Buying A House: C or D?

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Who here owns their own home? Did you buy something that was already in good shape, or did you fix it up? Do you have tenants? Etc.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 14:46 (sixteen years ago) link

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

I'll let you know in a few weeks when we've finally exchanged.

Please Snap StressTwig (kate), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 14:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Scary as hell, isn't it?
And I'm just going to open houses at this point.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 14:47 (sixteen years ago) link

In short:
Yup: 8 yrs ago: 250%

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 14:48 (sixteen years ago) link

I managed to buy my own house last year. It's only 25 years old, but it needed more doing to it than we thought.

Panther Pink (Pinkpanther), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 14:48 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm really luck I've got work for a really good IFA so it's been far less stressful than it would have been otherwise.

Please Snap StressTwig (kate), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 14:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Being able to afford one on your own, classic.
Having to be a couple to afford one, ooooh, it’ll get messy!

not-goodwin (not-goodwin), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 14:49 (sixteen years ago) link

The true stress of buying a house is having it all fall through. The house buying process that is, not the actual house itself.

Panther Pink (Pinkpanther), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 14:52 (sixteen years ago) link

On one hand, I kind of wish that I was buying one as half a couple - could afford more, could have someone else running around chasing after estate agents and the like.

But on the other hand, I'd have to let an icky BOY live in my house then.

Please Snap StressTwig (kate), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 14:52 (sixteen years ago) link

The most fun was being scheduled to go the title office on 9/11... when for some odd reason they weren't open.

M. White (Miguelito), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 14:54 (sixteen years ago) link

I can't imagine buying a home on my own. You're brave.
In short:
Yup: 8 yrs ago: 250%

does this mean your home has increased in value by 250% in 8 yrs?

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 14:56 (sixteen years ago) link

also, who here is a landlord? if I can get a basement tenant to pay a chunk of my mortgage every month, why not? or is it too much work?

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 14:58 (sixteen years ago) link

note: i hate hard work.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 15:00 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.futurelicensing.com/images/tick.gif

xpost.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 15:00 (sixteen years ago) link

wow, congrats! that's encouraging. are you going to cash in now or hold onto it?

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 15:02 (sixteen years ago) link

(and risk "losing" your "profits")

Chewshabadoo (Chewshabadoo), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 15:19 (sixteen years ago) link

May 2003: bought house
August 2004: drip through bathroom ceiling begins, complain to upstairs neighbours
September 2004: drip continues, as do complaints
October 2004: drip gets worse, ceiling starts to bulge, BOOM!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v384/lucyald/door.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v384/lucyald/ceiling.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v384/lucyald/bath.jpg
Next few months: drip recommences, damp patches discovered &c.
29 August 2005: Insurance company finally get around to start work on the fixing, remove bathroom leaving toilet pan that needs to be flushed with a bucket of water and nothing else.
29 November 2005: Bathroom still bare with exception of aforementioned pan. Surveyor coming for the *third* time on Thursday, after which work can commence, I am told. Still hoping for new bathroom by Christmas.

Mädchen (Madchen), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 15:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Obviously, not everyone has it as bad as me :)

Mädchen (Madchen), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 15:29 (sixteen years ago) link

xpost No, we have to hold really. Unless we relocate to somewhere cheaper. We couldn't afford the house we have now, if we were buying it now.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 15:31 (sixteen years ago) link

also, who here is a landlord? if I can get a basement tenant to pay a chunk of my mortgage every month, why not? or is it too much work?

I think it's a pain in the ass. I rent out a house I bought last year as a fixer-upper, to people I'm friends with, and it's a pain just making arrangements to do any little amount of work that needs to be done without intruding. So, put that into your basement .. someone always being around would suck, and if you need to pull out the tennant's bed to make sure water isn't leaking from a pipe, you can't just walk in and do it. Seems like too much work to me, but other people may be willing to put up with it for the extra money.

D.I.Y. U.N.K.L.E. (dave225.3), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 15:45 (sixteen years ago) link

Argh, Madchen - maybe I should get that damp fixed before I move in. :-/

Please Snap StressTwig (kate), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 15:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Mädchen, that's horrible! A colleague had a similar problem. :-(

Nathalie (stevie nixed), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:00 (sixteen years ago) link

we just moved in a month ago, if we had cut it any closer to my due date I think it would have been a bad idea. We closed on the house in late september and took a month to have some stuff done to it, but it was all cosmetic--the house was in great shape and we just figured that it would be easier to paint/refinish floors before we moved in. I think even if you buy a house in good shape, there's still going to be plenty of things that you want to do with it, so budget time and money for that.

