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Sep 23, 2021 - 10:07pm

Squat rack and sauna

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Oct 7, 2021 - 3:07pm

+1 heavy bag 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Oct 11, 2021 - 12:07am

Make sure the squat rack and bench rack have guards if you plan to do this alone.  

No pain no game.

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Sep 23, 2021 - 10:28pm

Depends how big your house is. Also, do you plan to stay there for several years? Kids anytime soon? Is there a garage and do you plan to use it for vehicles?

If/when I buy a house I plan on buying one on a few acres of land and hopefully full of trees so I'm secluded from any neighbors. House I grew up in was in a regular neighborhood so the neighbors were close, but it had a home theater and several spare rooms. I think with kids it's a good idea to have a room specifically designated as a "playroom" that's separate from the living room and bedrooms. A home gym is nice, but I didn't use mine besides for deadlifts because I had a nice gym at my office. My home gym had around 12k of equipment so from a financial perspective it doesn't make sense unless you're gonna have the equipment for a long time. The one thing I def recommend is getting solid furniture. Quality wooden furniture will last literally your entire life. If you plan on doing your own landscaping I'd recommend getting high quality tools - nothing's worse than using a shitty lawnmower. If you can afford it I'd just hire some landscapers (preferably Mexican). 2k a year for a perfectly kept house is worth it imo, especially if you work a lot and don't want to spend your Sunday's doing housework.

For furniture, I'd recommend going for comfort over aesthetics. Reclining sectionals aren't the prettiest but they're comfy as shit.

Sep 23, 2021 - 11:20pm

4br + home office and a finished basement is solid. As mentioned above, a home gym could be something to think about for the garage. Already having some furniture is solid. Only other thing I can think of is baby-proofing the house and getting a swing set for the yard once the kid is older.

Sep 23, 2021 - 10:35pm

Sounds like this is your first time owning a property (if not, honestly curious what a house with only 1BD looks like).  I would say the coolest thing to have is 3-5% of your home's value set aside (separate from your normal emergency fund) in cash ready for the inevitable things that will go wrong.  It might be HVAC, it might be plumbing, it might be a bad storm gives you a leaky roof, but something expensive will happen, and it usually happens within 18 months.  If you had your seller fix any problems, I'd shorten that to 12.  

Once you got that covered, standing desk was the biggest thing for me.  Not having to sit all day while I work is huge, and you can get a really nice one for only like 1500. 

Sep 23, 2021 - 10:54pm

You're going to be in shock how much it costs to furnish a house.

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Sep 24, 2021 - 11:47am

+1.  Its unbelievable how much furniture costs.  Pretty much anything other than IKEA is like 5-10x as expensive.  I have friends who bought 3-4 bedroom houses in the past couple years that still don't have all the rooms fully furnished since they didn't realize it costs like $10k+ to furnish a room. 

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Sep 24, 2021 - 1:26pm

Following this thread, just moved in recently myself.  The cash on hand comment is easily the best, things you never expected that looked fine on inspection/walk through just pop up.  And the furnishing, we also moved from a 1br so taking our time to furnish the whole house since again, super expensive.  I like to cook so one item on my to-buy list so far is a nice grill and a smoker for the backyard.  

Oct 7, 2021 - 5:59pm

If you're into cooking and have decent space in your back yard you may want to consider an Ooni pizza oven, or, if you're looking for a real statement piece, a Gozney Dome.  
https://us.gozney.com/products/dome?variant=39308025200777

My in-laws gave my wife and me a Ooni Koda 16 for a gift last Christmas and it's been a lot of fun learning all the ins and outs of dough mixing and food science, while experimenting with toppings.  It's a great social activity as well, and since then I can count on one hand how many times we've ordered mediocre pizza out.

Oct 20, 2021 - 5:33pm

Sounds fun

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Sep 24, 2021 - 3:38pm

Agree with everyone saying sauna and home gym. For gym equipment- look on craigslist, there may not be much now as I know a lot of people bought home gym stuff during the pandemic, but my family got a squat rack, bench, dumbbells, plates, etc. for like $800. It's not shiny and brand new but wasn't rusty or anything either. 

The person who said to make sure you have a space dedicated for a playroom is smart. Could also get billiards table for the basement.

Also, think about what you like to do. If you like to entertain, then maybe you upgrade stuff surrounding that. Do you cook? Upgrade kitchen stuff. Do you have a bbq? Smoker is super nice, especially for gameday. If you like to host for sports like cfb or the derby then get a nice big tv.

