This post is sponsored by U.S. Bank. All opinions, as always, are my own.
Last year, Brent and I bought a house.
The first house we put an offer on was in a super duper fantastic neighborhood. (SE 23rd and Clinton, for you locals in the audience.) It was a 15-year-old townhouse with a kitchen that would have needed remodeling, but other than that, it was awesome. I was thinking about how I was going to get rid of my car because we were right on a bike corridor, and I had all kinds of projects planned.
Then, the inspection report came back. Not only would I have gotten the chance to remodel the kitchen, but there was mold in the attic and the back porch was improperly installed to the point where the inspector told us to go back inside. We asked the seller to fix a few things, and did the math: if the seller fixed the things that needed fixing, we could do some smaller projects and maybe eventually take out a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) to redo the kitchen later.
But the seller came back and said, “no way, Jose. I’m not fixing anything!”
I wanted to push ahead. “At this price, we can make all those changes!” What I meant was, come on, husband, I want to live in this neighborhood!
I didn’t have a special attachment to the house, and the fact that it was 15 years old and had a laundry list of things that needed to be fixed meant that it was a house with bad bones. No amount of elbow grease could have helped us recover from that. If we had purchased it, the neighborhood would have been the only good thing about it.
We avoided our #DIYfails by buying a new construction townhouse in a different neighborhood in the city. And it was the right move for so many reasons:
- Our house has a one-year warranty, which we have used many times this year.
- We didn’t buy a house in the hottest neighborhood in the city. We bought in a neighborhood that is getting hotter every month, for sure, and it’s in a neighborhood where we can walk to all kinds of fun things, but it’s not the hottest place to be. We’re told that will be good for future resale value.
- Our DIYs now are of the “let’s add our personality to an already gorgeous space” vibe instead of “mold will do bad things to our health if we don’t address that immediately” vibe. The biggest #DIYFail I can tell you about has to do with my ability to paint a wall and avoid the ceiling.
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