Monday, December 10, 2012

Our Bigger House

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Thanks for the guest post by Jo Levy

I’ve been asking around at school to see if anyone knows how to get my utilities down because it’s been ridiculous seeing my rates go up so much in the last year. I think it’s partly because we added the addition to the house and it’s so much bigger than it used to be but I also think it’s because the attic is really not very well insulated. One of the other teachers gave me a retial electricity providers list and I’ve been going down that looking for someone who offers fixed rates or just something lower than what we’re paying now. Between the cost for renovating the house and buying all the supplies and having to buy the lot next door to make it bigger we are WAY in the hole this year. We told the kids there were only going to be 2 Christmas presents per person since we normally get way over the top when it comes to gift-giving holidays. I never once thought I’d be thirty years old with a huge house and three kids but my husband’s job has been really good to us and that’s just the path life took us on. I have to give out some advice though and that’s to never, ever renovate a house until you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. I thought about it long and hard and decided we needed the space more than I needed my sanity for the moment and BOY was I wrong. It was a year-long ordeal and between the permits and the contractors I truly thought I was going to lose my mind. But now that the house is finished and all the kids have their own bedrooms I think we’re really happy we did it. It was cheaper than buying a bigger house in the same part of town would have been and this way we got to customize everything to our liking, which was nice.
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