Advice for buyers and sellers, from Justin Ruzicka

Wining and loosing in Home Ownership

I gotta love the title because it seems like this blog would be about loosing your home to foreclosure, which millions of American’s have had to go through over the past 5 or 6 years. But surprise the blog is going to focus on the Honey DO list…OH, we all have them, it seems as soon as I knock something of my list the wifey ads to it.  When will I get a break?  HAHAHA, it’s ok, it makes me feel good when I do get a project done here and there.

Our single family home in Fort Myers is a 30 year old home, which has a ton of character that we love.  Of course being older, things are more likely to wear out, loosen up, crack, break down, ect.   Today, that happened the wax seal at the bottom of the toilet.  Yeah, not fun.  As my son flushed the toilet a little bit of water came out at the bottom.  HMMM, that shouldn’t happen I’m thinking.  Being the independent man that I am, I take a look at it.  Sure enough, after 30 years of wear the once thick wax seal has been twiddled down to a narrow circle…I go purchase one at the local hardware store for a few bucks and walla, it is fixed.

As a home owner you will often find yourself with these little issues.  When you rented it was easy decision all you did was call the landlord and cry a little bit and they sent out a plumber of handyman to fix it.  As a home owner I think the decision is harder. Do I struggle through the problem and learn yet another trick to put in my bag for later, or do I call the handyman to fix the problem.  More often than not, I fall on the side to struggle through the problem.  It is often a fraction of what i would pay a handyman, under $20 for parts and handyman to do the job is over $200 for time and labor by the end.   The problems often are smaller than one expects.  And in the end you win!!  You have more knowledge about owning a home, you have more knowledge about other potential problems in the future, you begin to become an expert at diagnosing problems.  It truly is a blessing in the end when I do the work.

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Justin Ruzicka, Realtor
Justin Ruzicka, RealtorThe House Guy
Much of my real estate career has been in buying, repairing, then selling the properties for a profit. I work for specific investment groups doing this, as well as manage a personal portfolio. The other 50% of my business is helping my neighbors, I have helped dozens of Families buy or sell their home.

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