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ladyknight1

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1770 on: October 04, 2017, 08:59:51 AM »
We now think the toys in the yard are mostly from dogs, certainly not the ones on the 16' eaves of the roof.

More horrors here, it seems like the people who owned the house two times ago had either a invisible fence, or lots of irrigation.

Why? We were digging out a tree stump, and found wires. Lots of wires. Red and white wires. We found PVC pipe buried around the surround for the pool enclosure. This will be an all week project to get the wires dug out, and determine what we need to do about the pipes.

We have sprinklers! DH was digging for planting and somehow hit the solenoid. The sprinklers came up out of the ground and started sprinkling the backyard.  :o

At some point, they just removed the sprinkler control box, and cut the wiring. So now we get to redo the wiring and have built in sprinklers.

It's the yard of never ending surprises.
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1771 on: October 04, 2017, 09:02:38 AM »
Maybe I've been listening to too many true crime podcasts, but when I read this part:

This home was built with concrete blocks and is completely solid and sturdy. Also has an aluminum roof and a lot of land(timber) potential. Hunter's paradise with complete privacy!

I thought it said: "Serial killer's paradise!"

But can you blame me?

Having seen the thing, the only quibble I have with your post is the use of the word "house"! ;) ;D

Technically, it didn't say "house" it said "home".  So, you know... "home".... "evil lair"... tomayto, tomahto.

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1772 on: October 04, 2017, 05:43:40 PM »
We now think the toys in the yard are mostly from dogs, certainly not the ones on the 16' eaves of the roof.

More horrors here, it seems like the people who owned the house two times ago had either a invisible fence, or lots of irrigation.

Why? We were digging out a tree stump, and found wires. Lots of wires. Red and white wires. We found PVC pipe buried around the surround for the pool enclosure. This will be an all week project to get the wires dug out, and determine what we need to do about the pipes.

We have sprinklers! DH was digging for planting and somehow hit the solenoid. The sprinklers came up out of the ground and started sprinkling the backyard.  :o

At some point, they just removed the sprinkler control box, and cut the wiring. So now we get to redo the wiring and have built in sprinklers.

It's the yard of never ending surprises.

Would that be the pipes buried around the pool enclosure? The previous owners of our house had a pop-up sprinkler system, but when they got tired of it / decided to stop maintaining it / whatever it was they did, they cut off the pipes that would have connected it to the taps (high enough to be really obvious and obtrusive, low enough that you can't reconnect them) and dug out some of the piping and sprinkler heads but not most of them.  ::)
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1773 on: October 04, 2017, 05:55:35 PM »
We have a sprinkler control box in the garage,  We have a broken off tall sprinkler(?) in the front flower bed (found it when looking for the clean out for the sewer drains).  What we don't have is any idea whether or not anything is still connected, as we bought the house over eleven years ago and it has  not been maintained at all...

Good luck, finding that you have a sprinkler system and that it works!
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1774 on: November 02, 2017, 03:35:48 AM »
When the listing starts with "Renovate or Detonate" you know it's a good one.

(I personally would go with "Detonate".)

https://www.domain.com.au/1-3-view-road-the-patch-vic-3792-2013937450?utm_source=criteo&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=dynamic-exchange&utm_campaign=c-all-mf_Buy

Anyone else getting a "haunted house" vibe?

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1775 on: November 02, 2017, 06:46:18 AM »
We have a lot of houses like that in my area that come up for foreclosure, but they are usually much, much less expensive. That must be quite the desirable area!

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1776 on: November 08, 2017, 09:37:39 AM »
When the listing starts with "Renovate or Detonate" you know it's a good one.

(I personally would go with "Detonate".)

https://www.domain.com.au/1-3-view-road-the-patch-vic-3792-2013937450?utm_source=criteo&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=dynamic-exchange&utm_campaign=c-all-mf_Buy

Anyone else getting a "haunted house" vibe?

Actually I'm thinking that yes, that could be renovated into a nice house. Love the woods around it. But of course the renovation would probably cost twice as much as teardown and build fresh.
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1777 on: December 12, 2017, 12:06:35 PM »
Someone posted this gem of a house listing on another board.  There is a house somewhere under all that....stuff...

