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by davebo
Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1766

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

I probably am talking myself into building a little bit, but I do think there is some valid justification there. I guess I'm just comparing the 5 years here to my 7 years at my prior home. I didn't just walk around there with a list of stuff that I wanted/needed to get done. We basically walked in,...
by davebo
Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1766

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

All in all, while your issues seem to add up and be annoying, none of them are dealbreakers. I suggest you start chipping away at few of them and you will feel better. When we got the roof replaced we just felt so much better. It was there hanging over us as something we'd have to do some day and n...
by davebo
Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1766

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

The house has been stressing you out for some time, but you don't have to rush immediately into a change. Can you consider the alternatives (including the build on same lot and either rent or demolish the current house) for some months, until you are sure you understand the options? What about that...
by davebo
Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How dangerous is Kids Gymnastics?
Replies: 38
Views: 2741

Re: How dangerous is Kids Gymnastics?

http://www.familiesafield.org/pdf/injury_page.pdf comes up on the first page of google searches - and matches what I remember...for injury rates, soccer is typically one of the highest. Injuries occur in all sports, but gymnastics in general has lower injury rates than soccer, baseball, basketball,...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience Living in an Old House?
Replies: 42
Views: 3433

Re: Experience Living in an Old House?

I used to live in a new construction and became somewhat enamored by old homes when I started watching This Old House. We were looking to buy in the section of town that consisted mostly of houses built in the late 1800's and early 1900's, but ended up going a bit on the fringes of town and got a ho...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AliExpress.com?
Replies: 7
Views: 625

Re: AliExpress.com?

Long shipping times and the strong possibility that the item will not match the description. I import products by the container from China and Alibaba/Aliexpress if full of scammers, but at least with Aliexpress you have some recourse since you pay with a CC.
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How dangerous is Kids Gymnastics?
Replies: 38
Views: 2741

Re: How dangerous is Kids Gymnastics?

There was a study done over like a 30 year period that reported injuries from each HS sport. Pretty sure Ice Hockey, Gymnastics, and Football were the worst...and they were the worst by a long shot. Gymnastics had the most fatalities. So it's true that all sports have injuries, but chances are you'r...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1766

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

Remember, and not sure if already mentioned, a newly built home even slightly larger than your previous one will be reaccessed with a much higher tax rate. Also, the neighbor can't be that great,if your current home only appreciated less than 10% over 5 years. Are other home owners in your close by...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1766

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

Will you be able to find the lot you want in the neighborhood/district you want? I got the impression from your first post that it would be difficult. All houses need work including many of the things you mentioned. They are physical structures and things weaken over time. Unless you keep moving fr...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1766

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

Have you looked at what's available as existing houses? No construction is usually quite a bit more expensive than existing houses. If you found something for sale now, you would not have to wait several months and you know right from the start what the house is. Price per SF in our area is around ...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1766

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

Definitely be content with what you have. It's the key to happiness. Fixing the things you are unhappy with also works:) The options are a) do nothing b) add an addition c) build new d) buy something else C+D have the big disadvantage of having to move. Depending on your situation that may or may n...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1766

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

Maybe I missed the calculation/estimate of the "net" new house cost less net sales price on current home. We purchased it in 2011 for $500K and "Redfin" says it's worth $545K now but not really sure if that's accurate. At the very least, I would think we could clear $500K and ge...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1766

Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

My wife and I have really been tossing around the idea of adding an addition to our house for several years. We live in a fantastic little section of town that is unincorporated and has big lots, low property taxes, and great schools. Since our goal is to stay in the school district AND stay within ...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you have a handyman?
Replies: 32
Views: 2767

Re: Do you have a handyman?

I do have a handyman, but don't consider that stuff to be handyman tasks. I do all the stuff you list there though. My handyman is a real jack of all trades (and licensed) and can do it all (electrical, plumbing, hvac). I use him for a lot of random jobs because he's cheaper than getting a specialis...
by davebo
Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I replace my hot water heater?
Replies: 15
Views: 1136

Re: Should I replace my hot water heater?

