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#991 Pookymeister

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 08:16 PM

I've heard things about electric work costing a bit more than that - only way to know for sure is to get an estimate I would say. Should be able to get that for free , at least.


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Posted 03 May 2013 - 03:03 AM

Anyone have a washer and dryer on the second story of their house? I do, and I'm terrified of it bursting somewhere. Is there anything at all I can do to calm my fears?

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 10:55 AM

Anyone have a washer and dryer on the second story of their house? I do, and I'm terrified of it bursting somewhere. Is there anything at all I can do to calm my fears?


Make sure the hoses that feed the washer are the braided reinforced kind, not plain rubber. The rubber ones WILL break, I speak from experience after throwing a load in one night right before bed and waking up the next morning to a foot of water downstairs. Not pleasant.

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 08:19 PM

I definitely did get those. Not even that much more than the rubber hoses, even.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 12:42 AM

I think you can buy basins or something to put the washer in. Won't stop a huge amount of water, but could help if something small happened.


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 03:40 AM

I too did that (well, it's a small tray, which will at least help catch small washer related leaks, not sure if there's a giant bucket of some kind I can put it in, that would catch more water)

I did some research and apparently you can buy a 150 dollar gizmo that keeps a read on water pressure and kills the water line if it hits a certain threshold. That might be a reasonable investment. I totally would pay someone to put hookups in my garage, but I'm not even sure if that's possible.
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Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:15 PM

I JUST had a guy down last week to install 2 outdoor sockets and with parts, including the price of the special weather resistant closing outdoor sockets he charged me $150.00. One he just installed on the wall outside the box, but the other he had to run on the other side of the house out the back. I'm in NJ which is usually on the expensive side of things. Of course, this is the husband of someone I know through work and while he is licensed, he doesn't do it as a regular job anymore so I assume he is not charging a high rate.

Okay first thing is first I will not mess with electrical stuff. I am beyond afraid of getting shocked.

So I want to have a few more outlet installed in my unfinished basement one for a chest freezer and a couple of more for my game room stuff once I decide to finish my basement. Right now I have a TV set up in the one corner for my son to play Wii and I would like to my it into a little home theater with another 360 and Blu-ray player hooked up to it. Right now I am running a extension cord up through the celling joists from the one lighting fixture. How much do you think it will cost to have a electrician come in and do this. I do have a couple of empty spots still left in the breaker box, and everything as far as that goes is newer and up to date.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 11:21 PM

You guys aren't the only ones. Right now my basement has a full sized dedicated arcade machine that runs a lot of stuff. I've done the floor, walls, and ceiling. Did all the work myself with the help of my father to save on labor. Drywall is dirt cheap if you do it yourself as is Pergo flooring. I've been accumulating other things for it as well but until my roommate/tenant moves out, it will be half-used as storage. Eventually when he goes I will put in a bar style sit down arcade machine as well and a pool table. I may turn the fishtank built into the wall between the finished basement and the laundry room into a fridge/bar area as well. I'm not much of a drinker, but cold beverages on hand in the game room is always a good thing.

My basement has been in the works for 13 months :D



#999 Javery

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:55 PM

Well if there is space he could run it from the breaker box, then. Bottom line, it's not at all a difficult thing for them to do, it would just come down to the time/cost of running the new cable.

Agreed.  They will tap into the wires in the ceiling that feed the rest of the house and put the outlets wherever you want them.  A couple hundred dollars would be my guess too.

 

In other news, my addition is (sort of) finishing up this week.  Final inspection is tomorrow.  We still have to paint the exterior of the house and garage as well as paint the entire interior (including 27 windows and 18 doors - ugh).  I'm going to hire someone to do outside but I'm sucking it up and painting the interior myself.  We came in pretty much on budget which was great but it took WAY longer than it should have.  My contractor also didn't really finish - he is moving and closing up his business so he didn't get to replace the basement stairs or install some built-ins that were on the plans.  We have to figure out a credit (we haven't made the final payment yet) but I'm pretty annoyed that it has come to this (he did do a good job overall though).

 

Things we didn't budget for and didn't really think about that we have to do within the next year are the driveway (including pouring a concrete slab in the garage) and all of the landscaping - my yard (front and back) has almost no grass and is just mud and rocks.  My basement theater/game room will likely be after those things so I'm guessing I'm 2 years away at least.  I'm just glad we finally have a decent sized house to live in and I can move out of the attic.



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 03:07 PM

So the house passed final inspection which is good... but the contractor didn't actually finish which is bad.  As a "compromise" I decided to withhold $10,000 from his final payment and this is on top of the $5,000 punchlist payment that we will owe him once we are satisfied 100%.  We are supposed to have 30 days to put a list together that he will fix for the last $5K.  That's not happening since he closed his business so it is on us to find other guys to finish the job.  I think $15K will cover everything but I'm pretty annoyed - it's just more legwork for me.  The conversation was uncomfortable too since I don't particularly like confrontations.  I'm very happy with everything else though.



