Then A Hero Comes Along
Posted by Arianne | Filed under Arianne
Ugh! It’s the one thing about home ownership I was not looking forward to: repairs! As a renter, I was spoiled by my landlords. I’ve heard horror stories of landlord’s who didn’t know what they were doing or took their sweet ol’ time getting to the problems at hand. Mine were always attentive and there in my time of need and I’ll be forever grateful. There are a few things I can do on my own but when it comes to electrical and plumbing, well…there’s no way I would know where to start.
The expense of a contractor, electrician or plumber never entered my mind in the past. I have been dreading the first big problem because a million things go through my mind: will I have to take time off work? Will I be able to? Can I trust the person I’m letting into my home? How much will it cost? Can I afford it? Can I live with a damaged floor/faucet/socket/ceiling/door/etc. for an extended amount of time if I can’t afford it? *breathing heavily* In all of my worry, something did happen!
The cold water tap in my shower has always been a little fussy since I moved in – takes Samson-esque strength to turn it on every time. One day a few weeks ago, I turned on the tap and it just kept turning and turning but zero water was coming out. I literally broke out in cold sweats and then realized I couldn’t bathe so started fanning myself profusely until I could think straight. DADDY TO THE RESCUE. I jumped on the phone and called my dad who walked me through some quick fixes but we both soon realized it was a bigger problem than anticipated. Several sink baths later (I feel we’re close enough for you to hear this about me), he was over on the weekend to see the problem. He was able to temporarily fix it but instructed me that the bathroom, which we were going to renovate anyway, should probably be bumped to the top of the list of summer projects. Everything was juuuuuuuust fine until last week when the same thing happened; the tap just turned and turned. Zero cold water. Got the dad on the phone again and he was over here to do some legit surgery on my shower taps. Unfortunately, to fix the problem completely we’d have to tear down walls and I can’t do that right now. Dad’s going to price out everything that needs to be done and then we’ll work out my budget – this way we can do the essential repairs and all the cosmetic stuff at the same time.
Basically, my dad’s my hero.
Renters/Owners: tell me some of your stories of apartment/house problems that popped up out of nowhere and how you dealt with it for the first time.