Homeowner/House Thread: It's going to cost how much, now?

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    Our lawn guy still came out Friday to pull down some trees and dig up an old garden. He said he was expecting to be stopping work soon.

  • AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    The landscapers that mow our lawn were bugging me to sign up for weekly lawn mowing again this year. I sent them the signed contract last Monday and it's been radio silence ever since, haven't responded, haven't posted anything to their social media channels. I assume they are effectively shut down. Would be nice if they said something though.

  • chrishallett83chrishallett83 A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    The landscapers that mow our lawn were bugging me to sign up for weekly lawn mowing again this year. I sent them the signed contract last Monday and it's been radio silence ever since, haven't responded, haven't posted anything to their social media channels. I assume they are effectively shut down. Would be nice if they said something though.

    Weekly is unnecessary. Fortnightly if your grass grows fast and you want to keep it looking neat and groomed.

  • AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    The landscapers that mow our lawn were bugging me to sign up for weekly lawn mowing again this year. I sent them the signed contract last Monday and it's been radio silence ever since, haven't responded, haven't posted anything to their social media channels. I assume they are effectively shut down. Would be nice if they said something though.

    Weekly is unnecessary. Fortnightly if your grass grows fast and you want to keep it looking neat and groomed.

    Oh I know, nobody around here offers less than weekly is the problem. Or if they do I haven't found em.

  • chrishallett83chrishallett83 A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    The landscapers that mow our lawn were bugging me to sign up for weekly lawn mowing again this year. I sent them the signed contract last Monday and it's been radio silence ever since, haven't responded, haven't posted anything to their social media channels. I assume they are effectively shut down. Would be nice if they said something though.

    Weekly is unnecessary. Fortnightly if your grass grows fast and you want to keep it looking neat and groomed.

    Oh I know, nobody around here offers less than weekly is the problem. Or if they do I haven't found em.

    Well I mean do they want your cash or not?

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  • BullheadBullhead Registered User regular
    The landscapers that mow our lawn were bugging me to sign up for weekly lawn mowing again this year. I sent them the signed contract last Monday and it's been radio silence ever since, haven't responded, haven't posted anything to their social media channels. I assume they are effectively shut down. Would be nice if they said something though.

    Weekly is unnecessary. Fortnightly if your grass grows fast and you want to keep it looking neat and groomed.

    I'd say that depends on where you live and time of year. Come summer and all the rain here in florida, if I skip a week my lawn is a jungle. I've had to mow twice in a week some years/grass types.

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  • AbsoluteZeroAbsoluteZero The new film by Quentin Koopantino Registered User regular
    This has got me thinking about biting the bullet and just buying a lawn tractor already and getting my Hank Hill on. I wonder if the electrics are worth a damn?

  • DelzhandDelzhand Hard to miss. Registered User regular
    My one electric mower (push, not riding) had the problem of the engine getting weaker when it started losing power. And because I didn't mow every weekend, thicker patches of grass would stop it up, and it was incredibly frustrating.

    I swapped it for a gas mower and it was like night and day. Lawn mowing is definitely an area where I'll take practicality over environmental friendliness. At least until I can uproot every bit of grass and get full coverage with clover.

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  • DaenrisDaenris Registered User regular
    I got a nice electric self propelled push mower last summer. Have no complaints about it at all. I had a plug in electric years ago that was ridiculously annoying because of needing the cord, then I switched to just a manual reel mower for a number of years. The one I got has I think a 56 volt battery (I forget the amp hours) but supposed to have about an hour runtime. My yard is really small and only takes about 20-30 minutes so I've never had an issue with the battery running low.

    That said, the good ones are expensive and I definitely could have gotten a comparable performance gas mower for probably a couple hundred less. No clue on how good electric riding mowers might perform.

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  • OneAngryPossumOneAngryPossum Registered User regular
    Any tips/advice for dealing/not dealing with dandelions? My back yard is exploding with the things, and while I don’t really mind a bit of wild weed mucking up my backyard (the clean lawn look is very much not my thing), I think I may have some responsibility to mitigate the impact on my neighbors.

  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    Cut off the heads before they spread seed? If you're worried about using chemicals, you can kill them with boiling water

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  • OneAngryPossumOneAngryPossum Registered User regular
    edited March 23
    Mugsley wrote: »
    Cut off the heads before they spread seed? If you're worried about using chemicals, you can kill them with boiling water

    I guess my question is, aside from trying to keep them out of the neighbors’ yards, is there any particular reason I should kill them? Like, will all my grass will be starved of nutrients?

    Edit: Left to my own devices I’d keep my yard walkable and maintained but otherwise let nature do what it will back there, so I’m not super looking to start a war with weeds unless there are risks I’m not aware of or if it’s going to infuriate the neighbors, really.

