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Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:33 pm
by Dog
AD wrote:I am a tenant now.

I went from owning 4 houses in 2011 to owning 0 in 2018.

:why:


But look at all that money you now have to, well, drink!

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:17 pm
by AD
Cash is inherently worthless. You and I both know that.

I had defensible land....

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:41 pm
by Dog
Don’t look like it was quite so defensible to me.

:rimshot:

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:00 pm
by AD
:why:

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:59 pm
by vonbonds
AD wrote:I am a tenant now.

I went from owning 4 houses in 2011 to owning 0 in 2018.

:why:

Lucky

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:59 pm
by chicpea
AD wrote:I am a tenant now.

I went from owning 4 houses in 2011 to owning 0 in 2018.

:why:


If you are interested in learning more about the Homeowner's RRSP one-time withdrawal rules, please pm chicpea at your earliest convenience. However, I should point out before you write a flowery message that you do not qualify for this and will be penalized heavily should you attempt such a manoeuvre.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:08 pm
by AD
I used that to buy my first condo in 2004 Peez. But thank you.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:21 pm
by Craig
https://photos.app.goo.gl/BOiIgms0KgP71dQg1

I finally got around to cleaning off my back step to take a look at it. The eventual goal here is to slap some paint on it so it doesn't look like hell when I try to sell the place, but is there anything else I should do about the stuff in those pictures?

Obviously a little repointing is in order, as seen in picture 3. But should I do anything about those spalling bricks in picture 2?

Picture 4 shows a spot that some previous owned had covered in some sort of concrete over because the brick deteriorated. It fell out when I scraped the paint off. Should I just do the same? Is there some specific product I should get for that?

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:30 pm
by Craig
I'm also contemplating reglazing my front windows, which is desperately needed. Anyone done that before? It sounds easy enough.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:52 pm
by clawfirst
Dont worry about specific products. Hide it like the guy before you and move(5 yrs after i told you to move) before the house falls down. That spalling is nothing compared to the damage to the subgrade clay double brick foundation.

Srsly move

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:55 pm
by Craig
Dude, I just said I'm working on moving. I'm asking you which product to use to hide it.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:01 pm
by clawfirst
Scrape the damage till you hit solid clay. Paint the concrete primer on. Use anything concrete. Paint.

Tuck point with mortar

Or do what the last guy did...spray foam and tuck point caulk...yeah...dont haggle. Move

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:03 pm
by clawfirst
The research i did on whether or not a portland based matters on the clay as opposed to an olde tymey mix was inconclusive

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:03 pm
by Dog
Are you going to coming fraud, greg?

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:05 pm
by Craig
Dog wrote:Are you going to coming fraud, greg?


No, I'm going to do a shoddy job repairing a shoddy wall.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:06 pm
by Craig
Ugh, so much bullshit work to get this place ready to sell. I still haven't finished refinishing the stupid basement.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:06 pm
by Craig
Claw, come fix my shithole for cheap again.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:07 pm
by Craig
I also might need to replace my furnace! Yay!

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:09 pm
by clawfirst
Craig wrote:Claw, come fix my shithole for cheap again.

It hurts my non existent soul to do so. But i can if i dont get a call monday. I also have pictures saved of all the other shit from back then stored away if you ever want em.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:12 pm
by Craig
Sure, sounds depressing!

....


That actually works for both!

All I really need right now is some trim done that I'm too chickenshit to try cutting myself. Plus the back stairs and the glazing. Oh, and replace the carpet on the basement stairs.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:18 pm
by Dog
Houses suck!

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:20 pm
by Craig
I can even take time off work to do depressing house stuff with you, Claw. It'll be like the good old days when you still drank and smoked!

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:36 pm
by clawfirst
Ok ill let you know sunday night

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:14 pm
by Zardoz
I've done a lot of glazing. Its easy but takes some finesse. Let me know if you want tips.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:15 pm
by Zardoz
Probably nothing I know you cant find in a youtube video, but i did traditional glazing for a year in heritage restoration.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:15 pm
by AD
I don't own a house anymore... You guys are just rubbing it in aren't you. Pouring salt on my wounds.

You bastards.

:why:

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:16 pm
by Craig
If anything we're making you feel better.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:18 pm
by Craig
Zardoz wrote:I've done a lot of glazing. Its easy but takes some finesse. Let me know if you want tips.


It seems easy enough. Press it in, smooth it out, trim the remnants? The stuff comes off glass pretty easy while it's still fresh, right?

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:19 pm
by Craig
My place is so janky it really doesn't have to be perfect looking or anything.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:47 pm
by MP
Screw raking joints and tuck pointing, just mix a bucket of parge and cover over the whole brick surface? It'll look great long enough for you to sell.

If you really want it to hold, fasten an expanded metal mesh to the brick prior to parging.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:50 pm
by clawfirst
It will be more work than sculpting a few bricks with polymer modified quickset and paint

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:34 pm
by MP
clawfirst wrote:It will be more work than sculpting a few bricks with polymer modified quickset and paint

Painted brick, especially given it's condition won't look very good. Granted parging is difficult to do well on the first try.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:24 pm
by clawfirst
Its already painted...he has to repaint it

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:09 pm
by mayoradamwest
Any suggestions for selling?

