My money pit or ours?

I’m starting to regret selling my house in cohousing. It was a nice, new construction so my life as a landlord was easy. No repairs, nothing. Now I don’t’ even have renters in yet and the AC broke and I went over the other day and a huge moving puddle was by the front door. I called the plumber and he asked if I took a pic. No, I would the next day when I’d return. He thought it was the new AC dripping out moisture. I took that as the answer. I shouldn’t have.

I came back the other day and some animal ran off. They were enjoying their own private swimming pool. I took pics. The drip drip from the AC was small. This is a raging river. I called the local authorities and had the water shurt off. The next day, no flood but lots of mud and a huge hole under the door!

So, I’m waiting for the plumber and also an estimate from something called slab which deals with big pipe bursts. I don’t even know how much repair will be and I”m running out of time – renters arriving July 20th.  

So, maybe I should have just turned off my emotions and bad memories and kept that house in cohousing. But then I remember, there are repairs there also. Maybe not right away, but houses do age. And there are some problems in common areas.  Some are new – most claim that drainage wasn’t done correctly.  Others worry about a trash pile left from over a hundred years of former farmers. Once we had a meeting where everyone put stickers on areas they wanted fix. I literally said I felt suicidal afterwards. Seeing all those complaints and places to fix was overwhelming.  I thought I bought into a new place and we were fine with things as is, now most of the neighbors wanted to spend lots of money to fix things. 

Then there was the urgent issue of the Common House floor. An inspector said it was rotting right under the huge fridge.  That was in 2020. Last I heard they are still doing surveys and figuring out where to start repairs in the whole common house. I’m surprised the fridge has not sunk in yet. I thought it was urgent, but I guess like everything in cohousing, I was wrong.

So, I may not be happy wondering how much I have to drain out of my bank account to pay for a drain breaking but at least I get to make all the decisions myself. I don’t have to make consensus on what is a priority to fix or not and wait for it to burst until maybe something will be done.  

So, I’ll take my private money pit compared to a shared one!

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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5 Responses to My money pit or ours?

  1. Flower says:

    Not fun watching the money drain out of a bank account for home repairs and that movie hits close to home! Been there, done that. One year it was the roof, then the next I had to replace a heater, which is a costly repair. Then the next year it was a sewer, which was the absolute worst!

    This movie clip called J.C.’s Breakdown pretty much sums up how I felt after hearing the news about the sewer and how much it was going to cost: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUkqho3OUos

  2. CJ says:

    Great video! I’m glad I’m not at that level yet. It’s better to yell, scream, and fix it then let a community wait around for it to get worst!

    • Flower says:

      I agree which is another reason why I find such scenarios puzzling. Everything that I mentioned that I had to find the funds to fix was urgent, especially the sewer and that was a huge expensive repair involving the city and getting permits, etc. It was not a DYI situation. Someone said, “Oh just get your insurance to pay for it.” People are clueless and homeowners insurance doesn’t pay for such things. It is all on the homeowner. We had an inspection after we made the offer on the home and the sewer wasn’t a problem then. Things change and houses age. Even newer properties can develop problems. People focus on the cosmetic rather than other issues.

      So my experience comes from being a home owner and I just don’t see how the whole consensus would work if something became urgent or just ignore it until it becomes urgent.

      Those people in cohousing must have a ton of money to burn or they get the funds from their parents.

  3. CJ says:

    I think I meant worse

  4. CJ says:

    I realized that at my cohousing more people have come and gone than the original people who bought in. But they didn’t just not discuss fixing problems with buildings and let them rot until they (wlll) become urgent problems, they also never discussed relationship issues and group dynamics. So it’s a mess either way but my group did tend to have a lot of money, feel entitled, and many relied on parental funds. It was hard for the few who were more on a budget.

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