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Old 07-19-2010, 07:02 AM
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no, i believe you, zinemama, and it would be a horrible, horrible job to have to do. in fact, i would pay someone else.

but seriously, you do wonder what that person was thinking.
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Thanks for this! I get not having money to do proper home repairs, but covering it all up with fake wood paneling doesn't actually FIX anything... or stabilize 2x4's full of dry rot! On the other hand, by not fixing anything we got an awesome price on the house. With a little (LOT!) DIY we'll have a great home.

But seriously, thanks so much for replacing the windows and putting in a new electrical panel to replace the old knob one on the front porch. We probably wouldn't have been able to buy the house without it. You know, insurance wise.

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When you landscape make sure the ground slopes away from the house so water does not rot the siding.

When you have fire pits and burn old lead painted wood, at the very least make sure to pick up all the old nails and other misc sharp metal objects.

When you spend money to renovate the kitchen it might be worth putting a little more money into insulation to keep the kitchen warm. Yes it looks good but this is northern New England. What you spend on insulation you will save in oil.
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Thanks for this!
I'm TOTALLY following your blog now. You guys have ambition that I envy .

Me+DH+DS1+DS2+Dog=me and a house full of guys, which is really just peachy, thanks.
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Thanks for this!
OK. I can't top that. I don't think anybody here can.

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If you liked that, try this. It was super neat because most of the newspaper articles had my birth date on them! Day, not year. They were from 1920. It's like the house was meant to be ours.

Anyways, we um... found out some more bad things with the addition. We're going to have to tear out the whole back wall. No patio door is big enough to fill in the rotten spot.

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What's with all the mdf board? Especially as a shower surround?

What were you thinking using magenta paint all over the house?

A wire hanging from the ceiling with a lightbulb attached does not count as a light fixture.

More seriously, the biggest bone I have with the previous owners is that they claimed there was no lead paint in the house - and actually there was lead paint all over (5 windows, several doors, half the trim in the house, and even one of the ceilings). My son got lead poisoning and we spent thousands of dollars fixing the problem. Partly our fault for taking their word for it of course... but we'd never have bought this particular house if we had known (PSA: over 75% of houses built before 1970 have lead paint).
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OMG some of these posts made me laugh so hard. I am really sorry you have to deal with this stuff, but some of it's pretty funny, sorry.

I am glad we are no longer homeowners at the present time (sold our house in June), but I would like to say to the previous owners...

"Maybe if you weren't smoking pot while trying to work the house would have made more SENSE!"

*We had a light switch that did, as far as we could tell, nothing. And it was installed upside down so it said NO instead of ON.

*They cut a hole in the foundation in the basement (half basement, bilevel) and dug out a secret room into the backyard. Then put the wood paneling back on. It was a pot growing room - they had like 12 outlets in there for growlights and a plywood ceiling. We did NOT know about this when we bought the house. Hey, maybe that's what that switch was for!

*I'm thinking they must have split a large bedroom into two smaller ones. Which was fine except they did not have the skills to do this. The wall was buckling and crooked.

*When my husband repaired drywall downstairs, he found fast food wrappers and a plastic cup BEHIND the drywall from a previous repair job. OMG this just boggles my mind...does that LOOK like the garbage?

*The kitchen was painted a nice off-white (although they did a crappy job), but behind the fridge it was BLUE and behind the oven it was PINK. Like bright pink. I could not figure this out. Also, they didn't paint the backs of the cabinets.

*There were random rocks all over the backyard. I think this one, though, is because at some point there was nice landscaping, and then the previous owners didn't take care of it at all so it kind of...went back to the land I guess you could say.

There were several other just crazy things we scratched our heads over. I can't think of them all right now. But the current owner will probably blame us for all of this! LOL

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*They cut a hole in the foundation in the basement (half basement, bilevel) and dug out a secret room into the backyard. Then put the wood paneling back on. It was a pot growing room - they had like 12 outlets in there for growlights and a plywood ceiling. We did NOT know about this when we bought the house. Hey, maybe that's what that switch was for!
LMAO!!!!!!

