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

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  1. leroi

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    yeah i dont have much personal experience here. i've struggled to nail down a good source of information about this, like a compatibility chart. i've just heard it mentioned a few times.

    i heard it yesterday, in fact -- some youtube hvac guy referred to Bosch as "one of the few" brands that "still lets you buy a thermostat from home depot."
     
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  2. bigred77

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    I dont believe that's true at all.
     
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  3. Ray McKigney

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    My folks are getting up there and have come to the realization that they really can’t run the household like they used to and falling is also a major issue. As such, they will be moving to their old folks home in town, probably w/in next 18 months, certainly within next 2 years.

    They are really hinting/pushing me to take the house. Same house I grew up in. Great house, great location, definitely needs significant upgrading. I think the appeal is keeping the house in the family/maintaining a central house for my sisters and their families to stay when they come into town, sentimentality basically.

    My major hesitation is whether it’s weird to live in a house as an adult with my own family, that I grew up in.

    Putting that in writing, seems a pretty petty and insignificant issue. But something I’ve been thinking about nonetheless.
     
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    How would it work as far as the sisters are concerned?
    I'd be more worried about then making it weird, or thinking it's unfair to them even if you are buying them out.
     
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  5. Ray McKigney

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    valid point. I guess I just assumed that because they live elsewhere and will never move back to our home town, that they wouldn’t have any interest in it, which is the case in all likelihood, but certainly something to consider. They are both way older than I am, although they may have some sort of expectation w/r/t to the value of the house
     
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  6. arrdub

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    You have to offer to pay them or take a cut on any inheritance/estate stuff otherwise. This kind of thing can get nasty. It’s not just the siblings involved but in-laws and such that make it more complicated.

    Play out the scenario where your parents have some kinds of increasing medical expenses or something and that becomes a shared burden. Or one of your siblings families has an economic need.

    The valuation of the house as an asset will become real very quickly.
     
  7. bigred77

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    And honestly, there is a very good chance someone will think you got a better deal than the others, almost no matter what
     
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  8. Boom TittyMilk

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    Someone’s gonna get pissed regardless
     
  9. Sam Elliott

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    How does all of this not end in 4-5 years with another massive recession when people can't afford the mortgage they overpaid for? Wages aren't going up enough to justify the market price hikes, are people just draining their savings to historical lows to make down payments?

    I just don't see where the money is coming from for a majority of Americans to support the insane offers they are making on houses.
     
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  10. Ray McKigney

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    Appreciate the thoughts. Definitely need to consider impact on my sisters, and I’m not trying to get into a thing about this. Will have to think through it a bit.
     
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  11. One Two

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    I’d also make sure your parents have it very clear in their will how they want the house handled, or if it is sold to you outright that the will is updated and the home is no longer contemplated as part of the estate.
     
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  12. arrdub

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    For sure.

    Ray buys a new car. In-law will KNOW they could afford a new car too if they hadn’t gotten ripped off by Ray’s swindling of the family estate. They don’t call it the green eyed monster for nothing.
     
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  13. Ray McKigney

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    we are a family of attorneys, so paperwork is locked down, will/estate wise. Not gonna lie, the more I think about it I’m kinda being selfish af, as I wouldn’t want this to impact the estate as it pertains to inheritance.
     
  14. Imurhuckleberry

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    This happened with my dad and his sister. My aunt was the only of the four siblings who stayed in their home town. Everyone else moved to the west coast. When my grandma moved into assisted living the sister (she had PoA), without discussion with the other siblings, moved her daughter into the house. The house wasn't worth much. Small home in a dying town in rural Iowa but the lack of discussion about the whole thing kicked off a complete dissolution of the family. My cousin ended up selling the place, once again without discussion, and now we have no connection to the homestead. It's a mess that could have been mostly avoided with just some discussion and agreements.
     
  15. ned's head

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    At least in texas, people are using their liberal California avocado money to buy houses with cash, so no real risk of that here
     
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    Woke up to find out fridge had died overnight. Looking forward to this supply chain hell and trying to find a new one
     
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  17. Carl Brutananadilewski

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    We had this happen a few months ago. Hope you have a second fridge. I think we had to wait two months to get something decent
     
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  18. ned's head

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    Circumvented that on mine by getting one from the best buy outlet. Still had the plastic on and everything
     
  19. Boom TittyMilk

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    I’d check to see if you have any open box appliance stores in your area. Majority of the time they are gonna be like new or very minor cosmetic defect and you will save a good chunk of change.
     
