Friday, June 24, 2016

Making a House a Home

It has already been 2 months since closing on our new home. It has been bittersweet. I'm beyond ecstatic to be in a house that I mostly love, on the side of town that I adore. BUT it has not come without many issues.

I knew about some of the issues going into the house. At that time I had a friend tell me that the issues weren't major and that they would help me to resolve some of them. The previous owner of the house also gave me an allowance to fix some of the issues so I figured I'd be good to go.

Well, (insert sigh), things changed. While the owner did give me the allowance, the company that did part of the work is refusing to give me the remaining balance. One job didn't need to be completed and they were pre-paid. They gave me no paperwork or anything. In fact, they just showed up to do the work without even attempting to call me, even though it's MY HOUSE. Their reasoning being that the money isn't "mine." But it is. It was negotiated in closing. And now this is a big mess. So I'll say it here like I have said before, I do NOT recommend Econo Bug in Lexington, SC. For anything. Unless you are having a particularly bad day and need to talk to someone with a stanky attitude. Now, the guys that did the work on my bathroom floors did a great job, I won't take that from them. And yes, the bug company does repairs (think about termite damage and such).

In addition to that, the friend that offered help got busy and wasn't, after all, able to help.

Along with having to have both bathroom floors completely replaced, I had plumbing issues. There was a major clog that prevented water to flow to the proper sewage drainage. Fun. I got that cleared and everything seemed fine for about a month. Then the **** hit the fan. Just doing my duties of cleaning, washing clothes and such, the plumbing began to back up into the tub and shower. Nastiness. Turns out there are roots in the sewer line. The plumber said it's been going on for a very long time and gave me some measures to take, which I did. First thing was to call the sewer company and have them to install a clean out at the road. This was in hopes that the problem pipe(s) would be discovered by them and they would take care of it. I called them on a Wednesday and the following Monday it was installed. I have no idea if they removed the roots. They also didn't call or give me any paperwork. But they did what I asked and it wasn't at a cost to me so... The second thing was to pour some root killer down the toilet before going to bed, which I also did that same day. Now I just need someone to come and camera the line and tell me if I still have roots in the pipes.

What else has happened, you ask? The A/C has gone out twice. I'm praying that my body temperature was just elevated this morning and that it is not going out again. It's too hot! Already in the high 90's here.

Luckily my realtor is the greatest and I got a home warranty. I will gladly continue to pay the service fee. I figure pretty soon I will have a brand new house with all these repairs. Beyond painting the entire inside of the house I haven't done much. But I still have lots to do. But the way my bank account is set up, it has to wait. A long time. I'm trying to get back into baking but the oven also hates me LOL.

Looking through my photos, I have not taken a picture of the outside of the house. Probably because it still needs work in the yard, but the inside has priority. I just hope my neighbors don't get me booted out of the neighborhood because my yard is unruly lol. I do cut the grass to the best of my ability!

I have many boxes to unpack. Hopefully it will be done before Boogie's birthday in less than a month! But we will see about that too. They might just get stuffed in closets!

Anywho, here are a few pictures from the current progress. I've changed some light fixtures and painted. Oh yeah, my dad installed a new mailbox because the previous owner took the one that was there. I think it was an heirloom or something.



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  1. You're brave to tackle such a project! Keep up the good work. You can do it!

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    1. No turning back now! Unless I sell the house, which ain't happening!

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