windows schmindows

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I don't want to go as far as saying that the honeymoon is over for me and my new townhouse because as I'm sitting in my living room looking at my surroundings I really do love the place.

But I'm realizing, much like everyone told me, owning a home is like a second job that you have to pay to participate in.

I purchased a newer ('06) townhouse because I didn't want to deal with a ton of immediate maintenance but as I'm staring at my kitchen windows, which are essentially an indoor water feature these days, I can't help but wish I had a property manager to call and fix everything.

The thought of dropping a couple grand mere months after I dropped a lot more than a couple of grand redoing my kitchen (counters/backsplash/lightening/dishwasher/sink/faucets) kind of nauseates me.

I'm nervous that if I don't get some replacement windows soon I'm going to cause more damage to the structure of the place though.


But, by getting new windows I'm probably going to have to repaint the whole area too huh?

$$$$$

And once spring officially hits I'm going to need to buy a lawnmower, flowers, outdoor furniture for the balcony off my kitchen and a grill.

$$$$$

So yeah, who wants to hire me to do awesome things for them so I can buy things like new windows?

I may not be cheap but I'm very skilled.

wink. wink.

16 comments:

  1. Look into to the tax return for purchasing windows. Saved us MAJOR $.

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  2. I had my handyman buy my windows at cost and just paid him labor to install them. Took 2 guys 2 days to put in 15 windows and it saved me THOUSANDS. See if you can avoid purchasing from the "big" companies and hire someone who knows what they're doing.

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  3. What type of crap windows did they put in there that only lasted a few years?! Would they still be under warranty...if you could even track down the warranty? I feel for ya - good luck!

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  4. Honey, I think you are jumping to conclusions about needing new windows. They might just need caulked because that side gets most weathered. Also I think it is interesting how you want a property manager...already. HOA fees being in place would have also helped here in getting things done that will for sure need done. Just like I warned you.....sorry.
    XO

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  5. Oooh, I love your mom's "I told you so"! I was just about to ask about your HOA, but it sounds like you don't have one? It could just be a really easy caulking fix. If not, I'd also check into the warranty for the windows. Good luck! Now you see why some of us owned and are now happily back to renting!

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  6. This is why I perfer old houses. My sister bought a 5 year old new-build and within the first 2 years had to replace 1)skylights 2) furnace 3)hot water tank & 4)garage door. Builders max their profits but using crap materials. At least I know I'm going to have to replace everything, but it's lasted 90 years!

    Anyway, I'm guessing your mom is right...I doubt 4 year old windows, even cheap builder ones, need replaced. They probably only need reglazed and caulked. Still $ but not $$$.

    Welcome to the homeowner poorhouse!

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  7. Hmmm, id love someone to fix my car, can you do that? i need the power steering, and something with a wobbly wheel that feels like it may fall off....

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  8. ugh. i totally agree. being a homeowner is overrated.

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  9. Alexa---I read this after I literally got off the phone with my insurance company because my roof in the back room of my house has caused the ceiling to sag and water to drip from it almost constantly for the last 2 weeks. And it's still too cold and wet to have the flat roof fixed. I have also already cried about the money I will be parting with for a room that wasn't on the top of my list to be redone.
    Happy homeownership!

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  10. 1) Energy efficient windows may mean a tax break for you - check the tax code.

    2) No one NEEDS outdoor furniture or a grill. You WANT those things. =)

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  11. Ugh! I have no desire for any of that, unless my grandpap is still around. He's basically the family handyman. He just rewired and put hardwood floors in my brothers new house. I agree with the others, check the caulking before getting new windows.

    Be creative when doing your outdoor spaces. You might be able to find older things on Craigslist and redo them.

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  12. don't you love it when parents said I told you so?

    I will raise you a decrepit back porch and an 20 year old roof.

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  13. Dirty girl! I love it!

    FYI - that's why I moved to a townhouse with an HOA... so I don't have to do the lawn mowing, snow shoveling, outside maintenance on my own!

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  14. Yikes, it's amazing how fast that stuff adds up. But once summer rolls around, it will be all worth it.

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