First Time Homeowners TME

Mark1 -

5 hours is way to long for an inspection. 
 


Mark

On a house that big built in 1950? Gtfo of here with your nonsense. 

Mark1 -

5 hours is way to long for an inspection. 
 


Mark

On a house that big built in 1950? Gtfo of here with your bullshit. I get pissed when i hear of a home inspection for a small condo not taking 5 hrs. If dude doesnt get on roof, he doesnt get paid. 

baj54 -
Mark1 -

5 hours is way to long for an inspection. 
 


Mark

On a house that big built in 1950? Gtfo of here with your bullshit. I get pissed when i hear of a home inspection for a small condo not taking 5 hrs. If dude doesnt get on roof, he doesnt get paid. 

My house was built in the 50’s in Florida. Not one home down here doesn’t have issues, termites, water damage, etc. I had a limo of home inspections done. It was great, Iearned everything and anything about my house. The problem was it was so detailed Mortgage company wouldn’t touch it. Had to pay someone to come out and do a much more cursory, house is structurally sound type of inspection.  

It's nice to be handy as a homeowner.  So if you're not ,handy get watching some youtube.

It will cost twice as much as you think to get it fixed by a professional.

It will take 2-3x longer than you think to fix it yourself or get to a point to where you'll realize it is above your paygrade and need a professional to do it. 

Your wife will expect you to be Bob fucking Villa because you're SUPPOSED to know how to build and repair a home from the ground up. 

You find any sort of leak, DO NOT wait to get it fixed, Mold can be a nightmare. 

Take picture of your air handler (interior HVAC unit) label and put on this thread and I can tell you some things about it. You may have two. Hopefully they're in closets or a garage and not someplace difficult like an attic. 

If all the bathrooms with showers/baths don't have an exhaust fan, budget for that immediately.

Probably one of the worst investments you can make.

baj54 -
Mark1 -

5 hours is way to long for an inspection. 
 


Mark

On a house that big built in 1950? Gtfo of here with your bullshit. I get pissed when i hear of a home inspection for a small condo not taking 5 hrs. If dude doesnt get on roof, he doesnt get paid. 

Is he on the roof for 5 hours?  Looking at the underside of the roof in the attic can give you a much better idea of the condition of the roof than looking at the surface.  Looking at the underside shows older leaks, active leaks, rot and previously repaired damage. 
 


Mark

DaveFu -

It will cost twice as much as you think to get it fixed by a professional.


It will take 2-3x longer than you think to fix it yourself or get to a point to where you'll realize it is above your paygrade and need a professional to do it. 


Your wife will expect you to be Bob fucking Villa because you're SUPPOSED to know how to build and repair a home from the ground up. 


You find any sort of leak, DO NOT wait to get it fixed, Mold can be a nightmare. 


Take picture of your air handler (interior HVAC unit) label and put on this thread and I can tell you some things about it. You may have two. Hopefully they're in closets or a garage and not someplace difficult like an attic. 


If all the bathrooms with showers/baths don't have an exhaust fan, budget for that immediately.

This is correct.


 


And how people dont have an exhaust fan in the bathroom blows my mind.


Also get some tools and learn how to use them, paying contractors is not cheap, but some things you will need them for. Renovating is easy easy enough to do but will take time, but electrical and HVAC issues it's best to leave to the pros if its something major

steak and chicken -
DaveFu -

It will cost twice as much as you think to get it fixed by a professional.


It will take 2-3x longer than you think to fix it yourself or get to a point to where you'll realize it is above your paygrade and need a professional to do it. 


Your wife will expect you to be Bob fucking Villa because you're SUPPOSED to know how to build and repair a home from the ground up. 


You find any sort of leak, DO NOT wait to get it fixed, Mold can be a nightmare. 


Take picture of your air handler (interior HVAC unit) label and put on this thread and I can tell you some things about it. You may have two. Hopefully they're in closets or a garage and not someplace difficult like an attic. 


If all the bathrooms with showers/baths don't have an exhaust fan, budget for that immediately.

This is correct.


 


And how people dont have an exhaust fan in the bathroom blows my mind.


Also get some tools and learn how to use them, paying contractors is not cheap, but some things you will need them for. Renovating is easy easy enough to do but will take time, but electrical and HVAC issues it's best to leave to the pros if its something major

I don’t think it was required by code until the early 2000s


 


Mark

DaveFu -

It will cost twice as much as you think to get it fixed by a professional.


It will take 2-3x longer than you think to fix it yourself or get to a point to where you'll realize it is above your paygrade and need a professional to do it. 


Your wife will expect you to be Bob fucking Villa because you're SUPPOSED to know how to build and repair a home from the ground up. 


You find any sort of leak, DO NOT wait to get it fixed, Mold can be a nightmare. 


Take picture of your air handler (interior HVAC unit) label and put on this thread and I can tell you some things about it. You may have two. Hopefully they're in closets or a garage and not someplace difficult like an attic. 


If all the bathrooms with showers/baths don't have an exhaust fan, budget for that immediately.

This . Bought a brand new home 4 years ago . Even with an inspection it was a nightmare , especially with the foundation shifting which left a nice crease where the laminate flooring was so we had to put raised flooring in . Even with me and my father law doing it we spent 3k on the floor . 
 


your wife will expect you to know how to fix every single god damn thing that breaks . So even if you can fix it , hopefully you have the tools as well as the tools for home maintenance can get very pricey . Also , yard work is a bitch during the summer if you don’t get your weeds under control ASAP . Some weeds can grow back in literally 4 to 5 days . I was spending all of my free time just fixing shit and mowing . 

UKLogHog77 - 

Probably one of the worst investments you can make.