I'd replace it personally. Usually contractors have told me to "keep an eye on it" when something is on their last legs and I usually just tell them to go ahead and replace it. I swear everytime I do that, they end up saying "It's a good thing you replaced it when you did....".
by davebo
Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I spend 5k annually on travel?
Replies: 59
Views: 4547

Re: Should I spend 5k annually on travel?

I used to be a bit too practical for my own good and viewed travel as a bit of a waste. Luckily my wife convinced me otherwise and we started going on annual vacations after we got married. Not only are those some of the best memories we had during our childless years, but looking through the photo ...
by davebo
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED lights or bulbs
Replies: 21
Views: 2143

Re: LED lights or bulbs

I like the FEIT ones that costco sells and if they burn out, then I just take them back there for a refund.
by davebo
Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Does a Password Manager Impact Day to Day (IOS and Mac)
Replies: 48
Views: 2955

Re: How Does a Password Manager Impact Day to Day (IOS and Mac)

I use Lastpass and I use their Chrome extension for desktop, so I just need to login to the chrome extension everytime I use the browser. Once I do that, it will autofill all the passwords as I visit the sites. For mobile, I pay for the premium membership so I use the Lastpass app. In order for it t...
by davebo
Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: paint exterior of house white?
Replies: 55
Views: 3151

Re: paint exterior of house white?

I wouldn't paint the house white. I really like the look of a dark grey house with white trim.
by davebo
Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many activities for your kids?
Replies: 70
Views: 5193

Re: How many activities for your kids?

With my oldest, we were starting to overdo it a bit with activities but have scaled back. Last spring my 6 year old was in t-ball (2 days a week), soccer (2 days per week), swimming (1 day per week), and our church club (awana). This year we cut out baseball and that freed up enough time for us. I t...
by davebo
Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?
Replies: 90
Views: 7049

Re: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?

Not sure if I totally followed everything, but I'd probably get a fence and call it a day. I also would get annoyed that they were asking me to move my car so they could park their camper. It's one thing to use your drive if it's clear, but asking you to move the car seems like a little much. Aren't...
by davebo
Tue May 31, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "starter" vs "regular" home
Replies: 47
Views: 3624

Re: "starter" vs "regular" home

I think whether or not it's a"starter" home or a "regular" home it's going to be difficult to get it right on your first try. We're on our 3rd home (condo, house, house) and I thought for sure this would be our forever home but still not entirely sure.
by davebo
Sun May 22, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon has no head to head competitors?
Replies: 71
Views: 4755

Re: Amazon has no head to head competitors?

I'm kind of the same way, although I definitely check around because with all of the 3rd party sellers on Amazon, the pricing is more fluid and based on supply. I sell on Amazon and can attest that the marketplace is incredibly lucrative and companies are launching products just to sell on Amazon. H...
by davebo
Thu May 19, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Making an Outdoor Grill Last
Replies: 39
Views: 3380

Re: Making an Outdoor Grill Last

I had my old cheapo grill for 8 years and only kept it covered towards the end because of the birds that were able to get inside. I have had my Weber grill for 5 years and probably keep it covered most of the winter, but not the summer. The grills are $400-$500 or so and if I can get 10-15 years out...
by davebo
Wed May 18, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Major - Accounting or Finance
Replies: 41
Views: 221

Re: Major - Accounting or Finance

Accounting, no question about it. Seems that you have endless options available if you are a CPA, at least in my company.
by davebo
Sat May 14, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The 10 Best States to Grow Old in
Replies: 31
Views: 5447

Re: The 10 Best States to Grow Old in

"The top 10 places to grow old (you won't believe number 7)
by davebo
Fri May 13, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon Mitigation System
Replies: 24
Views: 1889

Re: Radon Mitigation System

It's basically just drilling into the floor of the basement, putting a PVC pipe with a fan on the inside, and then venting the air from under the slab to the outside. I'm not an expert, but I believe best-practices now say the fan should be in the attic or be outside. Never in the basement. The pro...
by davebo
Fri May 13, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon Mitigation System
Replies: 24
Views: 1889

