- Walked into the kitchen and saw air (water?) bubbles on the floor
- Walked into far corner of the basement and saw water dripping from the ceiling
- Looked closer and there was mold on the wooden beams – meaning it’s been dripping for a while
- Mold people come out to inspect and quote a price to our landlord
- Mold people start work on it and find even more mold under the kitchen floor (those bubbles? they were water)
- Cost to fix is now doubled – but that’s only for the mold cleanup/restoration
- To get to the mold they had to rip up the kitchen floor
- To get to the kitchen floor they had to rip up the cabinets
- To get the cabinets back in/re-built a cabinet person needed to be hired
- To get the floor fixed a floor person needed to be hired
- Then on top of it all the AC overheated, tacking on another $268.50 to the bill
The culprit that started it all? A small leak in the dishwasher hose – d’oh. Which is apparently unavoidable.
Thousands and thousands of dollars out the window just like that. On top of having to deal w/ the stress of managing your tenants throughout the entire process who had to move out for 3 whole days while things got fixed (and then dealt with a construction zone in the house for the next 3-4 days).
Fortunately for our landlord his tenants are amazing and did their best to limit the pain for him :) Finding free refuge and letting him know we completely understand and are not out for revenge – it’s just the nature of home ownership! And the reason we choose to rent. Less problems = less worries!
Of course, one might argue that we’re “throwing money away” every month instead, and there’s certainly some truth to that, but if throwing away your money gets you peace and freedom, well, it’s a cost I’m happy to pay. Some people enjoy home ownership, and others don’t. But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a simple comparison of mortgage payments vs rent checks. It’s a whoooole other ballgame owning property, house or otherwise, and it affects more than just your wallet.
It’s been almost a year and a half since we sold our house, and this is yet another reminder of why we pulled the trigger on it. Gotta stay true to what YOU want in life, even if others disagree/don’t understand! You’re the only one living your life. Do your best to follow your own path!
(Even if that includes owning a house – I swear I’m not against it where it makes sense ;))
UPDATE: Here’s a rebuttal from Mr. 1500 –> This Is Why I Own A House
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