Home Buyin/Maintenance Thread - Where most of us are 30ish but act 47. Oh, and fuck home inspectors

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  1. The Banks

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    What type of heating/cooling systems do you have?
     
  2. Wallcoq

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    Think its called an octatristat.
     
  3. ned's head

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    Not sure what you mean...there are 3 trane outdoor a/c units, 5 ecobee thermostats, and 3 old ass honeywell thermostats that I'll have to change
     
  4. The Banks

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    Gotcha, I was thinking you had heating and cooling. Sometimes I forget where people live. Are you sure all 8 are still hooked up?
     
  5. ned's head

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    They all have power, but I haven't been able to test them individually. I was hoping there was some kind of zoning chart panel somewhere that would map it out, but maybe that's asking too much
     
  6. Pharm

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    Have you tried turning them off and then back on again?
     
  7. Pharm

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    This was my weekend project so we can clean out the spare bedroom and still use the garage to park cars in there as I despise using the garage as a storage unit. My knees are fucking blistered because I was wearing shorts like a dumbass.

     
  8. hipsterjoe

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    will it be a massive pain in the ass to paint my own house?
     
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  9. bigred77

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    Do you live there?
    Inside or out?
     
  10. Dukes

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    I have a two story Colonial style home built in 1949 (~2400 finished sq ft, ~900 unfinished conditioned basement). Only been in the house a year and a half but both AC units are 25 years old and I have an oil furnace (made in 70s but brand new pump). Both AC are empty on refrigerant and all signs point to leaks in the coils. Have a home warranty but they’re going to want to replace the coils and not the systems so I’m going to try to get a cash out and then do my own thing. I’ve gotten several opinions but I’m thinking I’ll keep the oil furnace but replace the basement AC with a heat pump and run duel fuel so oil is only backup heat and when it gets super cold. I’d replace the upstairs AC with a straight AC. Does this sound like the right move here? I’m getting conflicting opinions from the pros. Some say get rid of oil furnace all together and just run a heat pump. Some say replace the oil furnace with a new one add the heat pump and run duel fuel. And other says keep existing oil furnace and add heat pump for duel fuel. I’m in Virginia so it gets cold in the winter but not sub zero temps. No gas line to house so unfortunately that isn’t an option.
     
  11. texasraider

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    heat pumps aren't my favorite. but they work fine in most parts of Texas. They do seem to have major issues with pulling what little humidity there is in the winter.

    If you go straight heat pump (and even if you don't) I'd make sure that my insulation was top tier
     
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  12. hipsterjoe

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    yes - exterior
     
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  13. Wallcoq

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    What material?
     
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  14. Dukes

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    This is my thought process as well. The oil heat is very warm and heats quick (but isn’t cheap). I feel like the heat pump would do well when it’s above 45 degrees but when below that I’d be better off running oil.
     
  15. hipsterjoe

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    shake siding
     
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  16. goblue31602

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  17. One Two

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    I am not saying you're incapable of doing it, but the risk of it looking bad after undertaking such a bitch of a project would lead me to pay pros to do it.
     
  18. hipsterjoe

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    tell me the reasons why
     
  19. hipsterjoe

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    will it look $3000 better if I paid someone?
     
  20. bigred77

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    1st, you dont know what you are doing
     
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  21. bigred77

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    How were you planning on applying the paint?
     
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  22. goblue31602

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    Do you have 1 or 2 weekends (where the weather cooperates) and all of the supplies necessary to complete the job? It's going to come down to how much you value your time and if you can live with imperfections. With shake being textured the way it is, it's going to require either a sprayer or a brush. Unless you buy/rent a professional grade sprayer, they can be a pain in the ass with splatter and clogging, and then you have to mask things off, etc. A brush would take forever.

    That just sounds like something I would have no interest in doing myself, and I'm a DIY person quite often.
     
  23. One Two

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    I think prepping the shake, especially if there is already old paint on it, would be the limiting factor for me
     
  24. goblue31602

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    Yeah I didn't even consider the prep. I mean, to each their own, but that sounds like an absolute miserable time to me.
     
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  25. hipsterjoe

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    there's only a couple of spots that require some scraping - the paint currently on the house is in decent shape but it's just ugly. I was going to roll and brush
     
  26. goblue31602

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    Ranch or 2 story? Is the entire house shake?
     
  27. Wallcoq

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    If it's an oil based paint that's on there now "some scraping" could turn into your entire summer.
     
  28. hipsterjoe

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    Single story. Most of the house is shake.
     
  29. hipsterjoe

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    pretty sure it’s latex
     
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  30. a.tramp

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    Going to be completely honest here. This sounds like the most miserable project that anyone on here has attempted to undertake. And that is coming from someone that did a complete kitchen/den gut remodel and built his own cedar privacy fence in the middle of Texas summer.

    Just the thought of prepping the surface makes me squeam. You add the taping and then getting good paint coverage and I am out.
     
  31. bigred77

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    In other words, go for it hipsterjoe
     
  32. goblue31602

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    Gotcha, you're still going to have to pressure wash at the very least, as you're not going to want to paint over the dirt and debris that has accumulated over the years. And after you pressure wash, that may lead to more scraping than you had planned. As an avid DIY guy, this just sounds like it has the ability to open Pandora's box, and could go from a weekend project to a month long nightmare. I'd get a couple quotes and make a decision from there, but personally speaking, I would gladly give someone money to do that work.
     
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  33. hipsterjoe

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    FYI this is my first house and I’ve redone most of the inside myself. My “save up to have someone paint” fund went away after I was laid off last year. I’m impatient and don’t want to wait another year to have the house painted
     
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  34. texasraider

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    I'll DIY most anything but one thing I've retired from is painting. Always better to pay someone imo
     
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  35. hipsterjoe

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    I bought a fixer upper for sure 02E1181D-388F-42B6-9F93-238131C56F06.jpeg 75EF389F-DA73-48BD-80E9-BA0EC1780BF8.jpeg 64F67D12-53AB-4DFC-ABD2-ABF11803062C.jpeg
     
  36. hipsterjoe

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    Installing those can lights was my first experience with electrical and I don’t think I’ll ever do it again tbh
     
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  37. Wallcoq

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    Why did you cover up that sweet RCA hole?
     
  38. hipsterjoe

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    the weirdos who lived here before me had a tv mounted right there by the front door
     
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  40. hipsterjoe

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    gross and equally tan as the interior “before” pictures
     
  41. goblue31602

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    At least it's not the same color as your front door. #yikes
     
  42. hipsterjoe

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    That’s not the color of the door anymore lol
     
  43. goblue31602

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    Haha, I assumed that was the case. That thing is hideous, unless you're a Texas fan, I guess.
     
  44. hipsterjoe

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    it is gonna be something like this after I paint the house though
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  45. LeVar Burton

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    Put my first offer on a home today... :ohshit::ohnoes:

    I’m in a seller’s market. It’s amazing how fast these things go.
     
  46. The Banks

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    No, you weren't.

    Pay someone, coming from someone who enjoys painting.
     
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  47. Baron

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    Going to be listing mine here soon too, homes flying off the market in less than 24hours here.
     
  48. LeVar Burton

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    The home I offered was listed for less than 24 hours. Offered 3% less than list with an escalation clause up to list price. Did I do it right? My realtor seemed to think it was a good offer.
     
  49. ned's head

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    Seller's have until today to agree to our repairs before the deal collapses. We may have to walk over $500 in pool fixes :pffft:
     
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  50. a.tramp

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    What are the pool fixes in question?