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Drip, Drip, Drip Went the Money…


When we purchased our home, we were forced to remodel part of the bathroom due to a shower pan leak. The ‘partial’ remodel turned into a full master bathroom remodel very quickly. My husband tore out the shower pan, then decided to tear out the shower walls since he was working on it anyway. Then he decided to replace the floor since the shower was going to be new and… you get it. He didn’t have to do much convincing to me. The bathroom was in terrible shape and I was excited to replace it.

Obviously, this was before we decided to become debt free.

Midway through the project, my husband asked what I thought about replumbing the whole house. He was concerned about the age of the house (over 50 years) and, in his experience, slab leaks from plumbing failures tend to be very expensive. I’m curious as to what a plumber charges to fix a slab leak. Moreover, would a plumber in Long Beach (or any other large city) charge more or does the price tend to remain constant regardless of location.

I didn’t want to do it. I felt like our credit card had been exercised enough with the remodel. He persisted and I gave in. We have all new plumbing in our home.

Last Wednesday, my mother called. They have a slab leak at their house.

The water crept across the carpeting, into walls, waffled through furniture, and up through bookcases.

My husband has been working to replumb their home and has had to cut open lots, and lots, and lots of holes in the walls and ceilings. I went to visit and felt like I was standing in the middle of a cube of Swiss cheese.

Of course, this comes at a bad time for my parents. My father is working diligently to start his own business and money is tight. It would have been nice if they had been able to pick a better time for a home disaster like we were able to do.


I hate saying this…

but hubby was right. He saved us a fortune.

No, he’s not like me. He doesn’t rub it in – but he’s got a sparkly little glint in his eye today.



The roommates are moving out. OK, I know I said that before… but this time I mean it?

Well, my husband and I thought they were moving out. They closed escrow on March 3rd. Made sense right? You own a home. You move into it.

Or not.

My brother and his wife (our roommates) have decided to remodel the home before moving into it – and it’s not a simple job either. They have moved load bearing walls, tore out the kitchen completely, moved a wall in the master bedroom, removed the fixtures in the master bathroom, and removed the floor coverings.

These things are kinda important to have put back together BEFORE moving in.

So, we still have roommates.

Knowing they ARE moving out sometime in the next 2-3 months makes taking their rent check pretty darn easy.

I’ll miss that check when it’s gone *cough* I mean, I’ll miss THEM when they are gone.