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The Home Ownership Thread

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

  1. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    Friend of mine had a self-propelled Honda push mower that stripped out in about three years. YMMV I guess. He sure was pissed, though.
     
  2. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    Seller lied on the disclosure statement and didn't check the scorpion box. I'm averaging one in the house per month.

    Also I hate owning a home and wish I had actually given it some thought before buying. Huge mistake, now I'm stuck for a while.
     
  3. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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  4. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    I dont know. Doors, windows, walls. They're crafty little fuckers and climb all through cracks they find. I had put out this dust stuff the past weekend so the one I found this morning was all shriveled up, so I assume he walked through it, which was at the door.
     
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  5. brokencycle

    brokencycle Senior member

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    That's the one downside to the southwest that I see. Scorpions, snakes, spiders, etc.
     
  6. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    I wish I was allowed to own chickens :(
     
  7. imatlas

    imatlas Senior member

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    Do they eat scorpions?
     
  8. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    call a real exterminator if you hate them so much.
     
  9. VLSI

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    The house hate is unrelated to the scorpions.I'm not in a position in my life that I should have bought a house, but I gave it near zero thought before doing so. My mistake. These are just an annoyance.


    Yup, and crickets, which are scorpion food.
     
  10. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you hate owning a house then consider selling it, even if it means somewhat of a loss. You will have a lot of out of pocket expenses just owning it much less maintaining it. The RE market has been on an increase nationwide but in a year or two when interest rates rise, then what will it be worth? How hard will it be to resell?
     
  11. furo

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    Scorpions aren't the worst thing (unless you have an infant). I had them in my house in TX and a guy came out and compressed dust into the walls for about $150 and they were all dead within a week or so. If you want it done right, hire someone who does it for a living. I battled them for almost a year before giving in.
     
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  12. jbarwick

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    How do you make a decision to buy a house, if it is with a mortgage, without giving it some thought?
     
  13. lefty

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    The "scorpion box"?

    lefty
     
  14. NorCal

    NorCal Senior member

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    If you own the home, can't you decide for yourself?
     
  15. FtRoyalty

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    I

    I think some areas have ordinances against roosters. However, as long as you have hens (for eggs, I assume), you should be fine. This is the case where I am as my wife at one point thought about raising a few chickens for eggs.
     
  16. VLSI

    VLSI Senior member

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    No hens in my city.
     
  17. RedLantern

    RedLantern Senior member

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    Deal closed today, title was recorded!:slayer:

    Now I am teh poorz. Well, not quite yet, but we've got a lot of things on our shopping list in the next few weeks/months.

    The roof is not quite done yet as the gutters are not installed. I called escrow and they are holding a portion of the proceeds to pay the roofer upon completion.

    Making the big move on Saturday, but taking over fragile/weird stuff all week. In the process of getting new utilities set up/cancelling old ones. Hopefully getting a washer and dryer tonight.

    Going to do a few things before we move in - shelf liners etc. Also ripping up the industrial/commercial carpet and vinyl flooring in parts of the house - oak underneath!

    Seller is to install some new windows within 15 days of close, and put up a fence within 30 days of close.
     
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  18. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    Hardly.

    Most neighborhoods (not just those with associations) and cities have rules regarding everything from chickens to keeping bees to paint colors, fencing, solar power...
    No - owning your house seldom affords you the freedom you infer.
     
  19. FtRoyalty

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    If it didn't work out with my current house, I would have considered buying in the county north of where I am, which is considered rural, and looked into a USDA loan. Nice option for avoiding PMI for those with less than 20% down, lower taxes, and fewer ordinances.
     
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  20. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The day I closed my balls were aching. Never felt so poor in my life.
     

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