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I leave my ~20 year old tv with digital rabbit ear antenna sitting on top right in sight of my back door, to tell any would-be burglar that I don't have anything worth stealing.


ikr....

I'm like, "daaaaaaaaammmmmmmn some of the forum people are rich."

"summer house".... lol
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I got a couple dogs that will do some damage
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we use EZ-3 + 7 day programmable thermorstats (2x) - 1 for each AC unit

they are working fine for us. I live in Phoenix, Arizona. The electricity bill for a 2500-ish sq ft house on the hottest months (july-august) is around $164.

There are good renters and there are good landlords. I'm planning to rent out my houses in the future to people in the Section 8 program and I prefer to have elderly tenants tbh. I'm thinking of doing 3 months worth for deposit and a rew ard program. I'm a DIY guy so if i don't have to fix/replace anything in the house for 11 months-- the last month rent will be free :)

btw, i saw this last night

Surveillance video captures Phoenix burglary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXQHMiae2C0

All those cameras for nothing!! If you can't link them to your phone to notify you of the robbery they are pretty much useless. This robber was going in and out of for hours!
Posted 6/11/17

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we use EZ-3 + 7 day programmable thermorstats (2x) - 1 for each AC unit

they are working fine for us. I live in Phoenix, Arizona. The electricity bill for a 2500-ish sq ft house on the hottest months (july-august) is around $164.


I've got 4,298sq ft - during the hottest months, I pay about $150-200 (Jun-Aug). Even then, I'm not really in an area as hot as Arizona.


dulun18 wrote:
There are good renters and there are good landlords. I'm planning to rent out my houses in the future to people in the Section 8 program and I prefer to have elderly tenants tbh. I'm thinking of doing 3 months worth for deposit and a reward program. I'm a DIY guy so if I don't have to fix/replace anything in the house for 11 months-- the last month rent will be free


The issue with renting is that the value of the property decreases significantly the moment you start renting it out. Neighbors also frown upon you renting out your house if it's in a decent neighborhood because that devalues their property too. That, on top of the fact that renters are usually a pain in the ass ... not worth the extra income (for me).


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btw, i saw this last night

All those cameras for nothing!! If you can't link them to your phone to notify you of the robbery they are pretty much useless. This robber was going in and out of for hours!


The issue is that a lot of people who set up home automation haven't any idea as to how to manage said automation. Many friends who have far more expensive home automation systems than I do haven't a clue as to how it all works and assumed (incorrectly) that someone else monitors it (which, my security company does but any sensors that are triggered are sent to my mobile phone and the security panel in the bedroom).

As with 99% of things in the world when it comes to tech: it all sounds good but only about 10% of the population has any clue how to use it.
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I have a street light(don't ask) that I have installed in my backyard that lights up the back yards for half the block. Either myself or my partner are home 24/7 with very few exceptions. I also have super nosey(to a fault) neighbors who have called the police on babysitters they didn't know. While at home My partner and I trust 12 gauge buckshot to deter any would be cat burglar. This also ensures no neighbors will be hit should we need to defend ourselves from a threat foreign or domestic.

That said my issue is with how alarms work. When you set off your home alarm your alarm takes 1-3 minutes to notify the alarm company, the company tires to contact you(say 2-4 minutes) then they notify the police(insert your local police reaction time). This means the police 9 times out of 10 show up to an empty house with the suspects long gone. In essences your paying for a service to have the police come shut your now empty house.

As far as home automation I am on the fence. When you look at some of the new phillips lighting systems or even GATEBOX it would seem waiting a few years would be the best bet. New automation tech allows for systems to track body heat, time of day, memorize your daily habits, and even accept text/email commands to alter normalized commands. All I need now is a house that will meet me halfway home so I dont have to drive so far to work
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I've got 4,298sq ft - during the hottest months, I pay about $150-200 (Jun-Aug). Even then, I'm not really in an area as hot as Arizona.

