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

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  • SageinaRageSageinaRage Registered User regular
    Do these outdoor breaker boxes not have locks on them or something? If they do then it hardly seems a big security risk.

  • QanamilQanamil life cheated us all and i'm full of angst Registered User regular
    edited February 4
    Do these outdoor breaker boxes not have locks on them or something? If they do then it hardly seems a big security risk.

    Mine sure doesn't have a lock on it (and all the more reason it annoys me)

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  • DaimarDaimar A Million Feet Tall of Awesome Registered User regular
    I don't know, I checked in with my local electrician (Voorhees & Son) and was told outside breaker boxes are a must-have at all times.

    Don't worry, I got it.

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    So, now that I have a house, I realized just how much empty wall space I have. I know I'm gonna have to get at least one set of shelves for my board games and maybe one for my records. I think Ikea Kallax shelves are recommended for both of those? I might get like a 5x5 one for that, whenever I go to a city that has an Ikea (their shipping prices are not good). But that will only cover some of my walls! So, I'm thinking I need to start looking for art or posters or whatnot. Maybe some video game themed/related ones? Are there any good sites to get video game art that would look good framed on a wall?

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  • KetarKetar Ready to feel better about your own miserable lives?Registered User regular
    So, now that I have a house, I realized just how much empty wall space I have. I know I'm gonna have to get at least one set of shelves for my board games and maybe one for my records. I think Ikea Kallax shelves are recommended for both of those? I might get like a 5x5 one for that, whenever I go to a city that has an Ikea (their shipping prices are not good). But that will only cover some of my walls! So, I'm thinking I need to start looking for art or posters or whatnot. Maybe some video game themed/related ones? Are there any good sites to get video game art that would look good framed on a wall?

    The Ikea Kallax are a typical go-to for board game storage, yeah. We have a couple of the 5x5s and they work well.

    Now, for video game art that looks good framed on a wall: https://artovision3d.com/collections/shadowbox-art

    Their shadowboxes are expensive, but they look amazing in person. The art is actually 3-dimensional with different parts at different depths - it doesn't come across well in pictures, unfortunately. They were at PAX South last month though and there were a lot of forumers drooling over their pieces.

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style Warning: Mothership Reporting Kennewick, WARegistered User regular
    Ketar wrote: »
    So, now that I have a house, I realized just how much empty wall space I have. I know I'm gonna have to get at least one set of shelves for my board games and maybe one for my records. I think Ikea Kallax shelves are recommended for both of those? I might get like a 5x5 one for that, whenever I go to a city that has an Ikea (their shipping prices are not good). But that will only cover some of my walls! So, I'm thinking I need to start looking for art or posters or whatnot. Maybe some video game themed/related ones? Are there any good sites to get video game art that would look good framed on a wall?

    The Ikea Kallax are a typical go-to for board game storage, yeah. We have a couple of the 5x5s and they work well.

    Now, for video game art that looks good framed on a wall: https://artovision3d.com/collections/shadowbox-art

    Their shadowboxes are expensive, but they look amazing in person. The art is actually 3-dimensional with different parts at different depths - it doesn't come across well in pictures, unfortunately. They were at PAX South last month though and there were a lot of forumers drooling over their pieces.

    Ooh, they look great! $130 is definitely kinda pricey, tho. Might be something to get later! That Street Fighter 2 Ryu vs Ken is hella nice.

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  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    edited February 4
    Those are wildly expensive, buy something that funds the artist/desingers.

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    Ketar wrote: »
    So, now that I have a house, I realized just how much empty wall space I have. I know I'm gonna have to get at least one set of shelves for my board games and maybe one for my records. I think Ikea Kallax shelves are recommended for both of those? I might get like a 5x5 one for that, whenever I go to a city that has an Ikea (their shipping prices are not good). But that will only cover some of my walls! So, I'm thinking I need to start looking for art or posters or whatnot. Maybe some video game themed/related ones? Are there any good sites to get video game art that would look good framed on a wall?

    The Ikea Kallax are a typical go-to for board game storage, yeah. We have a couple of the 5x5s and they work well.

    Now, for video game art that looks good framed on a wall: https://artovision3d.com/collections/shadowbox-art

    Their shadowboxes are expensive, but they look amazing in person. The art is actually 3-dimensional with different parts at different depths - it doesn't come across well in pictures, unfortunately. They were at PAX South last month though and there were a lot of forumers drooling over their pieces.

