Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tell Me Again

What are the pro-sides to owning a home? I forget sometimes and need to be reminded.

This morning I awoke to the wonderful sounds of rain and thunder. I love rain (as long as it's not every day), especially hard rain. DTTF heads off to work and I proceed to get Tree Faerie and myself ready for the day. Tree Faerie decided to scream through two-thirds of my shower. After I finished my shower (including taking an extra minute to use the Netti pot - which will be a post for another day), I finally convinced her to stop screaming while I brushed my teeth and got dressed.

Now, DTTF and I are currently sharing a closet because mine still has not been put back together after the whole air conditioner incident. So, I open his closet and see a wet spot on the carpet. I look up to find the ceiling around the light fixture is soaked and the water is dripping down from the end of the bulb. It's a good thing I didn't turn on the light, right?

So, I said a few explicitives, got the bucket from the laundry closet to catch the water in, grabbed the towel I had just used to dry off, and proceded to clean up and set up the bucket. I didn't leave the closet door open because Storm (the cat) loves going in the closet, and I was afraid she'd try to play with the water and tip the bucket.

While I continued getting Tree Faerie and myself ready, I called DTTF to tell him the news. After I nursed Tree Faerie, which made her much happier and more forgiving, I went upstairs to find out where the leak was coming from. Turns out it is leaking around the flashing from the air conditioner. So, I grabbed another bucket and set it under the main drip in hopes to at least slow things down.

When DTTF and I were house-shopping last year, I was really excited about owning a home. Now? Not so much. At least not this home. I've got a list running in my head of things to look for on our next house-shopping adventure. To name a few:

  • Single Story
  • Unattached
  • Either proof that the carpet was just replaced or plans to replace the carpet upon purchase
  • Or hardwood flooring
  • At least one window on each side of the house to allow air-flow
  • A clean fireplace or a gas fireplace
  • A happy neighborhood - and scouting it out well before signing on the house
  • Not for sale by owner, that way I can't say that the owner lied to me
  • Either new appliances (less than 5 years old) or no appliances
  • A useful yard, preferably with room for a workshop

That's just off the top of my head. We've made it a year in this house; I can make it 4 more. Our original plan was to be in this house for 5 years because this is our 'starter-home.' Wish me luck.


Annikke said...

I can totally relate to you sistah!! wow! sounds very similar to my experiences. We, too, have been in our home a little over a year and have had issues! My list of things to look for in the next home are SO similar to yours it is almost scary!! LOL
Good luck!

Heather said...

Sweetie, I'm with you. Two years ago, we had the friggin' animal kingdom in our attic (flying squirrels, squirrels, bats, mice, and a raccoon mommy and babies). I should have given tours and charged admission. We had all of this because some idiot contractor didn't close the gap between the house and the roofline. All of the houses in Georgia are like that. So, animals were flushed out, gap was closed, and all of our ductwork was replaced (because of the chewing). I tell ya, that apartment we had after we were first married sounds better and better each day.

Monnik said...

starter homes are tough. I have bittersweet memories about my first home. It was such a ton of work. Our second home (the one we live in now) is still not my dream home, but it's not as hard to live with the irritations than it was with the first home.

Hang in there. Happy THanksgiving!!

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Heather said...

I always have liked the character of older homes, but hate the upkeep. Then, I talk to friends with brand new homes and they have similar problems. I guess that just goes with home ownership, and everything seems to break at the same time.

Amanda said...

That sucks! I hope your day gets better. We've had our share of crappy things go wrong with our first house too. My dh isn't all that handy either.

carrie & troy keiser said...

Oh the joys of home ownership! there are the drawbacks of having to shell out your own money to make repairs... but then again you haven't got to ask permission to paint or remodel. good luck! We were fortunate to have purchased a brand new home the first time... the 2nd time a pre-owned home, both have had advantages and disadvantages. :)