That sounds pretty awesome. My mortgage was almost exactly the same (23.8 million, 1.09% interest rate fixed for 30 years). But our place is way smaller than yours (155 sq metres land, 103 sq metre house), I wish we had been able to get a big one like that with a bigger yard, but I had to get a place that was convenient in terms of commuting so our options were limited (also we don't drive so needed to be near a major train station). Our place was 10 years old when we bought it and the seller had just carried out all the renovations (new kitchen and bathroom, wallpaper, painted exterior, air conditioners, fumigated for termites, etc etc) which was included in the price, so we haven't had to do any work on it (though I would have traded that for a bigger yard if one was available).MacGyver wrote: ↑Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:11 am
The house is in Fujinomiya but as it is being renovated we're still at my wife's house in Fuji. Both places are basically on the border about 2.5 kms apart, so like 5 mins drive or 25 mins walk. House and land was 15 mn: land is 450 m2 and house is 150 m2. House is 25 years old. Renovations will cost 8 mn. Basically a full reno (inside and out) except for kitchen and floors, and also includes 4 air-cons (as in the cost includes the price of replacing 4 (old) air-cons and installing the new ones). There's a pre-fab office next to the house, and of the 8 mn, that'll be just over 1 mn. I'm getting a toilet and kitchenette put in plus they gonna put sliding on the outside as it's run down. Oh, and the house is pink. Yes, we're getting it re-painted. Gonna do a lightish gray as the house is kind of a weatherboard style and with the window frames, door, and large balcony (it's about the size of a 6 tatami mat room) being white and the roof charcoal black, it should be a nice contrast. With fees, I guess its just under 25 mn all in.
Seems like renos are taking forever. We made an offer on the house in April and settled in May, and renos started in June. So far, they've extended my office to put in the toilet (but yet to install toilet or kitchenette), pulled out a window in the house and replaced it with a sliding door (it's near the kitchen and next to a concreted space outside which I'm going to turn into my BBQ area, hence the sliding door to give us easy access to the kitchen), pulled out the toilets and bathroom, replaced one toilet (there are two in the house) and they've just about finished wallpapering the entire house. Still to go: put in the bathroom and other toilet, put in lights (all lights being replaced with LEDs), replace the tatami mats in the washitsu, polish the floor boards, paint the house, touch-up the roof, and put sliding on the office walls. The reno guy (company) gave us a rough completion date of October but I'd say that'd be the end of Oct at earliest. Sounds like the issue is getting workers in to do the work. Although three weeks to wallpaper a house?!?!?! Hmmmmm.
There is a bunch of things I want/have to do but was gonna wait until we moved in but I've lost patience so I'm just gonna start doing it. Namely, tiding up the garden (weeding and so forth), sealing the balcony (it leaks badly when it rains and is over the BBQ area), and moving some of the balcony drainage pipes (the pipes in question drain onto the concrete BBQ area so I'm gonna move them so they drain into the surrounding, non-concreted area). Other than the garden, the rest of the land has gravel (for cars to drive onto and park) but I'm thinking about ripping up some of the gravel near the BBQ area and turning it into grass. But can't do that until we move. Unfortunately, that also means I'll have to wait until next year as I'll have missed the growing window. But that's not a bad thing as it'll give me time to live in it and decide if that's really what I wanna do. Ah yes, the fun and games, and joys, of owning a house!
On the plus side our yard is big enough for us to plant some trees and grass, and I just bought a picnic table for it. Next year my big project will be to tear up one of the concrete parking spots that we don't need to expand the yard. After that maybe solar panels for the roof!