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  • GyralGyral Registered User regular
    Gyral wrote: »
    Yeah, the entire home maintenance/building/repair industry ground to a halt around here two weeks ago. I needed to get some siding repair done and have basically been unable to get anyone to answer their phones. My usual handyman basically said "I'm stuck at home watching my kids until this is over." So, I told him that I'd probably get back with him after the kids are back in school because NO ONE is doing work in Pitt County.

    So, as a follow-up to this, I was finally able to get someone to come out. We agreed to keep six feet apart and talk from opposite sides of the lawn as I pointed out what needed to be fixed. A couple hours later, his guys come out, do the work and my entire interactions with his team was an exchange of a payment slip and a check followed by me thanking them through the window. So, work is getting done but everyone is very clearly taking this serious.

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  • The WolfmanThe Wolfman Registered User regular
    Mugsley wrote: »
    Cut off the heads before they spread seed? If you're worried about using chemicals, you can kill them with boiling water

    I guess my question is, aside from trying to keep them out of the neighbors’ yards, is there any particular reason I should kill them? Like, will all my grass will be starved of nutrients?

    Edit: Left to my own devices I’d keep my yard walkable and maintained but otherwise let nature do what it will back there, so I’m not super looking to start a war with weeds unless there are risks I’m not aware of or if it’s going to infuriate the neighbors, really.

    My lawn was/is claimed by the dandelion gods. It doesn't really do anything to the grass. It's basically an aesthetic issue. They look fine when they're in bloom if that's your thing. But when you mow the lawn and cut the heads off, you're left with tubular stocks that look downright alien in origin. If you're also fine with that, then you can just leave 'em. Outside of completely reseeding the entire lawn, you'll never get rid of them. I tried picking them early when they started popping up, and for every day I'd pick 20, 40 would appear the next week. Even trying to be preventative and yanking any visible starting roots with a tiller or using weed killer didn't work.

    If you don't mind them, then don't worry about it. If you do though... well you've got a massive job ahead of you.

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  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    Any tips/advice for dealing/not dealing with dandelions? My back yard is exploding with the things, and while I don’t really mind a bit of wild weed mucking up my backyard (the clean lawn look is very much not my thing), I think I may have some responsibility to mitigate the impact on my neighbors.

    They make dandelion pullers. Alternately something with a longish flat blade to chop the root (diagonal slice down below), then pull out the untethered dandelion. I usually fill about 2 garden carts/year

  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    Mugsley wrote: »
    Cut off the heads before they spread seed? If you're worried about using chemicals, you can kill them with boiling water

    I guess my question is, aside from trying to keep them out of the neighbors’ yards, is there any particular reason I should kill them? Like, will all my grass will be starved of nutrients?

    Edit: Left to my own devices I’d keep my yard walkable and maintained but otherwise let nature do what it will back there, so I’m not super looking to start a war with weeds unless there are risks I’m not aware of or if it’s going to infuriate the neighbors, really.

    My lawn was/is claimed by the dandelion gods. It doesn't really do anything to the grass. It's basically an aesthetic issue. They look fine when they're in bloom if that's your thing. But when you mow the lawn and cut the heads off, you're left with tubular stocks that look downright alien in origin. If you're also fine with that, then you can just leave 'em. Outside of completely reseeding the entire lawn, you'll never get rid of them. I tried picking them early when they started popping up, and for every day I'd pick 20, 40 would appear the next week. Even trying to be preventative and yanking any visible starting roots with a tiller or using weed killer didn't work.

    If you don't mind them, then don't worry about it. If you do though... well you've got a massive job ahead of you.

    I'm guessing its a neighborhood collective action problem. Dandelions are very good at spreading their seed.

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  • SoggybiscuitSoggybiscuit At the edge of spacetime lies a path with no end.Registered User regular
    Dandelion greens are pretty interesting. Bitter compared to something like spinach or lettuce, but maybe not to kale. Very flavorful.

    I've been meaning to grow some specifically for eating but I haven't had a chance yet.

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  • HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    Doodmann wrote: »
    Mugsley wrote: »
    Cut off the heads before they spread seed? If you're worried about using chemicals, you can kill them with boiling water

    I guess my question is, aside from trying to keep them out of the neighbors’ yards, is there any particular reason I should kill them? Like, will all my grass will be starved of nutrients?

    Edit: Left to my own devices I’d keep my yard walkable and maintained but otherwise let nature do what it will back there, so I’m not super looking to start a war with weeds unless there are risks I’m not aware of or if it’s going to infuriate the neighbors, really.

