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Gonna be a FEKKIN HOME OWNER!

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    Gonna be a FEKKIN HOME OWNER!




    After TWO... and a HALF... FEKKIN... YEEEEEEEARS, Sylwia and I will finally close on our first home this coming Friday morning... Been a lonnnng time in the making, but we're finally striding the last hurdle and we can't wait to cross that finish line.


    So... the quick & dirty deets cuz I know people will wanna know, followed by a couple questions:
    1365 sq feet,
    3 bed/2 full bath,
    2 car garage,
    0.6 acres,
    Just off a cul-de-sac,
    Oil heat, forced hot water baseboard, tankless water heater,
    Central A/C.

    The questions:
    1: What purchases have YOU found to be MOST HELPFUL to home ownership?
    2: Do you have one of those for sale on the cheap?
    3: What other tips ya got for making home ownership easier/more enjoyable?
    4: Who wants to help us move


    Things we'll need or want in short order:
    Lawn Mower
    Snow Blower
    Power washer
    Shop Vac
    Ladder
    Dining room set
    Dog

    (As you could probably guess, this is mostly MY need/want list)

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    Re: Gonna be a FEKKIN HOME OWNER!

    Congrats. Good for you. Two car garage too. Awesome


    What purchase was best? The awesome 2 channel stereo for music. It has bluetooth so I stream radio from my PC to it and listen to stations all over the nation. I do like my cordless vac too. And my new cookware. All stainless.

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    Congrats on the purchase. Buy yourself a nice ladder.

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    congrats ! outside of mower/blower/washer.. .

    1. generator
    2. maybe
    3. do not ignore problems that crop up, take care of them promptly with quality solutions

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    Congrats!!!
    Snowblower for sure
    Mower of course
    One of those ladders that is hybrid and adjustable to do a bunch if shit ($200-300 at Home Depot I think)
    Pressure washer wayyyy down the least lol
    Good washer dryer and dishwasher
    Very good oven (we cook a ton)

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    Re: Gonna be a FEKKIN HOME OWNER!

    Where?

    And besides the snow blower, lawn mower.

    Hose and good hose reel.
    Ladders (indoor step, outdoor extension)
    Tools - get a cheap set to keep inside - going in and out of the garage multiple times for a screwdriver sucks.

    Ring Doorbell or any video doorbell really does come in handy

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    Congrats! Most helpful purchase: a decent stud finder.

    I have an older 19" electric mower (Black+Decker 36V) that you can have on the cheap, but it may not be adequate for your lawn. It cuts about 1/4 acre on a charge.

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    Post up the MLS number so we can check it out!

    Definitely buy a ladder. I use my 18' generic Little Giant style ladder all the time. I also have the 22' model for higher projects but it's significantly heavier and more cumbersome than the 18' model which meets 95% of my needs. They go on sale at Lowes and Home Depot often for $100. I have a separate 28' fiberglass extension ladder that can reach everything on the outside of my house.

    Keep enough electrical tools around to fix unexpected issues that arise.

    Along those lines, keep plumbing tools and fittings around for those unexpected emergencies. In an emergency, a SharkBite 1/4 turn ball valve can be installed on a pipe while water is flowing and let you shut it off while you figure out what went wrong.

    Appliances can be had pretty cheap on various Facebook yard sale groups. You would be amazed how many people get rid of perfectly good appliances for short money because they changed the color of their kitchen or laundry room.

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    and of course dont even get rid of any manual, wire, plug from devices you have no clue what they are and you will never, under any circumstances, use.

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    Re: Gonna be a FEKKIN HOME OWNER!

    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    Post up the MLS number so we can check it out!

    Definitely buy a ladder. I use my 18' generic Little Giant style ladder all the time. I also have the 22' model for higher projects but it's significantly heavier and more cumbersome than the 18' model which meets 95% of my needs. They go on sale at Lowes and Home Depot often for $100. I have a separate 28' fiberglass extension ladder that can reach everything on the outside of my house.

    Keep enough electrical tools around to fix unexpected issues that arise.

    Along those lines, keep plumbing tools and fittings around for those unexpected emergencies. In an emergency, a SharkBite 1/4 turn ball valve can be installed on a pipe while water is flowing and let you shut it off while you figure out what went wrong.

    Appliances can be had pretty cheap on various Facebook yard sale groups. You would be amazed how many people get rid of perfectly good appliances for short money because they changed the color of their kitchen or laundry room.
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    It's a single level "not-a-ranch" so an 18 footer may be all I'll ever need. Might even be overkill, I'll have to do some measuring.

    Being a racer/shadetree mechanic I'm reasonably sorted on basic tools, but plumbing tools & spare fittings is a smart idea that hadn't crossed my mind yet.

    Thankfully all the appliances are brand fekkin new or close to it, but yeah, FB/CL will be our first stop if anything breaks, can't be fixed & needs replacing.

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    of course you d come to worcester now that im leaving. SMH

    House is beautiful. Very good size yard for the city and looks like they took good care of it. Enjoy man.

