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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    Thanks for info. Think I'm just going to wait until after labor day....
    Hayneedle.com is usually good for this stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flynn View Post
    total kick in the dick, right?

    In the spring it cost me $1600 to get rid of a colony of honey bee's that had gotten in a gap in the soffit and made a 5 foot long x 18 inch honeycomb that required a giant hole to be cut in that wood siding of the house. Little bastards
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    Finally starting work on my house today, after months of fighting with the town to get the permits approved. Putting a second floor onto my house, adding 3 more bedrooms and a bathroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYR2711 View Post
    Finally starting work on my house today, after months of fighting with the town to get the permits approved. Putting a second floor onto my house, adding 3 more bedrooms and a bathroom.
    What's that do to your taxes? We were thinking of expanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    What's that do to your taxes? We were thinking of expanding.
    Looks like they are going up half, but we were told that they have a program in my town that you can in crease your taxes gradually, which is what we have to look into. I don’t know how bad your taxes are, but they are high here. The biggest pain in the ass was getting the permits. Before you apply, I would suggest making sure the prior owners of your house got all the CO’s on the house that you need. We didn’t have one for our basement, and had to apply for one, and it held us up all summer.

    We were told by numerous people to just buy a new house, but we like where we live, and it’s a good area. We talked to a couple of contractors and found this company who worked with a mortgage guy who gave us a loan based on what the house will be worth when the project is completed. The company doesn’t get paid until they do certain amount of work, which is good because they can really screw us over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYR2711 View Post
    Looks like they are going up half, but we were told that they have a program in my town that you can in crease your taxes gradually, which is what we have to look into. I donít know how bad your taxes are, but they are high here. The biggest pain in the ass was getting the permits. Before you apply, I would suggest making sure the prior owners of your house got all the COís on the house that you need. We didnít have one for our basement, and had to apply for one, and it held us up all summer.

    We were told by numerous people to just buy a new house, but we like where we live, and itís a good area. We talked to a couple of contractors and found this company who worked with a mortgage guy who gave us a loan based on what the house will be worth when the project is completed. The company doesnít get paid until they do certain amount of work, which is good because they can really screw us over.
    Nice, good info. My taxes are high-ish. Not outrageous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    Nice, good info. My taxes are high-ish. Not outrageous.
    Yeah, the STAR program in NY helps, but it’s bullshit that they tax you for everything. I can see if your building out and using more land, but not up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYR2711 View Post
    Yeah, the STAR program in NY helps, but itís bullshit that they tax you for everything. I can see if your building out and using more land, but not up.
    in Jersey they also tax you on the value of the structure. So if you're building up, or adding some rooms, then the house will be worth more. Therefore higher taxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    in Jersey they also tax you on the value of the structure. So if you're building up, or adding some rooms, then the house will be worth more. Therefore higher taxes.
    Same in New York. They will raise taxes if your shed is over a certain size, and if you have a pool as well. It’s ridiculous because after all these taxes, they still do a shit job with plowing and other projects in town.

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    The New "Home Improvement" Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by NYR2711 View Post
    Finally starting work on my house today, after months of fighting with the town to get the permits approved. Putting a second floor onto my house, adding 3 more bedrooms and a bathroom.
    Good luck man! Getting our house in shape to put on the market after the New Year. We hope to stay in the same school district but it may not be easy based on the upgrade we want and the likely inventory. Luckily most districts around are ranked well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Parsley View Post
    Good luck man! Getting our house in shape to put on the market after the New Year. We hope to stay in the same school district but it may not be easy based on the upgrade we want and the likely inventory. Luckily most districts around are ranked well.


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    Good luck. We already had our first issue. Apparently they didn’t put any wood at the edge of the attic above my living room when the built it, and the contractors foot went through the ceiling, so now we have a small hole. It doesn’t even surprise me with half the issues we have found withbthe house over the years. I just wish they would have found something valuable hidden in the attic floor boards.

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    So our HELOC was finally approved and now we can pay off our credit card that we used to install our CAC system. It only took 3.5 months. Next up is our oil to gas conversion. We started the loan process back in July because I wanted to avoid having no heat while the conversion was done. Figured everything would be done by mid summer. Its now mid October and I am still waiting on the Town of Crookhaven. Thankfully its still been warm enough outside that we're still running the CAC. The wait continues.

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    need a good plumber in central jersey. apparently we have a leak somewhere cause the last two water bills were around $300 and I hardly used the sprinkler system this year

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCCP View Post
    need a good plumber in central jersey. apparently we have a leak somewhere cause the last two water bills were around $300 and I hardly used the sprinkler system this year
    Where in central NJ?

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    Monmouth county

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCCP View Post
    Monmouth county
    Roto-rooter. They fixed 2 leaks for me for like $300.

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    So after a week of construction, they ripped off the old roof, they had to change my floor joists in the attic, apparently the builders or previous owners didn't use the right size and they were too small. They changed all the joists to the proper size and the have the frame and shingles on. It looks good so far, now we have to wait for the town inspection for this part, he is coming Tuesday.

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    Exciting time for sure, going to be a long process but it must be fun to watch it all come together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYR2711 View Post
    So after a week of construction, they ripped off the old roof, they had to change my floor joists in the attic, apparently the builders or previous owners didn't use the right size and they were too small. They changed all the joists to the proper size and the have the frame and shingles on. It looks good so far, now we have to wait for the town inspection for this part, he is coming Tuesday.
    Pictures of progress?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    Roto-rooter. They fixed 2 leaks for me for like $300.
    Thanks. Will try them out

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