Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Ebb and Flow.
Iâ€™m feeling pretty good right now. Lucky, in fact.
I think Â my Â ex Â dumped Â this Â house Â at just Â the Â right timeâ€”before Â the new roof, before the Pergo went bad, before I hand-laid the new patioâ€”and when the real estate market was still quite high. He got the max dollar for it that Iâ€™ll never see. I get to do all the repairs that should have Â been Â done Â years Â ago. Â Hopefully Â in Â the Â next Â few months, Iâ€™ll be done with them. Still much to do, but itâ€™s slowly getting there and the house is a beautiful (though current chaotic with all the construction) sanctuary.
Iâ€™ve had Â to Â deal Â with Â dozens Â of Â repairmen, Â greedy lawn services, lying/cheating/scumbag Â roofers, insurance adjusters with Â friends (wink, wink) whoâ€™ll fix it cheaply for me, carpet layers, playboy Â tile layers, and air conditioner con men in the past two years. Most of them have been a bitch to work with. They werenâ€™t this way when I was married, but as a divorced woman in a nice neighbor- hood? Iâ€™m sick of Â seeing green in their eyes and being patted on the head. Iâ€™ve seriously contemplated inventing a husband to keep the wolves at bay.
Thor. Yeah, just you wait until my honey Thor gets home!
And yet, there have been some very nice washing ma- chine repairmen, a couple of carpet layers who liked intellectual discourse, and then a repairman worth waiting for. And whom Â Iâ€™m very thankful Â for at Â the moment. Â Not only is he trustworthy and honest, but he spotted a couple of termites. Yeah. That which wrests terror from my heart.
So despite the expensive termite prevention Â program thatâ€™s a Â necessity in Florida, a couple of the critters got by. The termite killers came promptly, assessed the damage Â and Â found Â none, Â and Â administered Â an Â immediate treatment. And we were done. We found it early enough that it wasnâ€™t a huge headache.
As it turns out, termites like Pergo flooring and were attracting to the very thing I was having ripped out. Now Iâ€™m getting a solid understanding Â of why insurance companies often wonâ€™t touch a room that has Pergoâ€”leaks, termites, Â cold Â weatherâ€”justÂ Â about Â everything Â will Â go wrong with it. Too Â bad I couldnâ€™tÂ have Â had the tile I wanted several years ago instead of â€œfloatingâ€ Â floors but Iâ€™d been told I couldnâ€™t have tile and apparently tile is not a problem if the floor underneath is Â properly prepared. So out it goes. Iâ€™m getting what _I_ want.
And my decision to get rid of it now, with this particular person handling the job for me, well, this is good. Because of where Â he Â spotted Â the Â bugs, Â I never Â would have seen them. Not until the damage was done and the wall fell in.
So the right person, right place, right time, and Iâ€™m feeling lucky that it happened this way.