This past weekend was hot here in LA. Not only hot, but fires are raging northeast of me and the smoke is covering all of LA, even the beaches.
A lot of people on the westside of LA, myself included, do not have air conditioning. Normally we just slog through the several short weeks where we experience hotter weather.
That’s OK, as opening all my windows and doors (I have two to the outside) seems to let air flow in. The trouble comes at night when my neighbors (who live about 10 feet away) decide to party down until 2am, and I have to close most doors and windows because I live on the first floor and, well, safety first.
I’ve been here over 8 years, and I’m seriously considering getting a portable air conditioner.
But it’s not the only thing I’m considering buying. But I wonder, how much should I invest in upgrading this apartment?
It seems everything is deciding to go kaput in my apartment all at once. Last week my faucet decided to leak so bad, that in one day it nearly doubled my landlord’s bill. I did warn him about it so it was his fault for not treating it like an emergency.
The next day I went to take a shower and turned the shower head, and part of it broke, sending water spouting everywhere!
Luckily those things will be covered by my landlord, but there are SO many things in this place that are more cosmetic, or that I’m sure he will just refuse to do.
With my company being so close, and rent prices starting to go through the roof in this area because of so many hi-tech companies moving in, I feel pretty certain I will be here for at least another 5 years in this place. And, quite frankly, I LOVE my neighborhood!!
But there are so many things that are #firstworld irritants, that I would love to fix, but wonder if I’m wasting my money.
You can check out my “Frib” in this video:
- Most of the cupboard doors to not close because the latches are so old.
- The carpet is starting to detach from the wall.
- The carpet is just old and worn down from normal wear and tear and cat vomit (I know, gross).
- Most of the windows do not open and close easily, and in my opinion are not very secure.
- The paint is peeling, especially in the bathroom.
- Most of the cheap original blinds are falling apart.
- My neighbor and I feel pretty certain our apartment is infested with termites, which is normal in this area, but you do have to tent it every so many years to fix the problem. In my entire time here it has never been tented, and we had to tear down our side fence because termites pretty much ate the whole damn thing.
- And many, many more minor irritants or things I want to change…
Some things, like the cupboard latches, are not that expensive or time-consuming to fix, but others, like the paint and the carpet, are.
Both neighbors on either side of me (I live in a triplex) bit the bullet and got laminate floors, which look really nice, but does that make any sense to do that on a property that is not yours?
The other thought is to perhaps do nothing and live with all of this. My friend Dave is insisting that I’ll want to buy property here at some point as an investment, but honestly, the thought makes me very uneasy.
Although it’s in the realm of possibility now to own something like a condo, it makes me incredibly uneasy. I think personally I hate the idea of being tied down to it. And I’m not sure I have what it takes to be a landlord, after all, it’s taken me months to finally get to Home Depot to get latches for my cupboards. That and, ya know, a mortgage and feeling very uneasy if something were to happen to my job.
So readers, what are your thoughts?
Should I invest a little more dough into this place if I think I’ll be here awhile, even though I get little ROI except to not be annoyed by the little things that are wrong with this place? If so, how much? Or do I learn to keep living with it as I have been?