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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by Markies Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:40 pm

Technically, this is the third house that I put a contract on.

The first one, the basement walls were caving into the house so water was getting in and was making the house structurally unsound. Somebody bought the house later, tore it completely down and built a new one on the land.

The second one, the electrical system needed a complete rewiring. It was outdated and not up to code. Along with a high price point at the time, I decided to pass. Two months later, my boss quit and I began to hate my job for about 18 months and then became unemployed for another 6 months, so that was probably a wise decision.

So, I am utterly terrified of the inspection. I am hoping and praying that everything is really good. It's a newer house (built in 96) and the previous owners took really good care of it. I have less worries than before, but I am still worried.

But, as long as they don't find anything terribly wrong with it, I'll be good. I know they will find stuff wrong with the house. It's just as you say, the degrees of severity and when it needs fixing.
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by prfsnl_gmr Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:52 pm

MrPopo wrote:So something to be aware of is the inspection is going to come back with a lot of "problems". You're going to have to categorize these into "things that must be fixed as a condition of sale", "things I'll have to fix within a year or two", "things to be aware of", and "things that don't matter." For example:
  • The hot water heater is end of life. This should be a condition of sale.
  • The roof has five years left on it. Start squirrling away money now so you can replace it when the time comes.
  • The windows are single pane aluminum frames. You'll want to replace them with something newer and more energy efficient, but the timeline is pretty much up to you.
  • Not all the bathroom outlets have GFIs. It's a code violation, and it's a potential safety hazard, but you might not be worried in practical terms.
  • Your house is a split entry and the glass next to the front door isn't safety glass. Only an issue if a small child tumbles down the stairs and goes through the glass, so probably not worth fixing ever.

Your realtor will be able to help you categorize stuff.


Popo nailed it. Great advice.
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by Ziggy587 Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:55 am

Markies wrote:No, I will take any advice anybody can give me.


Those water alarms are definitely good advice. I've been meaning to get a few myself.

Twice now, the hot water lead under my bathroom sink blew and started dumping full city water pressure into the bathroom. Luckily, both times I was right in front of the sink when it happened so was able to turn the shutoff valve off right away. But at my job, the same thing has happened twice in the past year and half. But they weren't so lucky and water wasn't shut off right away. The alarm wont help if you're not at home, but I would still feel safer with it.

Those stupid leads seem to break often, and it's not like you can buy better ones. I have an aunt and uncle that had their basement flood when they were in on vacation in Florida because the lead to their dishwasher blew. And that's HOT water LOL.

Knowing all of the above, I try to purchase the best looking leads I can find. But even then, I have half a mind to replace them all once a year, but that would be a pain in the ass and an extra yearly expense.

One thing I've took to doing is actually using the shutoff valve for the washing machine like you're supposed to. Every washing machine should have an easily accessible shutoff valve. They even make specialty valves that automatically shut off. The idea is you take the pressure off the hoses because they can eventually blow up. You don't use the shutoff valves for you bathroom and kitchen sink because you use them constantly and that would be annoying. But most people aren't using their washing machine that often. If you do wash one or even a few times a week, there's no sense of leaving the pressure on all the time.

Anyway, that's my bit of random homeowners advice.
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by Markies Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:36 pm

We had the inspection today and it went surprisingly well.

I am constantly waiting for the shoe to drop and it just hasn't fallen yet.

There was one minor thing that I could fix the first week of living there.
Another that I needed to think about in 5 years or so.

And then two issues that I will talk with agent about. We can ask for those to be fixed and that should be about it.

From the looks of things, it looks like at the end of July, I will be owning my first house!

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by prfsnl_gmr Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:06 pm

That’s great news, Markies!
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by bmoc Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:38 am

:D I've been so busy with my basement, I forgot to mention that I finally have decent internet access at my home for the first time in 3.5 years! Windstream finally came through and got me hooked up last week with their cable internet. I got the 100Mbps package and when running a speedtest, it usually clocks in around 110Mbps.

I did have an issue with my Ubiquiti access point only dishing out 50Mbps. There were two problems. First I had to adjust the channel width on the 5Ghz band to the maximum (why isn't this the default setting?) and I had to get a better Power of Ethernet adapter. I was using a PoE adapter for an IP phone that I had laying around and it was limiting it to around 60-75Mbps. After getting the official PoE adapter for my access point from Ubiquiti, all was good.

I can't wait to start gaming online again!
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by Key-Glyph Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:39 am

Glad all the house stuff is going so well, Markies! Achieving a personal dream is always such a lovely thing. Enjoy it. :)
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by prfsnl_gmr Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:53 am

:D I got to meet Elkin in person yesterday. We went to a game store, grabbed dinner, and talked about video games...a lot. He’s a super cool guy, and I had a great time. It’s always nice to meet fellow forum members face-to-face!
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by REPO Man Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:45 am

Got my taxes done for the first time in 5 years. There's a whole story there. Anyway...

:( Lost out on $600some from 2015 because I didn't file soon enough, not counting my 2014 returns.

But, between my 2016, 2017 and 2018 returns I got back...


:D :D :D a little over $2200!!

After paying back $700 in back rent, that still leaves $1500 to move to NYC. I'm literally closer to NYC that I've ever been!!

My current budget is still $3000, assuming I can find a room for rent for $700 or less.

I'm also working at least 70 hours a week and this upcoming week I'll be working 40 at Food Lion and 37.5 at Duck Donuts.

But it's not all good...

:cry: My brother and his wife are separated, and he's currently homeless. And recently lost his job. He claimed he tried to get a job at Food Lion (God knows that we need more overnight stockers, since aside from the students that can't work after midnight there's just me, my supervisor and a coworker), and I'm trying to get him a job at Duck Donuts. Also if I move to NYC I'm gonna try to get my landlord to let my brother move in here.

But wish me luck. I'll need it.

And wish my brother luck. He needs it more than I do.
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Re: What Made you Smile/What Ticked you off Today?

by MrPopo Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:38 am

REPO Man wrote:Got my taxes done for the first time in 5 years. There's a whole story there. Anyway...

I want to know the story of why you didn't do your taxes for several years.
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