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Tango Protocol

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#1 12 years ago

Real Estate info and Pictures: http://prudential.realtor.com/Prop/1064271680?lnksrc=00045&gate=prudential

Probably most of you don't know, but for the past few years, I have been refurbishing my old house. See.. that house belongs to my grandparents and all of us (grandparents, parents, myself, two brothers, and uncle) lived in it. A few years ago, we were asked to move out so they could sell the house and retire down in south carolina.

It's been a long few years, and now that the house is up for sale, it's a seal that we're pretty much almost done.

We've done repainting, retiling, reconstruction, reconditioning (of the front yard), rewiring, reflooring.. mostly ourselves (very little hired help)

We also, as you can tell by the pictures, powerwashed (pressure washed), the entire outside of the house.

If you look closely in this picture

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You'll see a little section of unwashed houseness (behind the bush on the left) and on the porch type thing at the very top. I did most of that side of the house.. and my excuse for the first gap (it'll get done soon) is I couldn't tell it was uncleaned while I was doing it, because it all looked like wet wood to me. The second excuse is I couldn't reach the parto n the porch. The front door has since been replaced.

You can't tell much from this picture, but on the side of the house (the right side on this picture) there is an attached garage where ground level becomes level with the garage (creating a hill) Well.. we had to power wash the top of the side of the house.... I had to climb a hyper-extended two story ladder and get at the very top of that house and clean parts of it. I was scared shitless.... You know when they don't look down.. you gotta look down? Looking down to see solid concrete driveway is not the best feeling.

Long story short.. We're hoping this house will be sold soon, my grandfather is paying for two mortages. My grandmother put the cart before the horse and had a house built in south carolina.. so she's down there.. and he's up here.. it's been that way for 2 or 3 years, now. He deserves to be able to relax in his elder years (he's 76).




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#2 12 years ago

Wow... nearly $550,000? Real estate must be expensive in PA.

Well, it looks great on the outside, and you have a big lot, so I wouldn't doubt it selling. The interior could use an update, but its an older house, so they all look like that.

Nice project though, it was for a good cause, and I wish you luck.




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#3 12 years ago

The flooring was replaced with synthesized wood (it used to be carpet) the sinks were all replaced, the kitchen floor was retiled, the main power room was retiled..

And this is the upper class part of Pennsylvania... the rich snobs.. Even though.. my family isn't.. (most of the teenagers in that area are pot heads because they are so rich)




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#4 12 years ago

Also, That front yard that is displayed in the pictures (with the two trees) has a community bi law placed on it. We're forbidden to install any fixture on there such as a playground/jungle gym, club house, play house, tree house, etc.

It sucks, because I've always wanted to (as a child) build a treehouse with my dad.. There was a perfect tree to build it in.. well until it got struck by lightning, that is.




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#5 12 years ago

well done, it looks great! =)




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#6 12 years ago

Wow, only $500,000! Real estate in your neck of the woods is cheaper than here,




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#7 12 years ago

It's a fairly old house (22+/- years) and we want to start out low to attract attention

Sort of like Ebayers, ya know?




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#8 12 years ago

Ah, I see. Better get multiple bid, and auction it off!




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#9 12 years ago

Also there is some internal damages. Like we aren't bothing with some things and leaving them in the "as-is" conidtion There might be some termite damage, also we get water from a well, where the water is acidic.. older houses (like this one) are built with copper pipes. Copper get corodes with acidic contact and puts pinhole leaks in the pipes.

Also the attic and basement are unfinished/non-living space. So.. We have to compensate for that kind of stuff.




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#10 12 years ago

Ah. That is not good.




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