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your hottest months are probably equal to the cooler months around here in Arizona

This is the forecast for the next 7 days. It's only June and it's already crawling to 113

July & August will be the months where the temperature is hovering around 110-115 degree on a daily basis.

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qwueri wrote:

I leave my ~20 year old tv with digital rabbit ear antenna sitting on top right in sight of my back door, to tell any would-be burglar that I don't have anything worth stealing.


ikr....

I'm like, "daaaaaaaaammmmmmmn some of the forum people are rich."

"summer house".... lol


lololol i feel ya

i got some ramen noodles if the burglar hungry
Posted 6/11/17

AnimeAddictANN69 wrote:
your hottest months are probably equal to the cooler months around here in Arizona

This is the forecast for the next 7 days. It's only June and it's already crawling to 113

July & August will be the months where the temperature is hovering around 110-115 degree on a daily basis.


Yeah, the warmest it's getting this week is going to be 95F. We have a few 108-112F days per summer but nothing remotely similar to Arizona. I've lived in Phoenix for a brief stint and it definitely confirmed that I'll never buy a house in Arizona. That heat just isn't for me. Lol
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ninjitsuko wrote:

I've got 4,298sq ft - during the hottest months, I pay about $150-200 (Jun-Aug). Even then, I'm not really in an area as hot as Arizona.

The issue with renting is that the value of the property decreases significantly the moment you start renting it out. Neighbors also frown upon you renting out your house if it's in a decent neighborhood because that devalues their property too. That, on top of the fact that renters are usually a pain in the ass ... not worth the extra income (for me).

The issue is that a lot of people who set up home automation haven't any idea as to how to manage said automation. Many friends who have far more expensive home automation systems than I do haven't a clue as to how it all works and assumed (incorrectly) that someone else monitors it (which, my security company does but any sensors that are triggered are sent to my mobile phone and the security panel in the bedroom).

As with 99% of things in the world when it comes to tech: it all sounds good but only about 10% of the population has any clue how to use it.


You live in a cooler state that is for sure.

There are bad tenants as there are bad landlords. I have to see how things are when i have a house available for rent. I'll not do AirBNB though.. i heard horrible things about service.

Your friends probably left the cameras on with their default username/password too ?




ninjitsuko wrote:

Yeah, the warmest it's getting this week is going to be 95F. We have a few 108-112F days per summer but nothing remotely similar to Arizona. I've lived in Phoenix for a brief stint and it definitely confirmed that I'll never buy a house in Arizona. That heat just isn't for me. Lol


@animeaddict i think we might be living in the same city here

I'm glad my oral board was not on Friday-- since the appointment is at 4 PM (that's when it's pretty much baking!!)




@ninjitsuko

Phoenix Arizona is not for you if you can't stand the heat. The northern cities of Arizona are cooler though

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Well.. I have a floor mat that says "Neighbors have better stuff", I haven't been robbed since.
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We have a team of security guards that maintain surveillance on the premise 24/7, in addition to being required to have a badge or fob to enter/exit any door (including bathrooms). All guests must provide an official form of government or corporate ID that must be surrendered within the duration that they are within the property, or they will not be able to proceed further and are also subject to full-body inspections if they are deemed "suspicious".

As far as home automation goes, I've got Alexa/Echo, Nest, and some LG home automation system that I've barely used due to it's "over-comprehensiveness".
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Posted 6/14/17 , edited 6/14/17

dulun18 wrote:

@animeaddict i think we might be living in the same city here

I'm glad my oral board was not on Friday-- since the appointment is at 4 PM (that's when it's pretty much baking!!)



Phoenix Arizona ? it will be 117-118 this weekend... this is why you don't buy black color car around here

if people took physics in school then they will understand why..
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Me and my dad have a 12G shotgun, with some knives and machetes as our home security.
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Me and my dad have a 12G shotgun, with some knives and machetes as our home security.


security system and cameras are useful when you are away or sleeping.. leave the 24/7 monitoring to the those systems
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