Oct 6, 2021 - 11:27am

This is a good idea that is really useful. I think it makes some sense if you try to start with a basement structure, but be careful. I think it's better to call specialists so that you don't mess up with this case since we are talking about a fundamental issue. That is why I will recommend you a helpful tool, namely this article: https://www.growgardener.com/best-weed-puller/. In this resource, I managed to find a reasonably effective tool that was a real salvation for me.

Oct 11, 2021 - 1:08pm

Bankerconsu

I was surprised at how much curtains cost. I also would invest in the smart connected motor shades. They're super clutch especially if you have a crap ton of windows. 

Get lutron blinds. Everything is automated, include sunset and sunrise settings.

SafariJoe, wins again!
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Oct 10, 2021 - 8:50pm

As someone who's first house was about your size, I have a few practical tips. 

Unsure folks think it costs $10k to furnish a room.  Even with a fancy sleep number bed, our entire bedroom/closet set was under $10k.  With a kid, you won't want to spend a lot on furniture; look for deals at local and chain stores.

Get a good wet/dry shop vac.  Never know when you'll have water leaking in and you'll want it up ASAP! 

Does the home have gutters?  If not, get them.  If it does, get the gutters cleaned before winter.  Do it yourself if you can or hire it out, but gutters will keep water from pooling near the foundation which can cause a lot of problems.

Get your ducts cleaned and disinfected to get the smell of old owner out of the place.

Get the carpets professionally cleaned for the same reason.

Furnace filters - Get MERV 8-12 and change them out monthly.  Don't get a filter with a rating higher than 12 as they are more common for commercial systems.  Overworking your HVAC system with air restrictive filters will lead to costly repairs.

Other filters.  Be sure to pay attention to filters in the appliances such as a fridge, washing machine, and dishwasher.  Keep these clean to keep your appliances running well.

Get a good vacuum.  My housecleaning staff swears by Shark over Dyson.  I had a Dyson long ago, got a Shark, and never looked back.  Get a housecleaning service if you can justify it.  

Get a smoker and grill.  They don't need to be expensive.  A Masterbuilt smoker is $200 and does a great job with low and slow smokes.  

Ring doorbell.

If you don't have tools, get yourself a decent set from a store to handle DIY projects and repairs.  This is essential and becomes par for the course when you own.  It's kinda fun figuring out how to fix and repair things.  Handymen are not cheap and in some cases won't do the job any better than you can.

I'm with bro; less is more.  Get a comfortable chair to read in.  

Oct 11, 2021 - 12:06am

To add onto this.  A lot of simple projects can be done and will save you thousands of dollars.  I do some of the repairs necessary within the current house we live in now.  However, do not overdo the DIY projects/repairs if it is a big job (unless you are an expert on it).  Make sure to know good contractors (I typically avoid chain businesses because of the lack of good service and price they charge).  Luckily, we have a good referral network and call people.  

Appliances and kitchen itself (anything with water really) will be the biggest hassle when it starts to happen.  Keep a sink guard in EACH location where a sink is so that hair buildup does not happen.  Find a good reliable contractor that can snake your house one or so a year as needed.  

Vacuum wise - the dry wet vacuum by Rigid is something I recc'd.  I used to work for the companies that build that stuff from scratch and sold under Rigid, solid stuff.  

Tool wise - get a complete set as they are generally sold during large sales at the stores.  I would buy them from Home Depot or a place where they sell construction goods.

No pain no game.

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Oct 11, 2021 - 1:04pm

WolfofWSO

No soliciting sign.

I have one of those which tells them they are on video too.

SafariJoe, wins again!
Oct 11, 2021 - 1:03pm

Five Star Man

Closing on a new house soon, previously lived in a one bedroom. What cool or interesting things should I get? I'll have my own office and a finished basement, if that helps. 

You number one goal should be to increase the appreciation on it. What does that mean? Tax deductions as many as possible, and add extra bits to the property itself. Both what I mentioned can interwine to do so. Congratulations on your new place.

SafariJoe, wins again!
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Oct 11, 2021 - 1:14pm

Five Star Man

Closing on a new house soon, previously lived in a one bedroom. What cool or interesting things should I get? I'll have my own office and a finished basement, if that helps. 

Here is my list

Lutron blinds

Solar roof if possible

Security cameras, house alarm motion detection

Refrigerator with internet connection I have the Samsung on with a screen

Alexa around the house you can mute it if you need to but at night or when you are not around act like listening devices and alert you if you get broken into.

Swim spa

Sauna

Homary.com has some great ideas.

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Oct 11, 2021 - 3:20pm

Five Star Man

Closing on a new house soon, previously lived in a one bedroom. What cool or interesting things should I get? I'll have my own office and a finished basement, if that helps. 

What not to buy

Shark auto mop, does not do the job well. The vacuum cleaner auto works but you have to guide it way too much human interaction with it to just vacuum.

