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Computer and Fencing Update

February 2nd, 2017 at 10:26 am

Just popping in quickly. We mentioned to DH's brother about paying him back. He said to only pay half back ($500). We are incredibly grateful for his family and their generosity. Since he is still in school and living off his savings this semester, we decided we would pay him back $650. So that has moved up on our tax return priority list.

The hot tub has moved to the backburner for now. It looks like fencing will probably be more than we anticipated. At the back of our property is a line of cedar trees. The trees basically mark the property line, so we'll need to figure out whether to a) tear up all the trees (ridiculously expensive, but then we wouldn't have to worry about it anymore), b) install the fencing around the trees (I'm worried about the roots interfering with the fencing posts), c) install a less expensive temporary fence with the intent of ripping out one tree per year over the next several years and then putting in the long-term privacy fence. The other issue with the yard is that we have discovered some drainage issues with a part of the yard that doesn't get much sun due to our house blocking it. When we were doing the fencing, we wanted to look at getting a french drain put in that part of the yard as well as resodding it. Our neighbors actually go in together on an aerator each spring and have offered to include us in that. I'm almost wondering if DH and I could possibly do the french drain ourselves which would save some money.

Once the weather starts warming up, we plan to have a yard drainage expert and fencing expert come out to the house to give us estimates. From there, we'll decided on priorities.

One last random note, DH got a rare spurt of energy the other day and went to town on our utility room. It is now unpacked and completely organized. Plus, the laundry detergent soap for poison ivy is open in there, so it smells delicious when you walk in. I'm hoping we can capitalize on that and start getting some other areas of the house organized/settled. Once we got the basics unpacked, some other boxes just remained in their current state. The big remaining projects are our master closet and our storage closet in the basement.

4 Responses to “Computer and Fencing Update”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I don't know exactly how your yard is, but is it possible to just put the fence line in front of the trees, where they would be outside of the fenced in portion? I personally love trees and would want to keep them. Also fence expert might be able suggest post placement that would avoid roots.

    I think it is great you are paying back someone living on their savings. I would guess that is very appreciated.

  2. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    I brought that up as well. I'm not sure if it would be possible since we're building off the neighbor's back corner posts. That line goes right through the trees. To shorten it a foot or two would mean connecting to their pickets rather than the actual fence posts. The other issue with shortening it is that the shed is right at the back of the property and moving in front of the trees might be right up against the shed or even through it. It is another option to consider, though. I think at this point, we want to get a professional in and see what they suggest as he and I are divided on how to handle it.

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I think you made a good choice - paying family debt first.

  4. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Glad to hear you sorted out the amount owing to the brother, sounds like a good solution and also great to hear DH did a big tidy up job! Things are looking up. Good luck with the fencing options.

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