    My lawn was/is claimed by the dandelion gods. It doesn't really do anything to the grass. It's basically an aesthetic issue. They look fine when they're in bloom if that's your thing. But when you mow the lawn and cut the heads off, you're left with tubular stocks that look downright alien in origin. If you're also fine with that, then you can just leave 'em. Outside of completely reseeding the entire lawn, you'll never get rid of them. I tried picking them early when they started popping up, and for every day I'd pick 20, 40 would appear the next week. Even trying to be preventative and yanking any visible starting roots with a tiller or using weed killer didn't work.

    If you don't mind them, then don't worry about it. If you do though... well you've got a massive job ahead of you.

    I'm guessing its a neighborhood collective action problem. Dandelions are very good at spreading their seed.

    Yeah dandelions aren't hard to keep under control as long as everyone is doing it. But all it takes is one neighbor that shrugs their shoulders and they'll spread everywhere.

    Now thistle? Fuck thistle.

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  • chrishallett83chrishallett83 A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    Bullhead wrote: »
    The landscapers that mow our lawn were bugging me to sign up for weekly lawn mowing again this year. I sent them the signed contract last Monday and it's been radio silence ever since, haven't responded, haven't posted anything to their social media channels. I assume they are effectively shut down. Would be nice if they said something though.

    Weekly is unnecessary. Fortnightly if your grass grows fast and you want to keep it looking neat and groomed.

    I'd say that depends on where you live and time of year. Come summer and all the rain here in florida, if I skip a week my lawn is a jungle. I've had to mow twice in a week some years/grass types.

    Most of the broad-leaf lawns I'm familiar with grow at about an inch per week in good conditions, some of the more aggressive strains can get up to about two inches of growth in a week if they're getting plenty of fertiliser along with their water and sunlight. Which means four inches of growth in a fortnight worst case scenario, still pretty easy to mow with a gas-powered push mower like my Honda.

  • The WolfmanThe Wolfman Registered User regular
    Something I would like to try and do this year is keep the weeds that grow in our gravel driveway clear. It's not a big issue since we don't have a car or anything, but that's the one thing that really looks tacky. I played around a bit last year with boiling water and drowning what I could. It seemed to work a bit but I was never really able to get it under control. I'm worried that the real answer is going to be something along the lines of raking all the gravel away, laying down a new layer of weed paper, then putting everything back. It's not a large driveway or anything, maybe 2 cars wide and 1.5 cars long. It's one of those tasks that looks pretty simple in theory, but I'll probably be wishing for death before I even get halfway started.

    And here's the problem with having neighbours. One of our neighbours has also advised us not to sweat about the weeds/dandelions because we'll never get them out. But then I look at her gravel driveway and how it's immaculately clear, and it's shockingly hard for my first thought not to be "...you fucking assholes...". :)

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  • chrishallett83chrishallett83 A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    Burn 'em with a weed torch. Boiling water will burn the leaves, but a weed torch will toast them all the way down to the roots.

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    Gnizmo wrote: »
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    You are lucky that they are still doing your inspection. I'm in Philly and ours was cancelled. If it was me, I would want to be at the inspection, but I understand the circumstances. Good luck!

    Oh we had every plan to do be there, but the guy specifically requested it to limit exposure and I can't really argue right now. As you said, we are really lucky to get an inspection at all right now. I was tempted to put up a fight but decided to take the win on this.

    I figured as much. If we could've done that, I assume we would've jumped on it just to have it done.

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  • StarZapperStarZapper Vermont, Bizzaro world.Registered User regular
    edited March 25
    You can also spray them with a simple mix of vinegar/salt, and honestly that's enough to keep most of the weeds in the driveway down if they're annoying you.

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    Its kind of crazy how many listings there are like this in mammoth right now: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/58-Aspen-Pl-Mammoth-Lakes-CA-93546/19229610_zpid/

    I don't have any money but I'm wondering if there will be some panicked vacation home selling with all this shit going on.

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    Doodmann wrote: »
    Its kind of crazy how many listings there are like this in mammoth right now: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/58-Aspen-Pl-Mammoth-Lakes-CA-93546/19229610_zpid/

    I don't have any money but I'm wondering if there will be some panicked vacation home selling with all this shit going on.

    We've been talking about this over in the gig economy thread - COVID-19 has done a number on the ghost hotels using online services as a front end.

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  • OneAngryPossumOneAngryPossum Registered User regular
    edited March 25
    I decided to fight the weeds, at least a little. I’m cutting off flower heads and pouring boiling water on those located near the perimeter of my lawn.

    I’m fully aware that this will likely turn into a depressing metaphor for the US response to Covid-19: I started late, I don’t really know what the weed is (leaning towards thistle after observing further growth, but god knows which), and I’m unlikely to maintain focus on the task at hand.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    Doodmann wrote: »
    Its kind of crazy how many listings there are like this in mammoth right now: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/58-Aspen-Pl-Mammoth-Lakes-CA-93546/19229610_zpid/

    I don't have any money but I'm wondering if there will be some panicked vacation home selling with all this shit going on.

