Maintaining our home

This house is a money pit.  We seem to throw so much money at it, and it seems there is always something more that needs to be done.

Today, a handyman will come here to repair our window frame, which is rotted from a previously dripping air conditioner.  We have replaced that air conditioner with a Friedrich, which does not leak.  I recommend Friedrich highly for that reason.  Meanwhile, this wood rot needs to be addressed:

Wood rot, eaves, accent wall 002-A

On Saturday, a painter will patch and paint our bathroom.  I told him I wanted it to match the rest of our house, which is painted white.  I hate the present beige color of the bathroom, which looks dingy and drab.  I prefer white, which will make the room look bigger and cleaner. There is something about white that appeals to me.  It’s airy, refreshing, expanding, and breezy.  It just looks better than tan or green or some other weird color.

However, we do have accent walls to break up the monotony of the white paint.  Remember these accent walls that were wallpapered?

My dining area:

Tablecloths 012-A

My bedroom:

Wallpaper 003-A

And this accent wall in our living room was painted yellow:

Wood rot, eaves, accent wall 005-A

The gutter keeps falling off the edge of the roof, so we need to hire someone to fix it.

And the eaves need to be power washed to get rid of the dirt:

Wood rot, eaves, accent wall 003-A

We also need to hire a licensed electrician to inspect our home for potential short circuits, which could set the house on fire.  Several houses in our neighborhood have burned down for electrical reasons.

There are other things that need to be addressed that I won’t mention.  It’s so tiresome to maintain a home, isn’t it?

And, yet, how wonderful it is to live in a well-maintained home!

10 Responses to “Maintaining our home”

  1. Olga Says:

    Yes, houses are a lot of work. There is always something that needs fixing or sprucing up. But there is satisfaction in maintaining it as well.

  2. Christine Says:

    Your house is well maintained!

  3. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    Yes its tiresome. the repairs to our houses and our selves never ends does it. Good for you checking out the electrics.

  4. Joanne Noragon Says:

    I agree completely with both statements.

  5. dkzody Says:

    Our insurance company has recommended that all the electrical be redone when a house turns 40. Ours will be that next year. I have no idea how much such a job costs, but I’m sure it can’t be cheap.

    Last year we spent $10,000 on a new roof and exterior paint. I’m letting my annuity recover before thinking about that next improvement.

  6. Beatrice P. Boyd Says:

    Yes, Gigi, a house is a never-ending money pit. Older houses are much more as they constantly need maintenance as the years go by. This is why we decided to sell our 100+ year old VA home (still hoping for a buyer soon) and move to an apt. Whenever we do have maintenance issues, we let management know what needs to be addressed.

  7. Grannymar Says:

    Houses are a work in progress, never quite reaching the finish line. I keep meaning to ask, How is the lodger working out?

  8. marmeladegypsy Says:

    I think every home is a money pit — if not now, at some point. One just has to stay on top of it!

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