If you want automated blinds do not buy anything that is not lutron, why? because it is the only blinds on the market that i found to make so little noise when opening or closing, uses normal batteries that you can take out and replace. D type batteries no recharge required, the only limited issue is getting different colors and the wait for them once order does take time but I swear they are bloody worth it. Other makes are just not as good.

Well I hope that helps will add more suggestions as I get them. Got my house earlier this year which was built from scratch so I understand what you are going through plus, I threw away all of my pervious furniture to start new.

Do not forget get to get wifi connected washing machine and dryer, these are so helpful in saving electricity and water plus great way to manage your washing. I got the LG ones for that.

SafariJoe, wins again!
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Oct 11, 2021 - 5:28pm

Sure thing buddy. Please consider how much satisfaction each item will bring you and if you'll use it. There's nothing worse than a cluttered living space, kitchen or garage. . Now that you're settling down and don't have to worry about moving stuff I recommend the following:

  • Power Rack, Heavy Bag, Matt and Other equipment to fit your fitness goals (ie. gymnastic rings, dumbbells etc, row machine etc. )
  • I recommend buying a surfboard  and keeping it over the mantle place even if you don't surf. You can buy some shark jaws and carve out a shark bite on the surfboard so it looks like a shark bit it. Bonus points if you get some endangered taxedermified (I made it up deal with it) sea turtle shell, and some fishing net on the background against the wall, and live nowhere remotely close to the ocean.
  • Indoor plants
  • If possible, both structurally and financially, I'd look into getting... I forgot what they are called... Those roof holes to allow in natural right.
  • You should get a 5qt or 6qt dutch oven depending on how big your family, social group, and belly is.
  • Depending on your kitchen set-up, cooking style, and burner types, consider a Mauviel saucier
  • A well sharpened knife is the best knife - I'll leave it at that.
  • Skip the kitchen sets if you already have some items and buy individual pieces.
  • Take a look at the Demeyere Atlantis Sautee Pan if you can't use cast iron for any reason
  • Grill and smoker if desired
  • I recommend a Staub cast iron pan for searing your steaks or a standard cast iron or solid 5 ply pan
  • An instant pot or any other all-in one cooker that serves as a pressure cooker, rice cooker and sou-vide
  • I'd not settle on the landscaping it came with if it's not up to your tastes, search the internet and start working on that for fun when you have time.
    • Herb Garden?
  • My ex had a stripper pole in her basement, she used it for exercise mostly. You should get a stripper pole if you need more fitness inspiration or you want to hire strippers.
  • Does it already have a dryer and washer?
  • not Alexa and other home spyware
  • Toolset for when shit breaks down and you want to fix it yourself

I wouldn't jump straight into anything yet and live in the house and get a feel for what you really need most often. Make a list of the very obvious stuff and save it for blackfriday/year end sales. You might also have a lot of this stuff already.

You should also get:

  • acquainted with your utility controls & shut off valves in case of an emergency such as a plumbing emergency
  • familiar with maintaining the outside of your home especially if you live in an area where things can freeze
  • only what you need and will use
  • some sort of preventative pest prevention laid out before you start bringing too much stuff in

Go, Go, Excel

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Oct 11, 2021 - 7:25pm

InspecturGadjet

Sure thing buddy. Please consider how much satisfaction each item will bring you and if you'll use it. There's nothing worse than a cluttered living space, kitchen or garage. . Now that you're settling down and don't have to worry about moving stuff I recommend the following:

  • Power Rack, Heavy Bag, Matt and Other equipment to fit your fitness goals (ie. gymnastic rings, dumbbells etc, row machine etc. )
  • I recommend buying a surfboard  and keeping it over the mantle place even if you don't surf. You can buy some shark jaws and carve out a shark bite on the surfboard so it looks like a shark bit it. Bonus points if you get some endangered taxedermified (I made it up deal with it) sea turtle shell, and some fishing net on the background against the wall, and live nowhere remotely close to the ocean.
  • Indoor plants
  • If possible, both structurally and financially, I'd look into getting... I forgot what they are called... Those roof holes to allow in natural right.
  • You should get a 5qt or 6qt dutch oven depending on how big your family, social group, and belly is.
  • Depending on your kitchen set-up, cooking style, and burner types, consider a Mauviel saucier
  • A well sharpened knife is the best knife - I'll leave it at that.
  • Skip the kitchen sets if you already have some items and buy individual pieces.
  • Take a look at the Demeyere Atlantis Sautee Pan if you can't use cast iron for any reason
  • Grill and smoker if desired
  • I recommend a Staub cast iron pan for searing your steaks or a standard cast iron or solid 5 ply pan
  • An instant pot or any other all-in one cooker that serves as a pressure cooker, rice cooker and sou-vide
  • I'd not settle on the landscaping it came with if it's not up to your tastes, search the internet and start working on that for fun when you have time.
    • Herb Garden?
  • My ex had a stripper pole in her basement, she used it for exercise mostly. You should get a stripper pole if you need more fitness inspiration or you want to hire strippers.
  • Does it already have a dryer and washer?
  • not Alexa and other home spyware
  • Toolset for when shit breaks down and you want to fix it yourself

