It’s a little different from last time we were here 3 weeks ago, as instead of discussing and planning what we want to do to the house, we discussed what we feel we need to do to the house. Funny how much your priorities change when you know that there will be no money to set aside for wants.
We have only kept up with the basic repairs on the beach house since we bought it. Until this year, we rented it out in season. Due to the economy, our rentals have dwindled.
Last season, we barely made enough to cover 2 months mortgage and utilities. When you add to that the cost and hassle of replacing things that the renters steal, and repairing everything they break, it no longer seemed to make financial sense to rent it out and not be able to use it ourselves.
Although we were not planning on doing a lot to the house this year, we were planning to fix up the master bathroom: laying a new floor, painting, and installing a new vanity. We also need to replace part of the ceiling in there, where the roof leaked.
This all will have to wait, except for the ceiling repair. Although none of the things we want to do costs a lot, as we do the work ourselves (except for the ceiling), together it will still cost $500 or more. Not doable now, given the financial situation.
So, the only thing we feel we need to do before spring, is to replace the screens that have holes in them. In doing this, we will greatly save on the electric bill from the air conditioner.
It is usually breezy here. We can have the windows open and still keep cool in the spring and summer. Because of the mosquitoes, screens are a necessity! Replacing the screening is inexpensive, spend $20 – $30 now to save a few hundred on the electrical bill in the coming months. Sounds very reasonable to me.
Our redecorating/home improvement plans will have to wait for now. It’s not a big deal. We’ve waited for more than three years already, so we’ll be fine with waiting a little longer.