After Steven finished the backyard (which I have yet to post about, my bad), he promised me that he was done doing projects for a while. About a week later, we noticed a big water spot in the ceiling of the mudroom. Steven took out that section of ceiling and insulation to discover that it was coming from the upstairs balcony. He thought it was coming from around the door, so he caulked around that… nope. Then there was that suspicious hole by the window… nope. Perhaps the little gap in the siding… nope. Hours of spraying with a pressure washer later, we still had no idea where the water was coming from.
We had a few people come out and look at it and none of them knew where the water was coming from, but they all told us that the balcony needed to be replaced. The previous contractor had done a poor job and as a result, it was rotting and causing a danger. Replacing the balcony might fix the leak, but there’s no guarantee.
These unexpected expenses are why I title this blog The Joys of Home Ownership. I knew early on that “Joys” would often be italicized.
Onto boundaries. One morning, I was nursing Caroline in the living room when I saw someone walking around our backyard. I immediately jumped. The fact that there was someone in the backyard was odd for various reasons 1- It was 7:00 a.m. on a week day 2- No one had permission to be in our backyard 3- This person proceeding to put a ladder onto our balcony and walked up. Needless to say, I was not pleased. Turns out that one of the companies Steven had called decided to “help himself.” Fantastic.
The best part, is that this wasn’t an isolated incident. Today, we came home and Steven was expecting someone else to look at the balcony. We come home to find him already on the balcony. Seriously? What is wrong with these people? Maybe it’s the California roots, but you don’t just walk onto someone’s property, prop a ladder and climb onto their balcony. Not acceptable.
After all that, we got a quote. $3,500! The best part is that there is no guarantee that this will fix the leak. And even better yet, the 15 year warranty is voided if you drill any holes in the balcony. Fair enough, we won’t drill holes. Easy enough, right? NOPE! After the balcony is replaced, the railing needs to be re-installed. But the company won’t do it because it voids the warranty. No big deal, we can just hire it out. Again, nope. That would also void the warranty. Fine fine, we’ll do it ourselves. Still no! So then we think, ok, we’ll just leave it as is and not go onto the balcony anymore. Once again, nope. That would cause our home owner’s insurance to drop us. Freaking fantastic!
I am none too pleased. Steven asked me the infamous question, “So what do you want to do?” Who knows.