What was in front of the entrance to the secret room?

So...just plywood then...dirt?
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Oh a secret room! Excellent!

Our house was flipped before we bought it but the realtor who flipped it did the crappiest job possible.

In the bathroom he stuck extremely cheap stick on tiles over top of old scary nasty linoleum. He didn't clean the linoleum first and the subfloor under is warped from age, so now all of those tiles are peeling up and it's horrific. We can't mop the floor because water goes between the peeling tiles, and at the warped spot the stick on tiles are cracked from being bent over the hump. Fun. We can't afford to get new subfloor, but we're saving up for new linoleum sheeting over it to at least get rid of those stick on tiles.

The yard...had to be bush hogged. Why would you let the yard go up so high it's taller than your head? Weeds, everywhere. Trees in odd places like a forest and we can't get rid of it. Looks horrible. I am very very close to using Round Up, but I'm not sure what it will do to my organic garden and chickens and ducks. *sigh* The weeds are THAT bad.

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LMAO!!!!!!

What was in front of the entrance to the secret room?

So...just plywood then...dirt?
Pretty much. There was plastic over the plywood and then a layer of rocks. This was right under our upper deck so it wouldn't get walked on that often.

In front of the entrance they just had some plywood with foam glued to it (I guess for insulation? Even though my husband found it because of a draft so I guess that didn't work either!) and then the wood paneling (our basement had wood paneling until about halfway up the wall and then drywall).

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*They cut a hole in the foundation in the basement (half basement, bilevel) and dug out a secret room into the backyard. Then put the wood paneling back on. It was a pot growing room - they had like 12 outlets in there for growlights and a plywood ceiling. We did NOT know about this when we bought the house. Hey, maybe that's what that switch was for!
that's awesome! i wish we had a secret room!

eta - not for pot growing. lol
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I would say, "What on earth were you thinking when you painted textured pain over the countertops in the kitchen and bath?"

That's not the least of it but all that I care to type right now.

Also, I'm pretty sure our realtor was in collusion w/our inspector because there is no way our house should have passed inspection. Sucks to be an out of state buyer; you're kind of at the mercy of your agent, yk?
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Great thread!

This house (our 4th) had no previous owners

But this thread is sure bringing back memories of houses #1 and 3. DH is an electrician, and after a trip up to the attic of #1, he could.not.sleep. The "electrical" was such a fire hazard. Open splices and other craziness. Needless to say, he fixed it as soon as he possibly could.
We bought that house in winter in snow country. We thought the lumps of snow in the backyard was shrubs or something. Nope. Tires. 13 of them. The rest of the "yard" was gravel.
The owner had a renter. When she sold, he was in jail ("but he's a really nice guy.") She left his stuff. We'd come home to find notes on our door from his friends/family asking when they can get it. Um....not my problem. I bought the house along with everything left in it. That includes 13 tires, and it includes his stuff. (None of it was good stuff - the owner probably took everything of value.)
When we finished the basement, we tore down the wood paneling, and there were beer cans shoved in behind it.
I'm sure there's more....

I did like the laundry chute, and the crown molding the previous owner put in the family room.

#3 was not too bad -- yellow painted walls, horrid wallpaper, old, dirty (even after being professionally cleaned) ugly carpeting, and one of those mystery light switches (pretty sad when an electrician can't even figure out what it's supposed to do.)

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this all makes me remember a friend from high school who's mom went on a painting spree. She painted EVERYTHING. Floors, walls, cabinets... everything. right over whatever was there.

The worst of it was that she painted over the linoleum in the kitchen.. and made it this gross muddy brown.
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Thank you for leaving a broken, rusted out grill on the side of the house for us to remove. Thanks also for throwing trash all over the side yard. They'd been doing it so long that some of it was buried. I found light bulbs, hoses, rusted out paint brushes, and other random weird things buried shallowly under the ground.

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Yup, stuff partly buried in the yard. We had ivy torn out of the back yard because it was harboring rats. We found lots of broken glass, some beer cans and beer bottles, bottle caps, golf balls, a plastic spoon and a broken dish. I'm thinking years ago mommy and daddy went away for the weekend and the teenagers had a raucous party. Comments from older neighbors here confirm that this was the party house in the neighborhood.

