden.

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-Would you like to go to it?

-I really would.

-I would.

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-Do you want to come?

-Might as well. Let's see what you've got.

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OK, Jonnie, I think after your offering,

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-I'm going to have to raise my game.

-Are you admitting defeat already?

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No, I just have to give them what they want in a more complete way.

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Robert and Montsy, gaze if you dare at property two.

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Now, can we hear traffic?

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No, we can't. Are we on a main road?

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No. Look at that property, right, I don't want to say too much, but what does that say to you, Montsy?

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It's not the type of property we've looked at before,

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but it is actually really nice. It reminds me of a cottagey type house.

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-It does look very cottagey, doesn't it?

-It's picture perfect, almost.

-When you get in there,

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they have done it immaculately. All right.

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-Are you ready?

-Yes.

-Are you prepared to fall in love with this property? Enjoy!

-Thank you.

-Good luck.

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Well, this is nice.

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Yes, it is very nice.

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-It is really, really cosy looking, isn't it?

-It is.

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I love the window features.

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Yeah, the shutters on the windows and a nice fireplace.

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-It is very homely, isn't it?

-It is quite a small room, isn't it?

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It is. It is a lot smaller than the one we've already seen, but it's,

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I think it feels a little bit more comfortable, really.

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Yeah, a bit more homely.

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Homely, if any Americans are watching, they are not saying it looks ugly,

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they are saying it feels like a home. Homely, to an American, is ugly.

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That's totally different to anything we've seen so far, don't you think?

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-It is, yes.

-But I really like it.

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I really like it as well.

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Kitchen is

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bigger than I thought it would be. It is certainly giving you something to think about, isn't it?

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That's nice, isn't it? And the garden is quite big. I like the bench at the bottom.

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It is lovely, actually. It's just a nice sized space.

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Oh, and another sort of sitting room area.

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-It's nice.

-It's very symmetrical downstairs.

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Kitchen in the middle, room on each side, but I actually really like it.

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Let's see what in this room first, then.

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Oh, this is a much bigger room upstairs, don't you think?

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I like it a lot.

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My concern downstairs is I love the way the house is set up and decorated

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but it just seems a little bit smaller than I was hoping for.

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But the room is a great size and there is enough space for us to do everything we want to do in here.

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-I like the little fireplace, as well.

-It is a really nice feature in the room.

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This is the bathroom.

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That's a lovely bath, isn't it?

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It's a great bathroom, really.

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I like the colours. Same sort of colours we've got in our house at the moment,

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so we know it is exactly what we're looking for.

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-Style wise, they love it, don't they?

-Exactly. It is the future of bathrooms.

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I imagine Neil Armstrong has a bath similar to that.

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-Or at least Buzz has.

-Either. Either or. Brilliant.

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Oh, a single bedroom.

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Perfect for a study, I think.

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-I was just thinking the same thing.

-I could really see myself working in this room.

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-It is a real surprise that there is a third floor. It didn't look like it from the outside.

-No, it didn't.

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This is a bit of a funny shaped room, isn't it?

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It is well used though, isn't it?

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With the wardrobes, it is a good little storage area.

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-The single bedroom. It is a bit of a tight squeeze.

-Yeah, very tight squeeze.

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-What did you think about it?

-I really loved it. I thought it was beautiful inside.

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Really, really well set out and just decorated

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to the best standard possible. No complaints whatsoever, really.

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-That was about that, but the concern was about its...

-Size.

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It is just a bit too small, really. The decor is lovely and the kitchen is fantastic,

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but size wise it is just very small

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and I think we could have lived with the size downstairs, but upstairs, there is not enough bedrooms.

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Interesting. Now if you look at the extension.

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They built the footings deep enough so you can put another extension on top of that,

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so you have then got room for maybe putting one or two bedrooms in. What do you reckon?

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Yes, it is something we can think about depending on how much it would cost, really.

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So let's guess the price. You went first at my place.

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Robert, how much is this house on the market for, please?

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I would say, given the amount we would have to spend on the extension, £300,000.

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-Right.

-Go on then, Montsy.

-I would guess maybe £315,000.

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Much more sensible.

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And correct! You are closest.

