Two months after I closed on the cutest condo ever in a 9-unit converted Manor House from the early 1900’s, it began raining inside.
First lesson learned: If a home inspector mentions in passing that a kitchen must have had water damage “at some time in the past,” do everything in your power to verify that it well and truly was IN THE PAST!
Tip 1: Always have lots of big bowls and pitchers on hand ready to be pressed into alternative service.
Loud crashes in the night never bode well.
Tip 2: Prominently display home warranty company and insurance company phone numbers.
Somewhere water-damage-free is preferable.
Tip #3: Be patient with the repair crew – especially if wood floors are involved.
Two months can definitely feel LONG though.
Tip #4: Remember, when it rains, it pours.
Tip #5: Have a nearby friend or neighbor on speed dial.
One with access to trash cans and recycling bins is a bonus!
Tip #6a: When moving into a new place, discover where the Water Shut-off valves are ASAP. Especially if you have neighbors on the same line.
#6b: Keep wine handy for overwrought resident experts 😉 A glass or two does wonders for stress levels!
Tip #7: Never ever delete or throw away disaster restoration and repair company numbers. Always be polite with the dispatcher, even when you’re running low on patience.
Tip #8: Be polite to the insurance company as well. If you find a good one – stick with it!
Tip #9: Home Warranty companies may be useless in a true emergency – especially if the emergency company you use is the priciest in the phone book.
Tip #10: Laughter is ALWAYS the best medicine! While a momentary panic is perfectly understandable – shift into survival mode quickly.
After all, what good does screaming do when there’s a six-foot wall of water crashing down around you!
Sometimes all you can do is laugh and expect the unexpected. It could almost always be worse! Take a breath, control what you can, and enjoy the ride!
Thanks to Blogging 101 – Day 19 post about “New to you post formats” and to classmates who encouraged me to try a different style with my “flash non-fiction” assignment.