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Buying a House Through GoHoming.com or Altisource: An Epic Journey & Review

The time between when I first saw my future house (from the outside only) to the time the final bid had to be placed through…

So, who wants me to build them a house?

First of all, you can imagine my surprise when, after a late night of studying followed by an early morning of studying and an hour…

February 6, 2011 | 21 Comments | Read the Full Article

The Contractors Exam: Rules I Didn’t Know About House Design

One of my favorite things about myself is my ability to be surprised– and I mean utterly astounded— at my own ignorance about things that…

February 1, 2011 | 11 Comments | Read the Full Article

The Contractors Exam: Laws About People Who Build Houses

You might be thinking, hey, I’m not insane and taking a contractors exam in a week and half, so why do I care about this?…

January 26, 2011 | 6 Comments | Read the Full Article

Don’t Measure When You Can Mark (And other things I learned on the Habitat build.)

Needless to say, I do a lot of “working on houses” but this is the first time it’s been sponsored by my Actual Real Job,…

August 25, 2010 | 4 Comments | Read the Full Article

Sharpening our no.2’s

We’re entering another one of those “sit back an wait for materials and/or while professionals do the work on our house” phases of construction. With…

DIY House Addition: Step 2 – Getting Building Permits*

Sixty hours of sitting through contractors class and this is what I learned: No, you cannot rent an excavator and just start digging a bigass…

Things I Learned in Contractors Class: You Do Not Know It All

Huh. It says it right here on my notes. When we got to this section of the course I gave MysteryMan a look that said,…

January 28, 2010 | 6 Comments | Read the Full Article

Things I Learned in Contractors Class: How Not to Die

Last month I almost fell off my chair in excitement when MysteryMan agreed to take the Residential Builders Pre-licensure courses with me, and believe me…

January 20, 2010 | 2 Comments | Read the Full Article

Do I lose my DIY membership card for this?

Some time ago after I had finished my MBA, and MysteryMan was in the midst of studying for his Professional Engineer’s licensing exam, I was…

December 14, 2009 | 5 Comments | Read the Full Article