    I just found out I have 12k to spare why would you show this to me

  • DelzhandDelzhand Hard to miss. Registered User regular
    After stripping the decades old wallpaper from my hallway, leaving the backing paper up for over a year, and then finally getting it cleaned off, I decided to paint my hallway. I wanted something like this:

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    The colors I chose didn't end up quite being what I was going for, but it still looks alright:

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    The top color, "Olympus White", is rather more blue than I wanted, and the bottom, "Aleutian", isn't quite as dark.

    But hey, job's done.

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  • KetarKetar Ready to feel better about your own miserable lives?Registered User regular
    Ketar wrote: »
    So, now that I have a house, I realized just how much empty wall space I have. I know I'm gonna have to get at least one set of shelves for my board games and maybe one for my records. I think Ikea Kallax shelves are recommended for both of those? I might get like a 5x5 one for that, whenever I go to a city that has an Ikea (their shipping prices are not good). But that will only cover some of my walls! So, I'm thinking I need to start looking for art or posters or whatnot. Maybe some video game themed/related ones? Are there any good sites to get video game art that would look good framed on a wall?

    The Ikea Kallax are a typical go-to for board game storage, yeah. We have a couple of the 5x5s and they work well.

    Now, for video game art that looks good framed on a wall: https://artovision3d.com/collections/shadowbox-art

    Their shadowboxes are expensive, but they look amazing in person. The art is actually 3-dimensional with different parts at different depths - it doesn't come across well in pictures, unfortunately. They were at PAX South last month though and there were a lot of forumers drooling over their pieces.

    I just found out I have 12k to spare why would you show this to me

    I reiterate - they look so much better in person than they already do in the pictures online. Their booth always had a crowd of people around it at PAX South and at GenCon last year, for good reason.

    :P

  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited February 5
    Delzhand wrote: »
    After stripping the decades old wallpaper from my hallway, leaving the backing paper up for over a year, and then finally getting it cleaned off, I decided to paint my hallway. I wanted something like this:

    The colors I chose didn't end up quite being what I was going for, but it still looks alright:

    The top color, "Olympus White", is rather more blue than I wanted, and the bottom, "Aleutian", isn't quite as dark.

    But hey, job's done.

    Looks great! Color matching is a near impossible task, without even factoring in image processing & fakery.

    When you moved in, was there a door in that hallway? Seems inconvenient.

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  • DelzhandDelzhand Hard to miss. Registered User regular
    edited February 5
    Yeah, the kitchen and living room both had doors. Taking them off was the first thing I did move-in day. In fact, painting the hallway has kinda shown up the shoddy paintwork on the chair rail and doorframes, so I'm gonna touch em up with some white paint and make a few dutchmans to get rid of the hinges.

    Edit: Also pictured - who uses black light switches

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  • StraygatsbyStraygatsby Registered User regular
    We're beginning to put together our long term DIY list for this place and one of the easy wins is repainting our master bath, which is inexplicably a mix of dark blue and aquamarine with drip spots all over. It seriously looks like someone killed the opera singer from the 5th Element in there.

    I'm actually kind of looking forward to both bathroom updates - they are frozen in 1974 and will be really nice clean slate projects that we can update ourselves while still maintaining the old house feel. I haven't had to stones (or time...or money) to punch through one of our walls yet, but I'm dying to know the composition, because seriously this drywall/sheetrock feels like literal rock and/or plaster. I'm wondering what the stud situation is if it's even that kind of build. Research time!

    Gotta learn how to use a tile saw, though. That'll be interesting. Or...not.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    Depending the age of your house, you may have walls like mine; which are mesh+"plaster" for the shower and tub walls.

    Luckily the wet walls for our sinks are some version of drywall.

  • CptHamiltonCptHamilton Registered User regular
    Query, house thread: when one pays people to paint the inside of one's house, what extent of prep work on one's part is expected/required?

    Like, I assume I need to take art off the walls and take down TVs and such. But, for example, is it on me to take down mirrors in the bathrooms? Disassemble toilets?

    Because two of the four reasons I want to pay someone rather than do it myself are:
    1) my master bathroom has two 6'x3' mirrors on the wall and I have no idea how to get them down without breaking them
    2) I don't want to disassemble toilets

    The other two being:
    3) For some reason my master bathroom is like 15'+ tall and I don't have a ladder that long
    4) I suck at painting

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    You make sure those options are included in the quote. Do you want them to take off the mirrors or paint around them?

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  • evilmrhenryevilmrhenry Registered User regular
    I assume you just tell the people that before they give their estimate, and they build it into the price.

    If you want the area behind the toilet/mirrors painted, you might need to specify that. It's easier to just tape off the mirror, and I've lived places with a patch of different-colored paint behind the toilet. (Also, there are apparently paintbrushes for "tight spaces". No idea how well they work, but nobody's going to be inspecting that paint too closely.)

