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Old 06-05-2012, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Knoxville
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After reading threads here over the years, I came to the conclusion that watching The Money Pit should be required for all new home buyers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmDX0tgONFs

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Old 06-05-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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That is a very silly movie but it does sorta help people grapple with the reality of what can "go wrong" in their home. Fixing up little things ought to be expected and can be kinda fun, but the line for each buyer as to what is "no big deal" is hard to judge. It is not made easier by the huge range of options facing buyers - OTOH they can "go cheap" and replace items with even lower quality overseas made product OR go all out on luxury products and "trendy green solutions" that may not ultimately hold much value. The potential for guys like Mike Holmes and Lou Manfredini to be the leading advocates of getting the right kind of home building techniques and products is just being pushed hard enough by either the home selling industry nor by the home improvement companies...
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA
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OMG, that movie was so funny. I bought a money pit once (but it was so cute and charming!). Really, all houses need maintenance and eventually updating but it's a daunting task to take it all on at once.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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Info never hurt. Only aids.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:10 AM
 
Location: DFW
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Hmm.. can't believe Barney Frank didn't think of this..

The Everybody Must Watch the Money Pit Act of 2011.

We could create a new department in the regulatory bureau (at taxpayer expense, of course) which would organize screenings of the film all over the country. You have to give a vial of blood and your social security number in order to get credit.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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I'm a big advocate for people watching the movie Moving with Richard Pryor.


Moving (1988) - YouTube
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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I always liked ""Mr. Blanding builds his Dream House"
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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We bought a home in 1984, and in 1986 The Money Pit came out.
Big hit. We just HAD to go.

Apparently I was the only person in a packed theater who was up to my ears in a full-scale Money Pit from Hades renovation.
Hated the movie. Hated it...
Which made my wife laugh at me then, and still does.
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