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I am so happy that the "natural yard" movement is picking up in the PNW. Lots of people are planting native bushes/trees/foliage in front yards instead of lawns. Helps natural fertilizers and are way lower maintenance If I ever own land again, I'm not going to own a single blade of grass if I can help it.
I've zero interest in yardwork in general so I'll be looking into low/zero maintenance shrubbery. I'd love to get rid of all the grass, however the neighborhood I'm moving into is very traditional - small lots but beautiful yards. I'm not sure how well that would go over.

Had hernia surgery today and might make some bad decisions hopped up on percs later.
How'd it go?
 

TFP

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Signed our contract for our house today. Took us 2 hours to read 18 pages of legalese. How do you lawyers do it?
Wait really? Get a lawyer you trust. My closing took 20 mins and we shot the shit for 5 of them. It was a shitload of signatures though.
 

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Wait really? Get a lawyer you trust. My closing took 20 mins and we shot the shit for 5 of them. It was a shitload of signatures though.
It wasn’t closing it was just contract signing via docusign so we were at home. My wife insisted on reading it line by line so we sat there and did just that. I had all I could do to stay awake it was so boring.
 

TFP

Tweedydee
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It wasn’t closing it was just contract signing via docusign so we were at home. My wife insisted on reading it line by line so we sat there and did just that. I had all I could do to stay awake it was so boring.
Hmm. That might be different. I'll allow it.
 

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Congrats man! Winchester is beautiful.

We leveraged our home inspection (which was actually super positive) to shave $5000 off asking/agreed to price. Amended offer signed, P&S to be signed this week, hoping for a mid/late October close. We will have some plumbing work to do on the main drainage stack, but otherwise it's move-in ready.
Thanks, and congrats! We’re installing AC and doing a bit more work before heading in. Want to get as much as possible done beforehand, our rent is far from outrageous, and we’re not going to be fast packers (both working from home, two kids under five, and no nanny, yet—we’re COVID-anal).

I confess that I kinda like yard work, especially these days. Gets me outside, gives me time to catch up on my podcasts now that I'm not commuting anymore, and I can pretend that it is contributing to some nebulous concept of improved property value even though we have no plans to move anytime soon. I dunno, I like having projects. Winter is going to be rough.

Recently rented a jackhammer and dug up our ancient, root-busted sidewalk to nowhere (it literally connects only to the bottom of our driveway and then to nothing else, and there are no other sidewalks anywhere nearby). Spent this past weekend filling it in with new soil to meet the level of the rest of the yard. Once it's seeded it will make mowing much less of a PITA—the front edge of the yard leading to the sidewalk has a slope with a several inch drop to the sidewalk itself over a little retaining wall, so I'd have to go all the way around to get to the street-adjacent grass. And one less area I'll need to shovel, so that's nice.
@TFP and I used to have a Ned for these chores. I texted him when our offer was accepted to set up a schedule for him to come over. I think he thinks I was joking.
Had hernia surgery today and might make some bad decisions hopped up on percs later.
Bad Idea/Mom Jeans?
Signed our contract for our house today. Took us 2 hours to read 18 pages of legalese. How do you lawyers do it?
Booze and anger, mostly.
 

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Installing central air is a potential future project for us but that’ll be down the line a bit. First up is the aforementioned plumbing, then upgrading electrical service to 200 amps and hopefully removing any old cloth wiring, then extending the beautiful stone driveway into a patio area and adding a nice fire pit.
It’ll be weird to go from 730 square feet to 2100+.
 

AMcGhie

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I did that in 2011, going from a 1 bedroom apartment in the Fenway area to a 3 bedroom home in Waltham. You'll be surprised at how quickly the empty space fills up with stuff.
 

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I’m sure. 4 bedrooms (really 5, but one is a “walk through” and apparently can’t be called a bedroom). All accounted for between my girlfriend and myself alone. Full-time remote work wildly changes the calculus.
 

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Installing central air is a potential future project for us but that’ll be down the line a bit. First up is the aforementioned plumbing, then upgrading electrical service to 200 amps and hopefully removing any old cloth wiring, then extending the beautiful stone driveway into a patio area and adding a nice fire pit.
It’ll be weird to go from 730 square feet to 2100+.
If you don't already have ducts for forced hot air heating, you should consider mini-splits for AC. Installing ducts is a pain and usually will eat up closet space in older houses.
 

Haunted

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No ducting present. We’d sort of looked into the mini splits. Interesting idea. I think that’s a year or two down the line though.
 

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One nice thing about old construction is the strangely high ceilings.
Definitely. Ours was a new build on an old foundation in 2004. My four year old immediately noted the lowish ceilings. She’s spent her whole life in a restored mill rowhouse that’s only about a foot higher everywhere, but she’s absolutely right.
 

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Interesting.

low ceilings definitely make the room feel smaller. I mean, newsflash and all that. But our perception is so easily thrown off With even a half a foot lower ceilings.
 

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my neighbor (at condo, not at new house) will open her door and shout for her cat. It's a cat, so it ignores her. So she'll shout for a few minutes, give up, and try again in a half hour. Repeat this process until the cat feels like coming home.

