We live in a relatively quiet working class neighborhood of mostly manufactured ( mobile homes) on nice size lots. Our home ( mobile home) is modest and unassuming but aesthetically pleasing, at least that is the appearance to passers-by.
We chose it for the picturesque setting , easy terms and low down payment. While the home is older, it was bright cheery, and spacious enough not to feel closed in. It has also been recently redone. Nothing fancy, but nice drywall refinishes ( textured) , clean carpet, new fixtures, blinds throughout. Easy enough to put my own personal touches in and make it a comfortable home.
In my initial appraisal, the only rehab it needed was the kitchen cabinets needed updating and eventually new appliances. Oh and the toilet, much too small and too low for my liking.
Well… within a month or so of moving in, we realized we had a septic problem that was alleviated when we stopped using the washing machine.
No problem, there was a laundromat around the corner.
Or in a pinch – we could do our clothes in the tub which we did ( do). We would spin the clothes out and then put them in the dryer.
And then dryer broke.
Then the laundromat closed down.
By then, our savings was gone and getting to the Laundromat in town became an issue.
As for awhile, paying our garbage bill which escalated even when we stopping using the service after our paid service was up. THe garbage bill is paid quarterly (3 months at a time) and we managed for the first six months of living here.
After that. the bagged garbage stacked up on the porch. A pile remains under a tarp. With the hot weather, it smells pretty bad and attracts buggies.
Our latest garbage service bill is for $219.00. $150 of which is past due. If paid, we can resume service but it will only resume and there is a limit to the amount of garbage we can put out on the curb for collection. We would still need to do a dump run. This costs money too .
Mind you, while we had the thrift store, we had access to a dumpster but we had to be considerate of the other businesses we shared it with so we could not utilize it to solve all our garbage disposal issues but access to the dumpster did help for awhile.
Then a plumbing issue was realized in the kitchen. When we tried to remedy the situation the fittings crumbled, rendering the sink useless. Of course, due to the age of the home, the plumbing is not a standard size and the supplies need to be ordered. Then we would have to rent an industrial size ‘snake’ to clear the pipes. And of course we could not hire a plumber to do it for us.
Now we bathe, wash clothes and do our dishes in the only bathroom. This has been going on for almost a year.
Not the most sanitary environment for anyone. Not to mention what it does to the psyche.
All this added to regular home maintenance issues that need to be dealt with such as the carpet needs a good cleaning, we need to get a pest control service to come in now, the blinds need replacing because of the hot Florida sun have left them brittle and breaking . The septic tank needs to be pumped out too.
So yes, our home has suffered . These problems are inevitable when you are struggling to just get by and there is no extra money for these fixes.
When closing the store, things got worse. Stuff that was ‘temporarily’ stored on the porch got wet. More mess.
I write this post to give you all a clearer understanding of the NEEDS remaining in this fundraiser.
I want you to know, this is NOT about REDECORATING or GETTING new furniture , this is to make our home habitable AGAIN. Up until now. this was something we had to live with. Sadly it was not top priority. BUT these needs have always been near the top of our list.
Now with so much of the other stuff dealt with. We look forward to focusing on these items.
Thanks for your understanding and support.
God Bless You All.
Since April 17, 2013, we have raised $1,245.00
Our Goal is $3,000.00
We still have another $1,755.00 to GO! 🙂 But I know it’s possible!
To see how these funds will be used, please visit our updated NEEDS page.
These are all VITAL items!
ALL DONATIONS ( regardless of amount, or means ) are GREATLY appreciated!
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