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Which appliances should I NOT buy used?

posted by: Susan20148 on 08.02.2012 at 11:40 am in Appliances Forum

We are looking to remodel a vacation home that we're (probably) going to purchase. It's a big remodel and we will be ripping out the kitchen and starting fresh. Because it's the vacation home and because we are trying to keep costs as low as possible, I'm looking at buying used appliances to put in that house. Fridge, electric range, microwave hood, dishwasher, washer and dryer. I've been cruising Craigslist and, for example, someone in my neighborhood is selling a 2 year old W/D set for $500 that would cost well over $1000 brand new! Of course I'll do my homework on the particular model before I just blindly purchase.

Are there any of these that you would suggest I just suck up the cost and buy new for one reason or another? Or any suggestions for the cheapest way to buy a bunch of appliances? Thanks for the advise.

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Home Path Renovation Mortgage

posted by: Susan20148 on 07.31.2012 at 10:33 am in Buying and Selling Homes Forum

I did a search and didn't find anything, so forgive me if I missed an existing topic here on the forum, but I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with a Home Path Renovation Mortgage.

My husband and I are considering buying a property which would be a vacation home for us, and it is currently bank owned and eligible for a Home Path Renovation Mortgage. I have been to HomePath.com and read everything I possibly can about how this works, but I'm hoping to find someone who has actually been through it and purchased a home this way?

Please let me know if you have done this, and how the process went for you. Thanks!

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Basic kitchen remodel/reconfiguring question

posted by: Susan20148 on 07.30.2012 at 03:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

Is it difficult/expensive when remodeling a kitchen to move the sink to where the stove is, and move the (electric) stove to where the sink is? This is a very small kitchen and in thinking about my dream layout I'd like to move things around. Is it MUCH more costly to do that, rather than just live with the sink and stove where they are? Cabinets and counters and flooring will be ripped out, at a minimum. While we're replacing all that I'd love to reconfigure if it won't break the budget.

Thank you!

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Turning a small bedroom into a bathroom

posted by: Susan20148 on 07.30.2012 at 11:53 am in Remodeling Forum

We are considering purchasing a house that has 3 bedrooms and one very small bathroom. If we turned one of the bathrooms into a master bathroom (and would have room left over for storage) it could work for us. Has anyone turned a bedroom into a bathroom? I realize costs can vary greatly, especially as we choose fixtures and the like. But fixtures and finishing costs aside, is it a huge and costly undertaking to turn a bedroom into a bathroom?

The bedroom we are considering transforming currently does not share a wall with the existing bathroom. We'd have to run the plumbing under the floor, I suppose? If we changed our ideas around and built the bathroom in a bedroom that DOES currently share a wall with the existing bedroom, would that be easier and less costly?

Thanks for your thoughts!

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