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  • PhotosaurusPhotosaurus Registered User regular
    Just successfully removed, cleaned, and reinstalled the carb on our lawnmower to get it back in working order.

    Pretty sure this is the most masculine I've ever felt. Also feeling a strong urge to fix all the things now.

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  • chokemchokem Registered User regular
    Fuck guys, mortgage rates are so low and we bought our current house back in 2018 when mortgage rates were so high. Any chance at getting a refinance that doesn’t involve paying so much closing costs?

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    chokem wrote: »
    Fuck guys, mortgage rates are so low and we bought our current house back in 2018 when mortgage rates were so high. Any chance at getting a refinance that doesn’t involve paying so much closing costs?

    They literally started going down like a week after I closed. Ughhhhhhhhh. But whatever.

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  • AimAim Registered User regular
    I've heard someone advise calling up your mortgage company and ask if they can update the rate on your existing mortgage. They may be persuaded to do so to keep your mortgage in their hands.

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  • electricitylikesmeelectricitylikesme Registered User regular
    Urgh. Today it started raining hard in Australia, which has revealed two things:

    1. there's some water leakage problem with the front porch workshop of this house that I don't quite understand. The punchline is that whole area needs the pebble epoxy stripped off, an actual waterproofing membrane applied, and retiling. Thinking some silicone caulk might mitigate for now?

    2. But the back deck - hoo boy. So, the lower floor has this overhand which has been done up with fibreboard and downlights and all looks really nice. This completely hides the fact that all of this was attached to the underside of the upstairs balcony, and there is no membrane or roof beneath the boards to catch the water. It's "mostly" okay because there's a cover over the upper part of the balcony, but it still means any liquids which blow in from the side, any leaks, any thing like say, washing the windows or spilling something, not to mention the leaves, is just falling right through onto the bottom part of that roof.

    Which explains why the halogen downlights are blown out.

    I am in awe at whoever the fuck installed this and went "she'll be right". I assume this was all repainted before they sold because one decent rainstorm and the paint is bubbling right off because the water is coming through - worse, I need to get in there and check it's not just pooling underneath an enclosed beam.

    This is all incredibly stupid, though not catastrophic as far as houses go. I'm thinking I'll pull up the upper deck over this area, we'll see if the lower boards can be saved, and I guess I'll build a proper enclosed space with fibre cement decking over sarking foil, waterproof and tile it and it should be good? Would look nicer too.

  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    With the front deck, silicone will likely be fine, but make sure sealing the leak doesn't cause pooling on the back side of the seal (i.e. try to seal the "outside" of the leak)

  • SimpsoniaSimpsonia Registered User regular
    edited February 8
    Urgh. Today it started raining hard in Australia, which has revealed two things:

    1. there's some water leakage problem with the front porch workshop of this house that I don't quite understand. The punchline is that whole area needs the pebble epoxy stripped off, an actual waterproofing membrane applied, and retiling. Thinking some silicone caulk might mitigate for now?

    2. But the back deck - hoo boy. So, the lower floor has this overhand which has been done up with fibreboard and downlights and all looks really nice. This completely hides the fact that all of this was attached to the underside of the upstairs balcony, and there is no membrane or roof beneath the boards to catch the water. It's "mostly" okay because there's a cover over the upper part of the balcony, but it still means any liquids which blow in from the side, any leaks, any thing like say, washing the windows or spilling something, not to mention the leaves, is just falling right through onto the bottom part of that roof.

    Which explains why the halogen downlights are blown out.

    I am in awe at whoever the fuck installed this and went "she'll be right". I assume this was all repainted before they sold because one decent rainstorm and the paint is bubbling right off because the water is coming through - worse, I need to get in there and check it's not just pooling underneath an enclosed beam.

    This is all incredibly stupid, though not catastrophic as far as houses go. I'm thinking I'll pull up the upper deck over this area, we'll see if the lower boards can be saved, and I guess I'll build a proper enclosed space with fibre cement decking over sarking foil, waterproof and tile it and it should be good? Would look nicer too.

    So I understand this right, there's leakage at the roofline of the front porch where it meets the house itself? Sounds like there's no aluminum flashing between whatever is acting as your porch roof and the house. Maybe they use membranes and epoxy in Australia, but here in the states we use bent aluminum flashing. It's essentially a thin aluminum sheet bent at a 90 (or whatever necessary) degree angle. The roof part is placed underneath the roofing material (shingles or what have you), the other part is nailed to the vertical part of the house then siliconed. This creates a permanent and long lasting barrier that doesn't allow any water to infiltrate at the junction of where the porch roof meets the house. A membrane sounds a hell of a lot more temporary (especially in a hot Aussie sun) and more expensive than aluminum flashing.

