here’s 2015

As a property owner, you know, or will come to learn that home maintenance costs can add up quickly. Before purchasing, take into consider these factors for how much your property will need for maintenance.


1. Size: As a base estimate, a rule of thumb is to budget $1 for every sq. foot of your home. For example, if you own a property that is 2,000 sq. ft, know that your base, yearly home maintenance cost will be at least $2,000. Then add to that costs for the different factors, as listed below.


2. Age: Freshly constructed properties (0-10 years) will need very little maintenance. After 20 years, you will find problems starting with the piping, roof, heating and cooling systems. Find out the best windows and siding replacements at


3. Condition: Check the history of how well previous homeowners have taken care of the home. If previous owners have good, regular maintenance records, it will greatly impact future home maintenance needs, therefore affecting cost. Remember that you can now store all maintenance records and notes on AbodeStory.


4. Weather: Properties in areas of the country that experience more cold weather, especially periods of freezing temperatures, may require more maintenance than properties that are not. Cold weather, heavy storms can put much more strain on homes than warmer weather. Know the appropriate measures to take to prevent properties from being affected by harsh weather.


5. Property Type: Do you own an apartment, condo, or a large single-family home? Apartments require the lowest maintenance fees out of the three. Single family homes will require much more maintenance, such as replacing shingles on the roof, cleaning the gutters, or even paving the driveway.


6. Location: Knowing the terrain of where your property sits on is important. Being close to water can be a huge issue, especially if your property sits at the bottom of a hill where water is collecting. Make sure you know the appropriate home insurance to purchase, and be mindful that in wetter, humid regions, you are more likely to have termite issues.

Overall note, given all these variables, it is safe to say that you should budget for 1% of your property purchase price, per year for maintenance fees. For example, if you purchased a property at $300,000, then your one percent rule estimates you will pay on average, $3,000, per year on property maintenance fees. Use this as a basic estimation, and take into consideration the factors listed above to get a better prediction.


all things point to hashtag blessed

For the most part, you know?

I have 63,829 things I’ve started to say on Facebook or Twitter and then realized it’s way more than 140 characters or there are way, way too many details to share for a Facebook status update. Then I’ve deleted what I’ve started to write and thought to myself, “Self, you look good today.” And then I carry on about my day. And then NOBODY GETS TO KNOW WHAT WITTY THING I WAS THINKING. Rest assured it was probably in all caps though. 

Since I’m not Catholic my plan of doing this update all confessional style isn’t going to work, since I’ve never seen one of those done anywhere but on TV. And pretty sure Elliot Stabler has been involved in most of the ones I’ve seen. 

Instead, a generic and overused numbered list:

  1. Our son will be 8 months old next week. How the crap balls did that happen? He’s obviously the cutest baby in the world. His latest tricks include high fives, constantly blowing raspberries, using an inchworm tactic to move right along, feeding himself and, as of today, pulling himself into a standing position. He’s pretty much got life figured out. 
  2. Someone just approved a mortgage for us today and we already have a realtor sending us listings every day, which obviously means we’re about to turn into home-owning grow ups. We’re not sure of the exact location we’re buying yet but we know it’ll be less than 15 miles from my work. OR ELSE. 
  3. The elder brother graduated from high school and has registered for his fall semester at a public state university. I’m so proud of how hard he worked the past couple of years and I’m so excited to see how this young man grows in all areas of his life. 
  4. To celebrate the aforementioned high school graduation and that same kid’s 18th birthday, we went to Disney World and Universal Studios for a week. I could summarize it in about 19 blog posts I’ll never write or by one word: AWESOME and one picture: 

Those are the pretty damn cool highlights. It’s been a good spring/summer so far and we don’t really show any signs of things slowing down in the next few months. It seems like that’s the way we like it. Uh huh. Uh huh. 

a rundown of my january 25ths for the past 8 years

  • 2007: I had the flu.
  • 2008: Apartment-shopping to finally move from the suburbs into the city.
  • 2009: We were having dinner at a friend’s house.
  • 2010: I got a pair of brand new sneakers for $20 and was very excited about it.
  • 2011: I’d forgotten how to blog about anything.
  • 2012: I was in the middle of loving Drake and packing to move into our current house. We were fostering our last set of puppies.
  • 2013: Again with the forgetting the blog thing. I did manage to take a picture of some pals at happy hour.
  • 2014: Amelia and I saw The Dan Band in Minneapolis. Highly recommended, by the way.
  • 2015: I had a headache until about 3pm, am nursing what I’m scared might be a torn rotator cuff and went grocery shopping with my wife and 11 week old baby.

Thanks to TimeHop, I noticed late last week that about one year go today is when, holy shit, our lives were just about to get a whole lot more crazy. And, of course, all that was for the better. This 13 pound, 25 inch little ball of drool that just turned 11 weeks old last week has definitely changed my life and, thanks to him, I don’t think I’ll ever look at anything in the same light again.