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bookgirl
« on: July 26, 2004 08:44:37 AM »

My husband and I are in the middle of buying our first home (wahoo!), and while I'm thrilled about having the chance to do whatever I want to our house, I also don't really know the first place to start when it comes to finding resources for dealing with our new home.  Fer instance, gardening tools.  I've been restricted to container gardening for all these years and I haven't got anything bigger than a trowel or hand cultivator to work with.  Clearly I need to get some new tools.  So what tools have you found to be indispensable?  What stores or brands do you trust?  What books/websites/etc have been full of the best advice?  Similarly, when it comes to fixing (as opposed to decorating) the house: Who do you go to for help with maintenance questions?  What have you learned about home ownership that you wish you'd known from the start?

Any advice/pointers/reminiscences/words of wisdom greatly appreciated!
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Diana
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2004 08:51:27 AM »

Congratulations on buying your first home! How exciting! Since I am still an apartment dweller, I don't have any wisdom to impart regarding the house itself, but I wanted to tell you about: www.yougrowgirl.com - a fantastic gardening site that will have many answers to your many garden questions!
Good luck!!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2004 09:27:49 PM »

Some things that I learned are to make sure to have the house inspected by CERTIFIED inspectors!  also make sure that you like every little thing with the exceptions of paint colors...carpet, cabinetry, fixtures, etc are more expensive than i ever dreamed  some things inspectors do not mention to you...for instance...our wood privacy fence fell down within 2 years and he gave it a clean bill of health  Roll Eyes 

#2  make friends with the nosey neighbor...you'll be able to spot them pretty easy...they will be indipensible as far as knowing someone to help in any kind of crisis that lives just down the street lol  Our local nosey one knew just who to call to have our lawn mower fixed for the best price and he lived down the street so it was fast to boot

and as far as actually buying equipment and supplies, I ALWAYS check at www.eopinions.com  it is very helpful in most cases  Wink
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bookgirl
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2004 07:28:28 AM »

Thanks for the two great websites -- yougrowgirl is making me even more impatient to get to work on our land (we don't close for several weeks, argh!).  And I can't believe how comprehensive eopinion is.  It's going to be really helpful when start buying appliances.

We don't have any nosy neighbors (we're in the sticks), but we are buying from the people who would have been the nosy neighbors!  Already we've found out about a good fuel co-op from them.  I'm going to try to get more info from them before we close. 

Thanks, and keep the ideas coming!
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2004 12:32:37 PM »

My grandmother, has the most beuatiful garden. It takes an hour to water. She's turns the soil by hand.  And the plants love it.
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