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    The joys of home ownership - TIMES TWO!

    Just in case managing one house wasn't bad enough with the constant maintenance and repairs, I've now got two houses to deal with. I'm staying at my late cousin's house and of course the AC hasn't been working properly. I wasn't 100% sure at first but the past day it got worse and I was positive there was a problem. I called this morning and fortunately they were able to send someone out. He's here now. It appears to just be a clogged drain pipe that was backing up and triggering the shut off float switch so it should be back up and running momentarily.

    It just never ends when you have a house - or two.
    Steve

    * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
    * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
    * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

    #2
    No doubt, I have like six things I'm constantly fixing in the single condo unit I have.

    This is why, when you own a portfolio of self managed rental properties, you need to hire help. Its hard to scale without it.

    james.c.hendrickson@gmail.com
    202.468.6043

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      #3
      This is why I moved into an apartment after the divorce...

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        #4
        Originally posted by Nutria View Post
        This is why I moved into an apartment after the divorce...
        Things still go wrong. You may not be the one responsible for fixing them but sometimes that's even worse because you have to wait for someone else to get it done. And no AC is no AC whether you own the place or not. You just don't get the repair bill.
        Steve

        * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
        * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
        * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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          #5
          Originally posted by disneysteve View Post

          Things still go wrong. You may not be the one responsible for fixing them but sometimes that's even worse because you have to wait for someone else to get it done. And no AC is no AC whether you own the place or not. You just don't get the repair bill.
          I live in the Deep South, so perfectly understand what "no AC in the summer" means.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Nutria View Post

            I live in the Deep South, so perfectly understand what "no AC in the summer" means.
            +1

            I'm in Palm Beach County Florida. Of course no AC back home in NJ is no better. We’ve bugged out to a hotel a couple of times when that happened.
            Steve

            * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
            * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
            * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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              #7
              Originally posted by disneysteve View Post
              +1

              I'm in Palm Beach County Florida. Of course no AC back home in NJ is no better. We’ve bugged out to a hotel a couple of times when that happened.
              Before we got cats who would scratch the window screens, shade, open windows and cold drinks would suffice.

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                #8
                Yeah, homes just seem forever ready to throw surprises at you.... I got an email from my property manager that our rental home apparently tried to attack our tenants -- the bathroom mirror came off the wall & shattered everywhere! Sometimes you just can't make this stuff up.... lol
                "Praestantia per minutus" ... "Acta non verba"

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Nutria View Post

                  Before we got cats who would scratch the window screens, shade, open windows and cold drinks would suffice.
                  That doesn't work when it's 90+ degrees and 75% humidity. My wife and daughter both have allergies so we never open the windows anyway. I would if it was in the 60s or low 70s and dry but not higher than that.
                  Steve

                  * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                  * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                  * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by disneysteve View Post

                    That doesn't work when it's 90+ degrees and 75% humidity. My wife and daughter both have allergies so we never open the windows anyway. I would if it was in the 60s or low 70s and dry but not higher than that.
                    That's New Orleans in August; it does work, because we had to do it for a week when the power failed after*a hurricane.

                    * We survived the storm perfectly in tact, but next day someone knocked over a main telephone pole in the neighborhood, and out went the power. We waited a week for it to be fixed while other storm related damage was repaired.

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                      #11
                      I have two homes.
                      My primary residence and my cabin.
                      I never run out of projects.

                      What are you going to do with your cousin's house?
                      Sell? Rent?


                      Brian

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                        #12
                        Hopefully it was an easy fix and only cost the service call.

                        Ugh...humidity...I remember that well. I remember being shocked (and very much second-guessing life decisions) when waking on a late spring day in Minnesota and dew was running down the windows. Oh, a nice cool morning for a chance? LOL NO

                        That's because the dew point was 75 and the weather had only cooled to about 73 overnight. That is equivalent to about 4,000% relative humidity, risk of drowning by breathing the air. The AC ran constantly there.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by ua_guy View Post
                          Hopefully it was an easy fix and only cost the service call.

                          Ugh...humidity...I remember that well. I remember being shocked (and very much second-guessing life decisions) when waking on a late spring day in Minnesota and dew was running down the windows. Oh, a nice cool morning for a chance? LOL NO

                          That's because the dew point was 75 and the weather had only cooled to about 73 overnight. That is equivalent to about 4,000% relative humidity, risk of drowning by breathing the air. The AC ran constantly there.
                          It was just a clogged drain pipe. He cleaned it out and was on his way. No charge as the unit was installed less than a year ago and is still covered.

                          Yes, the humidity is a killer. That's why without AC, it's intolerable, and for folks with any sort of respiratory issues, it can literally be deadly. When our power goes out or our AC breaks, we pack up and head to a local hotel for the night.
                          Steve

                          * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                          * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                          * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                            #14
                            We've got three places; main house and farm, lake house and a hunting cabin.
                            The hunting cabin was built relatively maintenance free, so it's been pretty easy. I budget approx. $15k apiece for the other two in annual repairs and preventative maintenance.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Fishindude77 View Post
                              I budget approx. $15k apiece for the other two in annual repairs and preventative maintenance.
                              Honestly, it's not even the money that bothers me. It's the hassle factor. Having to call repair people and contractors, get them to call you back and then actually show up, having to rearrange schedules, clean out areas for them to access what they need to access, etc. I don't mind the money so much. If I could make one call and get the work done promptly, that would be great. The AC fix was easy. I called and they came a few hours later and did the job. Back home, we're still waiting for our siding repair. It's been a couple of months.
                              Steve

                              * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                              * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                              * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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