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  1. My question is regarding VAT (the VAT office phone line as others have reported is not working). My wife and I would like to move into our property before it is totally finished as we have a newborn baby. Once building control have signed the property off, is that what VAT reclaim consider to be “completion” as I still will need to do stuff like finishing the driveway, decorating etc which are all VAT refundable? On a side note - can anyone recommend an insurance company who will insure the property with us living in it before it is building control completed but has gas and electric signed off? I really appreciate any replies that can help us. As ever, the government don’t make it easy!
  2. We have moved into the big white cheese wedge. The ASHP is in the bottom L/H corner and is working a treat. Temp inside at the mo 18 @Gav_P. Many, many thanks to all the people who have helped me over the last three years. Merry xmas to everybody on Buildhub. Pete
  3. When I got planning permission the following condition didn't worry me as I was going to be finished and moved in by May and had plenty of money to pay for a drive - if not the drive I really wanted. However, things have changed, and 'sometime in December' I am moving in with no internal doors, no skirting or architraves and crucially, currently only a hardcore drive. The drive will be made more 'permanent' once the sale of this house has gone through and I have a lump sum in my account. This house is sold subject to contract and, if all goes according to plan, completion date should be mid January The lump sum will be considerable smaller than originally expected and has to provide most of my living expenses for the next 2 years until I can claim my state pension. Questions 1. Would a hardcore drive that is quite packed at the entrance so is not actually 'loose' stone meet the planning condition? 2. If not, what is the minimum I can do to meet the condition? (I seem to remember someone saying on here that the council could only enforce the 'not loose stone' for a certain length between the road and the drive.) 3. What is the cheapest, half decent, driveway I can have constructed once I have access to some money? 4. If I leave it as is, for now, what, if anything, is the council likely to do about it? 5. Do the council actually come out and inspect the property to see if the everything conforms with plans?
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