Someone moved my effing cheese.
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Wow. This is going to be long.

OK, a-hole. I know why you did all these things - because you are a cheap bastard and were flipping the (1925) house, but it's really inconvenient for us.

why did you:

paint over wallpaper but try to fill in some of the places where it lifted using indestructible something so it's not even so easy to remove?

Try and build in the original claw foot tub with some sort of half-arsed ledge using offcut scraps of timber and used tiles?

Paint (yes paint) the tub rather than have it professionally refinished - it started peeling the moment we moved in

While making the downstairs more open, why did you cut off a heating run to our upstairs bathroom and bedroom?

Not plumb in the dishwasher - just have it kind of placed in the hole as decoration! We had to pay to get plumbing installed!! #*&^$@(*

Only put one coat of varnish on the floors after doing a terrible DIY job that is uneven and has kind of cuts/marks everywhere. You also took off so much floor doing so that we would have to replace the floor if we wanted to refinish.

paint the entire house a horrible shade of beige and only do one coat with the cheapest paint that absorbs oily stains. When your baby has explosive BM poop it stains the walls permanently.

Cut down many, many trees and shrubs but not remove any stumps (we have removed about 20 of these, but there are about 30 to go).

Rig up some sort of half arsed heating duct using dryer pipe.

include a washer that didn't have a plug on the end of the cable.

Paint all the sink drains in metallic paint (so they looked newer? didn't fool us) so now no plugs fit in properly

so, so much more, but WHY, WHY, WHY did you have to buy the frigging house *next door* so we had to deal with you BURNING asphalt tiles and other building refuse in the backyard and inside the house and then come and threaten me (in a quiet kind of way) when I called the fire dept on you (I denied it, of couse).

Ugh. thanks for the opportunity to vent!

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UGH we have that same cheap flat beige paint that absorbs stains and it looks horrid. Almost nothing wipes off of it no matter what you scrub it with. DD sneezed while eating spaghetti. Dogs had mud on their tails and wagged into the walls. A little lotion splattered in the bathroom. None of it will come off!!

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Thanks to all who are contributing to this thread! I've gotten many laughs. LOL!

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When your baby has explosive BM poop it stains the walls permanently.
I have to ask... your baby seriously poops so hard it gets on the walls?? I have a 6 year old. I was a nanny for years. I worked in a daycare (mostly infant room) for years. I've seen many many many explosive baby poops. Not one has gotten on walls. Cribs, swings, changing tables, floors, me, etc all have fallen victim to the explosive baby poop. But never a wall. I am intrigued. LOL!

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My Turn!!!

Dear Landlord

First off, thank you for totally renovating this home with all new everything before I moved in. However, you are a farmer, not an electrician...this isn't going to end well

New carpet is fantastic. However installing said carpet when you obviously did not know how leads to carpet that was not "pulled tight" and now has odd lumps.

Thank you for adding extra outlets! However none of the said outlets work ? Nor do half the light switches in the house. The lights flicker and things plugged into outlets turn on and off on their own...scary

Thank you for the new paint! However, patching holes and not sanding and priming means that I can see every.single.patch on the walls and cealing. And no, popcorning the cealings did not cover that. Scratch that, there is no popcorn, it is just "textured".

Thank you for the new tub surrounds and toilets! However the odd window in the guest bath that extendes floor to cealing IN the bathtub...what were you thinking! And no caulking the hole between where the surround ends and the window begins....well that just doesnt replace putting wood there. Also, when you install a toilet, a gasket under it is not optional *sigh*

Thank you for the new central a/c! However cheaping out and buying a smaller unit than the house needs does NOT help my energy usage. The a/c guy said you were just cheap...i now see this.

Thank you for the new kitchen appliances! However cheap kitchen appliances that do not fit the holes do not look good. My refridgerator is 10 INCHES deeper than the counter. Also why are there no outlets in the kitchen? Ever thought I might want to use a toaster?

