Last month (September):
Years left: 1.5
P =$1,129.93, I =$84.47, Escrow =$809.48
This month (October):
Years left: 1.4166666666666667
P =$1,134.40, I =$80.00, Escrow =$809.48
One month’s prepayment savings: $0
On top of all the things we needed to do (get things painted) to get things into shape for new tenants, and optional things we didn’t do (replace carpets that are starting to look their age), we also got get hit up with home maintenance things.
While DH was gone on a business trip, I noticed that the mat surrounding the toilet in the guest bathroom was soaked through. It didn’t smell like cat pee or effluent in any way. So I removed the mat and waited a day. The next day the carpet was soaked through. Upon further examination there is a crack in the tank, so our option of getting the toilets replaced became a necessity for one of the toilets and it wasn’t even the rattier of the two remaining toilets. That was $600+ for another two wonderful toto toilets plus $80 installation (since we had a bunch of plumbing stuff that needed to get done, we figured we might as well have the plumbers do the installation and not take our time). Although we love the sani-gloss on the children’s toilet, we didn’t spring extra for the sanigloss on these two because one is the master toilet and the other the guest bedroom toilet, but we did buy an ADA compliant toilet for the guest bathroom.
DH put off having our deck repainted, even though it was rapidly becoming more wood than paint because he wanted to replace a board first and ask his dad for advice on that while he was visiting over Easter. Well, over Easter his dad said the entire walk-way needed to be replaced and to hire someone to do that. We tried, but it kept raining, and then when it stopped raining, all of the handymen and companies were booked solid. So in the end DH had to do it himself while I watched the kids and took care of other moving issues. He did a great job, even though there were concrete posts involved! When it came time to paint the deck, DC1 helped which made it go a bit faster than it used to. So that entire experience ended up being only ~$200 (for wood, paint, cement, and painting paraphernalia) when we had been expecting much more. We thought we were going to have to pay to dispose of the concrete posts (after several weeks of the city not taking them with our trash), but fortunately they (barely) fit into DH’s trunk and the guy at the concrete disposal place just laughed at what a tiny amount we had brought compared to the industrial waste they normally handle and said no charge.
I suspect the refrigerator is on its last legs, but we didn’t have time to look into replacing that. I hope it doesn’t die too horribly on our tenants, but if it does, they will get a much nicer refrigerator, since this was the cheapest model available at home depot back when we were grad students.
Oddly, in our rental, DH can’t seem to let go of the homeowners mentality and has been fixing their broken things rather than asking the landlord to say, send in a plumber. So he’s taken care of a leaky shower and a broken toilet without even mentioning it to the landlord.
What kind of housing maintenance things have you been having to take care of? What do you call a landlord in for?