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:11 pm
by Boring Choice #2
Get the best price possible.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:54 pm
by clawfirst
mayoradamwest wrote:Any suggestions for selling?

Unless you diy there is zero return on reno.

Kitchens and washrooms have a 7ish year shelf life as "new".

Paint is as far as you should bother


Decks and landscaping are highest return.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:38 pm
by mayoradamwest
Boring Choice #2 wrote:Get the best price possible.


It’s this type of wisdom I was seeking.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:10 pm
by Craig
Remember that realtors have a fiscal incentive to get you to sell as fast as possible, not for the best price. When selling their own houses, they tend to stay on the market like three times as long as their clients, and get better prices.

Other than that I got nothing, because I'm stuck in the Toronto housing market which is a silly place where rules don't matter.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:06 pm
by Craig
Claw! Fix my house, Claw!

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:34 pm
by mayoradamwest
I have a century old home, been fixing it up for the past few years and I think I'll do well for it.

I have a debate though:

The basement was crap when I moved in, so we have gutted it down to the blocks. It has really high ceilings for this age a house, and while I was thinking of finishing it before selling I figure I won't...

Thing is, some of the blocks show signs of water. If I was going to finish it, I would beef up the foundation (it would have to be from the inside out on 3/4 of the house) and was debating getting new weeping tile if I kept it. as is, I've had very good ROI but houses on my street will go about 30-35% higher than what I think I can get for mine. I only have 1 bathroom, and I was debating killing 2 birds and getting some concrete work done in the basement and having a hookup for a some type of bathroom (even just a oiler and a sink)

Of course, it sounds like I could also just paint the basement with specific paint for a cheap fix and not bother with the bother. The wisdom seems to say renos aren't worth it, but I'm wondering about it anyway. Water is no longer getting to the foundation because I've fixed the gutters and grading, but at the age of the place I'm wondering if this might be a good idea before selling...

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:11 pm
by MP
Just clean up/hide the water damage.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:10 am
by Craig
Craig wrote:I'm also contemplating reglazing my front windows, which is desperately needed. Anyone done that before? It sounds easy enough.


I finally got around to this. It was pretty easy. The hardest but was getting the old stuff out without breaking windows, I learned to be gentle by putting a little crack in one. Luckily I was smart enough to start in an area that doesn't matter as much. I figure I'll just get one of those windshield repair kits for the crack and move on.

I actually gave up on getting all the old stuff out as just patched it. Probably not the best approach, but it'll be better than it was and good enough to sell.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:13 am
by Craig
I also scraped the remaining paint off the treads of my back step and used a sealant on them instead. What a pain in the ass. Don't paint stair treads kids, it's a bad idea.

Anywho, now I think I need to repaint the exterior of my house. Gonna pay some guy to do that. What's that normally run, a couple of bucks a square foot? Maybe I can get it done for under a grand.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:03 pm
by mayoradamwest
Anyone ever try to bend trim? I just think I'm. Going to break it.



Also, apparently I am now good at plastering

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:45 pm
by Boring Choice #2
So, my grill is about 14 years old and the stand is starting to fall apart, though the grill still works decently for what it is. It's a Weber genesis silver that is about 470 sq in and looks something like this:
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We went to the store to check out some medium-high end ones and this is what we came up with as options:

Option 1) Most expensive of the bunch is the Napoleon Prestige Pro 665 with all the bells and whistles including searing grill, ice bucket, integrated wood chips smoker, rotisserie and lights. It is $2900 and has 680 sq in on the main grill.
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Option 2) Weber Genesis II LX-S 440 is the "medium" option at $2000. It has the same size grill as option 1 (or thereabouts), but not the bells and whistles of option 1, unless you include doors and a regular side burner as bells or whistles.
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Option 3) Weber Genesis II SE 410 is the cheapest option at $1300 and is the same as option 2 in size, but comes stripped down with no doors or side grill or anything else.
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Option 4) Stick with what we have until next year (or when it completely falls apart) and see what is out there then.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:04 pm
by Boring Choice #2
Also prices are Canadian dollars before the Americans come in to talk about the rapeage going on (it still is) and no, bonbons, the green egg is not an option, though other similarly sized natural gas grills would be considered.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:57 pm
by Craig
I'd go option 3. You can get a wood chip box for like 5 bucks and the side burners are kinda useless, imo. Ice bucket, lights, etc are just fluff, do you actually think you'd use any of that?

Those are all big grills too. I have a 3 burner Weber and honestly I think I've filled it once in the 6 years I've had it. Paying for quality burners and solid construction makes sense to me, anything else is a waste.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:29 pm
by Boring Choice #2
Honestly, I am leaning towards option 4 with the option 3 as the backup plan. My wife likes option 2 more because it's prettier, but really wants opinion 1, especially if I am going to hosting more with my recent job change and the kids growing up. I could see that argument, but I don't know if it is worth the extra money. I originally just wanted a replacement for my grill, which is 1000 - 1100 for the same size.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:33 pm
by Boring Choice #2
I fill mine now occasionally when I do steaks, because I usually make roasted potatoes and grilled tomatoes with them. I have only had an issue a couple of times when I have had more people over and did that meal. But I just ended up making the potatoes first and keeping them warm while I grilled the steak.

Re: Homeownership Thread

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:55 pm
by mayoradamwest
Father in law has option 1. I enjoy it.