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Posted 28 June 2013 - 04:51 PM

Glad to hear you're in the final stretch.  My advice would be to get the rest of the stuff done ASAP.  It's really easy to sit on small repairs that should get done, but you just never get around to it.


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#1002 Javery

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Posted 28 June 2013 - 08:30 PM

Yeah - we have people coming out to the house next week to bid on the remaining stuff.  I'm hoping by the end of July at the absolute latest everything will be 100% finished (other than the painting, which I will be doing slowly over time).



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:36 PM

Another stupid question.

 

In our kitchen on our back storm/screen door we have no screen inserts both spots are filled in with the glass panels in their frames. Is there a way to get panels containing screens made up when you dont even have the frames for them? I know if you have the frames you can get missing or broken screens replaced or repaired but is anything I can do in this case other than buying a whole new screen door?


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 01:59 AM

I don't need help, but I do have some wicked good advice. :)

 

About 2 years ago, our septic started to get a little backed up. The ground was always really moist when it should have been completely dry. Well, we've been in the house 10 years and haven't had it pumped (stupid move!), so we decided to pump it. I dug up the cover and the guy came by and pumped it. At the last minute, he decided to grab his shovel and poke around. Turns out we had another tank next to the one we knew about (both 500 gallon tanks). So he pumped them both and went about his way.

 

Fast forward to now. The septic is screwed up and it's time to dig. The distribution box is broken, a line collapsed, it's plugged ... we have no idea. So we just dig. After a week of digging on and off, we uncover 2 more tanks (that's 4 people) that needed to be pumped. So we had the guys come by and pump them and shove a camera in the lines. All clear. What the hell? Oh wait a minute, looks like we have another tank! (Yes, for a total of 5.) The guy lifts the lid to pump it and it's full.

 

Now let me explain how full. (Those with weak stomachs, leave now.) A septic tank is supposed to be mostly liquid. The solids decompose and dissolve and get eaten by bacteria. It should basically be sewage water. How full was ours? There was no water. Wait, let me finish. There was NO water. It was packed so full and tightly that you could actually stand on the top of it. It's a 1000 gallon tank that was packed SOLID with poop. Our guess was that it hand't been pumped in 30 years or so.

 

Moral of the story? Pump your septic tank yearly. :) Also, make sure you know how many damn tanks you have. :/

 

I don't know how many of you CAGs are on a septic, but if you are, take care of that shit.



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 04:22 PM

My wife just got a new position and her employer is offering to pay for all of our moving fees. When I say all moving fees I mean even things like realtor fees from selling our home and buying a new one. This leaves me with a lot of different questions then many people have when moving. Do I tell either realtor that we are on a short time frame(start the job in December)or do we hide that fact? Do you inform them that our employer is paying for most of the fees or does that make them less likely to work to get the price down?

 

Anyone ever been in a similar situation or have realtor experience here? I am sure I will have some other house questions too. Our last home was a crappy $36k starter home but with her employer having such a generous moving policy we are trying to be smart and really pick something with value that we love :bouncy:


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Posted 25 July 2013 - 07:57 PM

I don't need help, but I do have some wicked good advice. :)

 

About 2 years ago, our septic started to get a little backed up. The ground was always really moist when it should have been completely dry. Well, we've been in the house 10 years and haven't had it pumped (stupid move!), so we decided to pump it. I dug up the cover and the guy came by and pumped it. At the last minute, he decided to grab his shovel and poke around. Turns out we had another tank next to the one we knew about (both 500 gallon tanks). So he pumped them both and went about his way.

 

Fast forward to now. The septic is screwed up and it's time to dig. The distribution box is broken, a line collapsed, it's plugged ... we have no idea. So we just dig. After a week of digging on and off, we uncover 2 more tanks (that's 4 people) that needed to be pumped. So we had the guys come by and pump them and shove a camera in the lines. All clear. What the hell? Oh wait a minute, looks like we have another tank! (Yes, for a total of 5.) The guy lifts the lid to pump it and it's full.

 

Now let me explain how full. (Those with weak stomachs, leave now.) A septic tank is supposed to be mostly liquid. The solids decompose and dissolve and get eaten by bacteria. It should basically be sewage water. How full was ours? There was no water. Wait, let me finish. There was NO water. It was packed so full and tightly that you could actually stand on the top of it. It's a 1000 gallon tank that was packed SOLID with poop. Our guess was that it hand't been pumped in 30 years or so.

 

Moral of the story? Pump your septic tank yearly. :) Also, make sure you know how many damn tanks you have. :/

 

I don't know how many of you CAGs are on a septic, but if you are, take care of that shit.

