We are looking to buy a house and have narrowed down the type of house we are hoping for, land size requirements and so on. We are not stuck to this hard and fast and are flexible for the right house in the right area. Already seen a couple we love but one went under contract by 10am on the Monday morning when viewings were on the weekend right before and the other we feel is wonderful, fab location, views but is rather pricey for the area and its floor space given houses with an extra bedroom or living space have sold for around the same in recent times (and ok, perhaps requiring a bit of work but nothing we would not be prepared to do).
1) We are looking to live inland, but probably not more than 10-20 minutes from the coast or access to a good beach. Pool is not a priority for us at all but if a house comes up that fits our requirements and we love it, and it has a pool, would that be a pro or a con to you? As in pool running costs, amount of time used over the year, maintenance etc. Hubby would not use it much as his skin goes insane, son would love it, I'd use it and so would friends and family visiting. Might also mean we get more people coming to use to make use of the pool over holidays like Christmas and so on. Those with pools, what have your experiences been with them?
2) What kind of air con/heating is the better form if its already installed? I've seen a fair few with those new fancy wall air con/heating set ups but also with vents in the ceilings in rooms (or both). And of course woodburners in the main living room. Does anyone use night storage or anything like it over here? Or run heat off solar panels (they seem to do it for water)? Or off woodburners? I used to run a few radiators from a woodburner in an old cottage in the UK and it was fab, wondering if the same might be possible here in the future.
Thanks in advance.