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LI Sound Grunt
03-30-2012, 11:25 AM
Daughter is looking at such a house. Deck shot after 6 years. Oil fired. Why the heck was this even allowed - was it legal - is this legal - has anyone seen this before - anywhere ?? I have heard both from local builders and furnace guys. Just for your comments...

They will probably have to move the furnace to get it into a chimney so it is abig deal ...


MAXIMUM B
03-30-2012, 12:32 PM
If you have to go that far, I would put in heat pumps. Heating oil is gonna kill ya.
I was not a fan (no pun) of heat pumps, but we recently moved to a house twice the size and my heating/cooling bills are less. Previous was a gas pack too.

HOTSPOT
03-30-2012, 12:47 PM
Yeah Bob, that don't sound good at all. I would pass on that house for sure man.

I love my Amana Natural Gas Pack.


LI Sound Grunt
03-30-2012, 12:54 PM
Thanks
My daughter just called and decided to pass. The house was a deal but needed this repair, both front and rear decks and porches - needed new carpets upstairs and refinished hardwood on first floor had no paved driveway had the cheapest furnace and a dog had wrecked the floors and doors but it was all fixable..(and priced accordingly I think they decided though to leave it for a bulder to flip so they don't have to go through all the hassle. WHEW! I was worried they were told by the Agent anothe roffer is in and they had to decide today ......(probably some triuth to that but I am sure only a builder would go for this house...and he surely lowballed it.)

I am guessing the deck was done by the owner and never permitted

Thanks - glad this ended that huse - It was also way to far into the eastern Ct woods so they would ahve hour commutes to his workplace in Mass and hers in New Britian. Worse yet - I would be a half hour further form my new grandson :(

Its very tough to provide advise to your 30 year old kids - gottta walk a fine line - I htink what finally persuaded them was not these repairs but I mentioned that they would not be able to easily borrow or incorporate into the mortgage the extra money needed for repairs..

HOTSPOT
03-30-2012, 01:00 PM
It is great time to buy for sure, but selling one sux...much less two!!

Was trying to sell my house and the wife's house and get one to call ours. Rethinking now and considering renting her house to her dad and only selling one. Provides a nice tax shelter and gets her 80 year old super nice dad closer to us.

LI Sound Grunt
03-30-2012, 02:26 PM
It is great time to buy for sure, but selling one sux...much less two!!

Was trying to sell my house and the wife's house and get one to call ours. Rethinking now and considering renting her house to her dad and only selling one. Provides a nice tax shelter and gets her 80 year old super nice dad closer to us.

I agree Good luck and good to see you back! Where ya been?

My daughter sold her 'starter home" - apparantly you cannot get approved for financing to make an offer on another house these days till you sell yours - the agents won't even show you houses. No wonder the market was dead. Its a catch 22 - plenty of demand but gotta sell the last house before you can even look. She sold below what she paid but is hoping to make up for it on this end......Rates are GREAT right now....

s_ebels
03-30-2012, 02:47 PM
Daughter is looking at such a house. Deck shot after 6 years. Oil fired. Why the heck was this even allowed - was it legal - is this legal - has anyone seen this before - anywhere ?? I have heard both from local builders and furnace guys. Just for your comments...

They will probably have to move the furnace to get it into a chimney so it is abig deal ...


Definitely not legal. Definitely not safe. Definitely not inspected or at the least inspected by anyone who knew what they were doing. Definitely has to be remedied/changed.

When I run into something like that it always makes me wonder what other corners were cut in the rest of the system.

davedowneast
03-30-2012, 04:03 PM
Definitely not legal. Definitely not safe. Definitely not inspected or at the least inspected by anyone who knew what they were doing. Definitely has to be remedied/changed.

When I run into something like that it always makes me wonder what other corners were cut in the rest of the system.

X2!!!

It would be easy to look up X" above snow level, X" from an opening, X'' from combustibles, etc. There's much more, moot point now.

I don't know what I would do for a heat source in CT now. An air to air heat pump would be fairly expensive to run and the houses aren't conducive to the low outlet temps. Much of the time, it would be an inefficient way to deliver electric heat. New construction is another story.



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