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

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  1. GRG

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    Just take a sander or belt sander if you have one, and sand a little off the top of the door, happened to every door in my house when I first moved in
     
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  2. blind dog

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    We live on a small lake/big pond, the geese were kinda cool at first and kids loved when they all made their nests. But now these motherfuckers have an army. Shit is everywhere, free fertilizer I guess yay. Besides shooting them got any ideas? We have chased them off, had dogs chase them but they always come back. Coincidentally they like to hang out in same area hogs destroyed last fall (at least those assholes haven't come back).

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  4. Rabid

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    I’m in favor of Helocs just to have access to money if you need it. It’s cheaper to get access to money when you don’t need it than when you really do.
     
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  5. comrade static

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    you’ll most likely have to either get a HELOC or a HeLoan instead of a cash out refi due to the 80% LTV max cash out. It really depends on how much equity you have currently.

    the advantage of a heloc is you only pull out money as you need it, so if you have multiple stages of work to do, it would be better since you are only paying interest on what you’ve pulled out. Downside is a variable rate

    heloan you get full amount up front with typically a 5 or 7 year fixed repayment schedule and interest rate. Downside is having to make payments even if you don’t need all of the loan amount right away.

    I’m guessing a heloan might be better for your situation since it is only one project that I wouldn’t expect to take very long to get completed.
     
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  6. Rabid

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    I wouldn’t be too concerned about taking out a variable rate loan at this time. It’s hard to imagine the Fed aggressively raising rates.
     
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  7. Doc Louis

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    That’s definitely easier than taking the door off the hinges and trying to adjust things to make the door fit better.
     
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  8. Snakes

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    Thanks for the info. I already have a Line of credit with Lightstream (Suntrust) from a kitchen reno in the old house. what other banks would you recommend? are these common enough loans that any bank should be able to offer?
     
  9. Rabid

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    Yes
     
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  10. One Two

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  11. texasraider

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    well well well
     
  12. REGGNECK

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    Did oranjello get the AC fixed ...
     
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  13. dirtybert

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    Hope so. He put some bad mojo on me when he brought that up. My downstairs unit shut off yesterday afternoon. Luckily the p trap on the condensate drain was clogged and the condensate filled the pan and tripped the float switch. Easy fix, but sent me into a panic.
     
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  14. REGGNECK

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    My last home had a capacitor problem, every summer the ac would go out once .. finally got it fixed . When I read his issues and the suggestions , I could feel for him especially bc it so hot .
     
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  15. billdozer

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    If I want to replace fluorescent tube lights in my garage is it better to get the LED lights made to fit the fixture or just replace the entire fixture?
     
  16. southlick

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    I've done this several times. If you wanna replace just the bulbs you have to bypass/remove the ballast. Pretty easy and you just need some wire cutters and some wire nuts.

    There should be plenty of videos on youtube.
     
  17. Jake Scott

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    Been in my house 3 weeks, already called the home warranty for the first floor AC unit, dryer, fridge and dishwasher. Cost me $100 for a service call on them all. Replaced the dishwasher already. The other three he fixed but only a matter of time.
     
  18. Snakes

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    huge win if you really got a new dishwasher off the warranty
     
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  19. Jake Scott

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    Oh yea, brand new.
     
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  20. texasraider

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    congrats on being the first person to ever get anything but a duct tape repair job on a home warranty policy
     
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  21. Jake Scott

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    Who do you use for your home warranty?

    I've got a friend who has basically used his to get all brand new appliances.
     
  22. THF

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    This was what I did. Removed the bulbs, cut out the ballast, connected wires back up, installed bulbs and done. All in it took me about 30 minutes.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/toggled...Tube-Light-Bulb-2-Pack-D416-65321-2/308086234

    They even have a video on how to do it all.
     
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  23. blind dog

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    I'm not renewing mine but I got some decent work done from our warranty company (they were p difficult to deal with though)

    Did almost renew mine bc air conditioners are 14 years old. My luck they will go out about same time
     
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  24. Jake Scott

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    Only problem I have had is the service call taking 3 days. What if my fridge went out fully? I'd be fucked.
     
