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So back about 20 years ago I decided not to live paycheck to paycheck anymore...…. Then I started renovating the house. So much for best laid plans
I have really fantastic dive buddies (who are also my best friends) that are in the trades. I spent a good portion of my working life in the trades too. One guy is an excellent carpenter and the other an excellent plumber. I have another customer who owns a roofing company. I did my roof by myself 25 years ago and it came out nice, but I swore never again. So last time I just called him. His crew had it done in a day and a half, It would have taken me two weeks.I think I also missed the memo that buying the house was the cheap part. There's always something that needs attention. If there isn't, then something else will break in a catastrophic way.
I'm a handy guy, grew up in construction. I do most of the work on the house myself (and end up repairing the work I do hire out) and I have no idea how anyone could possibly afford to maintain a home if they're not the hands-on type.