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Under Contract

November 15th, 2016 at 12:41 pm

I signed the contracts for my new roof and rain gutters. They will charge my MasterCard for my deposit of $950. It will be several months before the work actually begins.

I took a 10.5k draw on my Heloc, and was able to fix the rate at 4.24% for 3 years. The required minimum payments barely cover the interest. However, I believe I can pay the balance in full before the 3 years is up.

Home From Tahoe; A Second Estimate

November 14th, 2016 at 05:22 pm

I'm home from Tahoe. We had perfect, beautiful weather. Smile And I have 10 new pokemon! I have 122 now; I am really getting there. Not that you care, but now you know. Stick Out Tongue

I have received a second estimate now. It was $9450 for the roof with no insulation, an additional $1300 including insulation. Also, $900 for new rain gutters.

The first estimate was $9500 including insulation; $1000 for new rain gutters.

Since my house was built, there is a new minimum standard for insulation in the attic. If you replace the roof, you must meet the new standard. The second roofer says there is an exception you can meet by choosing a light color shingle. That is why he quotes both with and without insulation.

A friend told me that since I am going from a wood shake roof to an asphalt shingle roof, I can expect my new roof to absorb more heat. In his opinion, it is a mistake to pass on the additional insulation.

So, I guess the first estimate was fair and this is just what it costs. It has been a lot of work getting these two estimates; I wouldn't mind getting a third but that requires getting a third roofer to return my calls.

SB said I should check with Costco. They do offer a lot of home improvement services. But I checked, they do not offer roofing.

I think I am going to hire the first company. The cost will be 10.5k. I will borrow that from my Heloc. Then I will attempt to cash flow the other work I want to have done this summer. Mainly concrete and tree removal, the rest I am fairly certain I can do myself, with a little help from SB. Once that is done and paid for, I can turn my efforts to paying down the Heloc.

A Second Roofer Has Returned My Call!!

November 4th, 2016 at 04:38 pm

At this point, I have put calls in to several more roofers. One just called back! I spoke with him at length, and he has promised to come by Monday, then email me a bid.

I am leaving Sunday for a week in Tahoe. I plan to read, color in my new adult coloring book with my new colored pencils and fine-tipped markers, cross-stitch, and just generally chilaxe. My kids are staying home; couldn't talk any of them into it.

Mortgage Chips To Date

November 4th, 2016 at 01:10 pm

My mortgage payment has posted. This month I paid an additional $14.28. My new balance is $163,650.00.

Chips to date: $2,111.76

Interest savings this month: $7.90

Interest savings to date: $206.96

Eventually, the interest savings on the chips I have already made will compound to $4,485.24, provided I own this house until July 1, 2042. Which I probably won't. Stick Out Tongue

Net Worth 10-31-16

November 4th, 2016 at 06:50 am

Cash is down. Frown
Debt is down. Smile
Investments are down. Frown
Home value estimate is unchanged.