A scratch here, dent there – house frustrations!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

WesterosBarbie :  “maybe consider not having pets”  +1 to everyone who said this. Also, id like to add that you should continue to stay child free. Cats are nothing compared to a four year old boy with respect to damage. 

Post # 33
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

meggpie :  I know what yo umean!! think that’s the feeling everyone gets when they have something “brand new.” Take a car for example. It will never be as perfect as it was the day you got it! And you are so so careful, until the first dent/scratch or accident and then once that happens, you can finally loosen up lol.

I also bought my house new (2 yrs old now), but I am pretty handy, so anytime I notice anything (scuffed walls, dent in the wall) I just fill the hole / paint over it. As others have suggested, just get some spackle and keep some extra paint on hand. I would be more concerned about stuff you CAN’T fix.

We just got a puppy, and loooove him, but he’s RUINING MY HOUSE!! lol!! I knew I’d have to come to terms with not having a perfect house when I got him, and I’m fine with him trecking in mud and smelling from time to time because that’s the typical stuff that comes with dog ownership and we can clean, but he’s done a bit of permenant dammage.

I’m so glad we got him now because we are moving into another new build this summer, so at least I hopefully won’t have to worry too much then (he’s already come a loong way with his training). I didn’t think he’d be able to do much dammage since he’s always supervised, but he gets into things so quickly before we have a chance to tell him no or pull him off/ distract him. He’s chewed up every baseboard on the first floor (open concept house, can’t confine him to one room!) and completely ate up the wood coffee table, and the most expensive item he’s dammaged is the couch

I waited until I thought he was trained and I filled in and repainted the baseboards right before X-mas so the house would look nice when we had company over, but one day he went nuts on them again! He seems to be good now, but I’ve decided to wait until we put our house on the market before I bother touching them up again. That way I can fix everything at once and not have to worry about him “relapsing” lol.

The coffee table was a hand me down we were planning to replace anyways, so I’m ok with that lol. But the couches were pretty new! (2 yrs old). But.. Lucky for me, I can rationalize getting a new one and moving these to the basement because the couches will be too big for the layout of our new family room lol

This dog is definetly preparing me for children! Like you, I need to come terms with not having a perfect house. At least a newborn is basically imobile and has no teeth though!!

Post # 34
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Bee Keeper

Some people should NOT own pets.. period.

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Comment on declawing a cat to save a house made me puke in my mouth.

OP- I’ve been in my home for a couple of years. There are dents and such all over. I try to keep up with paint and filling in flooring with a pen. And try to do a really detailed clean once a year. My house still looks as perfect as it will ever get lol.

It is a lot of work owning a home and staying on top of upkeep. Just don’t forget to enjoy and make the memories that your home will be able to give you 🙂

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

lalexa01 :  

Be careful about waiting until you’re selling your place to do all the touch ups.

I did that on the last place- and caused a major amount of stress and headaches! I didn’t give myself enough time to not feel rushed.

Estimate your schedule for repairs- and then add a few days on to that! lol

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hell yeah it bugs me.  But… unfortunately it’s part of life and pretty unavoidable so I try my hardest not to let it and shake it off.

Post # 39
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Blushing bee

We moved into a brand new condo 2 years ago. Then we got our beautiful doggie and he has totally scratched all our hardwood floors lol. They are really dark wood so the scratches show easily. Every time he gets excited and starts running I just hear the scraping and think oh no! But then I see him having fun and being a goof ball so I’ve totally stopped caring! 

I am really uptight about my car though. I park very carefully (and far away!) in parking lots to try to avoid people because I HATE when my car gets a scratch or ding. 

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969 - City, State

We recently moved into an old home that we renovated before moving in.  We re-did the pine/oak floors to pristine condition before the dog decided he DGAF about the gorgeous pine floors and seriously scratched them up within the first week.  It bothered me for a minute, but now it’s part of our home, and ultimately, my dog is more important to me than anything in the house.

I can’t believe someone actually posted about declawing an animal to save the floors!?  Wtf?!          A random persons dog ran up to my car today and scratched the shit out of the side door, and although it was upsetting, I just let it go.  At the end of the day – they’re just ‘things’. 

Post # 41
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

meggpie :  I feel the same way about our house… been living in it about as long as you have in yours, and am noticing dings & scratches etc. here and there more and more! I guess that’s just life. 🙂

Post # 42
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Busy bee

It just happens. I don’t like it either. Fix what you can, make peace with the rest. There’s no award that I’m aware of for having a perfectly clean house. I do some extra things (like resealing or repainting small areas) when I can, outsource the big stuff when necessary, and remind myself that I don’t live in a museum when it comes to the rest.

Basically, I completely understand where you’re coming from, but I’m urging you (and me) to keep it in check.

 

Good luck!

Post # 43
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Busy bee

leembee :  Love your perspective. Pets and people are what matter. Things are just things.

Post # 44
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Sugar bee

It makes me really sad that it is okay to post about hacking up paws. Mods why are those comments still up? 

Post # 45
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

mrsB052315 :  Now THAT is a good idea!

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