    OMG the assessment value. Somehow I think that's normal in the US (i.e. basically no reassessment since the structure was built)

  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    Mugsley wrote: »
    Doodmann wrote: »
    Its kind of crazy how many listings there are like this in mammoth right now: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/58-Aspen-Pl-Mammoth-Lakes-CA-93546/19229610_zpid/

    I don't have any money but I'm wondering if there will be some panicked vacation home selling with all this shit going on.

    OMG the assessment value. Somehow I think that's normal in the US (i.e. basically no reassessment since the structure was built)

    No, it's just normal in California, thanks to the corporate giveaway known as Proposition 13.

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  • That_GuyThat_Guy I don't wanna be that guy Registered User regular
    My coworker has ALL of his money invested in AirBnB ventures. He took out a mortgage for 1 property and took out a bunch of loans to build out a basement apartment in his house. He was already struggling before the outbreak. IDK how he's going to handle this now.

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    My coworker has ALL of his money invested in AirBnB ventures. He took out a mortgage for 1 property and took out a bunch of loans to build out a basement apartment in his house. He was already struggling before the outbreak. IDK how he's going to handle this now.

    Stuff like this is why I tend not to view real estate as an investment. An investment is something you throw money at and wait to change in value. Making money from real estate is a second job that has business expenses.

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    Mugsley wrote: »
    Doodmann wrote: »
    Its kind of crazy how many listings there are like this in mammoth right now: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/58-Aspen-Pl-Mammoth-Lakes-CA-93546/19229610_zpid/

    I don't have any money but I'm wondering if there will be some panicked vacation home selling with all this shit going on.

    OMG the assessment value. Somehow I think that's normal in the US (i.e. basically no reassessment since the structure was built)

    No, it's just normal in California, thanks to the corporate giveaway known as Proposition 13.

    Specifically it limits reassessments to only happen when a property is sold.

  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    Whomever buys that is going to take a bath on taxes then

  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    Mugsley wrote: »
    Whomever buys that is going to take a bath on taxes then

    Perhaps not, if the property is transferred to a shell company, and then the company is sold - which is a classic dodge used in the commercial sector.


    There's a reason I despise Proposition 13.

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  • JragghenJragghen Registered User regular
    Also the "2/3rds requirement for the legislature to raise taxes" part. Ugh.

    There's also a reassessment if you do a major renovation/change, I believe, like adding a new addition, etc.

  • CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    Hmm, I want to get a smart lock for our house, but as we're not living in it right now, there's no wifi to hook one up to.

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  • CptHamiltonCptHamilton Registered User regular
    Corvus wrote: »
    Hmm, I want to get a smart lock for our house, but as we're not living in it right now, there's no wifi to hook one up to.

    I have a Schlage smart lock I've been happy with. It doesn't have wifi capabilities built-in. There's a phone app that I think works via either bluetooth or NFC or something to let you program and schedule door codes and lock/unlock the door from your phone. There's a wall wart you buy separately and plug in near the door to enable wifi connectivity.

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  • CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    Corvus wrote: »
    Hmm, I want to get a smart lock for our house, but as we're not living in it right now, there's no wifi to hook one up to.

    I have a Schlage smart lock I've been happy with. It doesn't have wifi capabilities built-in. There's a phone app that I think works via either bluetooth or NFC or something to let you program and schedule door codes and lock/unlock the door from your phone. There's a wall wart you buy separately and plug in near the door to enable wifi connectivity.

    Hmm, I'm looking at the Schlage Encode, looks like the deadbolt has a key function too so I guess I could just use the regular key until we're moved back in and have wifi

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  • CptHamiltonCptHamilton Registered User regular
    Corvus wrote: »
    Corvus wrote: »
    Hmm, I want to get a smart lock for our house, but as we're not living in it right now, there's no wifi to hook one up to.

    I have a Schlage smart lock I've been happy with. It doesn't have wifi capabilities built-in. There's a phone app that I think works via either bluetooth or NFC or something to let you program and schedule door codes and lock/unlock the door from your phone. There's a wall wart you buy separately and plug in near the door to enable wifi connectivity.

    Hmm, I'm looking at the Schlage Encode, looks like the deadbolt has a key function too so I guess I could just use the regular key until we're moved back in and have wifi

    I have the Schlage Connect but I think it's fairly similar to the Encode. There is indeed still a key you can use. I've never used mine but I've got it on my keyring in case the battery dies or something. Like I said, you don't need wifi to set up a door code and then you can open it by punching numbers on the keypad.

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  • QanamilQanamil life cheated us all and i'm full of angst Registered User regular
    I finally got a mower and mowed the backyard last week and it's a weed fiesta back there. Real bad.

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