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  25. texasraider

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    I don't use anyone after American home shield kept charging me $100 to do patch jobs
     
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  26. Jake Scott

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    We got an Old Republic warranty paid for by the seller. We got I think the plan one step below the most expensive one.

    But also, what kind of patch jobs are you calling the home warranty for?
     
  27. texasraider

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    I’m saying they’d do patch jobs instead of just replacing the dishwasher
     
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  28. Jake Scott

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    :facepalm: My bad, I'm stupid. Gotcha.

    The dishwasher was 15 years old. It literally couldn't clean anything. Most of the coating on the racks had rust spots all over them. Dude looked at it said it was toast. Wrote up his findings to be reviewed and a week later we got a $600 check for a new dishwasher.
     
  29. Barves2125

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    I'll answer in case he misses your post since the tag didn't work. Yes, he got it fixed. Blown capacitor was the issue. You'll all be pleased to know Oranjello's balls have been nice and chilled since yesterday.
     
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  30. Oranjello

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    Yes, all good. Called my brand AC's top reviewed dealer, and they were out by noon yesterday. As we suspected, it was a blown run capacitor. Guy fixed it within minutes and then sold me an annual service agreement and serviced the AC yesterday.
    Can confirm, and can also confirm I gloriously woke up quite cold this morning.
     
  31. NineteenNine

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    Stuff of nightmares right there.
     
  32. pperc

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    A/C service agreements for peace of mind are sooo worth it. they prioritize you if anything happens, too.
     
  33. texasraider

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    Just had to call mine. They’ll be here in an hour
     
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  34. BigReff73

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    How much are you paying?
     
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  35. Imurhuckleberry

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    In our neighbourhood there was a similar problem they put in a low, like 12", picket fence and for what ever reason the geese won't go past it.
     
  36. Imurhuckleberry

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    Looked like pretty easy rocks to climb out. The fall down though would have been scurry.
     
  37. Shunface

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    I didn’t renew in my current home. Heat went out on the older unit a few months later and wound up costing me close to $1400.
     
  38. blind dog

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    My worry is I’ll keep paying them $75 a pop to get air running again when it’s gonna need to be replaced
     
  39. Jt272929

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    Just got my first water bill on the new house, with watering 4 zones twice a day for 20 min... $500....ouch.
     
  40. Det. Frank Bullitt

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  41. bigred77

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    U need rachio
     
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    How many days a week?
     
  43. Tommy Jefferson

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    Is it a new build by any chance? We just moved into one and our first bill was $400, but I ended up deciding that I was catching the bill from when the builder was watering more often for the new sod before we moved in. This thought process has helped me sleep at night so far, but I'll know more when we get our next bill.
     
  44. Jt272929

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    New build, it hasn't rained in weeks, so 5 days a week. Have the city water meters set up on both outdoor faucets now so hopefully that will cut a couple hundred dollars off the bill
     
  45. milquetoast

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    I am addicted to the show Restored on HGTV. There is so much i WISH I could do.
     
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    I always wondered who calls those numbers you see on TV about warranties.
     
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  47. Jorts

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    Was able to overcome our 4-Point & maintenance/repair concerns with the house... It would have 100% fallen through without a solid listing agent (who also happens to do a ton of business with another Broker on my team).

    I know there is a strong "do it yourself - By Owner" slant in here, but the best advice I can give continues to be: Do your research & hire a top agent to list/sell your home.
     
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  48. pennstate

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    I have an old wood deck currently and looking to move to trex or something like that. Any recommendations? Also what is price per square ft I should be looking at? Thinking this may be more expensive then originally thought.
     
  49. Matt Foley

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    I’m looking into replacing my deck as well, so I’ve probably got a per sqft number around here that I’ll try to find. Trex is roughly twice as expensive as standard treated lumber. If you assume a lumber life of 20 years, Trex doesn’t payoff until you get 40+ years in. In most cases, it’s not cost effective IMO.

    Either way, yes it’s expensive. You’ll have a tough time doing any reasonable sized deck for less than $10k.
     
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  50. pennstate

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    Thanks lot to think about cause of how expensive it is. I got around a 650 sq ft deck as well. I'm starting to call places to get quotes so will probably get quotes for different type of products to see what makes sense.