I've never been a landlord but dave's advice seems to make a lot of sense. What area of the country are you in? are real estate prices outrageous there?

teeny (teeny), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:12 (sixteen years ago) link

oh and don't forget that your wife won't be able to lift anything, pay for movers or start sucking up to your friends now.

teeny (teeny), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:19 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh, that's rotten, Madchen.

We're still waiting to exchange too. Time is running out - once mortgage offer expires in four weeks it's all over as we can't get an extension (Pam will no longer be a full-time employee on additional maternity leave, she'll be unemployed).

This has been going on for five months. I've completely lost any enthusiasm I had for the move because every time I glance at the property section of the local freesheet or open an estate agent email, I see something better which needs less work. Each time we've decided we've had enough (early August when the estate agent couldn't find us a buyer; early October when the delays up the chain seemed neverending), we've been encouraged to stick with it by some new piece of progress. This time we're only half-heartedly looking elsewhere because it's not very likely we'll find a chain-free place that we love and that we can complete on in four weeks.

Meanwhile, we eat off the two or three plates that haven't been bubble-wrapped and listen to the handful of CDs that evaded the pack, surrounded by 90-odd boxes.

So, "D" then.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:20 (sixteen years ago) link

The house buying process that is, not the actual house itself.

the actual house collapsing sounds like it would be far worse.

We've been looking for the past few months but the market here is quickly spiraling out of our range. stupid yuppies.

Miss Misery xox (MissMiseryTX), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:22 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm on my fourth house now, and I've nearly always had lodgers for a while to help pay the rent. I find it great, partly because I don't advertise or anything, I only take in people I already know I will get along with, and I don't mind a bit of extra housework in exchange for extra cash and/or dogminding. Right now my cousin and her husband are living with us and they're spot on, ideal lodgers.

See, lodgers are different from tenants - or they should be, anyway - because they don't get an equal share, so you don't have to give them an equal amount. They are renting a room in your house, not renting half the house. That's how it works for me anyway.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:24 (sixteen years ago) link

I'd like to buy but even though I'm infected with icky GIRL GERMS we still can't afford to buy anything in stupid London. We're planning to start a savings account for a deposit though so maybe in a few years things will be different.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:25 (sixteen years ago) link

See, part of the reason that I'm buying MINE OWN house is because I started out being a tenant (or so I thought) and then got switched to being a lodger without anyone telling me. Grrrr.

::thinks about beautiful flat of mine own::

::calms down::

Please Snap StressTwig (kate), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:28 (sixteen years ago) link

The thing that really made me want to buy my own house was moving hurriedly out of a flat that was being let by a MAD WOMAN into a house that didn't appear to have any hot water. I went from screaming at the landlady's agent to not touch me and to never look at me again, straight over to the new rented house. When I decided to have a nice hot shower, I got into the shower and the water was cold. I cried and cried and vowed that I would never live in rented accommodation again.
Okay, it's not Gone With the Wind, but it's my story.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:32 (sixteen years ago) link

I've had lodgers too, for a couple months at a time. It wasn't all bad, but then they left a washcloth in the laundry basin and it clogged the drain an overflowed and water got all over.. And even though it was an honest mistake, it's not one I would have made, so it bugged me. And also they always felt the need to talk when I came home from work. Maybe I just can't stand people.

D.I.Y. U.N.K.L.E. (dave225.3), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 16:54 (sixteen years ago) link

The concept of "lodgers" is less common here, but we have talked about taking in a Japanese student, maybe as part of an organized "Homestay" program where you're expected to feed them and be vaguely helpful. Maybe just by putting up some signs at one of the Japanese groceries. But will a lodger be able to handle living under the same roof as a screaming infant in 9 mos time? And will we really want a stranger around as we lose our minds? I'm thinking not so much.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 17:07 (sixteen years ago) link

Maybe I should abscond with my deposit and buy a horse instead.

Control your ponies, children! (kate), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 17:14 (sixteen years ago) link

If the homestay programs where I work are anything to go by, you don't know who/what you're going to get, people turn up with all kinds of weird foibles - and if you're cooking for them that's food issues to deal with too. You don't always get to meet them before agreeing to host them - if it's an organised program and they are coming over from Japan - to see if you get on, unlike with traditional tenants or lodgers. Having TWO unpredictable new arrivals at once (baby and student) seems kind of daunting?

Archel (Archel), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 17:16 (sixteen years ago) link

I miss just being able to call a super to fix shit, but I do like the whole ownership and "this is my wall that I can put holes into" feeling. My house's value has increased $10K in the last five years, and I haven't done shit to it.

