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Prices for barns
by Annik • Tue 14 Jul 2015 23:41

A completely unrenovated stone barn about 50 yards away has just come up for sale via a Dutch private seller, who we know only used it to store his caravan and can't have paid much for it. He hasn't done anything to improve it in the years he's owned it. Indeed we have only seen him and his family two or three times. It would be an ideal home for our tractor and I'm sure we could use the rest of the space for something. It has a cowshed and hayloft at one end, a high place in the middle and a tiny "house" that could never be used as such at the other end. It has no land at all. What sort of prices do you think we are looking at? No one could make a dwelling out of it unless they were completely bonkers. No services are connected (though the electricity supply runs right past), and the roof needs repairing. The walls are not too bad but ideally need repointing. Has anyone any experience of buying a similar building recently?

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Re: Prices for barns
by RobertArthur • Wed 15 Jul 2015 10:58

Annik, after 10 minutes - my internet is as fast as a snail in a cold Siberian winter night - I found a website where they have a simple grange for 8000 euros. Don't know what the local authorities have written in their plans. The same problem as with building permissions: is a terrain constructible or not? If not, nobody will be interested (but you). If yes, prices will go up. Suppose this Dutchman is going to try to short-circuit the local agences immobilières and has an add somewhere on a website or in a magazine. Why not ask him in person? It's the time of the season for the sun-seekers to spend at least a long weekend in their investment abroad.

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Robert

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Re: Prices for barns
by Annik • Wed 15 Jul 2015 16:10

Thanks very much, Robert. We were going to telephone the sellers when we had an idea whether or not the barn might be within our price range. At the moment all that we know is from the hand-written notice nailed to the door yesterday saying "A vendre" plus a phone number. In fact, amusingly, someone has written "Combien?" underneath in spirit pen. Don't know who.

Sadly, now we have measured the building it is all academic. It is about a metre too short to accommodate our tractor with its forks at the front and skip at the back.

So it looks like we will have to get a commercially-made hangar kit as a tractor shelter after all. The thought of not having another construction job on the to-do list was very tempting!

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. (Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)" Groucho Marx
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Re: Prices for barns
by Deleted User 1427 • Wed 15 Jul 2015 19:15

If you don't really want it then put a very low price in, if you get ot put two holes in the door to accoothe forks:)

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