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

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  1. The Hebrew Husker

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    Its the bathroom my GF uses so I can’t answer the question about shitting. Also I have no idea what they did/didn’t do because she was the only one home and she just gets annoyed when I ask because she thinks I worry about house stuff too much (I do).

    I don’t think it’s a leak at the tank. I could see there actually being some kind of crack somewhere on the inside. Somehow the water from the tank has to move to the front of the bowl which is where the new water comes out when it’s flushed.

    From what I can see there’s no water anywhere except the front part of the base, like where your feet would be when sitting down.
     
  2. Name P. Redacted

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    You get any blumpkins on it?
     
  3. The Hebrew Husker

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    No, but maybe I’ll tell her I just read that’s a possible solution.
     
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  5. bigred77

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    How the gf takes a shit is a subject that it is time to cross The Hebrew Husker
    Yall are obviously living together, so I think it's time
     
  6. The Hebrew Husker

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    If you saw the reaction when I told her she was the one who broke the new toilet you’d understand why I’m not asking if she reclines the toilet when dropping a bomb in there.
     
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  7. racer

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    Man, I fucked up. Had hail damage to the siding and roof. Had a couple of contractors out and finally had one that seemed reliable. He said I can meet with your adjuster and blah blah, just need you to sign this saying I can speak with the insurance company. So, fuck up pt. 1, I didn’t fully read it and scribbled a quick signature. They meet, and then no word from the contractor for a month. No reply, etc. so we found someone else responsive, helpful, etc. Forgot about guy #1. Fuck up pt. 2 - Signed with the new company for the work without double checking what we had with the first guy.
    Contractor #1 shows up today and I told him that he just ghosted us for a month and we went with someone else. Long story shorter the original paper has a GC agreement to do repairs covered by insurance. He did not fill in incident dates, claim info, or anything. I did email a copy of the pdf from the insurance carrier the first day when he showed up.
    Anyway, the back of the thing says they charge a 20% cancellation fee. Around $3,000 of the initial payout for the roof. Waiting to hear back from their corporate if they’ll make it easy to just go our separate ways or if this is going to be a pain in the ass. I have legal insurance to pay an attorney for assistance if it comes to that. Might just have to eat $3k.

    /rant.
     
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  8. bigred77

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    They have a "corporate office"?

    They ain't gunna make this easy
     
  9. One Two

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    I’m not sure how binding that GC commitment is if it wasn’t clearly communicated
     
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  10. racer

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    Yeah I think there’s a decent chance to just get out if I Karen a little at them.
     
  11. bigred77

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    What's the company?
     
  12. a.tramp

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    Dewy, Cheatham, and Howe Roofers, LLC
     
  13. racer

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    I’ll wait until I have a resolution before I put them on full blast. It’s a local-ish company from what I can tell with Des Moines and Omaha offices
     
  14. Open Carry

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    Has anyone had backsplash installed recently? I need about 25sf of it and just got quoted $3000 which I know is outrageous.
     
  15. The Hebrew Husker

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    Plumber just left. Confirmed some kind of crack/defect on the toilet. He pulled it off and replaced it with a new one I bought last night. He said there was water along the inside of the toilet along the front of the bowl, so somehow it was leaking into the inside.
     
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  16. Duck70

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    Pfft that is crazy. Just watch youtube videos and DIY it at that rate.
     
  17. goblue31602

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    Yeah I just had 50ish installed for 1700.
     
  18. THF

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    Interesting take that the housing market may be in for a significant slowdown…



    it seems a bit clickbaitish as rates aren’t nearly that high in most places. Will be interesting to see what happens.
     
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  19. Anison

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    This is wildly premature. First of all, the benchmark rate is 5.27% today. Still historically low and the increase is only driving those who were waiting to be ultra competitive for the relatively low supply that exists. There will be a slow down but this person’s rationale and timing are off.
     
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  20. Menelaus

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    I just got quoted $9,600 to paint walls, ceilings, doors, baseboards, moldings, kitchen cabinets in a 3000sq ft home. 4 beds and 3 baths. Would repair and sand walls where needed. This doesn’t even include the paint itself. Anyone have context whether this is a decent quote or not?
     
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  21. buy_dont_lease

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    This is very regional, but that doesn’t seem out of bounds to me. Trim and cabinetry work is very time consuming.
     
  22. Open Carry

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    Garbage disposals: yes or no?
     
  23. Duck70

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  24. Bruce Bowen

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    Bought a desk from West Elm in December. First time they tried to delivery it was shattered when they opened it up. Second time it was missing the legs of one side of the L. I told them to leave it and I put some blocks of wood under the one side to hold it up cause I needed a functioning office. 3rd delivery scheduled for today get a call this morning "uhhh yeah we are missing one of the boxes so uh give us 3-5 business days to try to find it otherwise we'll have to order another one." This is fun I'm having fun.
     
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  25. Menelaus

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    Thanks! Initially was shocked, but after talking to a few other people, seems fair.
     
