When H switched companies he ended up cashing out one of his retirements and paying the taxes and 10% penalties. It wasn’t a ton of money, but he felt a better use for it would to fix our driveway. So for a brief period of time our checking account looked awesome! How I wish it was always that high! Someday….
Some genius who owned the home previously thought it would be a great idea to cover half of the concrete along the side of the house with asphalt. Thus, making a giant lake along the foundation of the house every time it rains. This is not good for the house or my allergies, as it encourages mold. So for the sake of our home and health we are decided to put in a new concrete driveway. Goodbye $4500, nice seeing you, please come back someday.
In addition, the weird front porch and boardwalk was in terrible shape, as was the back deck (also weird, as it had no access from the house). With the help from some friends we managed to tear both out for the cost of a dumpster, $350. It turns out that the front porch was even more in need of being ripped out than I thought. I discovered where the carpenter ants had set up a colony when I tore up one of the boards and they streamed out. I may have screamed a little!
Given all this, we are also adding a sidewalk and a new smaller front porch, price yet to be determined. I was hoping the concrete under the front porch would be in decent shape, alas it was not in any condition to keep as our entryway. The good news is that there was a patio underneath the back deck in decent shape. Now we have patio that doesn’t feel like it is going to give out on us when we walk on it. Hooray!
It may not have been a smart move to use some of H’s retirement in the long-term. At least we won’t cringe and worry about the basement every time it rains. Relief is worth every penny.