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    Yeahh, welll, ya know, your departure has me convinced the property value will go up

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    Re: Gonna be a FEKKIN HOME OWNER!

    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    1: What purchases have you found to be MOST HELPFUL to home ownership?
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    I have a john deere mower that is the backup to the backup mower, have it for cheap

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    Re: Gonna be a FEKKIN HOME OWNER!

    You over paid.



    And congrats.
    Probably only need a push mower for half an acre. I bought a cheap craftsman from lowes for under $300.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdog30 View Post
    You over paid.



    And congrats.
    Probably only need a push mower for half an acre. I bought a cheap craftsman from lowes for under $300.
    Yeah, well, I used all the money I saved up by not overpaying for your MOM!

    Thanks, dude!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    Yeah, well, I used all the money I saved up by not overpaying for your MOM!

    Thanks, dude!
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    Couple tips. Try not doing everything right away. Your broke from buying the house will have plenty of time to take care of things you want to change. Also, just buy stuff, tools, etc as you need them.

    Get a grill if you don't already have one.

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    Ah fuck

    Love you, bro

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    To me the best money spent was a GOOD snow blower. When we first bought our house, I bought a cheap one thinking I was tough enough to deal with it. It was a used Craftsman 180cc with a 24 inch bucket. Eventually I upgraded to an Ariens Platinum 30" with a 379cc motor.

    Clearing never took less than an hour with the Craftsman and 2 - 3 hours after a good storm was typical.

    With the Ariens it's usually under an hour. In extreme cases I'm still under an hour and a half.

    I should mention my driveway is 160 feet with a large paved area in front of the garage so I have quite a bit to do. Even if you don't have much to clear, a good machine will make a huge difference. Small driveways might not need a big bucket, but good power is key to moving any amount of snow without having to take smaller bites or double back over. It also makes dealing with the bank at the end of the driveway much easier (especially in a cul de sac).

    Other than that...Be ready to acquire many tools. When you need a tool, don't borrow one and just buy it. You may be tempted to assume it's not worth buying because you'll never need it again, but I can assure you the chances are high you probably will. I view tools the same way I view my snow blower...Get nice stuff. It will cost you less and make life easier in the long run.

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    Re: Gonna be a FEKKIN HOME OWNER!

    For yardwork equipment (lawnmower, leaf blower, snowblower, etc) get the biggest, most badass you can afford and store.

    For 5-6 years I using my dad’s hand-me-down backpack leaf blower, and it took me about 2 hours to do my yard. A few years ago I bought a top-of-the-line contractor grade model. Best $470 I spent, cut that down to about 40 minutes, I wish I bought it years earlier. I only have a 1 car garage, and the most badass model takes up the exact same amount of garage space as the mid-grade ones, so no sense getting the cheaper model.

    I have pretty basic 21” lawnmower and 21” single stage snowblower, because of the small garage. If I had more storage space, I would definitely go bigger, as I hate spending time doing yardwork.

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    With Fall coming and if you have trees buy a good backpack blower like a Stihl BR700/800

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    That's awesome, man! Good for you guys!

    You're gonna get more answers than you want, but you knew that. I'll just leave it with my congratulations.

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    Garden hose that doesn't kink. I hate dragging a hose half across the yard and then nothing comes out as it has a couple kinks in it. And most of all ENJOY! There will be things to fix, things that drive you nuts, but at least they are your things and its something you worked and saved for.

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    Re: Gonna be a FEKKIN HOME OWNER!

    Funny, I found the opposite to be true with equipment. I bought a rider mower, but it scalped my lawn, so went back to a push mower.

    I bought a big snowblower to do my walks, but it didn't fit down half of them, so ended up getting a small, single stage honda blower.

    Was going to buy a big chain saw and the guy asked what I was going to be cutting with it. I told him saplings. He suggested going smaller.

    So not sure bigger is better mentality is necessarily the best. Get the size you need for the size or job. I do agree that a well made, better brand is probably better. Also, used for equipment seems to not hold up as good as a new version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zxme View Post
    With Fall coming and if you have trees buy a good backpack blower like a Stihl BR700/800
    I have a BR600 for sale too Pete. I’ll give you a combo deal on it with the mower.

    Sam would defend that smaller is better - what else is new

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    3. do not ignore problems that crop up, take care of them promptly with quality solutions

    This! By far my biggest fuck up was thinking I wasn't gonna stay in the house long and I could half ass things.

    ...and screw buying a lawnmower. I grab free ones all the time from people who can't get them started because the carb gummed up over winter and they toss them. Found a nice Toro with a seized motor that I freed up with a little ATF soak. It does burn a little oil on startup and has a little knock to it, so I didn't want to flip it like I usually do, but I kept it as a beater and since gave it to a friend who needed one. It's been doing yeomans work ever since.

    Snowblower....buy a nice Ariens and move on. Dealing with someone else's crap breaking in the middle of a storm sucks

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