I read this post on Facebook the other day:
“Long day. Goes to mow lawn, mower broken. Goes to get parts to fix mower and get a call, garage door chain sprocket broke and has fallen onto my Jeep. Goes to fix mower and fails = after 12yrs time for a new mower. Inspects garage door opener issue and it’s not a replaceable part = time for a new door opener. About that point I throw my hands up and just say eff it, lets go pickup our plants and do the project we had planned to start hours ago. Finally experience a win as that project wraps up under spotlight just after 9pm. Well, thought it was done – take out garbage after a late dinner and find trash bags had been overloaded with dirt, they all tear at the end of the driveway. 10:30p and I’m shoveling dirt into bags. Run out of shop bags just one shy of being done. Long day, now someone poor me a glass of Jack. Make it a shot but a double.”
This post is good timing since I recently posted about the worries of home ownership, and this is a real life example of all the little things that require maintenance or replacement when you own a house. The post is a good reminder to me of what I was trying to get away from when we owned a house. Also, note that not only was this an expensive home maintenance weekend for him, it was also expensive in terms of time, with these tasks taking up an entire day and ultimately spilling into other days later in the week.
I also had another reminder of the joys of renting when our toilet flusher broke on Friday just before we were leaving for a weekend at the beach. I’ve fixed my share of toilet flushers in our house. We had three bathrooms and all of them needed maintenance at least three or four times. This time I didn’t have to run to home depot for parts and I didn’t have to worry about fixing it when we returned from our weekend away. Instead I submitted a maintenance request and it was fixed by the time we returned on Sunday.