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The actual price is £325,000, but you are in a good position.

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You don't have to sell. You can kind of buy.

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Your maximum budget of £375,000 I would say would give you enough money to do that and do that

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and make it in keeping with the rest of the property.

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Listen, it sounds to me like we're getting there.

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It's a bit closer to what you asked for at the start of the today.

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Let's see if the wild card can get you all the way to your dream family home.

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-Shall we go?

-Follow me.

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I absolutely love today's wild card.

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-It has got everything except three bedrooms.

-A minor detail, Jonnie, my friend.

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-They will not notice as this house has character.

-And history, over 240 years of it.

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Now I think we'll all agree it is impossible to let this weather dampen our spirits

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cos here we are at the wild card.

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You said you like character, Montsy, what do you reckon about this?

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-Do you like the idea of a black and white building?

-I do. It is actually quite picturesque.

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-Is the road going to bother you?

-First impressions it looks really good from the outside,

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-so hopefully not, if the inside is just as exciting.

-It is double glazed.

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-That is catered for.

-The double glazing has been done for you but there is quite a bit of work

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to be done inside, but go in there and think how you might like it to be done in the future.

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-Are you ready? Three, two, one - enter.

-Thank you.

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-Oh wow.

-It is certainly different, isn't it?

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-Yeah, it is. I love the doors.

-Yeah, they are a little bit low, but other than that...

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You will have to be careful. Mind your head!

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Oh, the beams are fantastic.

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-I really like this room.

-I love the archway going into the kitchen.

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If makes a real statement, doesn't it?

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Well, because it is a bit like, and I don't mean this disrespectfully, it is a bit like a pub, isn't it?

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In a nice way because it has that olde-worlde warm feeling, hasn't it?

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This is a another good sized room, actually.

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It is really, really big and again absolutely full of character, isn't it?

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But what I quite like, I've got to duck to come through the doors,

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but the ceilings are really high, so once we're in the room, it is really comfortable.

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It's a nice view out of the windows there. It's lovely.

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The garden looks massive.

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-It is full of surprises, really, this place, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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This is a good-sized kitchen, as well.

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I do, I like it. I can see us having a lot to work with here.

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The decor might need a little bit of updating.

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I don't think it is anything that would be too difficult, do you?

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No. Well, this room is really big.

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-It's absolutely massive.

-Is this a conservatory or an extension?

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I think it is a mixture of both actually, but it seems to

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bizarrely work really, really well.

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-So ground floor, a resounding thumbs-up.

-It's a double thumb.

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It's a quadruple thumb, really.

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-This is another good-sized room.

-Yeah, it is.

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It's... Just everything about this house surprises me,

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but in a really good way.

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There is a toilet there.

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A little en suite for the master bedroom.

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I hope that's not the only bathroom though.

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Oh, I spoke too soon.

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Another bathroom next door, which is perfect. Enough space for everybody.

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Well, that's good, bath, toilet.

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-Yeah, shower.

-Excellent.

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Now, separate toilets and bathrooms, I kind of like them.

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This is what should be a bedroom apart from the weights.

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What is it with the weights? Maybe someone is

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trying to give me a message!

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Another decent-sized bedroom.

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This is a good-sized room.

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Oh my word! Look at that.

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Well, I don't know if she stays with the house!

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I'm liking it even more, but it is a nice-sized bedroom again, isn't it?

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It is. You can hear the traffic a little bit here, can't you?

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It's all things that we can work on, I think.

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It is the first time I've noticed it, though.

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It is another really good-sized bedroom, so we've got

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two big ones and smaller ones that are a little bit short on what we

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were looking for, but the rest of the house is really nice, isn't it?

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By the sounds of it, that seemed to go very well indeed.

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Yeah, absolutely surprised, quite frankly.

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That's the plan of the wild card, it is a bit different and

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probably more different than you imagined because in every room,

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you were like, "Actually, this is lovely."

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You were kind of surprised at your thoughts.

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I actually think the house has got a lot of potential.

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The downstairs, I really love.

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The upstairs needs a bit of work done to it, but it

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is something we could do over time.

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Shall we play guess the price? £375,000 is our maximum budget.

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-Who would like to go first?

-Ladies first.