The house was vacant for a year, did you not think to bring in an exterminator before you chose to rent it? I am now dealing with extra inhabitants that are not happy with me living in their home.

I could go on and on...those are the basics. I can't complain too much, cause I got a great price on my rent...but it still stinks

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I have to ask... your baby seriously poops so hard it gets on the walls?? I have a 6 year old. I was a nanny for years. I worked in a daycare (mostly infant room) for years. I've seen many many many explosive baby poops. Not one has gotten on walls. Cribs, swings, changing tables, floors, me, etc all have fallen victim to the explosive baby poop. But never a wall. I am intrigued. LOL!
Ooooh yes! If the baby is exclusively breastfed! I was changing DD2 once and copped it in the shoulder, then part of it flew past me and I heard it hit the basket behind me, at least 4 feet from the source. DH had a similar thing happen with DD1. We both instinctively duck if a baby breaks wind during a nappy change.
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I have to ask... your baby seriously poops so hard it gets on the walls?? I have a 6 year old. I was a nanny for years. I worked in a daycare (mostly infant room) for years. I've seen many many many explosive baby poops. Not one has gotten on walls. Cribs, swings, changing tables, floors, me, etc all have fallen victim to the explosive baby poop. But never a wall. I am intrigued. LOL!
Yup! Walls, doors etc etc. DD was far worse than DS. DD felt the need to release one whenever her diaper was off (and we didn't EC until she was 4 mths. How stupid...well, not that it worked anyway). We were cloth diaper newbs so we would be discussing the best method to apply said diaper and she would shoot out a poop that would fly about 4 feet. Apparently BM is quite creamy/fatty. Ask the oily wall stain.

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We bought our house from my grandparents, so I have gotten to say my piece on more than one occasion.

Let's just say it was bad. Really bad.

What I'd really like to say is "Get help. Please."
This could get really long and ranty, so I'll let pictures do most of the talking.
All of these pictures were taken after they'd moved out. It took 6 months of constant work to clear everything out, and we only got to the two main living levels. We still have an attic, basement and 2 car garage FULL of stuff, and we probably will until my grandma passes and we can just chuck it all.

Foyer
Dining room Thank you for that fabulous wall paper combination.
Family room
Living room More totally awesome 70's wallpaper. Thanks, grandma!
Master bedroom
DS's room
Kitchen

I admit, I'm guilty of painting over wallpaper. I started out doing it the "right" way, but this is a very old house with very old plaster walls and I REALLY didn't want to be patching and sanding after move-in day with a baby in the house. You can't tell though. I did a skim coat of spackle over all of the seams and tore out and spackled any really damaged/wrinkled parts.

I'd really like to thank the original owners/builders of this house for building such a beautiful, sturdy house with so many great details. Pocket doors? We've got 3 sets. And gorgeous bay windows in 5 rooms.
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Dear former owners,

Sea foam green carpeting through out the upstairs? Why? Probably to cover up the seven layers of linoleum laid over trashed pine floors, patched in places with plywood. Area rugs now cover most of the floor in DS's room, but I've come to love the blue swirled fake carpeting linoleum circa 1937 in my bedroom. The old lady across the road remembers when you put that in.

It's former "handy" man I'd like to thank for installing baby poop yellow carpet over paint splattered hard wood floors. You couldn't use a drop cloth? The cat pee smell was a nice touch!

The drop Styrofoam ceiling that lowered the 8 foot high ceilings 10 inches were a nice touch, especially since there were perfectly nice asbestos free ceilings underneath. It was very cozy! The new pop corn ceilings (circa 2005) in the kitchen and bath, why? Why?

Plumbing in the bathroom only accessible by ripping out the bathroom floor or by the 6 inch high crawl space? Again, why? Are you the same person who papered the walls without priming the walls? Or painted the kitchen cabinets with one coat of lipstick red paint, so they are always chipping? Did you have paint over the drawer pulls and hinges? Did you install the the baby poop brown fake wood paneling through out the downstairs? Or are you the one who fixed the porch and didn't use exterior paint, so it is peeling and the wood is rotted?

