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More Money Into The House

Last time on our home improvement saga, we added more money for grading and drying out the basement.  Well, we just added more for new carpeting.

Last week, H called me at work to tell me that the restoration company wanted over $500 to stretch and place our old carpeting back in place.  I really didn’t want to have to spend that much just to lay our old carpet back down.  Our old, urinated on, vomited on, formally water-logged, not in great shape carpet.

So, now we are spending $1300 for brand spanking new carpet.  Honestly, even though it costs more I feel better about spending the money on new carpet rather than the crappy old stuff.  However, we are not replacing the carpet on the side door landing and two steps to the kitchen.  Eventually we are going to lay down vinyl for an additional $475.

We are going to put off the vinyl and the new front porch until spring to save up the money.  I can’t wait for all this to be over.


Rain, Rain, Go Away

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.

Hello Money, too bad you didn’t stay long

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.


Catching up and catching cold

This morning I work up with a cold/sinus infection.  I ended up staying home from work for the day, which has given me time to update the blog a bit.  I have some new numbers and several topics that should appear over the next few days.  I may end up spreading them over a week or two, since I never know when I’ll be back.

I’ve tried keeping a consistent schedule of post, but I find life often gets in my way…….

Sewer Line In The City

Mom called and said the sewer line was backing up again.  Time to clean out the tree roots.

The plumber came and cleaned out the line and sent me an estimate to replace it with PVC.

Do you know how much replacing a sewer line in the city will cost me?  $10,068.

I don’t have $10,068!  Apparently, at least half or more is to pay the city to replace the sidewalk and curb.  I have no recourse, they will not allow me to try to bid the project out.  Ugh!

Frankly, I don’t want to spent ten grand on a house I don’t live in and can’t sell without a loss of at least 30 grand.  I am feeling a little stuck at the moment.  For now, I will continue to clean the tree roots until I no longer can.

I’ll deal with it later.

Sewer Cleanout Time

My mom called, she has noticed the sewer line backing up again.  Yes! More home repairs!  Just what we need……not.

It seems that the roots have re-invaded the sewer line.  I knew cutting the roots was a temporary fix.  Each time they are cut the roots grow back faster.  I can’t remember the last time I had the sewer line cleaned, maybe two years ago.  I know it was when I was still living in the house.

I scheduled Roto-Rooter to come to the house in two weeks.  I hope that I can put off installing a new sewer line for a little while longer.  At some point I’ll need to take care of it, but I don’t have thousands of dollars sitting around.  I really wish I could sell the house without taking a massive loss.

Home ownership wasn’t nearly as great as I thought it would be.

Entertainment Hiatus

Today marks the start of an entertainment hiatus of sorts.  My fiance announced to me that he not playing any video games for this entire week.  This is a big deal for him.  He says he wasn’t to focus on other things, like his voice-over work plans, and household to-do list.

OK, the household to-do list is my suggestion.  In solidarity, I too will not play video games and will focus on my giant to-do list at the same time.  This will really only be four days, as we have a board game convention starting Friday evening.  But, hey four days is better than nothing.

I think I’ll need to start prioritizing my to-do list.  Where to start?

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