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We got lucky on the rental house we are working on this month. It was built new in 2005, and it has never had the carpet replaced. However, with the laminate wood floor products, a person can get twenty plus years on the floor and wood floors give a nice clean look to a home. My wife has a system which is remarkable. I no longer can help on floors, so I try to paint ceilings and trim work that allows me to stand, and then sit in my plastic chair. The pricing is reasonable, and actually once installed compared to traditional hardwood floors the appearance is not that bad. We were very good in putting in traditional hardwood floors and had a system which worked for us to set the nails, but it was an incredible amount of work compared to the snap in place laminate wood floors available at all the box floors. We have even put them in bathrooms, but prefer a kitchen/bathroom laminate which is indestructible as our son in law who was a property manager with a large corporation told us how they were changing out all their surfaces to put this stuff in bathrooms and kitchens as it has a thirty year life.

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Amen to that...the wood like tile is also a great product.

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They even do cool things w linoleum and cement these days.

I really like the stained concrete.

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Joanimaroni wrote:Amen to that...the wood like tile is also a great product.

I really love that wood-look tile. If I were remodeling that's what I'd pick, at least for the kitchen-dining area which currently has 30" porcelain tile. Not bad, but the wood look tile is richer (in the sense of depth and interest) looking.
That said, I certainly agree with the choice of laminate for a rental house.

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Agree with the value of the laminate wit new uplated colors....my kids just finished flipping a house and the laminate looked great throughout the house. Carpet in bedrooms and tile in the bathrooms.





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When we built some houses because they were near the water, under the new FEMA elevation requirements we had to elevate them with mounds of red clay which were compacted. The county required after a compression of the mound a test which checked the density of the soil with a machine which used radiation to penetrate the soil and give density readings. We passed on all three houses, and I used an excavator to remove all tree roots so there was no organic material, but after SS Steele built the brick homes and put a foundation in to support them, we noticed some settling where some of the ceramic tiles had hairline cracks. We always prefer putting in tile, and do like the look of the ceramic tile which mimics wood planks, but we have to have a floating floor system which will not be impacted by any settling. The good thing is that our floor is at the eight foot height of our neighbors house, and after Ivan the neighborhood had six feet of water. So a little settling is a good trade off. When we were on the beach, we had settling cracks in our second floor condo after Ivan.

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What about the tax?

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Telstar wrote:What about the tax?

What tax are you referring to and why?

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RealLindaL wrote:
Telstar wrote:What about the tax?

What tax are you referring to and why?

You always have to take up the tax before you take up the carpet.  Laughing

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[[[groan]]]    Fell right into that set-up, didn't I, Groucho?   jocolor

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RealLindaL wrote:[[[groan]]]    Fell right into that set-up, didn't I, Groucho?   jocolor


Thanks for being such a good sport but now it's time to play You Bet Your Life. Say the secret word and the duck will come down with a hundred dollars.  lol!

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RealLindaL wrote:[[[groan]]]    Fell right into that set-up, didn't I, Groucho?   jocolor


Thanks for being such a good sport but now it's time to play You Bet Your Life. Say the secret word and the duck will come down with a hundred dollars.  lol!

I may be a good sport but I'm no fool -- I could do better buying a lottery ticket.   lol!

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[quote="Joanimaroni"]Agree with the value of the laminate wit new uplated colors....my kids just finished flipping a house and the laminate looked great throughout the house. Carpet in bedrooms and tile in the bathrooms.

Looks nice, Joani. Good luck to the kids on the flip.

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RealLindaL wrote:
Telstar wrote:
RealLindaL wrote:[[[groan]]]    Fell right into that set-up, didn't I, Groucho?   jocolor


Thanks for being such a good sport but now it's time to play You Bet Your Life. Say the secret word and the duck will come down with a hundred dollars.  lol!

I may be a good sport but I'm no fool -- I could do better buying a lottery ticket.      lol!


You know Jack Benny shoved his arm down the ducks mouth looking for more cash. Even Groucho couldn't top Jack.

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We never intended to rent the new homes we built in 2005, but we have now converted or are in the process of converting four of the five houses to laminate flooring in the living rooms, hallways, and kitchen. We normally will paint white floor four inch trim boards which bring a nice contrast and clean look in the home. Nothing is worse than to walk into a home with carpeting that even looks slightly nasty. We have learned it is better to have a rental house empty and fixed up, than to let it become run down which then gets treated by tenants as such.