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  26. texasraider

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    Due to my disdain of painting I would quote you $15 million and you likely wouldn’t get the quality you’d expect for that price
     
  27. PAHokie

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    If it’s just labor than break it down into what you think that $/man hour is and see if you think it’s fair that way.
     
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  28. ned's head

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    How does the money timeline work to build a home? For example, say the lot and construction sells for $500k and will take 6 months to complete. Would you put down a percentage deposit to get started and then just do the normal 20% down at the completion date to avoid PMI? If so, what is that deposit amount generally?
     
  29. Carl Brutananadilewski

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    is it fully custom? we looked into that and you would need to get a construction loan, for our situation it was better to buy the land upfront and that would also be considered as part of the money down for the total cost of the final house
     
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  30. ned's head

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    Oh I haven't gotten that far. Long story short is that house stark may continue its tradition of buying houses more often than cell phones, but that won't become a possibility for another several months to a year. I was just wondering generally what I should expect to need handy if we built rather than buying something already done.
     
  31. colonel_forbin

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    I bought my house 5.5 years ago and it didn't have a garbage disposal. I got on Amazon and saw a deal on a Waste King 1.5hp disposal. It was half off and only like $20 more than the .5hp power one. "Three times the power and basically the same price? What a steal!" I thought.

    That bitch came in and was built for like commercial kitchens. Wouldn't even fit under the sink.

    It's 5.5 years later and I still don't have a garbage disposal.
     
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  32. Gotch Yarbrough

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    No idea if there is a "normal" amount, and if there is I suspect it varies based on location and price range, but anecdotally I paid about 2% of our estimated purchase price up front when I built last year.
     
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  33. Rusty Shackleford

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    We did it during the pandemic and got 3400 sqft painted front to back with a few kitchen cabinets for about $13,480 including materials. Our guys are pretty reasonable so that doesn’t seem like a terrible quote. I am all for a home improvement projects but will write a check quicker for painting than anything else.
     
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  34. Menelaus

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    Same, I just want it to be over with. Just out of curiosity, how long did it take for that project? Our guy quoted us 2.5-3 weeks. Which tells me he doesn’t have but maybe one guy helping him. We are also buying, so there will be nothing in the house while they paint.
     
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  35. Rusty Shackleford

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    Ours was weird. I’m trying to remember how long they were there and I think it was about 2 weeks. It was staggered though because during the height of covid we didn’t have a bunch of trades in the house at the same time. Our house was also empty. They are actually at the house now doing the outside. Group of four will be here for a little less than two weeks.
     
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  36. Montclaire de Haviland

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    The quote isn't crazy and going rate. Seems reasonable but it's because people will pay it. Painting is literally the simplest thing imaginable, but finding decent people who care is where it gets tricky.

    I was a dunce that went to school for marine biology and wasn't rich. If I had it to do over again, I'd start a painting company. The job is to literally take a weekend project and charge 10k.

    I recently worked a house that architectural features that needed Rubio staining. They charged 15k to it. It took me 8 hrs. Rub on, rub off.

    But to your question, the price isn't nutty. Paying it is
     
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  37. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Hell, fly me out and I'll do it for half
     
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  38. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Done in a week and I floss
     
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  39. Rusty Shackleford

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    I just spent three weekends rebuilding my deck. That was a fun project and I saved some money. Painting is terrible and the worst part is you are going to mess stuff up when you do it. When they do it I may notice it in 6 months. When I do it I will stare at that spot in disgust for as long as I live in the house.
     
  40. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Abso-ducking-lutely. Part of why I seriously consider turning to painting. It's the little shit you stare at. For years. And it gnaws at you. Even if you don't care, you still do
     
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  41. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Dude I worked for literally threw our a ridiculous sum to the homeowner. 15k. Dude said whatever. I did the work, got a fraction.

    A light went on
     
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  42. goblue31602

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    This is me with tiling
     
  43. Montclaire de Haviland

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    There's always something, isn't there? Nine of this shit is hard. But sometimes it's beyond us
     
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  44. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Mainly it's just 'i don't wanna' I guess
     
  45. Name P. Redacted

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    There’s many things that aren’t hard to do but can be hard to do right.
     
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  46. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Big bummer on that front. It's the worst to do something and try to do it the right way but it ending up all being fubar. Not having the knowledge or foresight. Guess that's the fun of three trips to the hardware store.
     
  47. Montclaire de Haviland

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    I remember the smell of the dust on the dashboard of my dad's truck and him swearing in a foreign language. I'm curious what my boys will remember about me
     
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  48. fish

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    When I was younger I did some work for my brother-in-law's historical restoration construction company. Painting was always a part of the job. To do really good work that lasts is not something that just anyone can do. Prepping and repairing the surface that won't start to fail/crack in a couple years, primer, two coats of finish, it all adds up.

    As always, you get what you pay for.
     
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  49. Louis Holth

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    Tiling is ridiculously easy and rewarding if you know how to plan just a little and buy a tile saw.
     
  50. BigReff73

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    Wife is 6.5 months pregnant and we are starting a full master bathroom remodel. Ts and Ps please
     
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