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 18:59 (sixteen years ago) link

We have had some work done, but even barring that, due to the low purchase cost when we bought in late 2001, we've made about a 50% 'profit'. SF real estate is insane.

M. White (Miguelito), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 19:03 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh my god, I'm so grown up. I just got a quote for building and contents insurance! Eep!

Control your ponies, children! (kate), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 19:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh, classic, possibly because we didn't have to do much (just cosmetic stuff to hide the horrible old-woman-ness of the original decor) and ours has almost doubled in value over the last four years. I realise we are very lucky in this respect (having seen Madchen's bathroom firsthand).

Also classic because our outgoings are less than they would be if we were renting, and we get to live on our own and do what we want and IT'S OURS! As Pleasant Plains said, it's the I do like the whole ownership and "this is my wall that I can put holes into" feeling feeling that makes it worthwhile.

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 20:02 (sixteen years ago) link

I want one, all to myself. A garage where I can put all the nailguns and tools I've inherited and my grandmother's old ceramics kiln, a bathroom I could convert into a real darkroom and a decent kitchen. I could almost afford to rent a small house by myself now, but that just gives me space without the ability to make changes.

Buying new appliances for a house seems like the most fun part of the process. Ooooh stainless steel cooktop. Ooooooh subzero wine fridge.

Erick Dampier is better than Shaq (miloaukerman), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 20:10 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah sure, if you have a nice fat budget. But I remember it as being one of the hassliest bits of buying the house. We had hardly any money left over after buying our first house and it was really tiny so we didn't even bother buying a washing machine and just went to the laundry once a week.
Which actually turned out to be a great idea, because it meant we never had washing hanging around the place.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 20:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Haha, yeah that goes without saying. I've gone on too many trips with people we're building houses for while they pick out all their fancy new stainless appliances. It's fun by proxy.

Erick Dampier is better than Shaq (miloaukerman), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 21:04 (sixteen years ago) link

these are a couple of before and after pics of my house i bought in brooklyn a year ago. we have a tenant. we found him on craigslist and totally lucked out. whenever i go out of town i tell him to hang out in the main house and try on all my clothes. there is still a lot of work to do on the house but i figure that will be ongoing. i think that the value has gone up a lot already without us even doing work.

living room/dining room before
http://www.astro.columbia.edu/~feb/pics/livingrm2.jpg
after
http://www.astro.columbia.edu/~feb/newpics/house_livroom2.JPG
http://www.astro.columbia.edu/~feb/newpics/house_livroom3.JPG

kitchen before
http://www.astro.columbia.edu/~feb/pics/kitch2.jpg

after
http://www.astro.columbia.edu/~feb/newpics/house_kitchen.JPG


master bedroom before
http://www.astro.columbia.edu/~feb/pics/master2.jpg

after (with my old roommate using the computer)
http://www.astro.columbia.edu/~feb/newpics/house_bedroom1.JPG

Mendoza Lineman (Carey), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 01:39 (sixteen years ago) link

oh that linked pic should be of the living room looking the other way
http://www.astro.columbia.edu/~feb/newpics/house_livroom3.JPG

and here is the bathroom, the before pic is too big but it used to be all pink and black.

http://www.astro.columbia.edu/~feb/newpics/house_bathroom1.JPG

Mendoza Lineman (Carey), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 01:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Good job of brightening up the place. It looks great.

My wife and I have owned our house since early 87. We love the place. Single family, 90 plus yrs old, awesome mountain views and we'll be here a while yet. Of course there's always something in need of work, but you gotta live somewhere.

jim wentworth (wench), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 02:14 (sixteen years ago) link

Your house looks great, C!

Mary (Mary), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 05:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Someone I vaguely know in Virginia bought a Sears kit house from a hundred years ago. It still has the instructions in it. I think that's the coolest thing.

accentmonkey (accentmonkey), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 07:29 (sixteen years ago) link

this makes me want my own house so badly... but alas, i have a lot of growing up to do first.

tres letraj (tehresa), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 07:57 (sixteen years ago) link

growingsaving

jim p. irrelevant (electricsound), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 08:01 (sixteen years ago) link

yes, among other things.

tres letraj (tehresa), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 08:10 (sixteen years ago) link

just closed on my house on halloween. we are only the second owners and it was built in 1941. just minor cosmetics needed to be done, i will post pictures of before and after.

this is the second house we've owned, we sold our condo and made $75000.

bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 11:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Ideally I’d just rent a house directly from the state

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Thursday, 10 June 2021 18:57 (five months ago) link

Anyway splashing $1k into INVH just to annoy…someone. Myself.