 

 

There is a formula, but it depends on the size of your tank. But it's at least every two years. There are two tanks, a solid storage tank and a grey water tank. There is pipes between the two and baffles. The baffles keep the solids out of the gray tank. I bet that you filled the one tank and it got pushed down and into the other tank and destroyed the system.

 

Just a FYI for those on septic and might not know better, but powered detergent and cooking grease are you worst enemies. I had powder and grease clog the input pipe to the solid chamber and backup the system.

 

I was given good advice by the pumper man, there is supposed to be a filter basket, a mesh of some sort that goes into the drain tube that goes from the gray tank to the leech field. Clean that sucker every 6 months.Take it out and hose it down then put it back. Also check the condition of the input tube from house into the solid septic tank, make sure that it is clean and water flows freely (flush a toilet or two at the same time). If you do that you will be ahead of the majority of issues.



#1007 Dead of Knight

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:31 PM

I am SO fucking glad we're sewer and don't have to deal with a septic tank.  I remember it was a pain in the ass for my parents while I was growing up. :lol:

 

And :rofl: @ having 5 septic tanks.


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#1008 Pookymeister

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:42 PM

Eww poopy.

 

Basement is *almost* drywalled. Maybe it will actually finish this summer




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Posted 25 July 2013 - 09:13 PM

My wife just got a new position and her employer is offering to pay for all of our moving fees. When I say all moving fees I mean even things like realtor fees from selling our home and buying a new one. This leaves me with a lot of different questions then many people have when moving. Do I tell either realtor that we are on a short time frame(start the job in December)or do we hide that fact? Do you inform them that our employer is paying for most of the fees or does that make them less likely to work to get the price down?

 

Anyone ever been in a similar situation or have realtor experience here? I am sure I will have some other house questions too. Our last home was a crappy $36k starter home but with her employer having such a generous moving policy we are trying to be smart and really pick something with value that we love :bouncy:

 

I wouldn't bother to tell them who's paying for what.  Your buying agent just wants you to pick a house quickly so they get paid without doing too much work, and your selling agent might try to talk you into accepting a slightly lower offer with the excuse "since you'll get paid back for the fees it's really more!" (again, for them it's the quick turnaround time more than the split of a few K).  You shouldn't have any realtor fees from buying your new home unless her company counts your closing costs which would be awesome and save you anywhere from 2-6 thousand dollars.  Personally I'd consider July-Dec a long timeframe when it comes to looking for a house.  I bought my latest house after a 4 month search and that felt like torture.  If you still haven't found anything you like after a couple of months I'd tell them that you're on a timeline and maybe think about expanding your search criteria.  Depending on where you're moving to a lot of markets dry out in the fall/winter so you may not see a lot of new homes popping up if you take a while to decide.  Good luck!

 

Just another note  - it'll probably take about a month from the time your offer is accepted until you're able to close so keep that in mind with your schedule


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 03:34 AM

Well, I have been in my place since November. I found out the first place I bid on had somehow been sold without being back on the market. It sold for $60,000. I'm a little pissed because I offered $62,000 for it in october. I guess I can take some pleasure in knowing they had to pay property taxes, assessments, electric, etc and ended up taking less than my offer. They probably lost about $7,000 by turning me down. I could have used the extra space though.



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 08:07 PM

Well, I have been in my place since November. I found out the first place I bid on had somehow been sold without being back on the market. It sold for $60,000. I'm a little pissed because I offered $62,000 for it in october. I guess I can take some pleasure in knowing they had to pay property taxes, assessments, electric, etc and ended up taking less than my offer. They probably lost about $7,000 by turning me down. I could have used the extra space though.

 

Wow jelly.... in LA you can't buy anything for that amount. 2 brdroom 1000 sq ft Condos in West LA go for $400,000 at least.

 

Anyone have any recommendations for covering a car port? Getting tired of putting my car cover on every other week.



#1012 Dead of Knight

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 09:02 PM

Well, I have been in my place since November. I found out the first place I bid on had somehow been sold without being back on the market. It sold for $60,000. I'm a little pissed because I offered $62,000 for it in october. I guess I can take some pleasure in knowing they had to pay property taxes, assessments, electric, etc and ended up taking less than my offer. They probably lost about $7,000 by turning me down. I could have used the extra space though.

Yeah reminds me of the place we had a P&S on before we found our house.  They found a fuckton of things wrong with the inspection so we wanted them to go down a few thousand on the price, which was more than reasonable since the repairs would have been in the five figures at least, probably in the $20k+ range.  They tried to play chicken with us so we walked.  Turns out it sold for $15k less than our drop dead offer.  Epic fail.


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 04:37 AM

Wow jelly.... in LA you can't buy anything for that amount. 2 brdroom 1000 sq ft Condos in West LA go for $400,000 at least.

 

Anyone have any recommendations for covering a car port? Getting tired of putting my car cover on every other week.

