Just fix the damn thing and leave my personal life out of it
October 22, 2013 3:02 AM Subscribe
Eight years or so we bought a fixer upper. Then things went sour. Now I'm feeling like I'm at the end of my rope. Help me figure out how to get this place fixed up.
posted by Sid and Marty Krofft's HR Sockpuppet to home & garden (13 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
We were doing pretty well until our neighbors house burned down and did a bunch of damage to the work we did - then, in our shell socked-state, our insurance company came in and low balled us on the damages. For the last three or four years we've accomplished very little but entropy has kept marching on.
At this point I'm more than ready to wave the white flag, dig into my retirement savings a bit (I'm in really good shape and not too old so dropping $100K on this would still leave me in OK shape), hire a contractor and say, "Hi, I have a big bag of money here - make all this be right and save me the trouble of going mad!"
1) I realize this story puts me in the "easy mark" category, or at least not bargaining from a position of strength. The good news is that I've found a guy who is both well recommended by someone I trust and has received several awards from area homeowners groups (found on their web sites, not his). Still, any advice on how to look less vulnerable here?
2) People spend $30-40K redoing kitchens in my part of the country, so I realize $100K is not going to turn my house into a grand ole manor. And there still is stuff I'll be willing to do myself when I'm less overwhelmed. How do I prioritize all this to get the most bang for my buck?