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Houses houses houses! I had dreams about houses last night likely induced from too much Malbec with a spicy dinner.

So, we re-viewed a house we had previously dismissed after discussing a few things and after I learned so stuff on inspecting houses. Initially we had concerns with the age of the windows and so warping in the floor in a bathroom and the basement. This time, we dragged jeffreyp along to offer, essentially, a cursory inspection. It would seem all of our issues were cosmetic, with some mental acrobatics leading us to believe things were worse there than they are.

The place is solid (seemingly, a true inspection has to happen).
  • The floor in the basement is just biased towards the drain - which we didn't see the last time and is exactly how it should be.
  • The bathroom is actually fine it's just the wall on which the door is hung is slightly tilted.
  • The wood around the windows just needs new paint and a brisk cleaning.
  • Gas appliances account for the rather high utility gas bills.
  • The eaves are straight, it's just the gutter casings that are skewed from the wind.

    We also saw an absolutely ridiculous house next to a park. It had a remodeled kitchen, gigantic deck and yard and new carpeting in all but one of the rooms. It is a steal at the price which is low because of a potentially shady adjacent neighborhood.

    As it stands, the first house is now at the top of the list followed very, very closely by the second place above. The former winning because of personality; honestly, the second place is far better appointed and larger. We just enjoy the flow of the former, the character, and the rather nicely retro kitchen. Pleasantly, they are both comparable in utility costs and appliances, though the older house could use a new range, oven and fridge - which we may factor into our potential offer.

    We have three more places to see, probably Thursday and we'll likely make a decision by the end of the week.

    And you know, thinking that we may actually close this time is bolstering my enthusiasm. We're fairly certain that all the houses on our list are NOT short sales nor foreclosures. So. Yippykaiyaiyay for that.

    Otherwise.. it's fricking Fall! Woo!
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    nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: September 29th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm confused by the comment "nicely retro kitchen".

    Also, I'm confused at why you wouldn't want the bigger place. I mean, where are you going to put the sex swing?
    abmann From: abmann Date: September 29th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
    The kitchen has the original cabinetry with modern hardware. It is pretty though I want to adjust the color on the cabinets to be more rocketship retro. :)

    There's space for that in one of the back rooms.... The house has three beds, an add-on living room, formal dinning, and essentially four basement rooms.
    nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: September 29th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
    So what you're saying is you're building a sex dungeon?
    lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: September 29th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Well, we certainly could... and with OUR friends, it'd go over well, too... ;)
    nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: September 29th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I'm excited for your future in-house sex club. You can make a fair living off that kind of thing. At 25 to 50 bucks a person, that can be a couple grand for larger parties, even after you pay for food, extra towels, sheets, and lube.
    lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: September 29th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
    True dat... Of course, it would be an exclusive club that's invite only, so we could charge even more.
    nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: September 29th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That's important for legal purposes too.

    You need to get crackin' on the sexy membership cards.

    On the plus side, you get to charge for membership and then also charge door fees.
    lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: September 29th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Yes. That definitely helps.

    Of course, we do need an exclusive chef for our parties... When are you moving to Mad-town again? ;)
    nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: September 29th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
    As soon as GE relocates it's R&D there. Get workin' on that.
    lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: September 29th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Unfortunately, my mind control doesn't work on corporations. They're to psychotic.
    abmann From: abmann Date: September 29th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Having a dungeon would impede our bar/storage abilities.
    But! There is wiring in the laundry room for heavy-duty appliances; so, we could put a small fridge and chest freezer in there if they remove the current freezer.
    lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: September 29th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
    'zactly. We could also make a bar out of that cabinet we wanted to either get rid of or cut in half... 'welcome! Have a drink!'
    abmann From: abmann Date: September 29th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
    GOD. Obviously.
    zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: September 29th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Off-topic from your housing escapades, but did you enjoy this yet?
    abmann From: abmann Date: September 29th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
    When was that made? Cuz that's gettin' old!
    zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: September 29th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I have no clue. It was something I saw while I was watching CNN and the thought of spending 30 dollars for laziness was hilarious in such a money-strapped economy.

    I wish I got 30 bucks for sending a fax.

    Edit: From what I've been seeing, this is a pretty recent addition to the racism cashout.

    Edited at 2009-09-29 03:25 pm (UTC)
    abmann From: abmann Date: September 29th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
    GOODNESS. So ridiculous.
    rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: September 29th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hey, let me know if/when you want to buy appliances if you want a friends/family discount code for GE stuff. It gets you into the discount online shopping business. There are certainly more affordable ways to get large appliances, but I don't think there are more affordable ways to get SHINY NEW appliances of the BEST BRAND EVER.
    Anyway, let me know if it comes up. first.last@ge.com
    abmann From: abmann Date: September 30th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Interesting! Would that discount extend to solar panels? :D
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