I wouldn't jump straight into anything yet and live in the house and get a feel for what you really need most often. Make a list of the very obvious stuff and save it for blackfriday/year end sales. You might also have a lot of this stuff already.

You should also get:

  • acquainted with your utility controls & shut off valves in case of an emergency such as a plumbing emergency
  • familiar with maintaining the outside of your home especially if you live in an area where things can freeze
  • only what you need and will use
  • some sort of preventative pest prevention laid out before you start bringing too much stuff in

You can mute alexa.

SafariJoe, wins again!
Oct 11, 2021 - 11:25pm

Vacuum wise - if you are going to go full carpet (doesn't matter quality - it is all about upkeeping).  I would go and spend a little extra for the industrial carpet cleaning vacuum (it should be wet) with a good quality Bissell household vacuum.  One mistake I did was get a bagless vacuum.  You are better served getting a vacuum that has an air filter bag because the bag will do a better job trapping allergies and dusts inside.  The industrial carpet cleaning machine will run around $400 but well worth the cost if you plan to do your own maintenance of the carpet.  Even the cheapest carpet can look pristine with this (think RugDoctor quality).

No pain no game.

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Oct 12, 2021 - 12:03am

H13x

Vacuum wise - if you are going to go full carpet (doesn't matter quality - it is all about upkeeping).  I would go and spend a little extra for the industrial carpet cleaning vacuum (it should be wet) with a good quality Bissell household vacuum.  One mistake I did was get a bagless vacuum.  You are better served getting a vacuum that has an air filter bag because the bag will do a better job trapping allergies and dusts inside.  The industrial carpet cleaning machine will run around $400 but well worth the cost if you plan to do your own maintenance of the carpet.  Even the cheapest carpet can look pristine with this (think RugDoctor quality).

Maybe I'm a sucker, but are those Rug Doctor units any good? The sales literature from local and chain companies say they just don't do it right. The three room cleaning special is about the same price as a rental fee.

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Oct 12, 2021 - 12:27am

WolfofWSO

H13x

Vacuum wise - if you are going to go full carpet (doesn't matter quality - it is all about upkeeping).  I would go and spend a little extra for the industrial carpet cleaning vacuum (it should be wet) with a good quality Bissell household vacuum.  One mistake I did was get a bagless vacuum.  You are better served getting a vacuum that has an air filter bag because the bag will do a better job trapping allergies and dusts inside.  The industrial carpet cleaning machine will run around $400 but well worth the cost if you plan to do your own maintenance of the carpet.  Even the cheapest carpet can look pristine with this (think RugDoctor quality).

Maybe I'm a sucker, but are those Rug Doctor units any good? The sales literature from local and chain companies say they just don't do it right. The three room cleaning special is about the same price as a rental fee.

So, WolfofWSO - I used the RugDoctor as a simple comparison in terms of understanding the function of the commercial carpet cleaning machines sold nowadays.

These are not as great in terms of quality, but their advertisement is that they are "quality". Now, the quality of owning your own heated machine wet vacuum that has industrial capabilities has no match to compare to. This is why people prefer to call carpet cleaning companies over and over again as opposed to using rugdoctor units. I have used rugdoctors before, and they are disappointing.

It is a tough call finding good, quality, and consistent carpet cleaners (like any good independent contractors). Generally speaking, the good/excellent contractors are the ones who answers or calls back, and provides excellent quality and gets referral like no tomorrow. They charge a little cheaper but that also means that you can depend on them for a price worthwhile.

I am still considering starting my own little carpet cleaning company (side hustle). The ones we generally call are usually booked weeks out in advanced, and sometimes will squeeze in despite we are about 30+ minutes away from their usual locations.

No pain no game.

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Oct 20, 2021 - 7:01pm

The gadgets and extra items are very personal.  You get what you suits your interests.  I have a finished basement with half of dedicated to a gym and the other half has sofas and a large screen TV.  If you have carpet anywhere in the house, get rid of it and put in hardwood floors.  You should get floors that are easy to decorate around like a medium brownish color.  When floors are too dark, the furniture's contrast to the floor is terrible

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