 

yeah I ended up buying a 1 br 2nd floor unit for 38,000. It last sold for $105,000. Im happy with it, but I could really use a larger place.



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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:52 AM

I wouldn't bother to tell them who's paying for what.  Your buying agent just wants you to pick a house quickly so they get paid without doing too much work, and your selling agent might try to talk you into accepting a slightly lower offer with the excuse "since you'll get paid back for the fees it's really more!" (again, for them it's the quick turnaround time more than the split of a few K).  You shouldn't have any realtor fees from buying your new home unless her company counts your closing costs which would be awesome and save you anywhere from 2-6 thousand dollars.  Personally I'd consider July-Dec a long timeframe when it comes to looking for a house.  I bought my latest house after a 4 month search and that felt like torture.  If you still haven't found anything you like after a couple of months I'd tell them that you're on a timeline and maybe think about expanding your search criteria.  Depending on where you're moving to a lot of markets dry out in the fall/winter so you may not see a lot of new homes popping up if you take a while to decide.  Good luck!

 

Just another note  - it'll probably take about a month from the time your offer is accepted until you're able to close so keep that in mind with your schedule

Thanks for the respose, and actually they are paying for all the closing fees as well. Pretty much the only thing this whole move we have to pay for is insurance/mortgage. They even pay for gas and wear and tear on our vehicle just for driving from Toledo to Lansing to house hunt  :bouncy: I agree that since the buying agent wants us to pick a house quickly we probably dont need to give her further incentive to rush! The reminder that it can take a month to close settles an argument too. My wife kept insisting on our last house closing in like a week where I would have swore it was much longer! The reminder on the season is really helpfull too. I was hoping that maybe prices dropped a bit in the colder half of the year. Few houses that are out of our price range we are really keeping an eye on the next few months.

 

Another quick question. I think most of our house is in "move in condition" but our 3 dogs have trashed our living room carpet. Most of the rest of the house(including the carpet)is fine, but their nails have caught and ripped up the carpet in the living room in a few spots and stained it in a few others. I am guessing its probably best if possible to replace the carpet before selling since its a small room and small project? Especially since its in the living room which will be peoples first impression? Then again its a crappy little $36k starter home, might be better to just sell as is :cold:


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:53 AM

Another quick question. I know every market is different, every house is different and every situation is different. But have houses been staying on the market forever and a half like before? I keep reading the market is picking up but still really limping along. Just trying to figure out how long to play uninterested in a few dream homes that feel pretty cheap. I imagine its still safe to play possum for a month or two in general?

 

BTW Dead of Knight, you lived in condos and hated them correct? Pretty sure from when I was active here awhile back I recall you and a few others really ragging on condos and saying they are never the way to go.


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 12:05 PM

I hate switching jobs. I could have had a house at a 3% interest rate if I had stayed at my old job :/ but it's more money, and better for when I go back to school. New the interest in my area is climbing back up to 5%. O well it was worth since I can most likly get rid of the damn PMI.

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#1017 Dead of Knight

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:06 PM

Another quick question. I know every market is different, every house is different and every situation is different. But have houses been staying on the market forever and a half like before? I keep reading the market is picking up but still really limping along. Just trying to figure out how long to play uninterested in a few dream homes that feel pretty cheap. I imagine its still safe to play possum for a month or two in general?

 

BTW Dead of Knight, you lived in condos and hated them correct? Pretty sure from when I was active here awhile back I recall you and a few others really ragging on condos and saying they are never the way to go.

 

No, never lived in a condo.  They do suck ass though.


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#1018 Pookymeister

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:30 PM

I lived in a condo for a couple years. It's just like an apartment, so the pros and cons of that - except you can renovate.




#1019 dmaul1114

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:03 AM

I've been in a condo for the past 3 years.  I just rent one a friend bought and then moved overseas for work though.

 

As the above says, just pros and cons.

 

The one I'm in is a 30 story high rise (on on the 21st floor) so it's built pretty solidly so the sound proofing is decent (though could be better).

 

I live alone, so I don't need a ton of space so the 900 whatever square feet is just about right (1 bedroom with a den I use as an office). 

 

The main perk is the location.  Right in the middle of midtown Atlanta, which is the best part of the city.  A block from Piedmont Park which is a great place to run and has a lot of concerts and festivals.  Tons of great bars and restaurants within a few blocks, museums, art galleries etc.

 

I'd eventually prefer a house (and will most be moving into one in January when I move in with my girlfriend as she has dogs and needs a fenced in yard etc.) so I can have a yard, blast my home theater etc. But it's been great living in the city and being able to walk to so much stuff.  I wouldn't want a condo in the suburbs or anything though as then you just have the drawbacks without the benefit of being in an awesome location with tons to do at your doorstep.


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 02:14 AM

Just finished getting most of the house painted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gave the dude a check and said "Thanks" :bouncy: