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Old 12-28-2010, 03:48 PM   #21
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This last year alone I replaced all of the windows and siding, the central air unit, and the shingles on the roof.

I didn't need to do the siding and windows, but they could use it and this was the last year for me to take advantage of the commie lib tax deduction for upgrading energy efficiency.

Owning a house is an expensive game. Even if it is new. I owned a brand new house from construction to about 5 yrs old once. No repairs but special assessments just kick you in the arse hard
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Old 12-28-2010, 03:52 PM   #22
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me either! Too much downside = fire and flooding ... I want someone bonded.
Yeah, then you have to make the call of shame and get a professional to fix your screw up. Then Joe Monkewrench is going to look at me like I'm the worlds biggest idiot...this is up for debate...and make me explain to him what hell I did and why did I do it. Not that I have been in that situation before
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:05 PM   #23
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OUCH!

This year, we're going to take apart our hall bathroom, taking out the tub and installing a shower, and I just know we're going to find rot in the walls behind the shower.
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Old 12-28-2010, 05:02 PM   #24
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funny this thread came up today. I'm actually having the carpet and pad replaced in my downstairs bedroom My daughter clogged the toilet with too much toilet paper and it flooded everything. Thankfully I caught it before it got to the walls.
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:07 PM   #25
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There is always something in the house that needs fixing, the freakin work never stops, I just try to be vigilant to catch the work when its minor before it gets to major, it helps that a good friend is a house doctor and really micro inspected our house before we bought it 10 years ago.
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:56 PM   #26
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There is always something in the house that needs fixing, the freakin work never stops, I just try to be vigilant to catch the work when its minor before it gets to major, it helps that a good friend is a house doctor and really micro inspected our house before we bought it 10 years ago.
absolutely. I try and tackle the small stuff as soon as it happens so that way it doesn't pile up on me.
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:57 PM   #27
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funny this thread came up today. I'm actually having the carpet and pad replaced in my downstairs bedroom My daughter clogged the toilet with too much toilet paper and it flooded everything. Thankfully I caught it before it got to the walls.
Trust me bro, I wish this thread never started.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:00 PM   #28
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Trust me bro, I wish this thread never started.
yeah I definitely feel for you. Does your homeowners insurance cover it?

My home is only 5 years old and I happen to work for the builder so if anything goes wrong I know exactly who to call.
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Old 12-30-2010, 12:35 PM   #29
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yeah I definitely feel for you. Does your homeowners insurance cover it?

My home is only 5 years old and I happen to work for the builder so if anything goes wrong I know exactly who to call.
The plumbers have left the building. The 8 day job ended this a.m.. We paid 'em and the job did come in on the estimate which was good. Bad/unforseen $ outputs came in three's in 2010, hopefully 2011 it won't come at all.

Still, glad to have it behind us.

Monster, we're in the process of figuring out the homeowners insurance angle. Gotta see if they'll accept plus what the potential claim might do to our annual.
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Old 12-30-2010, 01:37 PM   #30
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Our house hits the 11 year mark this year. It's an extremely well built home in a very desirable neighborhood, but small things are now starting to mount--plumbing , fiber rewiring (I'm on CAT-5), a gas generator since we lose power if you sneeze the wrong way, pool repairs, etc. We have a 3-acre rental property about 7 miles away (bought at the wrong end of the market, but has still held most of its value) with a 30-year-old house that is a money . Anyhoo, we're now looking at selling the main house, knocking down the rental and building something brand spankin' new on that land. Already working with an architect on designs and we can build based on what we've learned in the past ten years, plus make it green and so energy efficient I will be able to actually sell back to the utility co. Only problem is it will add at least another 15-20 minutes to my commute, unless I buy a blinkin' helicopter, learn how to fly it, and not get shot down since I work in DC .Oh well, there are always trade offs.
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