Home Maintenance and Retirement
My attitude about home maintenance and repairs has changed. There are several reasons for this changed attitude but mostly because I see our retirement needs and desires more clearly now.
I don’t want the hassle of experiencing leaks, hiring someone to find them, then hoping that the “patch” is successful. I think it is time to replace this roof with something that will eliminate those hassles. At my stage in life, I don’t need those distractions.
The lowest cost strategy to meet my desires is to hire someone to install another asphalt shingle roof. I don’t like that option either. We intend to keep this lake home in the family. I don’t want to be 75 years old and beyond and worry about replacing another asphalt shingle roof. So we are looking at installing a metal roof. Most manufacturers will warrant them for 30 years or even for life. That’s what I need.
Metal roofs cost a lot more than shingle roofs – in the short term. But the life cycle costs should be a lot lower, including lower insurance costs and reduced energy bills. Metal roofs also look really nice on a rural lake home, in my opinion.
I have already decided that when the wood siding on this home needs repainting, I am not going to paint it. Instead, I will replace the wood siding with a fiber cement product. Fiber cement siding (e.g., Hardie Board) won’t rot, burn, warp, get eaten by insects, etc. It is tough and durable. Because of its structural stability, the painted finishes will typically last 15 years or more. This almost eliminates another periodic maintenance chore – painting. Of course, it is more expensive. But if we can afford it, we will do it.
So here’s my bottom line for home maintenance and retirement. I want to spend what I can afford now to eliminate future problems and expenses when I retire. No more short term fixes to save money.
Have your attitudes toward home maintenance changed as you approach retirement?
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