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Thursday, 10 June 2021 18:58 (five months ago) link

Used, everywhere.

― Alba, Friday, 11 June 2021 2:45 AM (five hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

OTM, we just got a great* set of dining room chairs for a local auction house for what seems like a very reasonable price for 6 solid walnut chairs.

*greatness is still to be determined lockdown only ended last night, but if we really don’t like them we can keep them until we find something we do like and then back to the auction house they go.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Thursday, 10 June 2021 22:51 (five months ago) link

Estate/divorce/house clearance auctions are good too.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Thursday, 10 June 2021 22:52 (five months ago) link

are there not bedbugs down under

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 11 June 2021 04:21 (five months ago) link

homes get more valuable because not owning a home gets worse.

https://gen.medium.com/the-rents-too-damned-high-520f958d5ec5

Tracer Hand, Friday, 11 June 2021 11:12 (five months ago) link

Even in Philly, the housing market is wild. Fixer-uppers in our neighborhood are going for as much as we bought our renovated house for in 2018, and newly renovated stuff is going for almost double.

Some friends who live on the other side of "a line" that divides one part of the city from another had a couple move into the house across the street— they bought their house for 120k in 2011. The house across the street went for 850k to a couple who recently came to Philly from New York.

heyy nineteen, that's john belushi (the table is the table), Friday, 11 June 2021 16:55 (five months ago) link

is the line school districts?

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Friday, 11 June 2021 17:11 (five months ago) link

Why doesn't it come in white? 🧢

Alba, Friday, 11 June 2021 18:12 (five months ago) link

maybe it does/did and you can find a used one?

sarahell, Friday, 11 June 2021 18:27 (five months ago) link

All couches are sex couches. That’s one reason to not pick one up off the street.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Friday, 11 June 2021 18:30 (five months ago) link

Only in a trucker hat, surely.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 11 June 2021 18:32 (five months ago) link

We have accumulated most of the furniture needed for day one at this stage and have anything we're bringing with us in storage but still no completion date

Any day now.....any day now.....

Eschew things thirty two times before swallowing them (darraghmac), Friday, 11 June 2021 20:12 (five months ago) link

are there not bedbugs down under

― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 11 June 2021 2:21 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

The spiders ate them all.

Seriously though, I never gave it a thought, but it’s does appear that is a risk, but not a massively common one down here.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Friday, 11 June 2021 21:04 (five months ago) link

why would bedbugs be a problem for dining room furniture?

sarahell, Friday, 11 June 2021 21:13 (five months ago) link

They can live in wood, apparently.

Alba, Friday, 11 June 2021 22:51 (five months ago) link

BlackRock thinks it's classic

treeship., Sunday, 13 June 2021 02:45 (five months ago) link

i like #lumber #twitter memes

@LumberTrading pic.twitter.com/PCTnBBRaBE

— Andrea Matranga (@andreamatranga) June 14, 2021

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Monday, 14 June 2021 17:34 (five months ago) link

Fuck me, next door's house is on the market at twice market value and has had two viewings so far in 48 hours.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 18 June 2021 23:40 (five months ago) link

Would get a fella thinking

We have a completion date which is the first actual news in months, the interim period saw our landlady sell up so it'll be skin-of-teeth to get everything done by end of next month but lets see how it goes

Eschew things thirty two times before swallowing them (darraghmac), Friday, 18 June 2021 23:51 (five months ago) link

Got to buy in the same market though so it's a self-defeating argument.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Saturday, 19 June 2021 00:12 (five months ago) link

How are you figuring out market value?

Alba, Saturday, 19 June 2021 12:04 (five months ago) link

Welp my parents were going to build a house this year but the price has gone up $170k from the 2020 quote they were working towards. Looks like they're going to wait it out and leave all their stuff in storage for possibly 1-2 years.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Saturday, 19 June 2021 13:37 (five months ago) link

How are you figuring out market value?

Zoopla have a pretty accurate last sold/current value metric for pretty much every house which I've found to be very, very reliable - within £10k of selling price for about 3 years round these parts and tested most recently in February.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Saturday, 19 June 2021 13:44 (five months ago) link

is the line school districts?

― 𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Friday, June 11, 2021 10:11 AM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

It's a little hard to explain, but essentially, in West Philadelphia, there were the areas that were red-lined due to government and bank malfeasance/bigotry...but one of the biggest employers in the city (UPenn) is also located in West Philly, and has had a program since the 70s wherein they will fund a large percentage of many Penn workers' purchase of a house *within a proscribed area*. That area originally went to certain line, then it was moved further out, then further out again, this last time finally breaking the barrier of where the government/banks had red-lined back in the day.

