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CharmCity Donating Member (202 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-08-10 11:58 PM
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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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