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11. Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before We Bought This House
1. That my neighbors were racist. And republican.
2. That the owners had removed things like towel racks and toilet paper holders and replaced them with the cheapest versions at Home Depot, which broke within weeks.
3. That I did no insist on a very thorough cleaning of the house before we moved in. On the surface, it was clean enough. But I found trash behind the fridge, ten years of rodent waste under the dishwasher when it died, paint all over the hardwood floors, all nicely covered by throw rugs.
4. That I did not demand more: either a break in the price OR a new fridge, new heater, etc. Bought this at the height of the market.
5. I would make that item number 5. God I wish we had not bought this when you had to compete to buy a decent house in a decent school district.
6. That ants and mice are the real owners of the house.
7. That the previous owners obviously flushed concrete down their toilets because they've never worked right.
8. That a big bathtub and a fairly small water heater is a very stupid combination.
9. That we did not insist they take with them EVERYTHING from the house: the old paint, the ski poles, the strange metal things, tiles that really don't match anything, etc.
10. That we ever did this. Seriously, in this case, we bought the wrong house at the wrong time in the wrong neighborhood for the wrong price from the wrong people. And getting out - selling, renting it out -- very, very hard.

Some of these are silly, annoying points, but others are serious: make sure you have a sense of your neighbors, be picky as hell, and don't put yourself in a position where you have to kill yourself to pay the mortgage and maintain a crumbling mansion. If you're married, buy something each of you can handle alone if something happens... because things do! And good luck.
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  -Homeowners, what was the one thing you wished you knew before you bought your first house? MilesColtrane  Jan-08-10 10:20 PM   #0 
  - The dead bodies in the crawl space.  rug   Jan-08-10 10:23 PM   #1 
  - The head spinning baby dolls and blood weeping walls...  MilesColtrane   Jan-08-10 10:34 PM   #4 
  - In regards to the actual purchasing of the house or to home ownership in general?  cbdo2007   Jan-08-10 10:24 PM   #2 
  - Both...either  MilesColtrane   Jan-08-10 10:35 PM   #5 
     - Oh....maybe a few things....  cbdo2007   Jan-08-10 11:10 PM   #13 
        - Thanks for the tips.  MilesColtrane   Jan-09-10 08:37 AM   #30 
  - To get a home inspection in MY best interest.  flvegan   Jan-08-10 10:26 PM   #3 
  - Did the mortgage company insist on using their own inspector?  MilesColtrane   Jan-08-10 10:37 PM   #6 
  - It was a 3-way dance.  flvegan   Jan-08-10 10:46 PM   #7 
     - good advice - don't brush off the inspector and use someone you trust.  cbdo2007   Jan-08-10 11:26 PM   #17 
     - Maybe they thought you wanted the Hooterville plumbing package.  LeftyMom   Jan-09-10 01:12 AM   #23 
        - That's about exactly right.  flvegan   Jan-09-10 01:19 AM   #25 
           - Oh, and you should have checked to see if you would want to shoot any of your neighbors.  LeftyMom   Jan-09-10 01:32 AM   #26 
              - How the hell can a vegan survive in a house with a tiny kitchen?  jmowreader   Jan-09-10 10:30 AM   #43 
                 - He does just fine. I'd go crazy and stab somebody.  LeftyMom   Jan-09-10 04:07 PM   #49 
  - Great advice.  Gormy Cuss   Jan-10-10 06:40 PM   #72 
