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#31 MSI Magus

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 06:43 PM

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get a good tool set,duct tape, liquid nails, anmd spare scerews and nails

also a toilet snake and a sink snake

when all else fails and you are at wits end ask an older neighbor (the old guy on the block) they will give you some sage wisdom....sometimes



Forgot to respond to this. First off thanks for the help. We planned on buying some of that and already own a lot of it. What are Liquid nails though? Also the old person thing is a double edged sword. First off old people are terrified of me since I have mohawk and tats on my hands and neck and what not ;) Second off though even when they give me a chance and find out that I am a nice guy and really old school dispite my look....I end up wishing I never talked to them! Ya they can help and they have a lot of good advice...but god damn are they hard to get rid of. Being old with nothing but time and loneliness means they start showing up every day!

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#32 willardhaven

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 06:49 PM

Wow the price you guys paid for your house would hardly be a down payment in the northeast. By the way doesn't vinyl siding make pressure washing kind of unnecessary?

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#33 MSI Magus

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 06:53 PM

Wow the price you guys paid for your house would hardly be a down payment in the northeast. By the way doesn't vinyl siding make pressure washing kind of unnecessary?


That was what I thought. I would not even say unnecessary, just not 100% vital. If you get some gunk on your house just spray it off with the hose, it does not seem like it would require a $250 tool to do that. If I am wrong I am sure tons of people will correct me though.

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#34 Mr Unoriginal

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 06:53 PM

Wow the price you guys paid for your house would hardly be a down payment in the northeast. By the way doesn't vinyl siding make pressure washing kind of unnecessary?


I was thinking the same thing. In NJ, a moderately priced home in a nice town probably starts at $300,000.

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#35 MSI Magus

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 06:55 PM

I was thinking the same thing. In NJ, a moderately priced home in a nice town probably starts at $300,000.


Heh if you go over to Rossford which is the nice area and bought the same house we bought in Toledo it would run $90k-$130k. Funny how the area of the nation you live in can make such a huge difference. Given yes there are $500k and even multi million dollar homes over there, but that and the school system is what makes the big difference over there. Everyone told us we were stupid to live in "ghetto Toledo" vs Rossford, but living just 10 mins down the road from the area those people live in saved us more then double the price of the house!

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 07:01 PM

Hey, I'm currently doing some remodeling projects of my own. The number 1 advice I could give you is take care of your bathroom. If your bathroom walls isn't glossy finish, then you might want to think about repainting. It glossy finish helps to prevent from moisture absorbing through the walls. If not, you may help molds and mildew grow. Molds and mildew is NOT fun, not healthy, and very costly to have it treated. Also, always use the fan (if your bathroom has one) to suck out the moisture out.

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#37 MSI Magus

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 07:11 PM

Just since people asked a bit more about the home here are a few pics I found on a website that still had it listed as for sale. Little more info too. Shows that it is small as I said, but I think for a starter home we got a good price and will be happy.

Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Sqft: 968
Lot size: 3,200 sq ft / 0.07 acres
Property type: Single Family
Year built: 1919

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#38 EnronLackey

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 07:15 PM

Didnt bother reading the other posting but let me give you a few tips since Im in the construction industry:

Check your roofing .. make sure no leaks comes into the attic .. once the leaks hit the beams and rots away, well your house is done for .. if you going to need a roof replaced, and you plan to stay there for a quite a long time (20 + years) then DONT skimp out on the roofing materials

Insulate your attic with blown insulation .. good at 12 inches high .. best at 18 inches .. rolled can only cover where it lays .. blown insulation can get into the nook and crannys where the air tends to escapes

weatherproof the hell out of your house .. save you loads of money on the long run especially if you bought a house that is more than 20 years old .. it deals with windows, doors, insulation, weatherstripping

talk about old houses, check the house for lead paint .. we got enough dumb kids running into walls and doors in this great nation, so no need to add to the count

and above all, dont use family "handyman" to fix your home problems unless they got years of experience dealing .. just trust me on that .. the horror stories with that .. and just about every major roofing jobs I contracted for start out something like "my cousin went up there and .."

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 07:17 PM

If you do any landscaping avoid using mulch, especially bordering the home.


