Unexpected Costs

As the owner of a brand new house, it didn’t occur to me that there would be much maintenance and up keep on the property immediately.

This has been true for the first 6 months in this new place.  But suddenly, at the 6 month mark, everything seemed to need my attention.

First, all my overhead kitchen lights died on me.  Next, the florescent light bulbs underneath the kitchen cabinets died.  I’m not talking about switching one light bulb.  I’m talking about having to switch out 9 light bulbs all in the space of about 2 weeks!

Do you know how much light bulbs costs???

Because this isn’t a dinky old kitchen but a fancy upgraded kitchen, I needed $7 flood light bulbs to get the proper lighting.  As a newbie to this bulb changing business, I purchased each bulb as I needed which was inefficient and expensive.

Then my refrigerator water filter alarm started going off.  It didn’t occur to me that my fridge water came from a filter.  This time I was a little smarter and shopped around a bit.  Checking out the local Home Depot & Walmart found the filters to be in the $35-$40 range.  Again, not what I was expecting.  Shopping online showed some better prices $25-$30.

The last thing on my 6 month maintenance list is to replace the air filter for the heating & cooling unit.   They’re ranging $20-$30 a piece.  Cheaper prices to be had when you buy in bulk.  I think I’ll be going this route.

Can you believe it?  Now I understand the “up keep” part of home ownership.  What have you done lately to maintain your house?

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