Don’t worry, there’s no new horribleness since Nadine’s fall. It’s more a general question.
And yes, I know it’s the quickest way to damn yourself. But I was reviewing all the home repairs over the past four and a half years in the house. The list is getting shorter.
Since we moved in, we’ve:
- Put in tile
- Replaced the main house HVAC
- Added HVAC for the guest house
- Replaced the back and guest house roof
- Bought a fridge for the main house
- Bought a range for the guest house
- Replaced all three toilets
- Fixed pipes in the main bathroom and in the guest house kitchen
- Added one bathroom fan and replaced another
- Added insulation and other efficiency upgrades
- Extended the masonry wall
- Replaced the three gate doors
- Replaced two faucets
- Replaced the dishwasher
- Replaced the water heater
- Replaced the garbage disposal
So what does that leave?
Front roof: This needs to get done in the next couple of years. But it shouldn’t cost too much. We paid under $2,000 for the back half of the roof and the guest house roof.
Guest house fridge: Tim’s parents brought it with them, and I think it’s pretty old. But we can find a perfectly good fridge for $500 or less. Not great, but not bad.
Washer and dryer: They’re about nine years old. So they could die at any moment, or they could last another decade. I assume that mid-range units mean a total cost of $1,000 to $1,500. We have $275 in the washer/dryer fund at the moment and are putting in $2.50 for every laundry load.
Cook top/wall oven: These are also pretty old. By the look of ’em, I’d say late ’80s to mid-’90s. I know cook tops are relatively cheap, but wall ovens start at $1,100. Instead, we’ll just cut into the island and put in a range. The wall oven space can be converted to cupboards.
I figure that would be up to $1,200 for the range and the repairs. That’ll hurt to be sure. But honestly, we may try to go without either for awhile. It’s not as though we cook.
Sinks/shower stalls/tubs: There are five sinks, two shower stalls and one tub. I guess something could go wrong. Maybe a crack? I’m not sure how much that would cost. If it’s the tub, we won’t really bother. It barely gets used.
Faucets: There are three faucets that haven’t been replaced. I might actually be able to replace those myself. If not, I guess it would be around $150-200 for a plumber.
Doors: Replacing the front door will be $1,000 or more. I pray that the contractor last year is right, and it’s in great shape. We do need to replace the deadbolts for it and the screen door, but that will be under $75.
The guest house door is ugly but functional. If it did break, it’ll cost $500 or less to replace. Not great, but not bad.
Plumbing: I’m sure stuff could go wrong with the pipes. Deity only knows how much that’d cost.
Car problems: Not technically home repair, but auto repairs can add up. That said, ours is a 2012 and only has 30,300 miles on it. We’re probably safe for a bit. Plus we put $100 a month into a car fund.
Overall, not the worst forecast. I’m not saying we’re safe by any stretch of the imagination, but (and here’s where I jinx myself) it seems like a lot of the bad stuff is behind us. Well, until we get started on double pane windows. After Tim’s teeth, that is.
How are you guys faring on repairs? Is the worst ahead or behind you?