    What is the roofing material on the porch? Asphalt shingles or shingle roll? It should be fairly easy to DIY, though not as pretty as professional roofers who have a flashing brake.

    As for the back porch, honestly, I'd take the easiest route of just taking the false ceiling down and installing outdoor rated cafe lights. The only other option is to build a full sloped and waterproof 'false' roof underneath the upstairs balcony, which just seems like a waste, and difficult to do with the upstairs balcony in place.

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    Woo, gonna get a leather couch, loveseat, and chair on craigslist for $450. Gonna go and check it out today to make sure it looks good and isn't falling apart or whatever, but the pictures they posted looked solid. At that price, it's prooobably bonded leather, but idk how to check for that. But even if it is, I don't think that's that big a deal. Also possible it's real leather and it's that low cause it's used and kind of an ugly color. Who knows! The joys of craigslist.

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  • evilmrhenryevilmrhenry Registered User regular
    Woo, gonna get a leather couch, loveseat, and chair on craigslist for $450. Gonna go and check it out today to make sure it looks good and isn't falling apart or whatever, but the pictures they posted looked solid. At that price, it's prooobably bonded leather, but idk how to check for that. But even if it is, I don't think that's that big a deal. Also possible it's real leather and it's that low cause it's used and kind of an ugly color. Who knows! The joys of craigslist.

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    If you press your finger into the leather, and the leather wrinkles, then it's leather. If it just goes down smoothly, then it's vinyl. Bonded is somewhere between the two.
    It's common to use non-leather on the sides and back, as this isn't the bit people sit on. Testing this area just proves what they used on the sides and back.
    Leather needs a bit of care to remain supple. You should use leather conditioner on it every 6 months or so.

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    *squirts wife's hair conditioner on sofa*

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  • Stabbity StyleStabbity Style Warning: Mothership Reporting Kennewick, WARegistered User regular
    edited February 8
    Purchase was a success! The guy we bought em from was nice enough to hitch up the trailer to his truck and take em to my place for me, so i didn't have to rent a pickup and we only had to make one trip.

    I think I'm leaning on it being bonded leather? There was a little sample of the leather under the couch that seemed to be real leather.
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    But there was also a small area on the loveseat that might be bonded leather damage? I don't know what wear/damage on regular leather looks like.
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    I also did the poke test and it wrinkled, so it's at least not vinyl.
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    Overall, pretty stoked with the purchase! I think I'm good for seats for now! Still need to arrange some of them and maybe build a riser or two for the back rows, but it feels good. Just need to get a shelf for my board games and some blinds for my windows XD
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    Wow, love all that wide-open space.

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    That a half basement?

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    webguy20 wrote: »
    That a half basement?

    Yea, the house is built into a hill, so the main floor enters from the front and the basement exits from the rear. That basement is basically the reason I bought the house, lol. The whole house is like 3000 sqft, so that basement is probably 1,500 sqft all open. There's a little area behind the stairs that has all the plumbing and lighting and vents and outlets and whatnot for a 3rd bathroom whenever I get the money together to do that, too.

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  • electricitylikesmeelectricitylikesme Registered User regular
    Emergency builder's plastic deployed along the front. Making a mental note to cut a secondary stormwater pipe into the garage drains, since if they *ever* block in a rainstorm the entire lower floor will more or less immediately flood.

  • HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    That's a good looking couch but tbh I've never understood the appeal of leather couches/chairs.

    Leather doesn't breathe for shit.

    And I mean I love that with my coat because fuck off, winter.

    But if I'm plopping my ass down on or laying down on something for a few hours it damn well better breathe :P

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  • firewaterwordfirewaterword Satchitananda Pais Vasco to San FranciscoRegistered User regular
    Well I've gone and submitted an application for mortgage pre-qualification. And I'm already scared! Renting a townhome in southern Denver right now, but the lease is up in July and I think it's time to call it quits on renting. Looking to be up further north, ideally somewhere around Louisville/Lafayette/Broomfield.

    Anyway still no idea if I want to go house or condo route, but figured I'd try to qualify for the most I'd be willing to spend and then try to come in under that. Working with a first time home buyer's program and they said it's no sweat if the ideal purchase date is a few months out.

    I will say that browsing realtor/zillow/redfin is both exciting and terrifying. And a great way to eat up a ton of time...

