Buyer's Remorse

Saturday, 9 October 2010
UPDATE 10/10/10 - I woke up feeling very silly for posting this rant. I am incredibly blessed to have a home with running water, electricity, washer/dryer, dishwasher... Buyer's Remorse thankfully doesn't last for long and likely hits when one is having a bad day. :)

Five months after buying my house it hit me:  This place isn't perfect and there are several things I don't like about it. I would like new windows, a privacy fence, the deck needs to be pressure washed and stained, my chimney needs a new cap and damper and the dead bolt has been stuck on my front door for two days in a row.

I've seriously been sneaking out like a bad lover in the mornings from my back door. I don't want the neighbors to see me and my front door challenge.  Today after using a knife, a sharper knife, a nail, a flat head screw driver which breaks into smaller sizes and a flash light, I was about to give up the good fight. I thought - if I unscrew the lock and take it apart it might be worse than just calling a lock smith and getting help. Thankfully, I just went ahead and tried it. After working on it for 20 minutes, I was able to take it apart, get the dead bolt sprung back and put it all back together. It works better than it did before.

Still. Owning a house is difficult.

I hired two 20 year old guys to cut my lawn three weeks ago because my push mower broke for the second time in a month and I didn't have the heart to face it again. The guys said they'd come by on Weds and cut my grass. When I got home on Weds, the grass was still high. On Thursday at 11am, I called them. Guys said, "We're on our way now." They showed up 4 hours later and I still had to weed eat the next day to get the spots they missed. The next week, similar situation. This week, they said they'd be here on Thursday or Friday. Saturday at 1:30pm they called to say they'd come by. I called back and politely said "No, thank you. I need someone more reliable." I'm not sure that I did the right thing but I was pretty annoyed and feel there is probably someone else available to schedule an appointment and be here - at least on the same day.

The weather is amazing today so I thought I'd open the kitchen window to let in some fresh air. I could only get it open about an inch. I've had two quotes for new windows but who really wants to spend thousands of dollars on windows!?

I wanted nothing more than to be able to buy a house. On my own salary, I could only afford a "cottage." It's the best for me in my price range and the first time homebuyer's tax credit is amazing but it is far from perfect.

How long does it take to get to the dream house and when you purchase said house, do you still have buyer's remorse? Is this normal?


LizP said...

We all have "bad house days". As you saw, it passed.

Don't accept poor gardening service - in this economy people should be providing exceptional service.

Windows - check with your local utility for rebates and interest free loans. Also there may be state and federal tax breaks too.

Life is a trade off ... you traded off that basement apartment with drunks on your porch for bad windows :-)

Ok, enough advice! :-)

Denae said...

LizP - You are absolutely right. Thank you for your post. I'm going to check with my utility company about rebates or discounts. Miss you more than you know. ;)