  - When the EX was leaving. n/t  westerebus   Jan-08-10 10:52 PM   #8 
  - Should have bought a smaller house with a smaller lot...  S n o w b a l l    Jan-08-10 10:52 PM   #9 
  - I knew enough to request an inspection...  laylah   Jan-08-10 10:56 PM   #10 
  - That seems to be a common suggestion here.  MilesColtrane   Jan-09-10 08:39 AM   #31 
  - Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before We Bought This House  CharmCity   Jan-08-10 10:58 PM   #11 
  - Thanks.  MilesColtrane   Jan-09-10 08:43 AM   #33 
  - How Did We Buy the Same House?  we can do it   Jan-10-10 04:02 PM   #71 
  - Your #10 encompasses mine.  LynzM   Jan-11-10 12:32 PM   #88 
  - 3 and 9  tk2kewl   Jan-11-10 02:02 PM   #95 
  - Plumbing and electrical issues  Truthiness Inspector   Jan-08-10 11:02 PM   #12 
  - Did the inspector not turn on the dishwasher??  cbdo2007   Jan-08-10 11:16 PM   #15 
     - I'd like to think he did  Truthiness Inspector   Jan-08-10 11:55 PM   #19 
  - Look at the breaker box  jmowreader   Jan-08-10 11:12 PM   #14 
  - Aluminum wiring is the devil.  LeftyMom   Jan-09-10 01:17 AM   #24 
  - Let me tell you how much of the devil it is  jmowreader   Jan-09-10 01:44 AM   #28 
  - Looking out for a "Stab-Lok" definitely goes on the list.  MilesColtrane   Jan-09-10 08:52 AM   #36 
  - I agree about Federal Pacific  conscious evolution   Jan-09-10 10:51 AM   #45 
  - The breaker box has to say "Square D" in my opinion  Common Sense Party   Jan-11-10 12:03 PM   #86 
  - Look past the breaker box - we bought a house from a widow who thougth she'd had the  hedgehog   Jan-11-10 12:13 PM   #87 
  - Our first house cost less than my first (and hopefully last) new car.  hunter   Jan-08-10 11:17 PM   #16 
  - Hire your own inspector...  S n o w b a l l    Jan-08-10 11:41 PM   #18 
  - You should either know the inspector or have a friend or family member who has used the  beyurslf   Jan-08-10 11:56 PM   #20 
  - I've got some tools, and am prepared to handle some basic maintenance.  MilesColtrane   Jan-09-10 09:14 AM   #40 
  - Show up to a first time meeting with your agent in contractor-esque clothes  EndersDame   Jan-09-10 12:01 AM   #21 
  - Stuff I'm looking for in our next house:  davsand   Jan-09-10 12:29 AM   #22 
  - Thank you.  MilesColtrane   Jan-09-10 08:56 AM   #37 
  - Do not buy a house with a shared driveway!  tblue   Jan-09-10 01:32 AM   #27 
  - Living in a duplex, I've had to deal with a shared driveway for years.  MilesColtrane   Jan-09-10 08:59 AM   #38 
  - How much, forgive me, I would love being here with my family.  NNadir   Jan-09-10 01:49 AM   #29 
  - .  MilesColtrane   Jan-09-10 09:02 AM   #39 
  - {{NNadir}}  WinkyDink   Jan-11-10 01:22 PM   #91 
  - Make the former owners responsible for damages THEY  Phentex   Jan-09-10 08:42 AM   #32 
  - that spmeone I respected opinions from  704wipes   Jan-09-10 08:47 AM   #34 
  - I see that on HGTV all the time...  Phentex   Jan-09-10 08:51 AM   #35 
  - That's one thing I never understood about the Frank Lloyd Wright fetish  jmowreader   Jan-09-10 10:49 AM   #44 
  - Wright's homes aren't even cozy  dugaresa   Jan-11-10 02:18 PM   #96 
  - Yeah, any architect that shows me plans for a residence with a flat roof would be fired.  davsand   Jan-09-10 11:03 AM   #47 
  - Really..We have lived in a flat roof craftsman bungalow...  Tikki   Jan-09-10 04:53 PM   #51 
     - Here in the midwest we get snow, rain, and all stuff in between.  davsand   Jan-09-10 10:07 PM   #53 
  - The only flat roof here is in the carport  XemaSab   Jan-10-10 12:09 AM   #58 
