Eric and I were so excited to become homeowners last fall. Home ownership has always been a huge goal for us, so when it finally happened—after years of thinking it was just a distant dream—we were absolutely thrilled.
When we bought this two-bedroom house, we knew it would be too small for us once we started expanding our family. But by purchasing a smaller house within our price range, we would still be able to save a lot every month. And we planned to save enough after three or four years to build a third-bedroom addition.
Well, it’s crazy how quickly plans can change.
In beginning work on our second bedroom, which we plan to make the nursery, we found asbestos underneath the floor (we were planning to redo the floor) and in the closet ceiling. Asbetos is fine if left undisturbed, but if you start doing work and shift it on accident, then the fibers (which are cancerous) can get into the air—and it’s a very bad situation.
Access to the attic is through the closet ceiling in the second bedroom and since we just had AC installed and the workers were going up and down that entrance a lot—the chances that the fibers had been disturbed were very high.
This—combined with the fact that our new offspring would be living in this room—led us to go ahead and call the professionals to remove asbestos from the second bedroom. So what was originally a $700 budgeted project, quickly became almost $3K with asbestos removal.
Talk about BUMMER—this was not good news at all, especially with everything else we need to buy for the baby and that every single house project we do—no matter how well we budget for it—seems to go over 50%. We just keep finding issues because of how old our house is.
At this point—I don’t want to do any more giant renovations on the house. I’d rather accept the fact that is a really good starter home with a comfortable mortgage that lets us save a good chunk of our income, rather than keep putting money into it.
The good news is that our house has already increased about $10K in value since we bought it, so hopefully in several years it will increase enough that we can move on to a bigger place where we CAN make it into our dream home–or who knows, maybe by then we’ll actually be able to afford a place that already comes with everything?!
I could just be freaking out about this asbestos thing, but still.