Talk about a bittersweet feeling. Getting a ton of work done on the house is extremely satisfying. However, watching the bank account take a dip is not. Since this is a happy place I will focus my thought on the good and learned side. The reality that I have the time to actually complete the projects on the house that have been sitting around for years is setting in. In a few short weeks I will have all new doors, windows and a new back fence. I also plan to have my house repainted next spring to complete the last of the major projects I have.
Taking the words of my wise mother. “Put money aside and pretend it does not exist” and “Never pay off a house with work to be done”. Paraphrasing there but it was something like that. I decided to NOT pay off the house but to do the repairs and maintenance needed first and still have emergency funds left. I am happy to say both have been accomplished. I may post pictures when the work is done. Wow…Now I am excited.
The lesson learned for me in this:
Make a decision and own the results. Its much easier to make a decision, face the consequences good or bad, learn from the decision, and move forward. I dwelled and stressed for too long in limbo on what I wanted to do until a friend said either do it or drop it and move on. I can say now that the wheels are in motion there is a lot less stress from the pressure of indecision. I am now anticipating a warmer ( U-Factor .25-.23 using Milguard double pane), more secure house with an updated look.