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RealLindaL wrote:
Telstar wrote:
RealLindaL wrote:[[[groan]]]    Fell right into that set-up, didn't I, Groucho?   jocolor


Thanks for being such a good sport but now it's time to play You Bet Your Life. Say the secret word and the duck will come down with a hundred dollars.  lol!

I may be a good sport but I'm no fool -- I could do better buying a lottery ticket.      lol!


You know Jack Benny shoved his arm down the ducks mouth looking for more cash. Even Groucho couldn't top Jack.

HA!  Don't think I ever saw or knew about that episode.   And haven't thought about Benny in ages -- thanks for awakening the memories.  He was primo indeed.

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[quote="2seaoat"]We never intended to rent the new homes we built in 2005, but we have now converted or are in the process of converting four of the five houses to laminate flooring in the living rooms, hallways, and kitchen.  We normally will  paint white floor four inch trim boards which bring a nice contrast and clean look in the home.  Nothing is worse than to walk into a home with carpeting that even looks slightly nasty.  We have learned it is better to have a rental house empty and fixed up, than to let it become run down which then gets treated by tenants as such.

Smart policy, and looks like good work.

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Joanimaroni wrote:Agree with the value of the laminate wit new uplated colors....my kids just finished flipping a house and the laminate looked great throughout the house. Carpet in bedrooms and tile in the bathrooms.

Looks nice, Joani.  Good luck to the kids on the flip.
Sold within 2 weeks.

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I did a flip with my son and son in law. We refinished the hardwood floors, put new floors in the bathroom and kitchen, but the biggest selling point was this old bathtub which would have been a ten hour job breaking it out and doing the plumbing. It was easier to spend three hundred dollars to have a bathtub specialist put a new surface on the tub. It was amazing after we put a new cabinet and toilet in the bathroom it looked like a model home, and the kitchen cabinets we simply painted the faces and the house sparkled. The first person who came to the house put a full price offer. We literally kicked ourselves because we probably priced it too low, but clean bathrooms, natural hardwood floors, fresh paint, and window treatments and the person loved the house. Thirty days after we listed it closed with no problem on appraisal. We doubled our money, but found out that working as a family was not the best thing for our family, so have not done it again.

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Proud of the way they all worked together...

They went with new tubs, toilet, sinks and tile in the bathrooms. Refurbished kitchen cabinets that were solid wood and added new appliances, counter tops and fixtures.




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It is worth every dollar of certain types of improvements in a house. A kitchen, and bathroom with clean surfaces in family rooms and halls make for a quick sale. We have built two ten by ten vinyl canopy back porches on the current rental house which have screened in porches. We feel this is increasingly important for people to sit outside without skeeters. I love what they did with the bathrooms. If you make a bathroom look great, folks will buy the house.

We have no intent of selling any of the houses until after I pass, but we are in the process of bringing on line a source of monthly rents which will allow my wife to positive cash flow all properties and still have a significant source of income in place of my social security which goes away after I die because of her pension, and my income from continuing working. I am convinced each night I go to bed exhausted, these short term projects keep me going. It just is getting incredibly hard as no longer can I do any floor work because of difficulty getting back on my feet. I am limiting my time on the bobcat to about two hours when I will walk around and stretch. Ten years ago I would spend ten hours or until I ran low on fuel or hydraulic, but now the mets on my tailbone are very painful, and the very act of getting out after bouncing on the tailbone is starting to get borderline impossible. I have not taken a pain pill since before Christmas, but will be considering the same shortly. The doc called me on the mets, and wants to take more scans on the 25th with my shots. I will not be back down until after the super bowl as I go to a party with high school friends which we are quickly celebrating our 40th party and we are all still alive as three of us are fighting illness, but the tradition continues. However in February I should have some great photos of the bobcat work.

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The pictures of the grey bathroom do not do it justice....it is a deeper grey with deep and light get mosaics....

Kitchen and baths do sell a house. Like you, I agree with covered screened in porches or lanais....essential in Florida.

Bone Mets is painful take your pills when it is time to rest....it will help.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the Super Bowl 4th party...always enjoy your party tales from this event.  I recently attended a 40 year ER reunion.....so much fun. We are older, grey in and showing some wrinkles but we picked up right where we left off. Of course the younger ones (some only knew of our reputation)  were delighted by our laughter and love for each other.

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This is what we are putting down at the beach.

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Joanimaroni wrote:Proud of the way they all worked together...

They went with new tubs, toilet, sinks and tile in the bathrooms. Refurbished kitchen cabinets that were solid wood and added new appliances, counter tops and fixtures.




17590589/627][/url]




Looks familiar? Has the house been on Zillow? I look at so much now. Trying to get a place of my own.

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