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1st house from this weekend did not go pending, which was a shock. We're going to go look at it again tomorrow. I'm more willing to consider knocking out walls and doing upgrades if I don't have to en

What a difference some time makes. I got a full-time job working from home 99% of the time. It's going super-well so far. We worked out a solution where I still plan and execute Noah's classes since N

We are pending! Got my magic number and no contingencies, but with a 32-day close because of the weekend. A little obnoxious because they sent it at 1 AM and the offer expired at 1 PM, so clearly they

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We bought a dishwasher!!! 

I've never been so excited about an appliance. This place doesn't have a dishwasher and it's slowly killing me. I actually took a tote of dirty dishes to my sister's house the other day to use her dishwasher. 

We also bought the first 2 kitchen cabinets. I'm so excited. 

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3 hours ago, D-Ray Kenobi said:

I hope I'm wrong, but I really suspect the overall market is headed for another 2008 style crash.  There's no way that the continued pace of housing prices can be sustainable.

The outside investor angle is what really concerns me.  I know this is the same story from many other towns, but there's entire neighborhoods in Huntsville that now are basically owned by those oligarchies.  A group of investors buys out an industrial site, turns it into a yuppie mixed use playground, then buys up all of the housing nearby so the Whole Foods crowd can continue to patronize it and drive up property value.

I'm largely a centrist these days, but stuff like this makes me just want to entirely go to Socialism and make you all my comrades. 

Isn't that what Zillow is doing?  They know who is moving where, how much money they have, and then buying up all the properties in the area and inflating the cost.

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Nothing would shock me at this point.  The lack of regulation is going to end up biting us all before too long.

Back on our front, I have been starting to get some stuff done at our place to either stay here for a long while or get it market ready in a few years.  The house we're in is a little over twenty years old, so it's about that time for a number of things.  Last year I painted and sealed the garage floor and we had professional painters do a few rooms. 

The latest project was getting some foundational supports installed.  My home office / dude room extends a little out from the house, and it had started to sink around a quarter of an inch from the rest of the house.  We had some guys literally dig underneath and put in some hydraulic lifts.  Wasn't too cheap, but the warranty paperwork will make any house inspection look at us very favorably when the time comes.

Next up is getting the roof done.  That's probably coming in a year and I don't imagine it'll be that cheap either unless I can get away with just having it reshingled.

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So we went through all that effort to swap out the smart switches and discovered there is no neutral wires at this house except where the guy ran them himself. Fml. Now I have some useless Wemo switches. We ended up getting some switches that use RFID for the kids bedrooms to set a dimmer schedule to help them wake up in the morning. Not that it did much good this morning with standard time in effect where my little heathen was awake early anyway.

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We finally swapped everything to the formal living room and I actually like it. Its a little cozy and everyone likely can't recline at the same time, but it feels nice. I need new end tables, that's literally a filing cabinet we are trying to get rid of.

Second picture is the "game room". Its a total disaster right now. We literally played cornhole in here Saturday night because it will not stop raining. My husband has decided he cannot live without a pool table and darts. We're going to add a bar where all the boxes are (far left) because there is a stupid step down with a railing that is completely useless. Right now it is holding all the boxes that have been half unpacked and are pissing me off because there's no place to put the things.

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We finally ordered the pool table. Ny husband has been extra anxious lately so I decided let's pull the trigger on some of the things we want to do so that he has some outlets and we have some good family winter activities. Its somewhat basic looking but its actually really nice quality, and we wanted something more modern and less ornate. We also had some crazy ideas for lights in there. They look cool but the reviews say installation is tricky because of either bad instructions or hardware not provided.

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HAHAHA. I considered that but it's a pain when you got to peeeeee OH TO BE A GUY! I just think it's funny because I could pay cash for that. It's a condo above a carport so no neighbors! It would be like a FAHHHNCEE treehouse.

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We are in the middle of getting all of the carpet in the house replaced with vinyl flooring that looks just like hardwood.  Originally, my wife suggested we should do this ourselves or have her father, who is a mechanical engineer who likes working with his hands, help us when he is able to visit from China again. So many guides online talk about how "easy" it is to install these types of floors, but that would have been such a horrible idea for us.

It was such a huge pain getting all my books and movies boxed up (and they really are almost entirely mine).  I have gone through tons of books, especially trade paperbacks and graphic novels, and sold a lot of them, but I still have so many more.  This is really making me realize how much shit I have that I really don't need.  There's no way I could read all of these or watch everything, even without Comixology or our various streaming services.

Fortunately, our spare bedrooms were already finished yesterday because we got enough snow that the university closed for the day, so I am at home.  My wife decided to still go to the office, so I am just camped out.  I think this gives me a pretty good excuse to not do much work today, though.

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This isn’t the old type of vinyl.  I think they actually call this luxury vinyl to distinguish it.  It comes in planks, not sheets or tile, where each plank looks and feels like wood.  It’s definitely cheaper than wood and requires far less maintenance to the point that wood was never an option.
 

We were originally planning to go with laminate floors, but the material we got was better.  It definitely isn’t the thin crap that was in sheets.  I’m sure I’ll post a photo once the rooms either aren’t empty or have shit piled all over them.

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We're going LVP when its time to replace floors. One, we have a dog. Two, we have kids. Three, it looks really nice. And its pretty affordable. I still like carpet in bedrooms, though. But we are going to do some renovating in the next few years, and while the wood is technically nice, I hate the grain and the dog is scratching them to hell. Also there are some areas that don't match anything else, so we will just replace that while we are at it.

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We put LVP in our new place. It's nice. We went with the super cheap stuff and had Trevor do the install because we still plan to do a major reno in the future anyway. My sister has much higher quality LVP in her house, it's super nice, not cold like tile. One thing that makes hers pricier than ours is how much padding the underlayment has. You can walk around her house barefoot all day and not feel it. We opted for a bit more padding in the underlayment, but downstairs especially, you can really feel it after a while. 

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We are planning on doing ceramic "wood" to replace the existing tile. We put in new carpet to replace the old carpet. Night and day. I am worried we'll have to replace the base boards if they do damage ripping up the tile.

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We finally got the wall bed built. We had a custom one done in our old house and I am ashamed how much we paid for it. My husband bitched a lot about lousy tolerances but it looks fine from here. My MIL arrives Wednesday so we had to get it put together. This kind of completes the den so now the pool table room is really the only room left to finish. And put pictures on the wall. My husband has been avoiding it because we put all the pictures on the stairs and that means he has to get the ladder on the stairs and he hates doing it.

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