Re: Radon Mitigation System

The risk to non-smokers at 4 is negligible...you're done. I can't argue too strongly against this, especially since the risk data is pretty fuzzy and the OP's levels are already pretty low. Just to be clear, I am not saying he is done at 4, I am saying he is done b/c he is <1 in the finished parts ...
by davebo
Fri May 13, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon Mitigation System
Replies: 24
Views: 1889

Re: Radon Mitigation System

In Tahoe every one has radon in their basements and puts in plastic of some sort to cover the ground. They never put in pumps. That seems to fix the problem. I suggest you ask your contractor about some other abatement methods that are simpler. And look on You Tube for some solutions. Good Luck. Th...
by davebo
Thu May 12, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon Mitigation System
Replies: 24
Views: 1889

Radon Mitigation System

So I moved into my house and needed to get a radon mitigation system installed. I spoke with 2 contractors and got estimates and their opinion. My house is a ranch with a full basement but it also has a sunroom addition on a slab. So when they tested the house, they put the tester in the basement AN...
by davebo
Wed May 11, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is a home disaster looming? sump pump running constantly please help!
Replies: 46
Views: 4481

Re: Is a home disaster looming? sump pump running constantly please help!

Here's what I would do: 1) If the drain pipe is perforated, then you should have the builder put in some solid pipes that will drain it however far you want it from the house. 2) You might not have the stomach for this and you probably want to make sure that you can see the water level, but when I h...
by davebo
Wed May 11, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Car Rental-Any Experience
Replies: 25
Views: 3121

Costco Car Rental-Any Experience

I'm looking at a car rental with the pickup/dropoff at LAX (L.A). The prices at Costco seem to be lower than what I'm seeing when I look direct at some of the big places. For instance, Avis (when booked through Costco) is $310.52 and says it includes all taxes and fee. If I look at Avis direct, it s...
by davebo
Wed May 11, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep Twins in Same Class for Kindergarten?
Replies: 41
Views: 4431

Re: Keep Twins in Same Class for Kindergarten?

OP Here...thanks for the responses. From what I've heard, twins are (by default) separated at school unless you request otherwise. Both of them are a little shy initially and somewhat apprehensive, but settle in pretty quickly each day. They go to a preschool together now and the teacher says that t...
by davebo
Tue May 10, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep Twins in Same Class for Kindergarten?
Replies: 41
Views: 4431

Keep Twins in Same Class for Kindergarten?

I know this is kind of a judgement call, but wondering if anyone has experience. We are torn between keeping our boy/girl twins together for kindergarten or if we should separate them. Initially, the plan was to separate but now we are 2nd guessing ourselves. Even though they don't play with the sam...
by davebo
Tue May 10, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House 'For Sale By Owner' - Can One Do It Alone?
Replies: 26
Views: 3748

Re: House 'For Sale By Owner' - Can One Do It Alone?

I would also use Redfin. I don't see many FSBO with much success and Redfin is a good middle ground.
by davebo
Tue May 10, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifted math program for 1st grade
Replies: 66
Views: 6995

Re: Gifted math program for 1st grade

I'm surprised they would start that so early. My wife teaches at a top district in the state and they don't start "Advanced Math" until 5th grade. I see the upside, but I'd be a little concerned that my kid would be left behind if he didn't understand something in the class. Also, are they...
by davebo
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Protection against sewer line breakage/backup
Replies: 9
Views: 795

Re: Protection against sewer line breakage/backup

I'd opt for just saving a little extra in case you need the repair at some point instead of seeking out some insurance policy. If the sewer line has been ok for 100 years, it probably will be ok for another 5 until you have time to save some money. For all you know, the people that lived there befor...
by davebo
Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T U-verse Internet / Comcast Internet
Replies: 12
Views: 1590

Re: AT&T U-verse Internet / Comcast Internet

I have comcast and my download speed is 30 mbps and my upload speed is 6 mbps. I'm not really sure if that is considered good or not, but it seems to get the job done and I don't have any issues. Around me, it seems that people leave comcast because they hate them as a company but are dismayed when ...
by davebo
Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fixing up your home - or just selling it?
Replies: 17
Views: 1696

Re: Fixing up your home - or just selling it?