Yes and no.


Its a liability regardless of what everyone else tells you until it's paid off. For all Rich Dad Kiyosaki's bullshit, he was absolutely right about that.


Its not in any sense a "good investmant". 


HOWEVER


Getting stuck in the trap of renting for life, and then pretending it's by choice, is NOT the "American Dream".


Buying homes and then moving and buying more homes every 7 years(national average IIRC) is retarded and a waste of money and aggravation. Paying those closing costs, moving costs, etc is financial pornography.


From what Ive seen from big shots who are extremely successful, the best gameplan is to purchase rental properties that produce positive cash flow each month. Use the cash flow from these to purchase and own your own home once you know for sure where you wanna live and what youre true budget it.


DO NOT let the banks give you enough rope to hang yourself on a mortage you can barely afford and then wind up "house poor(gay)".


I know several people who were THRILLED to get approved for 700-800 thousand dollar homes and now every month they struggle to make the mortage payment and have SPOTTED DICK left over.


Theres obviously way more established and successful high rollers on here than myself, but thats what Ive learned in a few short years going from down to $200 life savings and nearly bankrupt to now.

baj54 -
Mark1 -

5 hours is way to long for an inspection. 
 


Mark

On a house that big built in 1950? Gtfo of here with your nonsense. 

That's what I was thinking. Has 2300 sqft up top and 1800 sqft below 

4,100 square feet? You need about 8-tons 96,000 BTUs of HVAC for that bad boy. You definitely have two air handlers. You should find them immediately. 

steak and chicken -
DaveFu -

It will cost twice as much as you think to get it fixed by a professional.


It will take 2-3x longer than you think to fix it yourself or get to a point to where you'll realize it is above your paygrade and need a professional to do it. 


Your wife will expect you to be Bob fucking Villa because you're SUPPOSED to know how to build and repair a home from the ground up. 


You find any sort of leak, DO NOT wait to get it fixed, Mold can be a nightmare. 


Take picture of your air handler (interior HVAC unit) label and put on this thread and I can tell you some things about it. You may have two. Hopefully they're in closets or a garage and not someplace difficult like an attic. 


If all the bathrooms with showers/baths don't have an exhaust fan, budget for that immediately.

This is correct.


 


And how people dont have an exhaust fan in the bathroom blows my mind.


Also get some tools and learn how to use them, paying contractors is not cheap, but some things you will need them for. Renovating is easy easy enough to do but will take time, but electrical and HVAC issues it's best to leave to the pros if its something major

Agreed. I'm ase certified in automotive electronics but I'm gonna pass messing with a circuit breaker. I did do some construction before and would like to do some of the repairs myself. I think one of the toilets needs a new wax seal. I've heard that's not too bad to do on your own. Any HVAC stuff is getting a professional. 


I'm probably overestimating my handiness but I'd like to knock a lot of the small stuff out. Stairs I need a Mason to repoint them. Not gonna mess with that myself. I know the nails on the seal of the roof need tar I can knock that out. 

DaveFu -

4,100 square feet? You need about 8-tons 96,000 BTUs of HVAC for that bad boy. You definitely have two air handlers. You should find them immediately. 

We have forced air upstairs and a boiler with radiators in the 2 lower floors

I'd say electrical is a main start. It'll probably be a little pricey but is worth updating 

walkinassassin - 
DaveFu -

4,100 square feet? You need about 8-tons 96,000 BTUs of HVAC for that bad boy. You definitely have two air handlers. You should find them immediately. 

We have forced air upstairs and a boiler with radiators in the 2 lower floors


I don't know what state you live in, but I'd invest in a humidity gauge. 65% and above is when mold will show up. It's probably a bigger concern with your closets if you keep them closed or over pack them.


 


Even if your homeowners insurance covers it, you're not going to like what has to happen to get rid of widespread humidity mold in your residence.  

DaveFu -
walkinassassin - 
DaveFu -

4,100 square feet? You need about 8-tons 96,000 BTUs of HVAC for that bad boy. You definitely have two air handlers. You should find them immediately. 

We have forced air upstairs and a boiler with radiators in the 2 lower floors


I don't know what state you live in, but I'd invest in a humidity gauge. 65% and above is when mold will show up. It's probably a bigger concern with your closets if you keep them closed or over pack them.


 


Even if your homeowners insurance covers it, you're not going to like what has to happen to get rid of widespread humidity mold in your residence.  

Good call. Was thinking about getting a dehumidifier 

walkinassassin -
PatK -

I was going to say make sure you don't cheap out on the inspection.


You should have gotten at least a 1 year home warranty as part of the sale.


Did you check all the water pressure in the house?

We went with a veteran owned inspection company with stellar reviews. Dude was there for 5+ hours. Went over every inch of the place. Only issue is [we found out while signing] a sketchy retaining wall is on our property not the neighbors.  Might be pricey to have fixed. 

5 hours? How much was the fee, $750?

Mark1 -
baj54 -
Mark1 -

5 hours is way to long for an inspection. 
 


Mark

On a house that big built in 1950? Gtfo of here with your bullshit. I get pissed when i hear of a home inspection for a small condo not taking 5 hrs. If dude doesnt get on roof, he doesnt get paid. 

Is he on the roof for 5 hours?  Looking at the underside of the roof in the attic can give you a much better idea of the condition of the roof than looking at the surface.  Looking at the underside shows older leaks, active leaks, rot and previously repaired damage. 
 


Mark

I sure the hell hope not. Its more of a litmus test. If a home inspector doesnt get on the roof at least to look at it, i have to call into question anything else they inspect.


Stick to selling cars. Your home inspection advice is lackluster. 

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