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-You could say that's gallant.

-Chicken!

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I would be inclined to go maybe 350.

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-350. OK, Robert?

-320.

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Well, you are closest.

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You win.

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But we're all winners. 18 months ago you would have been very close

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because 18 months ago this house was placed upon the market at 325.

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Last week, it was reduced...

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-to £299,000.

-Wow!

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There is a lot to think about and we are at that point where you

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have to head off and make the biggest decision of your adult lives.

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Choosing which property you would like to test drive.

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Good luck with that and we will see you later on.

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-Thank you.

-What will they do?

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-Are you excited?

-I'm incredibly excited,

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like a coiled spring ready to erupt.

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Now, whilst he acts like a coiled spring and they go off and think

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about maybe their potential future,

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in legal terms this would be a round-up, and a round-up for

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-you at home of the potential purchase of three properties.

-Very clever.

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Will it be property one? My offering is a huge five-bedroomed house

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on the edge of Worsley, priced £339,950.

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Or will it be my choice, property two? It has only got three bedrooms,

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but has got great potential for a fourth,

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all for 325 grand.

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Or will it be today's wildcard?

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It's the cheapest and does need a bit of TLC,

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but it oozes character and could be theirs for £299,000.

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Ah, look at that, Manchester's very own version of a Malibu mansion.

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-They've gone for the wildcard.

-And they've brought Kerry

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the estate agent with them for a bit more advice.

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They could be serious about this one.

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-So these are all original, the beams?

-The majority of the beams are original.

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A damp and timber report would determine whether

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some would need replacing when it came to purchasing the property.

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Thank you.

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True to form, it looks like our legal eagles are making sure the wildcard

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is a watertight case, me thinks.

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I was wondering, the garden is

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really big and it is a really nice garden.

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Has anybody looked into whether

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planning permission is available for extending the back of this house?

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Yes, we did have a previous potential purchaser that did look into building

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into the garden and the stage it got to, it was approved, so there

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are possibilities there for you.

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-That's really good news. Thank you very much.

-OK.

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So why did you go for the wildcard?

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Realistically, this wasn't

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what you were after, but you were somehow lured by it, weren't you?

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It's so different to everything we thought we wanted.

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We wanted to give it as much of an

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opportunity as possible to make an impression on us.

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Different in as much as it's fairly near a main road. It doesn't

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have the four bedrooms and there is a bit of work to be done to it.

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-But it has got a big garden.

-But you seemed to fall for it.

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When you came around you were talking about potential.

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Now you've spent more time here,

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has this potential materialised or has it scared you off?

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Well, it is very quaint downstairs and as you say, potential is the

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word with this property, but I don't think we've been scared off.

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I think there is some more information that we need

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to obtain before we make a decision.

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But it is certainly one that we're seriously thinking about.

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OK. To buy or not to buy? That is the question, Robert and Montsy.

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-Maybe to buy.

-Maybe to buy?!

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It is hard because it is a lot of money that you're spending here,

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-so why maybe?

-Because we've got very

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definite ideas of what we'd like to do, but we don't really

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have the expertise or background to know whether we can do those things.

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So it is budgetary then? If it all came in on budget, you would

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-be prepared to maybe do the work and go ahead?

-Yeah.

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-Have you enjoyed yourselves?

-Had a great time.

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-Has it been the best day of your lives?

-The second best day for me.

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-Shall we push you for the best day?

-Obviously the day I married my wife.

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-Ah, very nice!

-We will see you later.

-Good luck.

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Bye-bye.

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Right, there we go, what a phenomenal success that was.

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Is it actual success?

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In legal terms, is a "maybe" binding?

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-Maybe.

-Actually, is it binding?

-Maybe.

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Well, if you want to do better than maybe or you think we could provide

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you with houses that make you want to say "yes" to buy

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instead of "maybe" to buy, then please get in touch.

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Don't "maybe", do a "yes".

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-Actually get in touch.

-No maybes about it.

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-Shall we see you soon?

-Yes, bye.

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Series that gives buyers the chance to test-drive a property before they buy it. Ed Hall and Jonnie Irwin get on the case of two legal eagles looking to move across the Pennines to the suburbs of Manchester.