All of that I can forgive, it is the person who ripped out the former owner's flower gardens and put down weed blocker cloth and covered it very poorly with sod so the cloth showed through. I've seen pictures of her gardens and I want to weep. Roses, fruit trees, hundreds of tulips, daffodils, and lilies destroyed. All that is left are some shrubs along the property line and one tree. Every time I work in the garden, an old lady will hobble out and tell how beautiful Prospera's garden use to be. When my roses bloomed this year, Mrs. L next door almost cried because she hadn't seen roses there in 30 years.

However, it is structurally sound house (mud room needs to be re done) and the price was right. I like the town and I love the neighborhood.
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I've seen pictures of her gardens and I want to weep. Roses, fruit trees, hundreds of tulips, daffodils, and lilies destroyed. All that is left are some shrubs along the property line and one tree. Every time I work in the garden, an old lady will hobble out and tell how beautiful Prospera's garden use to be. When my roses bloomed this year, Mrs. L next door almost cried because she hadn't seen roses there in 30 years.
Oh that is sad after all the work she must have done.

However I have to admit I am not a gardener at all, and would not know how to care for a garden like that. Perhaps the person who bought it didn't know how to garden either, and could not afford a gardener?

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When you add a addition onto a house in Iowa please put insulation in the walls! Take all of your crap when you move, finding a basement full of old appliances and broken toilets is not what i wanted to have to pay to get rid of.

Clean just a little before you leave. Finding pubes on the toilet was the most sickening thing ever, along with the fact that the bathroom floor was not a dark shade of gray but white! Imagine that! And I had to scrap grease off of everything in the kitchen with a puddy knife because yes it was that thick!

I could go on and on but those were the major irritants when we moved into this place.

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When you put in the flooring, why on earth didn't you take off the molding instead of adding another molding butting up to the existing molding...


Why did you let your cats scratch all the door frames?

Why did you skimp on some of the edges of walls that you painted?

Why didn't you sweep after you took out all your stuff (there were dead flies on the floor when we went for our "final walk through" which specifically says it is to be broom swept)?

Why didn't you repair the holes you left in the walls when you removed all the baby gates?

Why did you leave us a yard problem that you were contractually obligated to fix (the retaining wall was rotting and chipping off into the neighbors yard and they filed a complaint with the city and the city required the owners to do something about it and they didn't so we ended up replacing it).

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Thanks to all who are contributing to this thread! I've gotten many laughs. LOL!

However.....



I have to ask... your baby seriously poops so hard it gets on the walls?? I have a 6 year old. I was a nanny for years. I worked in a daycare (mostly infant room) for years. I've seen many many many explosive baby poops. Not one has gotten on walls. Cribs, swings, changing tables, floors, me, etc all have fallen victim to the explosive baby poop. But never a wall. I am intrigued. LOL!
hhahaha this happend with my ds when he was like 5 days old (it didn't stain the walls though...thankfully). DH put ds in one of those changing pads that is like contoured on the sides to keep the baby in the middle, but he placed it on top of our dining room table. he was standing between the wall and the table (which was reallly close). After he took of ds's diaper, he let out a giant i-just-breastfed-2 seconds-ago-and-i'm-a-newborn poop (we used to refer to it as a rocket poop) and it landed all over dh's arm, the wall, and the floor. The look on DH's face was priceless!!

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We're closing on our new house day after tomorrow, and I already have a couple:

Painting over wallpaper is a bad enough choice. Choosing shiny turquoise paint is even worse. Also (same room), a kids' bathroom would probably... probably... benefit from having a bathtub/shower combo rather than a giant stand-up shower that looks like it was built for a (grown-up) celebrity.

Some people who buy 4 bedroom houses actually have 3 kids, each of whom needs a bedroom. So making the master bedroom & two of the other bedrooms gigantic & the fourth bedroom super tiny is not a really great idea. Now the littlest gets a teeeeny room while the other two kids get huge ones.

Plumbing pipes should vent OUTSIDE the roof, not INSIDE the attic. (The sellers had to pay to have this repaired.)
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