  20. Doc Louis

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    Yeah been scouring those trying to find a unit that would fit and not require completely redoing cabinets.
     
  21. leroi

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    Our price-to-income situation is much better than many other (free, capitalist) countries.

    Eventually voters will figure out that home building makes RRE cheaper. That could be a generation away tho. :twocents:
     
  22. Carl Brutananadilewski

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    rre = residential real estate?
     
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  23. Tommy Jefferson

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    Bought the cheapest dryer we could find 4 years ago. It’s been progressively drying slower, took 3 rounds to dry a large load today. I figured for sure the little guy was on his last leg.

    Took the back cover off and vacuumed out the guts. Bought a vent cleaner attachment for a drill to clean out the vents in the wall. Voila- it’s like I have a new dryer. Makes these beers taste just a little better tonight.
     
  24. Carl Brutananadilewski

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    Ours has been in use for ten years but noticed the same recently, give it a good cleaning and much better now.
     
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    Picked up a load of white pine 5 minutes from my house. Free fire pit wood for next year.
     
  26. WillySaliba

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    And, it smells delicious.
     
  27. bigred77

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    You got a splitter?
     
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  28. jbr

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    Yep, my back can’t even do that much anymore.
     
  29. NDfanPSUgrad

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    Just a quick update. I went back and forth on making this purchase. Had my dad willing to go halves on a good sized gas chipper and then even found a place to rent. I made the purchase anyway and this little chipper is so far awesome for my needs. Had a bunch of sticker bushes and other small bushes branches that I had to clean up. It’s not the fastest but definitely does the job. Huge reduction into chips as it claims 20:1. It’s very satisfying to watch this thing work.
     
  30. Lyrtch

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    anyone got consumer reports ratings for vacuum sealers

    our old food saver died
     
  31. Lyrtch

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    gracias, was really looking at that anova one so that might have cemented it
     
  32. Lyrtch

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  34. Lyrtch

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    yeah we had the bigger older costco one and it worked great but it won't trigger the mechanism to start suckin' anymore
     
  35. dirtybert

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    Anybody have a whole home humidifier? One that is incorporated into the hvac. Any recommendations? Our house is painfully dry in the winter. Would like to get something installed before next winter, but I don’t want a bunch of maintenance headaches.
     
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  36. NineteenNine

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    No, but now I want one.
     
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  37. Name P. Redacted

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    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
     
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  38. bigred77

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    Sounds like it got married

    Am I right guys?
     
  39. Name P. Redacted

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    Trade it in for a newer model
     
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  40. ned's head

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    Just hooked up a chandelier in the dining room, so budding electricians, AMA.

    I would especially inquire as to if you need to thread the power wires through the mounting nut so the cover plate can be threaded on, and if that should be considered before hooking the power up

    :resolve:
     
  41. bigred77

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    Congratulations
    Any unintended breaker trips?
     
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  42. Rabid

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    This is what we have. The only maintenance is changing a filter annually and turning it off in spring and on in the fall. I tweak the level occasionally with temp/humidity changes.

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  43. ned's head

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    Nah. It was a bit sketchy at first because the fixture didn't identify the hot and neutral, but apparently I own multiple multimeters for some reason and one of them showed me the light
     
  44. fish

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    Sounds like a vocal warm up before taking the stage.
     
  45. Jake Scott

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    Anyone ever added a closet to a room? I’ve got an enormous bonus room I’d like to convert
     
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  46. ned's head

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    After a day of destructing, sawing, and hammering out corroded stakes, I've come to a take:

    He who installs metal edging should have to die in the house or be legally obligated to remove it upon selling. Holy hell
     
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  47. Imurhuckleberry

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    Kitchen demo about finished. Resized_20220325_144758_2__20220325_163636 (1).jpeg

    Half bath tile going down.
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  48. arrdub

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    :roll:
    I have a little bit of it and always thought how nice it would be to have more

    How tall/deep? Is the problem roots growing into it or what? Trying to think about what would make it so awful…
     
  49. ned's head

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    Mine was probably 30 years old and had warped and corroded, so I couldn't separate the pieces. There was about 100 feet of this shit that I had to cut with a reciprocating saw every few feet, and then hammer out each stake that was placed every 12 inches or so. Because it was so warped, I had to take a screwdriver and loosen the brackets individually. Brutal shit.

    My advice would be to just get plastic edging to avoid being cursed for eternity
     
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