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#40 Dead of Knight

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 07:17 PM

I think the interior paint needs to be changed but otherwise, looks good. The square footage is probably too small for most people but I could definitely live with that.
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#41 MSI Magus

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 07:22 PM

I think the interior paint needs to be changed but otherwise, looks good. The square footage is probably too small for most people but I could definitely live with that.


Hehe yeah we intend to paint. It is actually worse then you can imagine. THe living and dining room are that horrible blue, it then leads in to the kitchen which is pepto bismal pink! As you go upstairs it stays the same blue and then one of the rooms is a decent purple, one a horrible pink and the third....is wood paneling! It is such a mis mash, but its a cheap fix. And yeah as I warned its a bit on the small side, but for the price and for 2 people with small dogs and no intent to have kids its close to perfect(Just a little more space for our books and games would have been nice!).

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#42 Panda

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 07:24 PM

I think the interior paint needs to be changed but otherwise, looks good. The square footage is probably too small for most people but I could definitely live with that.


2nd on the interior paint needed to be change.

The house is way bigger than mine. Twice the square footage. LOL Nice house. I always wonder what's it like to live in a middle America home.
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#43 mtxbass1

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 07:33 PM

By the way doesn't vinyl siding make pressure washing kind of unnecessary?


People put siding on a home so that the home doesn't have to be PAINTED. You still have to clean it. Gunk will build up. You have to get that off there or over time it will not come off.



#44 Capitalizt

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 07:47 PM

I've never cleaned out the vent behind my dryer...It's been there at least 5 years and still seems fine. Is that really necessary?



#45 dmaul1114

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 07:48 PM

I've never cleaned out the vent behind my dryer...It's been there at least 5 years and still seems fine. Is that really necessary?


Yes. Should make the dryer more efficient, and a clogged vent is one of the leading causes of fires.

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#46 mtxbass1

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 08:16 PM

If you do any landscaping avoid using mulch, especially bordering the home.


Why is that? I see mulch or straw used nearly everywhere...



#47 Clak

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 08:19 PM

Vinyl still needs to be washed. If you wash it with a hose regularly you probably don't need a pressure washer, but if you let it build up, all that dirt, pollen, tree sap etc is going to be like glue. Pressure washers can be handy though. great for cleaning off lawn equipment (for when all that grass builds up under the lawn mower), can be useful for washing cars too so long as you don't raise the pressure too high. Also makes washing windows easier.
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#48 MSI Magus

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 08:39 PM

Vinyl still needs to be washed. If you wash it with a hose regularly you probably don't need a pressure washer, but if you let it build up, all that dirt, pollen, tree sap etc is going to be like glue. Pressure washers can be handy though. great for cleaning off lawn equipment (for when all that grass builds up under the lawn mower), can be useful for washing cars too so long as you don't raise the pressure too high. Also makes washing windows easier.


That was kind of what I thought, that it would be usefull but if I was not lazy and just sprayed the house down periodically with a hose it would be effective enough. /shrug

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#49 dmaul1114

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 08:43 PM

Depends on the water pressure of your outdoor spicket. If the house is pretty clean now, and it's decent pressure you can probably get buy with just hosing it down a few times a year.

If it's dirty already or, the pressure is low, then it won't cut it.

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 08:54 PM

Pretty good tips so far. The biggest difference between renting and owning is the way you treat your place. Keep in mind that anything you damage or brake is coming out of your pocket (the super is not going to fix it and the landlord is not going to pay for it). You must spend a decent amount of time focusing on maintenance. Here's a pretty good checklist.

-THINK OF YOUR HOUSE AS AN INVESTMENT.

P.S. You should power-wash your house if you got the time and can afford to do so. It has nothing to do with pride. It's maintenance and makes the siding last longer ultimately increasing the value of the home.

P.P.S. I am still dumfounded by the price you paid for your home (that's not even enough for a down payment in the northeast). Congrats and good luck with your new home.
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#51 MSI Magus

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 09:05 PM

Well we don't have any family in Ohio except my crazy mom and my dad. Everyone else is in Washington state and New England, and we like those areas better. It's not about being ghetto or anything, we just don't seem to really "fit" in Ohio.


