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Sep 18th, 2010 at 12:35pm
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At the end of July I closed on a house  in Canton, MI. It was a pretty interesting process, and the house we got was a foreclosure. Fortunately, it is in really great shape and sits on more than an acre. It also has a neat external garage/barn/workshop thing.



On September 25th Susie and I will be having an open house for friends and family to come on out and hang. It starts at 2 (or whenever you show up) and goes until late. We're going to have some outdoor games, BBQ, and a bonfire.

Also: For the nerds out there, if anyone brings a machine, we will fully lan it up that evening after the gathering. Patrick and Eric will already be there, so that's reason enough to come.

The address is:


It is Exit 185 off of I-94 (on the left) and then after 8 mins down Michigan Ave, its a left onto Sheldon and a bit up there.

Let me know in here if youre coming here or you can get a hold of me:


  

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Reply #1 - Sep 18th, 2010 at 9:01pm
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Reply #2 - Sep 18th, 2010 at 9:49pm
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Thanks for hosting your open house on the weekend I'll be in Seattle, jerk!


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Reply #3 - Sep 19th, 2010 at 8:53pm
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Hey Briney, can I move into the external garage/barn/workshop thingy?  I won't be noisy most the time!
  
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Reply #4 - Sep 19th, 2010 at 9:27pm
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The_Fat_Man wrote on Sep 19th, 2010 at 8:53pm:
I won't be noisy most the time!


The fursuit helps muffle the noise.


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Reply #5 - Sep 19th, 2010 at 11:42pm
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yea sure, comon in! Its got an old water heater and furnace in it. you still in CO?

ill post more pics when I get some time, lots going on at the moment.

Laaaan...

everyone else come lan! its only a few *cough*  hours *cough* away!

or maybe we can get everyone in through hamachi. Whats so fun in Seattle anyway bob? I hear they have a neat fish market and it rains alot. Oh and starbucks. Boooring!
  

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Reply #6 - Sep 20th, 2010 at 10:33am
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DO NOT DISRESPECT THE SPACE NEEDLE!




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Reply #7 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 12:48am
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Yeah I'm still in the CO, and loving it!  Although the old furnace is tempting...
  
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Reply #8 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 10:48am
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Haha, dang briney.  I live at michigan ave and beck.  I could probably make the open house.
  
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Reply #9 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 10:57am
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Congrats Briney. I'll be in Traverse City that weekend.

That extra building that looks like a whole extra house is yours too? Wow, that's really nice.
  
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Reply #10 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 6:19pm
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Also, meant to say congratulations Briney.  Very jealous of the man cave. (that means garage jim)
  
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Reply #11 - Sep 21st, 2010 at 8:13pm
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spanky wrote on Sep 21st, 2010 at 6:19pm:
Very jealous of the man cave. (that means garage jim)


Why don't we compare the size of my garage to the size of your garage... oh, wait!


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Reply #12 - Sep 22nd, 2010 at 12:30pm
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I have a garage that I actually park my car in.  How about you?!
  
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Reply #13 - Sep 22nd, 2010 at 1:08pm
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I have a shed and I park my airplane in it!

Sorry :[
  
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Reply #14 - Sep 22nd, 2010 at 2:43pm
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spanky wrote on Sep 22nd, 2010 at 12:30pm:
I have a garage that I actually park my car in.  How about you?!


My car doesn't need to be pampered in a prissy garage.  It sits outside in the dead of winter and it likes it that way!
  

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Reply #15 - Mar 10th, 2014 at 7:23am
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It took a little bit to find it but how's 4 years for a thread resurrection?

In about a month, Laura and I will be closing on a house, Lord willing.  That's the reason I was asking about central storage.  I have included the addy below and will keep everyone update for the completion of it all (probably around late April).

I was wondering if there were improvement books you guys used that you'd recommend.  The house we are going for isn't needing in really any updates, but I'd love to start some ideas for projections.

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Reply #16 - Mar 10th, 2014 at 11:42am
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Congratulations!  The best advice I can give you is to hold on to every dollar you can between now and your closing.  There are a million little fees and expenses that will pop up.  Radon testing, surveying, appliance purchase/repair, etc.  Even buying things like floor mats and other minor household items will add up quickly.  I created a handy spreadsheet that calculated things like PMI, non-residency taxes (your first year will likely be more expensive than normal), and various inspection fees, but I was still blindsided by the insane number of "little things" that quickly racked up.

I don't have any specific home improvement books that I've used, but I've turned to the Internet time and time again for plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and million other DIY tasks.  So far I've been successful in everything I've set out to do myself.  Most tasks are quite a bit easier than you'd imagine, and if your house is anywhere near as old as mine you'll quickly become quite adept at basic DIY handiwork.


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Reply #17 - Mar 10th, 2014 at 2:23pm
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Nice to hear Patsy!  Congratulations to you and the misses.
  
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Reply #18 - Mar 11th, 2014 at 12:13am
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That's, Wes.

And thanks, Bob, for the info.  I think we've got everything all lined up for the fees and little stuff.  The house was built in 2000 and the only big thing we'll need is a washer/dryer and that's more of a want than a need and I think we'll get the cash for it at the closing.

Can't wait to have you all over if you can make it soon.  The basement has enough room for a LAN and it's got sound proofing on the walls which makes it a great place for an awesome entertainment area.

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