In my last post I talked about using H’s money to get our driveway redone for $4200. Well…..
I was wrong about the price, it was $5400. The word “was” is key here.
The price has gone up. I thought I was clever in tearing out the front porch ourselves and saving us some money. Not so much. It turns out I forgot to factor in the rain and the depressed earth underneath the porch. Which has now cost us an additional $1500 so far and climbing.
On Tuesday of last week, I came home to find the carpet in the basement sopping wet. The water now has easier access to the basement. We spent several days and tons of money drying everything out, but can’t put the room back together until the driveway and grading against the house is complete (grading is a new expense).
The driveway can’t begin until it stops raining. We have tarps and plastic all over the front of the house to keep the water at bay. Granted, we live in Michigan so this is nothing compared to if we lived in NJ or NY.
In all, we are expecting to spend almost $10,000 not including the new porch. Twice what we expected. Oh, and if the driveway and grading
don’t doesn’t work? $7000 for a french drain……..is in our future.