My homeownership experience this week has been all about worrying. We have been dealing with the wild swing in temperatures including the extreme polar vortex as many of you have. It’s only the 3rd week of winter and we’ve already had five snowstorms! We don’t have a snow blower so we have been shoveling all of it and I’m pretty much done with it. We also ran out of all the bags of ice melt we bought as each storm uses an entire bag for our property. This can get costly if the storms continue to hit us at this pace. Even our town is already running low on ice melt and opted to only salt the main roads in the last two storms.
The Polar Vortex
Then came the Polar Vortex, which made me nervous because I started thinking about frozen pipes. Thankfully, I got some tips from the local news and I shared them here. I followed them and avoided any issues with frozen pipes but it was something to be concerned about as we heard from others that their pipes were freezing.
The Sump Pump
Now we have another issue brewing. This week my husband noticed that our sump pump in the basement made a loud noise. We have been keeping an eye on it to see what’s going on. We noticed that the sump pump hole has slowly been filling up with water but the pump is not turning on. We just had a drenching storm on Saturday and the hole is about half full. We think the pump stopped working! Ugh, Great! We called a waterproofing company to come check it out. We’re hoping this does not turn into a huge issue and ends up costing us a ton of money to repair.
Missing being a Renter
So far this little fixer upper home has costs us a pretty penny to repair, upgrade and maintain. Right now I’m not feeling too good about it and I’m really missing the days when I was a renter and had no worries about home maintenance costs. I didn’t have to worry about shoveling snow or running off to home depot to buy more ice melt. I didn’t give it a second thought when a big storm of snow or water was headed our way. I never worried about things breaking down because all was taken care of by just calling my building manager. The building management company was decent and always took care of the surroundings and any issues promptly. Life was pretty good actually. My rent included heating and cooking gas costs and my electric bill was low. My apartment was located in a great area overlooking a park and with access to great restaurants and easy access to public transportation.
I’m starting to wonder why I decided to move and buy a home in the first place? I mean it’s kind of been one worry after another lately and the big hits to our bank accounts are not helping the matter. I’m not feeling too lovey dovey about being a homeowner right now. I guess this is part of the learning curve and growing pains as first time homeowners.
We shall see what happens once we get our questions answered about the sump pump situation. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will be an easy fix.
If you’re a homeowner, have you ever felt frustration or questioned buying in the first place?