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Old 07-20-2018, 07:44 PM   #1
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Moving...down the street

After being in the same house for the past twenty years we decided to downsize. Listed our house and accepted an offer three days later. It went fast and we had to scramble to find another place. As it turned out, one of the houses just down the street from us became available and we bought it. Of course there was a month gap so we've been staying at my sister's place in the interim. We close on our next place next Friday.

Here is the house we sold:
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We move in next Friday and already know one of the first projects - a bathroom remodel!
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Congratulations. Nice catch on the house down the street. Moving sucks but down street does make it a whole lot easier
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Old 07-20-2018, 08:32 PM   #3
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Sounds like it woulda been easier to just sell half your old house and not hafta move at all, Joe. Maybe just add another bathroom.
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Old 07-20-2018, 09:02 PM   #4
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Now where were you with that suggestion a month or so ago cx?

I'm actually pretty happy about getting in to a new place so I can do some new projects. I'll need to put in a radiant floor heat system of course. Once you have warm floors it is tough to give up. Another big project will be redoing the driveway with a show melt radiant system. I hope to do that project next year.
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When I grew up in Yankee Land, Joe, my parents had a pair of those snow removal systems for their driveway way back in the '50s. I was one of'em.

If I had to live up there again, I'm thinkin' I'd be likely to spend a lot of dinero installing some sort of melting system for my driveway. And for my roof. And for my walkways. Hell, maybe even for my yard! Just not interested in shoveling even one more scoop of snow nor scraping one more ounce of ice in this life.
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That’s great news, Joe! Super happy for you guys.
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Very nice, Joe.

Did you get more land as well? Three acres is a pretty good-sized lot.

By the way, I hope the picture of the new house is a little crooked. If not, the foundation on the right side is going to need some serious propping up.
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Very nice Joe!

So, in 20yrs how much stuff did you accumulate in the old house? Doing a purging to get into the smaller one?

We downsized a few months ago. Our 3000' house sold and we are moving into the smaller one (1600') next weekend. We put stuff into storage and moved into a apt til the new one closed. Amazing how much stuff you collect over the years. We have been purging and still have stuff we don't have room for in the new place.
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Hi Craig - yea we had a bunch of stuff, even after doing a fairly decent purging a few years ago when we initially planned on selling. It went a bit easier this time but we ended up with two self-store units (10'x15' and 15'x20') and a PODS 16' which is on site ready for us to unpack this Friday.

Our goal is to only bring things back from the storage units that we really need or want. Anything left we'll sell off, give away, or take to the dump.

cx - yea, I can't convince Charlene to move south so going to be stuck with snow for years to come. The less I need to touch the stuff the better. My driveway system will be hydronic with glycol solution.

The lot is about a half acre bigger than the last place but this one is less wooded. A lot of lawn so I need to get a riding mower or small tractor right away.
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Joe,

I mow two acres (of weeds) with a John Deere rider. If I can't have a "small tractor" you can't either.

I haven't shoveled any snow since I was a pre-teen. And we do have snow in Central Texas. Had over half an inch a while back.
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It's gonna be 108 today. That snow looks good at the moment.

Congratulations Joe.
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What model Deere do you have JB? More importantly does it have cupholders?
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As I guy from Wisconsin, I can’t see the snow John alleges is in that picture. Is it in a corner somewhere? Maybe onna back side of the house?
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That's serious snow! . . . in a place where it's not supposed to snow.

I got my Deere at Lowes. It's a D-190 25 hp. If I had it to do over, though, I'd spend just a little more and buy one from a John Deere dealer. The D series is made only for Home Depot, Lowes, etc. It's taken a couple of trips to a dealership to get mine up to snuff.
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We have moved in! Still unpacking and sorting things out. The house is going to be great, after a few projects. Going to relax and enjoy for several months and do a fair amount of work next year.

I ended up buying an electric riding mower. A Ryobi RY48111 from Home Depot. Decent enough reviews and the videos I watched sold me on it. Should be here (shipped direct) by August 13.
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