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The Irony of Home Improvement

Nine years ago this weekend, Jim and I embarked on homeownership. We bought a 3-4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath out in the boonies because we could afford it. I promised my husband that we would build a garage because that was one of his prerequisites and this house didn’t have one.

Then we had quads. And another baby.

Nine years later we are just now starting to talk about building that garage. And a “breezeway” or mudroom for me. Because you can be sure that I won’t get much use out of that garage.

Here’s the kicker, though. We have to refinance our mortgage to do this. The bank will give us x amount of money to do our improvements. To get that money and all the permits etc, we have to get drawings done by a professional that tells people what exactly we’re going to do.

Said drawings cost $600-$800. Now, we could forgo our vacation and pay for the drawings. I don’t know about you, but neither Jim nor I is all that fond of THAT idea.

I just find it ironic that to find out how much of a loan you need, you almost have to get a loan first.

And that’s just the preliminary drawings! Not the final official ones that will cost several THOUSAND DOLLARS!


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