Missed this comment before, I can understand the whole not fitting in Ohio thing. My mom wanted us to come and live with them at their new house in California which was soooooo freaking tempting because we feel we would have just fit in better out there. Being in our mid to late 20s and not having kids and not intending to have kids for at least several more years, going out for Sushi dinners and not having a TV with working cable but instead using the internet for everything....people around here treat us like we are as foreign as someone coming from butt Fuck Egypt. I ma sure the whole tattoos, mohawk, painted nails etc etc do not help at all. The apartment we lived in the maintance man joked with me that I was the "big gay monster of Rossford" because everyone thought I was gay...yet everyone was terrified shitless of me.

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 10:04 PM

35k? Wow live in Eastern WA State and i paid $152,000 for a house built in 2000 with 1700 sq ft.

Since you live in an older home you should check out the roof for sure as other CAGS have mentioned

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#53 willardhaven

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 01:20 AM

Honestly the outside looks good and if you had it checked by a builder or contractor you should be able to take it one project at a time. One day do molding, another day you can do paint or carpet. In time you can tune each room to your liking and you might not want to leave.

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 02:35 AM

Congrats on the purchase. We bought our house 6 months ago. I little over 1800sq ft, 3 bed, 2 bath and 3 car garage. Nice neighborhood built in 2005 for $165k.

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 05:01 AM

Why is that? I see mulch or straw used nearly everywhere...


It harbors all kinds of bugs and insects... particularly termites!
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Posted 25 September 2010 - 01:06 PM

Honestly the outside looks good and if you had it checked by a builder or contractor you should be able to take it one project at a time. One day do molding, another day you can do paint or carpet. In time you can tune each room to your liking and you might not want to leave.


We probably will not even do that much, I mean as you said the outside looks nice and pretty much everything on the inside is taken care of. There are things we would like to do such as paint it and we prefer hard wood floors to carpet(especially with having 2 shedding dogs!)but we are really simple people so probably will not bother. I mean we look at it like this, we can spend a grand painting, carpeting etc etc but at the end of the day we would hardly notice the change. So why not have most of that grand get invested into our retirement and enjoy a few video/board games and sushi dinners with the rest ;)

I wanted to plant a decent sized tree somewhere to sit under and read, but we really do not have a good place to put one, which lead me to think about knocking down that garage which would give us space for both a pool and the tree....but again once we saw the expense that would be as well as what it does to resale value(since for some reason most people would rather have a garage...).

Like I said though, if all in all we are happy it seems like tossing money into complaints it is easy to ignore is just a waste of good money(and the reason most people are in debt with no retirement savings).

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 01:47 PM

It harbors all kinds of bugs and insects... particularly termites!


Which is why you put down plastic in the beds, along with having your home treated for pests. I live in a termite prone area where a termite letter is required before a home can be sold. *Most* houses that sit on a slab with no wood touching the ground are never going to have a termite problem. Any exposed wood obviously would be at risk, however a good maintenance plan is going to catch any problems before they get too serious. You're going to have insects or bugs no matter where you live and what your house is exposed to.

I've always heard that pine straw in particular brings in roaches, but I've never experienced this first hand. Again, with regular treatment this shouldn't be much of an issue.



#58 2DMention

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 05:41 PM

Wow. That's a lot of house for little money. You could afford to buy that house working at Burger King. What are you gonna do with all the money you're going to save? Why is that house so cheap?

A comparable house like that in Mpls would cost like 160K

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 05:46 PM

Wow. That's a lot of house for little money. You could afford to buy that house with a Burger King salary. What are you gonna do with all the money you're going to save?

A comparable house like that in Mpls would cost like 160K


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Posted 25 September 2010 - 07:44 PM

Wow. That's a lot of house for little money. You could afford to buy that house working at Burger King. What are you gonna do with all the money you're going to save? Why is that house so cheap?

A comparable house like that in Mpls would cost like 160K

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Unfortunately there are a lot of housing deals in Ohio, since there are so few jobs. I am originally from Cleveland and I would like to move back, but there are very few white collar openings. If I ever expand a business, I plan to bring whatever I can back to OH.

I looked at my grandma's old house and I could buy it and the one next to it with cash right now.