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  • QanamilQanamil life cheated us all and i'm full of angst Registered User regular
    Well I've gone and submitted an application for mortgage pre-qualification. And I'm already scared! Renting a townhome in southern Denver right now, but the lease is up in July and I think it's time to call it quits on renting. Looking to be up further north, ideally somewhere around Louisville/Lafayette/Broomfield.

    Anyway still no idea if I want to go house or condo route, but figured I'd try to qualify for the most I'd be willing to spend and then try to come in under that. Working with a first time home buyer's program and they said it's no sweat if the ideal purchase date is a few months out.

    I will say that browsing realtor/zillow/redfin is both exciting and terrifying. And a great way to eat up a ton of time...

    Check around to find a good realtor in the area and start doing them house tours. Being able to see the places first hand and having an expert point out issues I wouldn't notice was super helpful. Also, it's a ton of paperwork but legit is pretty easy to do. Surprisingly easy to be looking at houses at the start of the month and then signing on one at the end like whoa.

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  • firewaterwordfirewaterword Satchitananda Pais Vasco to San FranciscoRegistered User regular
    Qanamil wrote: »
    Well I've gone and submitted an application for mortgage pre-qualification. And I'm already scared! Renting a townhome in southern Denver right now, but the lease is up in July and I think it's time to call it quits on renting. Looking to be up further north, ideally somewhere around Louisville/Lafayette/Broomfield.

    Anyway still no idea if I want to go house or condo route, but figured I'd try to qualify for the most I'd be willing to spend and then try to come in under that. Working with a first time home buyer's program and they said it's no sweat if the ideal purchase date is a few months out.

    I will say that browsing realtor/zillow/redfin is both exciting and terrifying. And a great way to eat up a ton of time...

    Check around to find a good realtor in the area and start doing them house tours. Being able to see the places first hand and having an expert point out issues I wouldn't notice was super helpful. Also, it's a ton of paperwork but legit is pretty easy to do. Surprisingly easy to be looking at houses at the start of the month and then signing on one at the end like whoa.

    Yeah it's hard to know when to start doing tours and all that. I don't expect to be moving on anything until sometime around May at the earliest, but the more info I can get on potential neighborhoods, the better. Don't want to waste anyone's time though.

    There's a pretty good chance I'll be doing this solo (my partner has it in her head that moving to Florida is a good idea, which is fodder for an entirely different thread, but I digress), which makes the whole condo vs house thing tricky.

    My gut says it's easier to sell a family house than it is a condo, should the need arise...

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  • chromdomchromdom Why do bad things keep happening to me? Oh yeah, because of the things I've done.Registered User regular
    My gut says it's easier to sell a family house than it is a condo, should the need arise...

    I've heard that as well. Also that condos don't appreciate value nearly as well as a house, but that info is really old, so I don't know how true it is anymore.

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    My gut says it's easier to sell a family house than it is a condo, should the need arise...

    This is definitely the case.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    You're going to get pre-qualified for WAY more than your budget. That's okay; stick to your guns on price range.

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  • QanamilQanamil life cheated us all and i'm full of angst Registered User regular
    Qanamil wrote: »
    Well I've gone and submitted an application for mortgage pre-qualification. And I'm already scared! Renting a townhome in southern Denver right now, but the lease is up in July and I think it's time to call it quits on renting. Looking to be up further north, ideally somewhere around Louisville/Lafayette/Broomfield.

    Anyway still no idea if I want to go house or condo route, but figured I'd try to qualify for the most I'd be willing to spend and then try to come in under that. Working with a first time home buyer's program and they said it's no sweat if the ideal purchase date is a few months out.

    I will say that browsing realtor/zillow/redfin is both exciting and terrifying. And a great way to eat up a ton of time...

    Check around to find a good realtor in the area and start doing them house tours. Being able to see the places first hand and having an expert point out issues I wouldn't notice was super helpful. Also, it's a ton of paperwork but legit is pretty easy to do. Surprisingly easy to be looking at houses at the start of the month and then signing on one at the end like whoa.

    Yeah it's hard to know when to start doing tours and all that. I don't expect to be moving on anything until sometime around May at the earliest, but the more info I can get on potential neighborhoods, the better. Don't want to waste anyone's time though.

    There's a pretty good chance I'll be doing this solo (my partner has it in her head that moving to Florida is a good idea, which is fodder for an entirely different thread, but I digress), which makes the whole condo vs house thing tricky.

    My gut says it's easier to sell a family house than it is a condo, should the need arise...

    I looked without any real intent for maybe a month or two, but getting a (friend referred) real estate agent to start tossing me recs based on my needs and times to go see them jumped it into high gear.

    Also yeah, you'll say $x is my hard high end and they'll go "omg this great $x+ place just opened up we should go see it!!!" on the reg.

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