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!