Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A thought about your mortgage

Last month we contacted our mortgage company and decided to do bi-weekly payments. We added a little extra to our every 2 week payment, are on an automatic withdrawal schedule from our lender, and cut our mortgage term to just over 20 years. I'm really happy that we're able to do this and it doesn't feel so daunting that we now only have 20 years left to pay on this house instead of 30!

Everything inside the house is going well. I had a much anticipated moment earlier this week - we finally got 1 of our cars into the garage! That took forever! We have so much stuff that was outside stuff from our old house. Our old house also had a shed. Now all of that stuff is in our garage and it made it hard to try and get a car in there. We sold some big stuff and made room for my van.

We went to the paint supplier for Ryan Homes - ICI - and got a gallon of the wall paint they used in here (Classic Ivory), a can of the door/accent color paint, and a can of the white molding paint for the interior. We need to do more touch ups and went through almost all of the starter cans of paint they gave us.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Low electric bill, again!!

I promised in one of my earlier posts in July to let you know what my electric bill ended being. Just got our electric bill for July. Drum roll was only $146!!!! I thought for sure there would be a big spike because of the A/C running almost non-stop and the dehumidifier as well. There's no point in adding what we pay for the gas, because we have gas for the water heater and furnace so there's not going to be a big difference with my overall utility costs in the summer. What a sigh of relief!

Monday, August 2, 2010

More about the lawn

My husband mowed the lawn Sunday for the 1st time. It's starting to really come in nicely now that I look at it. We still have our sprinkler system going - now 2x a day rather than 3x a day. We also put down some fertilizer, but no weed & feed. I heard we shouldn't do that this early in our lawn growing, even though we do have weeds. I honestly don't know much about how to take care of this new lawn and am disappointed in the lack of info the installer provided. I wouldn't recommend them - not just because of that, but you can see my frustrations with them in my previous posts too.

The area around the electrical box got corrected - but it remains to be seen if this is going to work. I'm concerned that the grading will now cause puddling of rain water in the new low spots. We have already had some touch up work done on some other parts of our lawn, and will call on this if need be too. I'm really glad the lawn is part of the builder's responsibility so we're able to get some help with these issues.