We live in this last area. The friends I am speaking of live in the middle area.

heyy nineteen, that's john belushi (the table is the table), Tuesday, 29 June 2021 15:23 (five months ago) link

Walked through my new house for the first time today lads, its a pleasant feeling

Eschew things thirty two times before swallowing them (darraghmac), Tuesday, 29 June 2021 16:57 (five months ago) link

:D

so exciting!

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 29 June 2021 17:09 (five months ago) link

nice, congrats!

butyrate humbucker bobbins (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 29 June 2021 17:28 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

Oh, we are in about a fortnight.

Seems nice, we'll keep it i think

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Tuesday, 17 August 2021 10:28 (three months ago) link

Congrats! We're just renting with our almost-two year old, and expecting to be kicked out sometime around the end of the year. Which gives me about four months to find a job, get a mortgage and find a chain-free house or flat for three of us to move into. NO PROBLEM I'M SURE.

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 12:04 (three months ago) link

(When I say "me" I mean "me and my capable and employed partner")

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 12:05 (three months ago) link

Jaysis no pressure

Gluck!

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Tuesday, 17 August 2021 12:15 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

i had wondered why houses literally never go for asking price or below where i live. it can't be that hard to guess the valuation, can it? of course it's not.

In addition to sky high prices and near-zero inventory, the Bay Area housing market trades on a sadistic pricing scheme in which homes are drastically underpriced so that buyers are forced into a blind auction. Great story by @candacejackson. https://t.co/4W2j3MW6uw pic.twitter.com/mkNpenLzTh

— Conor Dougherty (@ConorDougherty) September 7, 2021

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:29 (two months ago) link

(i don't live in the bay area but i assume it's the same pretty much everywhere in coastal california)

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:30 (two months ago) link

all homes should be sold in a single round sealed-bid second-price auction, as should everything else

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:33 (two months ago) link

it would make grocery shopping a trifle complex, but hey

Richard Marxist (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 20:51 (two months ago) link

about to embark on an $80,000 foundation repair journey. good news is we will save hundreds on our earthquake insurance every year. just need to live for 200 more years to start seeing a return. ok, it should make us safer for The Big One. maybe also slow down the east-to-west roll of lego heads that hit the floor.

balance transfer eligible (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 September 2021 18:02 (two months ago) link

I own curtains as of today

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Thursday, 16 September 2021 18:09 (two months ago) link

The contrast between the last two posts is pretty much the breadth of the home ownership experience.

Taliban! (PBKR), Thursday, 16 September 2021 18:16 (two months ago) link

a wide breadth with one consistent theme: the spending of your money

balance transfer eligible (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 September 2021 18:26 (two months ago) link

Hey it only cost me 1/20th of an earthquake-proofing im a happy man

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Thursday, 16 September 2021 18:28 (two months ago) link

those curtains better have officially licensed disney property print at that price

balance transfer eligible (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 September 2021 18:30 (two months ago) link

in the middle of the US, you can save money acquiring wares with the likeness of your favorite premium property by negotiating with a local criminal cartel that skirts such official licensing. they are called "the Amish".

balance transfer eligible (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 September 2021 18:35 (two months ago) link

of course, you risk making up the difference in your total expense via the unconscious and habitual collection of out-of-season christmas tchotchkes

balance transfer eligible (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 September 2021 18:38 (two months ago) link

Curtains are SUCH A THING. When C moved here, we went to Target like very weekend for months to buy an astonishing number of sheer curtains for some basic privacy (since a lot of windows look out on a city street). Before that, he'd lived in a rental apt that came w louvered blinds so he never thought about it.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Thursday, 16 September 2021 20:16 (two months ago) link

We had bare windows til last week, blinds then, curtains now, its a huge change and i knew it would be but i didnt know know it until im looking now

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Thursday, 16 September 2021 20:36 (two months ago) link

I still do not live in the house purchased 11 months ago because we have been hemorrhaging money on a gut reno for 11 months! Dear god I hope we make it in before the year anniversary. But we probably won't?

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 17 September 2021 03:51 (two months ago) link

oh no! sorry to hear that. we waited 4 months for the permit, but we can "live" in our house during the foundation work. i do wonder if the noise and mess will be too much anyway. I don't have a great idea of how long it will all take.

balance transfer eligible (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 17 September 2021 04:00 (two months ago) link


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