[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Apartment Leases

There is also the question of capable. You need to use licensed people for some things such as electricians or plumbers in many states. You cannot see details of your yard as a blind person which a capable worker with some independent initiative sees such as noticing things need weeding or trees need trimming. It is possible to end up with someone who is reliable about mowing a lawn but does not take it upon himself or herself to notice other things which need doing without being directly asked to do things. Directly asking can be difficult if you are blind because of course you will not notice.


E.
At 10:09 AM 7/22/2007, you wrote:
Hi E.,

I think I see your point.  Finding just the right person, or group of
people, to tend to various tasks around the house could be a challenge.
Some would likely try to do as little as possible, while others will prove
far more reliable.  And I imagine that once you find a reliable person, you
want to hang on to them.

And sometimes, judging someone's performance can only be done after they've
done the work, and you learn whether their standards were high or low based
on things like how soon you have to do maintenance on that thing again.  It
can be a costly proposition, in time, money, and quality of work.

I welcome any advice.  Although it'll be at least a year before I endeavor
to buy my own property, I'm definitely into long-range planning.


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Laura the expense is one aspect of it.  Expense is at least something a
person can come to judge.  The part I want to warn about is the doing of the
work.  If one is fortunate enough to have somebody reliable to do the
various kinds of work which goes with a house, all is well.  This does mean
relying on a lot of dependable people.  It is something to consider.
Getting people to do jobs is just plain stressful.  One would hope things
run smoothly.  At a practical level there are a lot of variables and it
requires a good deal of patience.  For a blind person, it is easy to get in
over your head.

E.
At 08:32 AM 7/22/2007, you wrote:
>Hi E.,
>
>Actually, I'm not at all troubled by the questions you ask, because
>I've been pondering the same things myself.
>
>In the next few months, I will be living alone.  My skill in doing home
>repair is negligible.  That means that just about anything that goes
>wrong, I'll have to hire someone to fix.  This can be a significant added
expense.
>I've watched a friend of mine struggle with plumbing problems, and it
>is costing her a fortune to fix them.
>
>Even routine maintenance tasks are either beyond my skill or interest.
>I'd prefer to pay someone to come mow my yard, shovel snow in the
>winter, and clean out the gutters and such.  All this begins to add up,
>and would need to be included in my budget as I analyze the costs of buying
vs. renting.
>
>The condo in a community would address many of these concerns, but in
>so doing, I'd lose my ability to have a large dog if I chose to.
>Beyond that, I think a condo in a community begins to feel too much
>like apartment living.
>
>I'm certainly not saying that a blind person can't or shouldn't own a
>house, but there are definite issues to consider.
>
>In the end, I shall buy a house.  There are many advantages to home
>ownership that I'm interested in obtaining, but in the end, I've got to
>make some careful choices.
>
>
>
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>I was being conservative.  You are correct.  Every two weeks is more
>like it.  And then there is weeding.  If one fails to mow and weed the
>yard ends up looking crumby.  We have not discussed the amount of money
>or time spent in winter shoveling out driveway and porch steps.
>
>Mind you there are advantages to home ownership.  Maintenance for a
>blind person is truly something to investigate thoroughly.  If someone
>buys an older house fixing up may be necessary.  Again it is
>challenging finding good quality work when it may be difficult to
>evaluate a contractor and such.
>
>House ownership is tricky given the number of surprises which can arise.
>For a blind person it may present particularly interesting challenges.
>Again rather than thinking my comments please think of them as things
>to ponder.
>
>By the way, for those of you who have read my comments over time, much
>of what I say is meant as things to think about rather than outright
>negative thinking.  Sometimes I come across in a way I do not intend.
>Some of that is the limitation of email.  Some is the limitation of my
>personality.  I am working hard on tact, and expressing myself better.
>
>I am actually a kind person who gives people the benefit of the doubt.
>I have been known to give some people too many chances as it were.
>Anyhow, I just want to add how important all of you on this list are to
>me.  Oh yes, I am a bit long winded too. (grin)
>
>E.
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