House Money

We bought a house and did lots of renovations. It all cost a lot of money and now I feel bad. This post is an attempt to figure out why.

the house

It’s an old house in Bloomfield, Pittsburgh, PA. It has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a living room, dining room, and kitchen. It has a small back yard that is semi-comically all concrete, and a 1.5 car garage.

Since moving in, we did the following:

the costs

The house cost us $189k plus fees etc. The renovations also cost about that much. Total investment somewhere around $400k.

That is in some senses a lot: the most I’ve ever paid for anything, and making that much reflects multiple years of work. In some sense, it’s not that much: in the Bay it’d be, what, $2m; even in fancy parts of Pittsburgh probably $700-800k.

the feelings

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