Home Repair: Balancing Spouse Responsibility

Is it really Friday already? It feels like this has been the longest and the shortest week on record. It’s been crazy busy here with my husband and I both working diligently on a variety of different projects, the not the least of which is getting our fence repaired. We’ve been trying to balance what the two of us have both done to get estimates, file the insurance claim and hire a contractor to do the work.

Wind Storms & Storm Damage

A few weeks back, just two days before I had my surgery, we had a major windstorm here in North Texas. The winds were blowing so hard that the air seemed yellow and alive with dust. My daughter had a very busy schedule that day and so did I. It was the day we did our 1 mile local community walk, then we headed off for a friend’s birthday party and we capped the day off by paying a call on another friend for a house warming party.

So while we’re out in this pretty foul weather, the windstorm took out part of our fence. This isn’t the first time our fence sustained damage during a storm. We lost a section of it during Hurricane Rita in 2005. My husband and a friend put the fence back up. Another storm a few months later removed another few fence boards and my husband repaired those.

The difference between those storms and the one we had in February is that the one in February not only ripped out a section of fence, it ripped parts of the fence away from their posts and left it listing. The damage was significant, but it was not something we were prepared to tackle while I was recovering from major surgery.

Working Together

Together, we decided on a course of action and when I was up for it, we called several fence companies who came out to give us estimates on repairing the damage or replacing the fence. Ultimately, the decision was made that the fence needed to be replaced and not just repaired. The significance of the damage would undermine any repair that was made so it’s better to simply replace it all.

I scheduled the appointments and my husband talked to the contractors who came out. Once we gathered all our information together, I filed the claim and we started working with the insurance adjustor and it’s looking good for us and we may be coming close to repairing the fence and securing the property the way we like it.

It took both of us working together and we do a good job of balancing each other out. I’ve never been fond of big repairs because there’s a period of time when they’ll take down the whole fence and it’ll be pretty messy out there. On the other hand, once it’s repaired, it will look pretty nice out there altogether.

Have you and your spouse worked on a home repair project together?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.