I've always bought houses to live in, not as vehicles for financial
Three houses, and the three questions I ask myself are:
Can I afford it comfortably?
Is it a good house (structurally sound, etc.)?
Do I find it attractive?
I've never calculated whether I've made money on either of the sales.
bought when I needed a house, and sold when I no longer needed it.
I bought my first house when I was 32, and I'm now 50. I'm sure that
50 seems like 80 to you. (It seems like 20 to me.)
Some things are just <wrong>. Painting over good hardwood is one of them. I
think the trend toward painted trim was probably a plot by the design
magazines done at the behest of the mills selling crap finger-jointed pine
I lived in Back Bay Boston many moons ago. Spent a _lot_ of time
stripping paint off of beautiful mahogany railings and quarter sawn
oak paneling. The whole time, every scrape and stink of the way, I
was thinking, why would someone do this to nice wood?!
In 10 or 15 years, some poor bastard will be scraping that paint off to get
the natural wood again once it is back in style. It may be easier to take
out the trim, store it in the attic, and put up some cheap pine or plastic
molding that is painted.
What do you think about stained finger-jointed pine? Got that, and
carpeted rooms with walls sans base molding. Ever see a tapered
sheetrock joint against carpet? Fun to paint too (just did the whole
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