  - Yes, the flat roof in a climate with snow caused us big problems  kwassa   Jan-11-10 08:16 AM   #75 
  - Lots of good advice here. Realtors dress up houses to look  mnhtnbb   Jan-09-10 09:36 AM   #41 
  - Don't shortchange yourself  MorningGlow   Jan-09-10 09:48 AM   #42 
  - Put up a fence while the property stakes are still there.  femmocrat   Jan-09-10 10:54 AM   #46 
  - AMEN! AND I've had the surveyor place the flags THREE X in so many years; neighbors  WinkyDink   Jan-11-10 01:24 PM   #92 
  - There's one we all forgot: Chinese drywall  jmowreader   Jan-09-10 03:52 PM   #48 
  - Not our first, but second and last.....  Tikki   Jan-09-10 04:22 PM   #50 
  - Take your time  LiberalEsto   Jan-09-10 05:35 PM   #52 
  - What I would have done differently  petersond   Jan-09-10 10:09 PM   #54 
  - To be serious,  petersond   Jan-10-10 12:53 AM   #60 
  - it's nearly impossible to find reliable tradespeople  TrogL   Jan-09-10 10:27 PM   #55 
  - General tips from a RE broker  Digit   Jan-09-10 11:21 PM   #56 
  - Thoughtful tips there, thanks.  MilesColtrane   Jan-09-10 11:36 PM   #57 
  - I'd add one thing  Capn Sunshine   Jan-10-10 02:16 PM   #66 
  - If you can, rent the house first  XemaSab   Jan-10-10 12:17 AM   #59 
  - would have not gotten on that faced East-West  rainbow4321   Jan-10-10 01:57 AM   #61 
  - Lots of good suggestions in this's my $.02  BlueCollar   Jan-10-10 02:42 AM   #62 
  - your "floors level" comment prompted me to add this  dugaresa   Jan-10-10 03:37 PM   #70 
     - The marbles on the floor  BlueCollar   Jan-11-10 03:56 AM   #74 
     - Another follow-up on floors...  crispini   Jan-11-10 08:56 AM   #77 
        - it was entirely possible to fix the floors in the victorian we were looking at  dugaresa   Jan-11-10 09:46 AM   #81 
           - Whoa, yeah.  crispini   Jan-11-10 01:45 PM   #93 
  - I started a great thread on this last fall that got some awesome responses.  BlueIris   Jan-10-10 07:47 AM   #63 
  - how high the school tax millage was going to be  tigereye   Jan-10-10 01:47 PM   #64 
  - The only thing I regretted was not having 2 car garage in the suburbs with our first house  dugaresa   Jan-10-10 02:07 PM   #65 
  - I wish I had known that the roof was shot.  Blue_In_AK   Jan-10-10 02:26 PM   #67 
  - get names  katkat   Jan-10-10 02:58 PM   #68 
  - What the estimated price of our house was  FunkyLeprechaun   Jan-10-10 03:23 PM   #69 
  - Thanks for everyone taking the time to reply to my post.  MilesColtrane   Jan-10-10 07:20 PM   #73 
  - Check out the water pressure. nt  raccoon   Jan-11-10 08:28 AM   #76 
  - Oh good god yes, please do that.  Iggo   Jan-11-10 09:28 AM   #79 
  - check the neighborhood thoroughly yourself  cleveramerican   Jan-11-10 09:22 AM   #78 
  - Great suggestion. I've also heard to check with the police department  raccoon   Jan-11-10 09:59 AM   #83 
  - Make sure all the doors shut without a problem  snooper2   Jan-11-10 09:31 AM   #80 
  - Check on what the utility bills are like. I bought a house and found out it was a barn.  raccoon   Jan-11-10 09:58 AM   #82 
  - A few tips when thinking about buying a "new" house  wysimdnwyg   Jan-11-10 10:17 AM   #84 
  - the winning lottery numbers.  dysfunctional press   Jan-11-10 01:07 PM   #89 
  - inspections  Locrian   Jan-11-10 11:04 AM   #85 
  - I'd re-do LOTS. Bottom line: Not to deal with Italian-American salesmen with guns in the car trunks.  WinkyDink   Jan-11-10 01:10 PM   #90 
  - Use a buyer's agent who's looking out for your interests.  Wapsie B   Jan-11-10 01:57 PM   #94 

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