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2700-Churchill-Dr-SE-Huntsville-AL-35801/92152535_zpid/

It looks like a shop I used to frequent in my home city. There's stuff in there id love to have

Perhaps this is resurrecting an old post, but I clicked the link and this house is still up for sale, but for a couple hundred thousand less than it was last year. I don't know if the photos are the same, but it still looks amazingly overdone, though clean. Interesting that after this long they haven't taken more of the decor out to perhaps appeal to more buyers. It does look like a great house behind all that stuff!

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1778 on: December 12, 2017, 01:04:33 PM »
Someone posted this gem of a house listing on another board.  There is a house somewhere under all that....stuff...

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2700-Churchill-Dr-SE-Huntsville-AL-35801/92152535_zpid/

It looks like a shop I used to frequent in my home city. There's stuff in there id love to have

It is odd that they're using (presumably) the same pictures.  Is there any possibility that they're selling it furnished as is?  I can't imagine that the owners don't want/need to have some of their belongings at their new home?

Perhaps this is resurrecting an old post, but I clicked the link and this house is still up for sale, but for a couple hundred thousand less than it was last year. I don't know if the photos are the same, but it still looks amazingly overdone, though clean. Interesting that after this long they haven't taken more of the decor out to perhaps appeal to more buyers. It does look like a great house behind all that stuff!

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1779 on: December 12, 2017, 04:02:43 PM »
Curbed has some additional photos. Yeesh. Depending on how all that stuff is mounted on the walls, it could be a part of the problem. The walls look like textured plaster (ah, the 70's!). If you have to repair 8 million nail/screw holes....  :-\   Since it was built in 1975, general upgrades are probably needed too. It's hard to tell if they've been modernizing things over the years.

Ouch! $600 /month in property taxes!

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1780 on: December 12, 2017, 05:07:17 PM »
My problem with it isn't the stuff, I would assume the sellers are taking it all with them and if not I could have a giant garage sale :)

My problems is the house looks like it is stuffed onto a tiny, awkwardly shaped lot.  I would rather have smaller house with more room around it than large house with only a few feet between me and the neighbors.

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1781 on: December 12, 2017, 05:25:24 PM »
I have seen quite a few houses where everything in the pictures was included.

You, as the buyer, would have to pay for a dumpster and removal of the items you did not want.
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1782 on: December 13, 2017, 02:22:05 AM »
When the listing starts with "Renovate or Detonate" you know it's a good one.

(I personally would go with "Detonate".)

https://www.domain.com.au/1-3-view-road-the-patch-vic-3792-2013937450?utm_source=criteo&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=dynamic-exchange&utm_campaign=c-all-mf_Buy

Anyone else getting a "haunted house" vibe?

Actually I'm thinking that yes, that could be renovated into a nice house. Love the woods around it. But of course the renovation would probably cost twice as much as teardown and build fresh.
Iím not sure about either as I think thereís asbestos in that house. Many old houses in Australia contain asbestos and itís a pain to do anything with. An expensive pain.

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1783 on: December 13, 2017, 08:18:17 AM »
Curbed has some additional photos. Yeesh. Depending on how all that stuff is mounted on the walls, it could be a part of the problem. The walls look like textured plaster (ah, the 70's!). If you have to repair 8 million nail/screw holes....  :-\   Since it was built in 1975, general upgrades are probably needed too. It's hard to tell if they've been modernizing things over the years.

Ouch! $600 /month in property taxes!

Well, it's one way of hiding hideous walls? ;) ;D
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #1784 on: December 13, 2017, 09:54:58 AM »
Curbed has some additional photos. Yeesh. Depending on how all that stuff is mounted on the walls, it could be a part of the problem. The walls look like textured plaster (ah, the 70's!). If you have to repair 8 million nail/screw holes....  :-\   Since it was built in 1975, general upgrades are probably needed too. It's hard to tell if they've been modernizing things over the years.

Ouch! $600 /month in property taxes!

Wow. I looked at some of the current photos, side by side with what it used to look like. It still looks really cramped and cluttered, but I can see that they did remove tons of stuff already.

I really don't know how they moved around in the house before without breaking something.