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tomz71ss

10:57AM | 03/26/05
Member Since: 11/13/04
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some days i sure wish i still had a land lord! it all started with water in the cellar [that's when i found this site], no big deal, unfinished project..no money out of pocket so far...just labor, but water is getting out now, then it went to a cieling falling down [with subsequent total room re-do], then a hallway to re-do [amazing how things go south so fast], now my furnace croaked!!

they say things come in 3's, this may be good news, but i'm broke after the 2nd thing [uugghh...]

just a bit of venting here, as i'm sure others have been there, done that, got the t-shirt, but geeze, i need a break in the homeowner stress....

last years new roof killed my 'emergency stash', and the room re-do and hallway used up most of my tax return [was hoping to have some left for spring to 'spruce up' the landscaping of the place, flowers/mulch/timbers etc.], where oh where does it end???

i got to thinking about things yesterday and commented to my wife that after almost 9 years of being in our house, we've replaced darn near everything. 2 sump pumps, electrical service entry, water heater, stove, refridgerator, washer, dryer, every light fixture except one, carpet, linoleum, bathroom tub/shower suround [due to incredibly crazy way it was done before-another long story] 2 doors, roof, driveway, built two decks, replace railing on one, sided the garage, totaly re-did one room and a hallway, and still need to replace our kitchen sink, and now the furnace pukes.

well, that's it really, just needed to vent some stress, and hope that someone else out there can identify with what i'm going thru, misery loves company after all, and i could use some company, know what i mean?

k2

01:52PM | 03/26/05
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hey there Tom,

Regarding home ownership...What you describe sounds actually quite normal to me!

We've been in our house about 10 years (home is 24 yrs old). It's pretty much been one major project per year--at least to the extent that "project flow" can be controlled. Sometimes there's stuff "over and above"--as you have seen lately.

A neighbor (who's had even more work done than we've had--and his house is only 12 yrs old) said he's heard that maintenance can cost up to 10% of the value of a home per year!

As for paying for it....hmmmm, well there is THAT little detail!--and I'm going through this along with everyone else. I believe we should all be careful about going into too much debt--but I also feel that having a home equity line of credit is a good thing--provided you use the money for home improvements.

What you are doing is improving your home, making it more enjoyable (yes, life with HEAT is more enjoyable than life without!), and investing at the same time.

So, NO: YOU DON'T WISH YOU STILL HAD A LANDLORD!

:) Hang in there Tom!

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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