Monday, September 17, 2007

I Feel Like a Homeowner

I know this going to sound weird, but I finally feel like a homeowner. Yes, I feel like I am hemorrhaging money, but that isn’t why. I guess you need a little background. I bought my first condo in 2003, it was an apartment conversion and literally the best decision I had ever made. And on top of it, there were no repairs or upgrading that needed to be done. All the updating had been done by the previous owner, yay me. But this time around is a little different. But not a bad different, more of a “ I love this place”, it feels more like mine. I can’t say everything has been a complete joy, I am learning the situation of hard water. It clogs all water related appliances with calcium build up that looks like sand, like a hose was stuck in the ocean and I was sucking up my water supply from there. In the first week, the hoses on the washer needed to be replaced, the dishwasher was taken apart and all the pumps and gadgets cleaned, and more than once I have stared at my water heater wondering if a troll with a sledge hammer was trapped inside. Oh and I can’t forget the water line for the fridge and the water filter on the kitchen faucet. I hate hard water it is possibly causing me to get a water softener and replacing the water heater. It has yet to be determined. But it still makes this place feel real, like a real house with quirks and projects that need to be done. And seriously I am so lucky that The Specialist is a handyman Genius, there is no project he can’t do and on top of it he is very patient when I want to learn exactly what he is doing. I have always been happy to say I could hold my own and fix things, unless it involves spiders. But I literally throw up my hands and ask The Specialist ,what the problem is and how it is fixed. I have to be honest that some of these issues were a little unexpected, coming from a maintenance free house. But I enjoy them even though I may roll my eyes. I can safely say that I have the floor plan of Lowe’s ( like Home Depot) memorized and I am sure that the employees are going to start calling me by my first name. The hardest this for me is that I am not a patient person, I want it all done now, I don’t want boxes in the house anymore, I want to be able to park in my garage and my garden to look beautiful. Oh and I have a June Bug the size of a Walnut that floats around my Morning Glory in the morning- His name is George.

This past weekend was a busy one at house ( I have yet to come up with a name for the new place), the new bed was delivered ( I will go in to a tirade about King Size sheets in another post, and the Direct TV guy set up the TV. One of the big projects is replacing all the light switches, faceplates, and outlets in the house. The painters that I had come in painted over half of the outlet covers and the other half they removed the face plates but still managed to get paint on the light switches and plug holes. There is something to be said for just doing it yourself.

But the best part about all of it………………..It’s mine :)


At 1:17 PM, Blogger Tiffany said...

Heh. I painted over on of our light sockets this weekend... Oops! Luckily I caught it in time to wipe it up. :D

I can't wait to see the finished project!

At 7:24 AM, Blogger Michele said...

Wow 2 posts in one day!!

That is frustrating that you paid professionals to paint and they did no better than you could have done yourself.


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