While I don’t get a lot of time off from my job, I try to make the most of it. This means that I go on trips for myself, and sometimes I go visit relatives to help them out. That is exactly what I managed to do last week when I went to visit my Aunt Joanne.
When I was younger, my aunt Joanne took care of me, so as an adult I try to take care of her. She is on her own, so I try to help out where I can.
This week, I was there helping her fix the windows on her house. One of the kids on the block had thrown a baseball through her window, and it needed to be replaced.
Since I was not an expert when it came to replacing windows, we decided that it made sense to find a place that specialized in replacement windows in Los Angeles instead. They would be able to do the job properly and in a short amount of time, so it made the most sense.
So that is exactly what we did.
I managed to find a contractor that replaced the window and by the time they were done, the house looked as good as new. Hopefully the kids on the block won’t be throwing balls around her house any time soon..
I have always been thrifty. If I can save a dollar, I will do work myself, or buy things on clearance. For the most part, this has worked well for me over the years, but from time to time saving money this way is a bad idea.
Let me share an example with you.
A few weeks ago, I was able to buy a dishwasher on clearance at our local appliance store. They were clearing out some of their refurbished models, and I saw it as a great opportunity to save a couple of dollars. Bringing it home, I hooked it up myself as it was cheaper than paying a technician to do it.
That was a big mistake.
As it turned out, I didn’t attach the drain hose properly, so the first time I used the dishwasher, I had water all over the floor of the kitchen and into the basement.
Thankfully, I knew a good water damage restoration company in the area that was able to come out quickly to assess the damage. They were able to provide me a quote and get started on the work right way.
Now the kitchen is as good as new and I learned a valuable lesson: sometimes it is better to pay the money and leave installing appliances to the experts.