Home Buyin/Maintenance Thread - Where most of us are 30ish but act 47

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  1. je ne suis pas ici

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    i have a 20 yr old water heater. works ok, probably going to explode at some point and kill my ass, but otherwise no huge need to replace now

    i can get a nice new one installed with rebate etc. for 700. thinkin about going ahead and doing it since most water heaters now are going more expensive thanks to california regulations that all manufacturers are adhering by.

    is 700 installed for a 50 gallon tank good?
     
  2. High Cotton

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    Sounds high for retail, but my sense is a bit skewed since I have my sub-contractors and maintenance managers do things for me.

    That said, I'm about to buy my rental house and want to improve the landscaping. What are good bushes and shrubs for the front lawn? How about small trees which can provide more privacy in the back along the fence?

    double RL
     
  3. lhprop1

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    Depends on the model, the installer, and where you live. Shop it around and see how big of a difference in price there is.

    Home expenses for month of April:
    New Kinetico water softener: $4k
    New windows: $4500
    New lawn mower: $350
    Driveway resurfacing: $250
    Carpet cleaning: $250

    And we'll be dropping about $500 on annuals, mulch, and other lawn/landscaping miscellany in the next few weeks. We're fucking hemorrhaging money right now. Oof.
     
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  4. lhprop1

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    Depends on your hardiness zone, soil type, the amount of sun each area receives, and how much space you have to work with.
     
  5. Trop

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    Yep. That's pretty normal. I had mine replaced 3 months ago. Got a Rheem. I had a homeowners policy but still had to pay about 375 for non covered piping updates. $700 was what it would've cost without insurance and piping.
     
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  6. je ne suis pas ici

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    i figure might as well do it now, wanna resell the house in 6-7 years so it had to be done eventually, and since mine currently is so damn old i probably will recoup the savings in energy costs with a new unit over that same time period.
     
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  7. Trop

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    Bought the Congressional estate for $169k with $10k down. House is now worth about $180k. Yesssssssssss
     
  8. slogan119

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    One of our neighbors just put her house on the market. Size is approximately the same, but with 1 less BR, not on a corner lot, her garage is detached, and a few other things that make it less desirable than ours. She's asking $10K over what we paid 5 years ago, and I'm really hoping she gets it.
     
  9. shawnoc

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    Garage, back stairs, and patio just got demolished.
    New garage going in later this summer.
    New patio and stairs going in next week.
     
  10. double RL

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    If you are buying around Atlanta, crape myrtles are as easy as it gets for the back. In a rental stay away from any higher maintenance shrubs. Stick to boxwoods, Arborvitae, Indian Hawthorne, lorapetelum, and cleyera. Drift roses and knock outs are hardy and provide color w/o excessive maintenance. Besides crape myrtle, crabapple trees are nice and hardy. They grow fast, as do maples.
     
  11. Jax Teller

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    Nest and automated LED lights are working awesome for both my peace of mind and costs while I'm gone. When I finally get some time home in June going to replace the mulch and plants on my back patio with some stone/crushed gravel combo to have a bigger area.

    Thought about going with a tankless water heater but I'm gone so much I'm not sure if it's worth it.
     
  12. Jax Teller

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    My parents did some kind of fir trees for privacy along the side of their property line. Those fucking things grew like weeds and you have the benefit of no leaves to rake. I may be partial since they kind of look like over grown Christmas trees though.
     
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  13. double RL

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    Leyland cypress?
     
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  14. One Knight

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    has anyone done a gravel patio before? Do I need to put road base/leveling sand down before the gravel, like you would for a paver patio?
     
  15. Jax Teller

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    Google image tells me those look very similar to what they have. Not the narrow kind though, the fuller looking ones.

    And one Magnolia tree that has to be the slowest growing thing on the planet lol.
     
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  16. Connor Norman

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    Bought my house in September for $210k. Put $45k down. House is now worth $275k after my renovations and increases in the housing market. $100k equity after 8 months is pretty sweet.
     
  17. The Banks

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    Glad this thread was rebooted
     
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  18. High Cotton

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    Boxwoods and crepe myrtles were the two I had in mind. After I move out, I'll keep the house as a rental.
     
  19. Jax Teller

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    I'm pretty jealous of you right now. I have no idea what my house is worth right now.

    And I'm still gonna hire you to do renovations lol.
     
  20. One Knight

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    we bought ours at 172, thinking its worth between 190 and 200 right now.
    we put a new roof on, turned the garage back to working status, took down a wall to open the kitchen to the living room, etc.
     
  21. watson

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    I may be wrong but I thought a tankless would be better if you're gone a lot. Wouldn't a tank constantly be heating water you're not using?
     
  22. JohnnyChimpo

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    Just buying a house right now... looking to close on Friday. What home insurance do you guys use/recommend?
     
  23. Connor Norman

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    I'm too old for this shit
     
  24. Jax Teller

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    Normally I would guess so but since it's just me in the house I shut off the valve to the hot water heater and the main shut off to the house when I leave. There shouldn't be any water heating going on. But I'm no plumber so that may be wrong.

