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By Rogerborg (Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 09:05:53 AM EST) DIY (all tags)
When prepping your house for sale, nothing is too much trouble for other people to suggest you do.

For future reference though, triple all estimates and understand that domestic bliss for the new owner is bought at the cost of you living like an Elbonian for weeks.



Total damage so far (and we've just started):
  • Dining room is stripped half way back to bare, apart from the difficult bits, which have been left for me by my willing but transient helpers.
  • Kitchen tiles have been removed, revealing/creating 3 significant holes in the wall.
  • One bathroom wall is back to the bare.  Approximately 16 new tiles or parts of tiles are on the wall, in various orientations, with about half that many in tiny pieces in a bag.  Sink is attached to the wall with one screw.  Toilet likewise, and the cistern(*) has to be filled with a pipe from the sink tap.
The secret of good painting is the 3 P's: preparation, preparation, and paying some other fucker to do it.

Not that you can find one in these modern times.  Had a bit of a shocking performance from a decorator; he just out and out told me that he couldn't start for 3 or 4 weeks.  He didn't even give me a f-1ctional quote and then string me out for a month with excuses, the lazy tyke.

Still, at least my wife has a sweet rack.  Thank TISG for medium-large sized mercies.

So, those misslake images reminded me in a roundabout way of a broad I saw hawking beads and such from a barrow today.  She was a cross between a goth and a hippy.  Would that be a hoth or a gippy?

(*) Containing the ballcock.

Ball.

Cock.

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For a Scot, you're darn optimistic by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 09:10:14 AM EST
thinking a British manufacturer will stay solvent long enough to carry out their new testing plant plans.

Remember when you show the house, a freshly baked haggis makes it feel much homier.


Not the issue any more by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 09:27:42 AM EST
We've already bought a new place, this is the panic to sell the old one.  When the wind is in the right direction, you can barely hear the 20,000 huge diggers burrowing like giant diesel powered ticks into the nearby skyline.

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You could always rent it out to doll-mums by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 09:35:42 AM EST
and uni students. Land is one thing they're not making much more of, and a canny landlord can do well.

So what's the new place like, thatched roof, ivy covered walls surrounded by low stone walls with a garden and shed in back for ironmongery, or something much less stereotypical.


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Or Rolls Royce cuntractors by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 09:50:07 AM EST
Let's see them eat their own kerosene fumigated dogfood.

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True, and since they'll probably be Chinese by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 10:05:30 AM EST
dedicated to stealing trade secrets or buying RR, you can fit about 10 of them in there.


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A goth hippy? by lm (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 09:23:04 AM EST
She looked like a dead flower?

I would refer to such a person as a daisy pusher.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
Hippy hair by Rogerborg (4.00 / 2) #3 Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 09:25:41 AM EST
Goth makeup.
Goth bodice.
Hippy skirt.

Kind of like a slice of goth in a hippy sandwich.  A gothwich.

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Isn't selling premature? by Wise Cracker (4.00 / 1) #7 Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 10:03:11 AM EST
From what I remember, it's Rolls Royce that is paving over your domestic bliss. And they were going to build the JSF engines there? Or handle spillover work when Bristol builds them? But it turns out Rolls Royce may have their contract cancelled. In which case Rolls Royce wouldn't need the extra factory, and may just bring it to completion, then mothball it. This may be a profitable time to buy your neighbor's houses and not sell your own.
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It's really not about them any more by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #9 Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 11:16:04 AM EST
We just need another bedroom for Borglet #2.  None of the fuckers who've already sold and run from our estate lowered their asking prices, so we couldn't get a local bargain, although I think the houses actually facing the building site are getting a little twitchy.  The grapevine is twitching with stuff, including RR not putting it into service until and if they get a major road upgrade to shorten the distance to the nearest motorway.  Or maybe the Rapture will come real soon now.  A lot could happen.

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you're telling me by webwench (4.00 / 2) #10 Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 11:42:38 AM EST
" When prepping your house for sale, nothing is too much trouble for other people to suggest you do."

Yeah... you won't believe what MY agent was telling me to do, it was ludicrous, and certainly would have required work day and night < >


Getting more attention than you since 1998.

Working your ass off by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed Apr 12, 2006 at 06:46:44 AM EST
Or at least in that vicinity.

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Hiring other people by skippy (4.00 / 1) #11 Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 01:29:46 PM EST
Our painters turned up on time and did an adequate job.  Not an amazing job, but a decent one.

Finding someone to do drywall, on the other hand, was insane.  After almost giving up and doing it ourselves (two or three times), we finally found a contractor who came in, took a look around, and gave us an estimate a few days later.

Their hourly rate was TWICE what our fully-licensed-and-insured-etc. electrician charged.  WTF.

Suffice it to say that tomorrow is drywalling day, and we're doing it ourselves.

Drywalling is easy by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #12 Sun Apr 09, 2006 at 10:33:24 AM EST
Mudding is hard.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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