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Old 01-21-2017, 09:01 AM
 
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Glad you found your vents!

In our case the finished basement has a section of baseboard, but it's much too small to heat the whole space so the basement is always cold.
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Old 01-22-2017, 08:32 AM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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A piano in a basement in NJ???? I don't think so. You two are really in dire need of someone to guide you in home ownership.
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Old 01-22-2017, 09:40 AM
 
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A piano in a basement in NJ???? I don't think so. You two are really in dire need of someone to guide you in home ownership.
I was concerned. My husband says it's all good. We've got French drains and 2 sump pumps going in and will be getting a generator as back up.

You may be right. I hope not though.
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Old 01-22-2017, 09:43 AM
 
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I also made sure the piano would be covered in our homeowner's insurance policy even if it's in the basement. I'm going to triple check that.
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Old 01-22-2017, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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OK i'm pretty embarrassed to come and tell you this but um well... there are vents! We missed them as we were in a hurry. We were looking on the walls and they were on the ceiling. So I guess please go ahead and have a good laugh on our behalf. I for one am relieved obviously.

Thanks for your thoughts and concerns.
Being embarrassed is less expensive than having to find a way to heat the rooms! Glad things turned out for you .. and yes, in most basements the duct openings would be on the ceiling!
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Old 01-23-2017, 11:43 AM
 
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OK i'm pretty embarrassed to come and tell you this but um well... there are vents! We missed them as we were in a hurry. We were looking on the walls and they were on the ceiling. So I guess please go ahead and have a good laugh on our behalf. I for one am relieved obviously.

Thanks for your thoughts and concerns.
Don 't worry. I have heard many people say "People never look up" when looking at homes. So you've got a lot of company it seems. I always happen to look up but I guess some others don't.
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Old 01-24-2017, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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I also made sure the piano would be covered in our homeowner's insurance policy even if it's in the basement. I'm going to triple check that.


Make sure you also add water/sewer coverage to your home owners insurance. This is optional coverage and if your sump pump goes out and you get water in the basement this is the only way it will damage will be covered by your policy! The amount you'll need depends on how much "stuff" you have in the basement, plus the cost of carpet/flooring, lower half of drywall and installation. The piano probably needs to be covered separately on a personal article floater.
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Old 01-24-2017, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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OK i'm pretty embarrassed to come and tell you this but um well... there are vents! We missed them as we were in a hurry. We were looking on the walls and they were on the ceiling. So I guess please go ahead and have a good laugh on our behalf. I for one am relieved obviously.

Thanks for your thoughts and concerns.
Not a laugh -- maybe a smile. :-) It happens . . . glad you avoided a long, drawn-out argument!
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Old 01-24-2017, 02:58 PM
 
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Default For your piano...

I've battled New Jersey basement humidity for years and spent a lot of money trying different dehumidifiers. This is what solved it for me. They're much more expensive than something from Sears etc. but cheap compared to a piano!


Plugs into regular electrical outlet and just put the drain into your sump so you never have to empty a tray or anything.


https://www.aprilaire.com/whole-hous...er/model-1850f


A battery backup sump pump placed on top of your regular pump is also relatively cheap peace of mind.


Good luck with everything.
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Old Yesterday, 03:50 PM
 
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We just closed on our first home last week. We're having work done and will be moving in a couple of weeks. We were down there today and turned on the heat. The house warmed up nicely. Went to the basement which was really cold. We looked around for vents and didn't see any. We left and then asked our realtor. She said it was in the seller's disclosure that the basement was heated. I looked at the photos and see a stand alone kind of electric furnace. about 2'long x 1' high. I didn't see that when we were there so maybe it's there or maybe they took it.

Whichever is the case, is that considered a heated basement? I thought a heated basement meant that it was heated in a way a house would be heated.

And now what can we do? Just eat it and pay for ducts or whatever? We bought this house a lot because my husband can have his grand piano down there so stable heat is very important.

Thanks!
It is not a heated basement. This is a blatant lie by the seller and the RE agent. You can sue.
Everyone is going to tell you "Buyer beware" but if you were lied to, that is illegal and you cannot be held responsible.
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