When You’re a Homeowner, It’s Often Sink or Swim

Phew. This past week was not a good week to be a homeowner…at least not the homeowner of mine and Michael’s house.

I don’t know if I’ve written about it on here before or not, but our house was built in 1930. It’s an adorable little craftsman style home that we both fell in love with immediately (we had an accepted offer within 24 hours of our first look). However, owning an old home is not always the easiest thing in the world. As Michael and I have learned in the past almost 2 years that we’ve lived here, owning a house (especially one this old) requires a lot of upkeep and a lot of updating. Someone once told me you’ll never complete all the projects on your home to do list; they weren’t kidding!

But either way, we’ve been working on it. In the past few months, we’ve painted and updated the bathroom a bit, fixed all the cracks and nail holes in the walls, touched up paint around the house, and really begun to get the hang of this homeowner thing. We even rebuilt a toilet last weekend!

But this week we also learned that sometimes you have to put a hold on the things on your master to do list, because sometimes things just come up. Or in our case, come down.

Late last week, a strong thunderstorm took down two fences on our property. But that wasn’t the worst part…

If you live in Knoxville, you know about the flash flooding that happened Monday. Hell, even if you don’t live here, you may have heard. What we all thought was a normal, maybe slightly heavy thunderstorm turned into a nightmare…and fast. Long story short, I came home from work to find over a foot of standing water in our basement…which previously served as the master storage unit of our almost closet-less home. We spent the evening sucking water out with a shop vac and the night listening to our sump pump finish the job. Now this weekend, we’ll be leaving a nice pile of belongings on the curb for the garbage man. And sometime soon, we’ll be replacing the wooden support beams that hold our house up. Like they say, when it rains it pours — in this case, literally!

Needless to say, it’s been a rough week…and to be honest, when we decided we wanted to buy a house, I never really thought about all these random things that just come up. But it’s a learning experience, and little by little, I think Michael and I are both learning that we’re capable of being adults and taking care of ourselves and our home. Crazy how that happens, isn’t it? But I guess it’s times like these you learn whether you can sink or swim. And owning our house and being faced with these problems has taught us that we’re able to swim.

[Photo by Greg Livaudais. Used under Creative Commons.]

About Nicole Denton

With a love of planning just about anything — from her own wedding, to bridal and baby showers, to dinner parties, and more – Nicole is the Plunge Project’s founder and former editor-in-chief. A New Jersey native, Nicole has called Chandler, Arizona home since 2013, where she currently lives with her husband Michael; two pit bulls, Shelby and Link; and cat, Kity Perry. A University of Tennessee graduate, Nicole has a bachelors in communications and a career at a rapidly-growing digital marketing firm.

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