For years and years, my husband and I took care of household maintenance and remodeling projects ourselves. He grew up with a DIY dad and I, having owned 2 houses before meeting him, learned to do some handy tasks, and I’ve learned lots more from him over the years. We’ve built and removed walls, pulled wire, hung ceiling fans, replaced plumbing, built decks, remodeled 2 kitchens and 2 bathrooms, and laid tile. For the longest time, the only thing we had done by professionals was installing carpet because we didn’t want to do that ourselves.
Now that we’re older, wiser, and a bit more comfortable financially, we’re doing less and hiring out more. We wanted to replace the windows in the house about 6 years ago, and we could have done it ourselves, over the course of a number of weekends, but by hiring pros, it was done in a day. My husband used to climb up on the roof to clean the gutters (I don’t do heights) but after his multiple spinal surgeries, we called in a local guy - definitely money well-spent. Last winter, we had a metric ass-ton of snow on our (roughly 100’) driveway. In the past, we’ve shoveled ourselves, but this time, we put a sign at our mailbox saying “Plow Wanted” and we gladly paid a couple of guys to dig us out.
I feel safe in saying there will be no more remodeling in the house - we’ve got it to where it works well for us. I still want to replace a couple of closet doors, but we can handle that ourselves. I’m pretty sure we’re not going to build another storage shed - if we decide we need one, we’ll buy it and have it delivered and set up. When the water heater dies, we may well have someone install a new one - depends on how much older we are.
The next biggie will be mowing the yard. Driving around the riding mower is easy enough, but walking behind the push mower on the slopes and in the ditches is getting more challenging. When my knees complain too much, I’ll start writing checks for that. It appears we’ve gotten to the point where our line is drawn according to our physical limitations. I’m guessing the next line will be from home ownership to an apartment where someone else can deal with the heavy stuff.
In some ways, I miss the projects we did together, but the next thing we’ve planned is a cruise, so there’s that!