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I bought a house! by ryan.hess
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I've been renting so long, it should be interesting to be able to "save" money I put into my domicile...

It's somewhat of a fixer upper, but no major work needs to be done. Just the typical things like paint, new appliances, etc. Might have to install a french drain in the back yard, because it looks like it might have a drainage issue.

1700 square feet, 3br/2ba on a cul-de-sac. First order of business is getting rid of that ugly yellow paint.












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Congrats man, best of luck on fixin' it up!
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Congrats!

We keep hearing up here that houses and property in the States can be bought for next to nothing due to the financial situation down there... which leads me to my next question.

Whadjapay?

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Is it just me or it lacking a stove? You should put the sink under the window and a sove where the sink is
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Very nice!
Don't sweat the ugly yellow paint. It's Florida. Ugly yellow paint fits right in.

The drainage issue... Is water getting in to the house? Or is it just puddling in the yard?

Congrats! I like it!
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Originally posted by Patrick:

Congrats!

We keep hearing up here that houses and property in the States can be bought for next to nothing due the financial situation down there... which leads me to my next question.

Whadjapay?


$75 a square foot!!!



My parents paid double that 2 years ago.
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$75 a square foot!!!



Great!

What's the size of the lot?

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1/4 acre... slightly above standard size for city dwellers here. (believe it or not)
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Originally posted by ryan.hess:

Might have to install a french drain in the back yard, because it looks like it might have a drainage issue.


Sorry, I thought you said French Maid, and I was going to recommend one of these.



Congrats, now all the problems are yours.

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1/4 acre...



You just had to make it complicated. I was trying to compare it to the standard sized city lot here which is 33x120 feet.

Sounds like a great deal though. Just a lot alone (no house) if you can find one in the city of Vancouver goes for a minimum of half a million dollars.

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Did I hear someone say House warming party at Ryans?
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Congratulations. One small step for the mortguage company, one giant leap for Ryan.

$75 per sq. ft. is a steal in most areas, not sure about yours. But, now your work has really started. Enjoy.

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Good job on the cave. And verrrrry nice to see it has the attached beer storage building.
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Originally posted by ryan.hess:

I've been renting so long, it should be interesting to be able to "save" money I put into my domicile...

It's somewhat of a fixer upper, but no major work needs to be done. Just the typical things like paint, new appliances, etc. Might have to install a french drain in the back yard, because it looks like it might have a drainage issue.

1700 square feet, 3br/2ba on a cul-de-sac. First order of business is getting rid of that ugly yellow paint.

 
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$75/sq ft


Sounds good--and I'm sure you know already that you certainly can't build an equivilent for that, and that price is not even taking into consideration the cost of the land it's sitting on. It's January--most states/counties accept applications for homestead exemptions during 1st qtr only--look into it--it can save you on taxes. It varies tho, perhaps depending if you were in it as a resident on Jan 1.

The drainage shouldn't be too much a problem going by the slope of that backyard fence. It may look kinda odd, but I'd much rather have a little slope than a flat yard where the water really has no where to go. Just shunt it on over to your neighbor's yard.
Gutters may be the quick answer if you don't have a falling leaf problem.
I like the bay windows/nook with all that sunlight, and tho it's hard to judge from the photos, I think you will want a LOT more kitchen cabinets.

Come with pink flamingos in the front yard?

Where are the important pics? Garage interior.

Once you move in, the first time it comes a real frog drowning rain, get out there in it while the runnoff is taking place and see where the water "wants" to go. Lots of people make the mistake of waiting till after a rain and just dealing with puddles. NOT the way to do it! Go out there in the downpour and look at the whole picture.

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Originally posted by maryjane:
Sounds good--and I'm sure you know already that you certainly can't build an equivilent for that, and that price is not even taking into consideration the cost of the land it's sitting on. It's January--most states/counties accept applications for homestead exemptions during 1st qtr only--look into it--it can save you on taxes. It varies tho, perhaps depending if you were in it as a resident on Jan 1.

The drainage shouldn't be too much a problem going by the slope of that backyard fence. It may look kinda odd, but I'd much rather have a little slope than a flat yard where the water really has no where to go. Just shunt it on over to your neighbor's yard.
Gutters may be the quick answer if you don't have a falling leaf problem.
I like the bay windows/nook with all that sunlight, and tho it's hard to judge from the photos, I think you will want a LOT more kitchen cabinets.

Come with pink flamingos in the front yard?

Where are the important pics? Garage interior.

Once you move in, the first time it comes a real frog drowning rain, get out there in it while the runnoff is taking place and see where the water "wants" to go. Lots of people make the mistake of waiting till after a rain and just dealing with puddles. NOT the way to do it! Go out there in the downpour and look at the whole picture.


Good advice... unfortunately the homestead exemption expiring damn near cost me this house. $50/mo in savings (or lack thereof) isn't anything to sneeze at.

Pics are forthcoming - I pulled these off the realty website. I took pics, but they were only of things that need fixing.
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I like the yellow paint.

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Great looking house. Congrats neighbor!
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Originally posted by twofatguys:

I like the yellow paint.

Brad


Doesn't surprise me...

Anyways... congrats, man! Heck of a deal considering lot size, finishing, and location. I'm considering doing the same thing here, but for something to fit in my price range, it'll either have to be crap that needs fixing up or someplace that's gutted already. This next year may well be an adventure for the both of us.

Quick question: on this particular property, is the garage counted as liveable space, toward the total square footage measurement? I've always been fuzzy on that one.

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Skuzz, on my house, even covered porch was considered in total sq ft, but in italics as part of "total under roof" sq footage. Living space was quoted as separate sq footage..
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Very nice, I like it! And I would want to repaint it too.
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Very nice looking Ryan. Can't wait to see what you do with it.
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Originally posted by skuzzbomer:
Quick question: on this particular property, is the garage counted as liveable space, toward the total square footage measurement? I've always been fuzzy on that one.


It's 2200 sq ft if you count the garage... 1700 sq ft is the total area of the home that is serviced by the HVAC - the "livable space".
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That makes sense... big garage.
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Whats the original paint code for that yellow? Have you considered a counter top swap? I hear you have to fabricate mounts for stone. Also what is the manufacturer of the flooring? Not china made is it? You should consider a true dual faucet set up- It increases water output by 15% or so I've heard, never actually tested it.

In all seriousness awesome house man
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congrats, I hope you don't have an unreasonable HOA.
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Congrats on your new investment!

If you're going to go to all the trouble of painting out the yellow, make sure you do good prep and use quality paint. It makes no sense to use cheap paint on a quickie job -- you'll truly regret it (ask me how I know). I have had good luck with Sherwin Williams, but you may have other name brand suppliers in your local area who your local people can recommend. Go for the higher quality of any paint -- it goes on much easier and it will stand up to the elements a lot longer.

Wait till you have had a couple of rains to see what happens to your water. French drains are a great solution (put one in this past summer) , but in our area it is illegal to divert the water onto someone elses property, so you may need to investigate what you are allowed to do.
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FYI the Fiero yellow paint code is 53, WA8908
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have fun being a homeowner in fl., i see there is enough room for 2 fiero's[garage kept]. nice size lot too.too much grass in fl. is not a good thing, too dam hot to cut in the summer. have fun being a handyman.
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Congrats, I`m hoping to buy a house (with a shop or big-a**ed garage) at the end of the summer.
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congrats, I hope you don't have an unreasonable HOA.

Congrats from me also Ryan. I hope you don't even have a HOA.
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