Are you looking to move to an entirely different area or are you going to move to another house around you? I have a house built in the 1950's and while it's not really in bad shape, I just look around and see a lot of expenses that I'm going to have over the next 15 years. Still though, if I sold m...
by davebo
Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Way of Landscaping?
Replies: 42
Views: 4019

Re: BH Way of Landscaping?

I've only owned 2 houses, but I handled both of them the same way. I had a landscape company basically draw the plan and do the plantings. After that, as far as plants go, I just leave them be. The only thing I do to save money during this process is to resist the urge to plant too much at once beca...
by davebo
Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)
Replies: 44
Views: 5102

Re: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)

Is this a neighborhood issue or a town issue? If it's just a neighborhood issue would probably stay put, for all you know houses could start flipping to young family's in the next few years. But if the entire town is quiet, with little sense of community, I would consider moving, if there isn't a t...
by davebo
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)
Replies: 44
Views: 5102

Re: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)

How big is your house lot. I used to live in a neighborhood with quarter acre lots (100ft x 100ft). Home prices were a lot lower. There were many families with small kids. It was a very social neighborhood. I moved to a town that required a minimum house lot of 2 acres. I have a 250ft driveway. The...
by davebo
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)
Replies: 44
Views: 5102

Re: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)

Davebo, your neighborhood may be too expensive for families with young kids. Have you considered a downgrade to something cheaper? Out of all the areas that feed into our school district, our area is the most affordable. The problem is that the houses are too small....1950's ranches with no basemen...
by davebo
Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)
Replies: 44
Views: 5102

Re: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)

Sounds like you moved into an area designed to minimize social interaction. There's nothing wrong with areas with big wooded lots if that's your thing. But it's likely most of your neighbors chose the area because they don't want to interact with you or the other neighbors. I'm betting there's no s...
by davebo
Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)
Replies: 44
Views: 5102

Re: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)

Most neighborhoods go through cycles of young families with small children, then older children, then the children move away and you have just older folks. Then as those older folks move away or retire to other locations and you have young families moving back into the neighborhoods as the next gen...
by davebo
Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)
Replies: 44
Views: 5102

My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)

Every year as the weather gets nicer, I start to question whether or not we should stick around our neighborhood or not. When we moved here, there were certain things that I loved about the area. The upside to the neighborhood is that we’re very close to everything, but we’re unincorporated so our p...
by davebo
Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone own DVC?
Replies: 10
Views: 1003

Re: Anyone own DVC?

It seems like DVC seems to be one of those types of timeshares that has a pretty good reputation. However, I have heard from at least a few people that it has become increasingly difficult to book the resort of your choice. I heard from one guy that, in order to get a week long stay, he had to move ...
by davebo
Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to select good contractors. Angie's list has changed.
Replies: 33
Views: 5340

Re: How to select good contractors. Angie's list has changed.

I'm still able to sort by distance to me, but the default is "coupons first". Angies list isn't perfect by any means. One of my biggest gripes is that you can't search reviews. It would be acceptable if you could search reviews by company, but much nicer if you could search ALL reviews in ...
by davebo
Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: housing: am I just being too picky?
Replies: 60
Views: 6945

Re: housing: am I just being too picky?

That would be hard to find in the area I live, but something that you could easily build if you were willing to go towards the outskirts.
by davebo
Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is an interior designer worth it?
Replies: 33
Views: 3419

Re: Is an interior designer worth it?

I used to think it was a waste to hire a designer, but if I bought my house today I would do it. I usually just resort to the same colors/style and waste a lot of time trying to figure out if something looks good. I spent a couple weeks getting paint samples and trying them out before choosing 3 dif...

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