She's ... well she has a loud, bellowing voice. And at this point I just can't wait to get out of here.

It astounds me that anyone thinks that's ok. She does this at least 8-10 times per day. All day and into the evening. Open door, shout at the top of her lungs.
 

Ale Xander

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my neighbor (at condo, not at new house) will open her door and shout for her cat. It's a cat, so it ignores her. So she'll shout for a few minutes, give up, and try again in a half hour. Repeat this process until the cat feels like coming home.

She's ... well she has a loud, bellowing voice. And at this point I just can't wait to get out of here.

It astounds me that anyone thinks that's ok. She does this at least 8-10 times per day. All day and into the evening. Open door, shout at the top of her lungs.
Have you tried to tell her to STFU?
 

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I just ... don’t want to get into it with her. I’m moving in less than a month at this point and I just want to be out smoothly.
 

kenneycb

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Well it took three dates and a TBD big ceremony but I finally got married today. Weather and sun more than cooperated in East Dennis and alcohol cooperated with most in our 10 person wedding, namely my father who sent “olive oil” disguised as 6 different BCBS bottles (no backdoor tap ins though). Not how we planned it but, fuck it, we made it after 3 starts and stops. Feels appropriate to share it in this section of mother’s basement denizens.
 

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Well it took three dates and a TBD big ceremony but I finally got married today. Weather and sun more than cooperated in East Dennis and alcohol cooperated with most in our 10 person wedding, namely my father who sent “olive oil” disguised as 6 different BCBS bottles (no backdoor tap ins though). Not how we planned it but, fuck it, we made it after 3 starts and stops. Feels appropriate to share it in this section of mother’s basement denizens.
Congrats!
 

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Well it took three dates and a TBD big ceremony but I finally got married today. Weather and sun more than cooperated in East Dennis and alcohol cooperated with most in our 10 person wedding, namely my father who sent “olive oil” disguised as 6 different BCBS bottles (no backdoor tap ins though). Not how we planned it but, fuck it, we made it after 3 starts and stops. Feels appropriate to share it in this section of mother’s basement denizens.
Congratulations, all the best to you and your wife!
 

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Well it took three dates and a TBD big ceremony but I finally got married today. Weather and sun more than cooperated in East Dennis and alcohol cooperated with most in our 10 person wedding, namely my father who sent “olive oil” disguised as 6 different BCBS bottles (no backdoor tap ins though). Not how we planned it but, fuck it, we made it after 3 starts and stops. Feels appropriate to share it in this section of mother’s basement denizens.
Congratulations!
 

Ale Xander

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Well it took three dates and a TBD big ceremony but I finally got married today. Weather and sun more than cooperated in East Dennis and alcohol cooperated with most in our 10 person wedding, namely my father who sent “olive oil” disguised as 6 different BCBS bottles (no backdoor tap ins though). Not how we planned it but, fuck it, we made it after 3 starts and stops. Feels appropriate to share it in this section of mother’s basement denizens.
Congrats Kenneycb
 

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Congratulations! All that's left is to dangle and go five-hole to end it in a shootout. (Sorry, just keeping with the hockey theme of the thread.)
 

kenneycb

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Congratulations! All that's left is to dangle and go five-hole to end it in a shootout. (Sorry, just keeping with the hockey theme of the thread.)
Pretty sure she got the loser’s point in this one. Or did I? I dunno. Metaphors are hard.

And thanks everyone! Wanted to break up house talk for now. Until six months from now when I start joining you.
 

RedOctober3829

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Well it took three dates and a TBD big ceremony but I finally got married today. Weather and sun more than cooperated in East Dennis and alcohol cooperated with most in our 10 person wedding, namely my father who sent “olive oil” disguised as 6 different BCBS bottles (no backdoor tap ins though). Not how we planned it but, fuck it, we made it after 3 starts and stops. Feels appropriate to share it in this section of mother’s basement denizens.
Congrats man!
 

RedOctober3829

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Appraisal went awesome. We took a big risk with the appraisal considering we paid our full down payment at contract signing. If it appraised pretty low, we would have been owed a ton of extra cash. It appraised $1,000 over the price we paid for the house.
 

Haunted

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Nice!

We close next week. My condo is a mess of boxes and stuff.
 

RedOctober3829

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Nice!

We close next week. My condo is a mess of boxes and stuff.
We moved out of our place at the end of September and into my in-laws until we close. We are waiting on a closing date because the seller of our house has to find a place of her own which she apparently has done so recently. Hoping to move in before Christmas because our baby is due on January 9th.
 

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Hope so!

We were lucky that our sellers had already moved out, so we can move in as soon as we get enough stuff there.
 

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We moved out of our place at the end of September and into my in-laws until we close. We are waiting on a closing date because the seller of our house has to find a place of her own which she apparently has done so recently. Hoping to move in before Christmas because our baby is due on January 9th.
Congrats on both! First kid? Second? Eighth?

Got trees cut back last week, Fios installed this weekend, fence installed and second Central AC estimate today, myriad small jobs contractor starts tomorrow.

Hoping to be in by mid-November.