My good friends Valerie and Kevin own two Volvos and are always joking that repairs cost either $300, $600, $800 or $1,000 regardless of how small. Still, they love the cars and wouldn’t drive anything else. I’m beginning to think we’re buying a Volvo of a house.
Today I received the estimate on the chimney which needs new [tuckpointing](http://www.maconline.org/tech/maintenance/point1/point1.html) and repair around the top. Why isn’t the seller paying for this, you might ask? Because he’s a crusty old fart who got mad when we bargained with him on the price and refuses to do any repairs. So we’re gathering up estimates for the big jobs and planning to do them one at a time in the near future (read: when we have money). The chimney repair wasn’t really that bad and wasn’t a surprise. Actually, none of the repairs are surprises. We looked at this house about six times before making an offer so we knew what we were getting in to. Still, I’m a little tired right now. I don’t really want a project, but I know this house will be worth the effort. In the end, we’ll have a gorgeous home that’s uniquely ours and we will have increased the value far more than the money and time we put into it. At least that’s the plan.