here's what happens to your kitchen when your plumber has you test to see if the leak in the basement is fixed, and then you don't realize you have to run your disposal, and all the water from the sink backs up into the dishwasher and floods your whole kitchen then you have to take it outside and repair it.
i'm sure glad nick can fix dishwashers, i don't need to spend $$ on a new one of those now!
today rules! out $6000 and house is a wreck! normally my kitchen is VERY neat!
Oh man....Rhia - that really sucks! So sorry that happened to you two - I think if something like that happened at our house, I'd have a total conniption fit!
mooyagi wrote:Curious if anyone knows the total cost for owning a home (repairs and all) versus renting one for your whole life.
My husband and I were both raised with the idea drilled into our heads that home ownership (if possible) is the way to go...part of the whole "American Dream" kinda idea that our parents had been raised with in the 1940s and 1950s. So, buying a home was a major goal of ours once we got married in our late 20s. The two of us had both been renting in various (separate) apartments throughout our 20s, and we were tired of just throwing our money away on rent. It was expensive to buy in the better Chicago neighborhoods then, as it is now, and we could not afford to buy in the neighborhoods we had been renting. So, as I've mentioned elsewhere before, we bought a very inexpensive new construction spec home in (what was at that time) a very dicey neighborhood. The rents we had paid separately vs our monthly mortgage payment was about the same. If I remember correctly, we got some kind of special new home owner (only) 5% down payment deal, plus interest rates were low at that time and have even decreased more over the years, so we've refinanced a few times. Luckily, as was predicted, the neighborhood "gentrified" and "yuppified" and we love it and the house. The advantage of having bought a brand new house is that we've had few repairs over the past 19 years, although we spent money on a 20 foot addition to the back of the house. Long story short, I do think home ownership is great if you can do it. Tax-wise, it has been great being able to deduct the mortgage interest considering our double income...plus in the end, you own a piece of real estate which I think in most cases is a good thing. We plan on staying in that house indefinitely....and who knows - when we pass on, our kids can have it or sell it.
Having said all that, it is terrible
what happened at Rhia & Nick's home. Rhia - didn't you say somewhere that the problem was caused by tree roots? We have a huge tree in our back yard and the roots have made the back patio paving very uneven - so we'll have to do something about that eventually. We also had our sump pump fail in a really heavy rainstorm and the basement flooded about 4 inches - we had to rip the carpet out of the finished part, but luckily not much of anything important got ruined.