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The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. DaveCPA

    DaveCPA Well-Known Member

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    It does include materials. There is a LOT of trim work
     
  2. DaveCPA

    DaveCPA Well-Known Member

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    And the painting includes removal of a chair rail from 65% of downstairs and wallpaper from two rooms.
     
  3. brokencycle

    brokencycle Senior member

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    I would always get at least a second quote, but probably a third. That being said it sounds fair with the materials because I don't know what you picked out.
     
  4. Medwed

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    I made a mistake once of keeping original outside frames that were probably 60 to 100 y.o. (the apartment had double windows). I spend thousands on restoring original frames and trim not realizing that they are mostly all warped and would not properly isolate dust or sound. Old growth new growth, never mind the wood stories. Replace them if they are that old is my approach now.
    I replaced them all later with aluminum triple glass frames , they look almost the same from outside and they block sound and dust spectacularly. I kept original inside frames to preserve the historic look of the apartment.
    Just my 2 cents.
     
  5. idfnl

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    Fuck, the mowers and weed whackers have started again. Looking forward to 6 more months of that daily noise.
     
  6. RedLantern

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    Goddamn people, maintaining that property!
     
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  7. Marc Voorhees

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    You have to remember, everyone who isnt idfnl is an asshole. When he mows his lawn his neighbors thank him for the background noise because they revel in his glory and amazingness
     
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  8. Piobaire

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  9. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It's been 20 years since I lived in a place with grass. Good riddance.
     
  10. Piobaire

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    LOL @ self-landscaping.
     
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  11. venividivicibj

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    I guess Piob gets waxed?
     
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  12. Marc Voorhees

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    Piob tore our his front, back and side lawns and replaced them with travertine. His house looks like the middle of the Vatican.
     
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  13. RedLantern

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    I like mowing my lawn - it only takes 20 minutes to mow and edge now and it makes me feel very all-american.
     
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  14. Medwed

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    My community only allows one day a week for this mowing thing and it is always done by prof. landscapers who are local Dutch. I guess Dutch are less picky than Americans who I have heard don't want to take these jobs.
     
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  15. jbarwick

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    I am a plebe and mow my own lawn but you guys have me looking for a larger deck area mower. As for mowing I start early on Saturday's before it gets too hot and my neighbors don't care.
     
  16. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    To torture ourselves my wife and I have been looking at houses, we do want some room for the yoot to run around and be a kid without so much confinement. Safe to say I will be the maintenance department if we do buy another place with some property.

    If the days ahead include operation of a snowblower and lawn tractor, I'll surely remember looking in from my house on our current maintenance people and thinking....'wow, they're doing a fine job'....with envy.
     
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  17. Joffrey

    Joffrey Senior member

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    I used to do it as a teenager. Great way to make some decent money especially if you don't have a car. I used to enjoy it a bit too.
     
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  18. Piobaire

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    Contractor should be here in about 30 minutes to discuss the ramada/outdoor kitchen. I smell money being spent. :(
     
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  19. Ataturk

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    Not sure if this is the right thread for it, exactly, but have you DIYers (with low standards) bought anything from Harbor Freight in the last six years or so? Your receipts could be worth 30% or more of the face value in cash or gift cards since there's apparently going to be a class action settlement over HFT's deceptive advertising of its prices.

    I usually think these suits are BS (and this one is no exception), but it's going to be worth a nice chunk of change for me. I think I actually kept every receipt since I started shopping there.

    They'll also take credit card statements but not for the same amount. How they determine it is actually more complicated than I'm making it sound (it's based on the BS "you saved" claims from the receipts). But having the receipts is a much better deal as they often claimed to you saved more than you spent.
     
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  20. brokencycle

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    I've only shopped their once or twice. Interesting that they haven't stopped the practice because I still get spammed by them. I wonder if their IT system is good enough that you could go into a store and get your old receipts like you can at a lot of retail establishments.
     

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