I own a blouse with shoulder pads.
No shame in my Dynasty game. No shame.
“People need help, advice and love, not websites telling you how to lose your last pound, or scantily clad, deeply anorexic celebrities parading around flaunting their golden bones.”
— Billie Piper
Grown Folk Problems: Home Ownership
I rescued my condo from the land of foreclosures in 2009. It had been uninhabited for more than a year. Possibly more than two years thanks to the economy at that time. It had not been properly maintained while it was inhabited, and that was obvious, but I got it for less than 50% of its original selling price, so why complain? It had a few minor issues that I’ve fixed along the way, but I hadn’t really gotten my first real taste of grown folks problems until my HVAC sprang a coolant leak last summer.
Do you know how much a brand new, quality HVAC system (13 SEER unit) costs with installation, 10 year warranty, and maintenance? If you’re lucky, you can get it all wrapped up with a bow for $4-5k. So, yeah. That was my day. Waking up to ice in the fan of my unit, and dropping a clean $5k on a new system go be installed next Friday.
So just remember that home ownership is not something to be taken lightly. Small problems can turn into big problems at the worst possible moment for you (like sketchy heat when it’s barely above freezing) , so keep on top of stuff the best you can based on your budget. And if you bought a foreclosure, be even more vigilant.
The good thing about what happened today is that I know that my new unit will save me a ton of electricity (and money), and reducing my carbon footprint is a big deal to me. I also know that I will have a reliable unit with professional services to back it up for the next decade. I’ve also upped the value of my unit. And I don’t have to lose sleep over the money question anymore.
But damn, to have this happen in the middle of an interminable freezing(ish) rain storm, and dealing with the power going on and off ON TOP of the new HVAC stress… I’m happy to have made it through the day. Honestly.