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I'm reeling from bills!Well done for getting back to work today, even though I'm sure it was the last thing you felt like doing. Sleep well x
I`m not surprised.I'm depressed!
Well, exactly. So, when I knew the roof was leaking, I contacted my brother who knows a lot of people, and has had a lot of work done on his own house, including having to have his kitchen re roofed. He called this guy himself, because he said he knows this man is very straight, and has no time for "cowboys", and my brother knew he does very good work. My brother told me that if this guy says something is needed, then I can be sure that it is.I hate the fact that so much we get tradesmen to do for us has to be taken on trust!
I am also another one that wonders if being a woman on her own makes us more vulnerable
I used to work for a Conveyancing Solicitor one time, Lavender. So we dealt with Surveyors and buyers/sellers of property all the time. At one time, we had buyers come back to us about a HUGE hole in a wall in the house they were buying, that the surveyor had missed! It was apparently behind a door when the door was opened, so he never saw it! That's why their reports always say something along the lines that the survey was "visual only and takes no account of defects or work covered up or hidden"!I'd feel depressed too Lady A.
Finding tradespeople who won't rip you off or do a substandard job is such a lottery isn't it!
We bought our house a bit over 3 years ago and things like the roof which didn't show as a problem on the survey have needed replacing. I love the house, but it has proved to be a bit of a money pit. I dread what's going to go wrong next.
You honestly have all my sympathy. X
Well, yes. Housing Associations are very thin on the ground here! And rents are outrageous. There's no way I could afford rent on my pension. I saw an absolutely TINY little house in town recently, a very old house, but fully "refurbished". 2 tiny bedrooms, shower room (too small for a full bath), living room/kitchen. €950 per month!! That's more than my entire income!I do feel like we just cannot win.
One of my friends rents her house from a housing association and always bemoans the fact that she doesn't own the house as she really loves it. My answer is always the same. If we have high winds and your roof is damaged the housing association will get the repair done ASAP (hers is a really good one). If my roof is damaged I have to hope the insurance covers it, or else find the money for the repair and the roofer who will do a good job as well. She admits I have a point. X
Absolutely agree with you Lady A. Upkeep of house is expensive but it is your house. My house is over a hundred years old!! The latest excitement was floor sinking in sitting room!! That is sorted now. Bills seem to come together and if one thing goes wrong this is followed by something else! A merry go round.Exactly. Average rents around here start at €650 for the lower end of the market. So I will have to try and get any repairs done, and keep the home I have in relatively good nick!