Little Things You Hate

Elbo

Likes Bikes and Dirt
Depending on how it's been built you might need to demolish it now that you've got council involved, if it's someone's odd and strange design you'll need to get an engineer involved and they're far from cheap.
Yeah, we checked with council what needs doing and got multiple quotes to do that work. Its not a small job by any means. I was suspicious of the structure so got a clause put in the contract so we could get out if necessary.
 

Elbo

Likes Bikes and Dirt
+1
Is the garage obviously inconsistent with the planning outcomes for the street (e.g. built to front boundary when no others are in the street)?

Heaps of properties around without everything above board but with no dramas.

If the garage is not subject to any action from Council/neighbours at present, and has been there for a number of years, I would be worried that contacting Council about it may have created a problem for you if you do decide to purchase at a lower price i.e. using it as a negotiating tool.
Yeah, I work in Surveying and see a lot of that. This one set alarm bells off because its right on the boundary. I'm not concerned about council knowing about it now. We will only take it on if they drop the price enough to bother. If not, its not worth our time and they can deal with council.
 

Flow-Rider

Wheel size expert
+1
Is the garage obviously inconsistent with the planning outcomes for the street (e.g. built to front boundary when no others are in the street)?

Heaps of properties around without everything above board but with no dramas.

If the garage is not subject to any action from Council/neighbours at present, and has been there for a number of years, I would be worried that contacting Council about it may have created a problem for you if you do decide to purchase at a lower price i.e. using it as a negotiating tool.
Some estates have a local governance for roof area per block because the storm water pipes can only take so much water but the big issue with this sort of stuff is how stable are the footings built that are now underground and it's usually up to the council if they want to pass it. If it's a tin shed with a basic concrete slab that's not going to be so bad.
 

pink poodle

Clinically Inane
If they drop the price enough for us to take on the problem, yes. If not, we'll walk.
Well hopefully that plays out for you. Agents+vendors+lawyers can get pretty tricky. Are you already engaged in the purchase process?

As per above you may be engaging in a money vacuum. My first house was so old that it pre-dated a lot of modern rules, like proximity to boundary...my eaves hang over the boundary in a section on one side, yes the house was also not square on the block. Fortunately it all sailed through and then became someone else's concern. Which is really nothing because nobody had ever cared.
 

Elbo

Likes Bikes and Dirt
Well hopefully that plays out for you. Agents+vendors+lawyers can get pretty tricky. Are you already engaged in the purchase process?

As per above you may be engaging in a money vacuum. My first house was so old that it pre-dated a lot of modern rules, like proximity to boundary...my eaves hang over the boundary in a section on one side, yes the house was also not square on the block. Fortunately it all sailed through and then became someone else's concern. Which is really nothing because nobody had ever cared.
Thanks. Yeah, we are already in the purchase process, hence why I'm fuming about the agent. It was only because the garage was close to the boundary and I found a pencil sketch of the proposed garage dated 10 years later than they were saying it was built, that we picked up on it. As others have said, I probably could've ignored it as the neighbours seemed fine with it, but then I might end up being the one having to wear the problem down the track if we went to sell it, or the neighbours complained. We have obviously spent a bit of money on inspections, etc, but as far as I'm concerned, it's not worth locking ourselves into a bigger problem for the sake of having sunk costs into one place when there are plenty of other properties on the market. At the end of the day, I'd rather be out of pocket say $1k now, than $20k+ in the future.
 

pink poodle

Clinically Inane
Inspections etc are pretty cheap and cash well spent in the scheme of things with buying a house. Boundary disputes are unpredictable and painful if they arise. There is also the safety risk of a poorly constructed building to consider. It sounds like you guys are doing the right thing, the agent is going to be looking out for their arse. If the sale looks like it will fall through they may even switch teams and start pushing your agenda on rhe vendor to get the deal finished.
 

Elbo

Likes Bikes and Dirt
Yeah, I figure it's worth it in the long run. The agent is obviously working for them, but if he doesn't get the sale he doesn't get his commission and the longer it drags on and the more time he puts into it, the more it'll weigh on him. I think he's just butthurt that his tactics didn't work on us, but hopefully he comes to his senses.
 

Zaf

Gearbox Frother
Game of Thrones is overrated. I've watched it from the start and it still puts me to sleep.

Change my mind.
First two seasons were good.
Script writing went to shit after that.

Still less disappointing than Star Wars.
 

Kerplunk

Likes Dirt
Game of Thrones is overrated. I've watched it from the start and it still puts me to sleep.

Change my mind.
I’m with you, I watched the whole first season.. The whole dragons and fantasy thing is a yawn fest..

On a separate note, Ricky Gervais’s After life is a great watch.. Quality british tv very different tangent for Gervais.. Probably should have moved this to LTYL..
 

Binaural

Eats Squid
I love the GOT books, but I never watch TV so rarely see the show. I tend to get most of my show viewing outside airplanes just watching a few clips on youtube. Low-key pissed that I am bound to get the books spoiled by the show. Those things are massive, quite an investment in my time. I remember how angrysad I was that the author of the Wheel of Time series died 11 books into a 14-book series - by that stage I had to know how it ended.
 
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