    A tankless would be more about convenience and resale for me.
     
  25. Jax Teller

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    I'll provide liquor though.
     
  26. Big Meech

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    Got back our appraisal for our refi. We are up about 50% of our purchase price from seven years ago.
     
  27. Trop

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    Cheapest of the big name brand ones.
     
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  28. JohnnyChimpo

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    Checking Progressive, All State, State Farm, Esurance and Nationwide
     
  29. CUAngler

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    If you are shutting off the water valve to the hot water heater, then the heating elements are still going to be running. You should either go tankless or you can turn the thermostats on the elements down so the water isn't getting as hot.
     
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  30. Ironmike

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    This is a good spot for this question. Last summer I paid off a condo I own in MI, which is great because if all hell breaks loose I figure I'll at least have a place to crash. After 15+ years I'm moving out of Florida back to MI and my thought was to sell my home here and either buy outright or put 75% down on a townhouse or something. Has anyone done metrics on using the banks money vs. just owning outright?
     
  31. Jax Teller

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    Sounds like tankless is what I need to do then.
     
  32. CUAngler

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    Anyone know anything about propane/natural gas dryers? The reading I've done says that the cost of having a gas line run to the utility room can offset the savings gained in efficiency. I've already got a gas line running to my hot water heater about 5 feet over, so there shouldn't be much cost involved in hooking it up. Is there a noticeable benefit to having one?
     
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  33. Jax Teller

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    So now I'm looking at tankless ones. Speak to me of what specs I should be looking at. Both showers are upstairs while the water heater is downstairs, and I despise running out of hot water when I'm home.
     
  34. George Costanza

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    Bought my ATL condo for $152K in foreclosure. Closing in under 3 weeks at $220K. Heck of an investment for straight out of college.

    Moving to Colorado and I'm sure I am going to feel poor really quick with how hot the housing market is out there compared to Atlanta.
     
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  35. Rejuvenal

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    Check out Amica. They are nearly half the price of the more we'll known companies for me. One of the better companies to deal with as well. When you bundle, car insurance is also pretty reasonable.
     
  36. tigr2ndbase

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    Just put the down payment on a lot in viera, fl. First time building. Looking forward to the process. Expected move in is April 2016. Going either this weekend or next to pick out colors, cabinets, granite, etc. I'll try to post pics along the process.
     
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  37. Jax Teller

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    Man I'm not sure if I could wait that long. The anticipation would kill me.
     
  38. tigr2ndbase

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    It will. I'm hoping as involved in the process as we'll be along with seeing it slowly come together will help. Also, I'm looking at it as the longer it takes them to build, the more money I can save.
     
  39. Trop

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    I was considering tankless, but got an efficient showerhead. Doubled the length of shower time.
     
  40. Jax Teller

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    I wonder can a tankless force more hot water out. I'd like more pressure out of my shower head.

    And bigger toilets, the seats on the ones with the house are for midgets I swear.
     
  41. watson

    watson Defending Artoo's Freedom Since 2016
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    Buying when the marker collapsed was the best possible scenario. That's a great return.
     
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  42. 3NolesFan3

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    Closing this week or next week on our new home. The appraisal came back $12,000 more than what we are paying so that's nice.

    Just went and bought a new washer and dryer, dropped $4,000 on a zero turn Hustler, and then went and got new living room furniture and new kitchen table/dinging room set.

    Going to have to finish the basement. Can't decide if I want to drywall it or not though. Going to put a wood dropped ceiling in. Think those white tiles you see in stores and what not, but instead they are wood tiles. Looks pretty bad ass.

    Landscaping will be ridiculous. I'm a nazi about my grass and plants. And having 3.0 acres is going to kill me not doing treatment on all of it like I am accostumed to doing in town. I measured it out. If I wanted to do Scotts, it would be $500 per treatment. Not a chance in hell. Going to have to focus on just the front area and around the house and say fuck it with the rest.

    Hopefully we sell ours soon. Would like to not have to sit on it for too long.
     
  43. slogan119

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    No. Call an independent agent and check his options. Those companies charge you for their ads, in addition to your coverage.
     
  44. texasraider

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    I planted three Leyland Cypress trees and one little gem magnolia about a month ago. Just compared pictures and the Leyland's have already grown at least 6" and filled out tremendously
     
  45. Jax Teller

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    Yea my parents planted all of them at the same time. The Cyprus are 20ft at least I bet now and full. The magnolia might be 10ft if it's lucky lol.
     
  46. Irish226

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    Are you doing some of the work yourself?
     
  47. tigr2ndbase

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    No. I helped my brother build his house and got enough of the process during that time. Just picking everything out and someone else is taking care of it all.
     
  48. BobLoblaw

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    closing on my first house this week or next. Appraised for more than purchase price feelsgood.
     
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  49. Boo MFer!

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    Anyone ever purchase a home and get a home equity line of credit at purchase to use for remodeling?
     
  50. arrdub

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    Speak to me of this. Asphalt? Concrete? What condition? What did you do?