The Most Annoying Thing About Real Estate Investing

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You know what bugs the Dickens out of me!? What I just don't understand? It seems like every home i have ever purchased or rehabbed has had this Problem. I know its all just a conjured up marketing trick thought up by some home improvement store executive to make me spend more money! What causes me so much pain!? What drives me to Insanity? What is more annoying than Rosanne singing the National Anthem?

The Four Light Bulb Bathroom Vanity Light Fixture.

Sure it looks nice, it makes the bathroom areas in a rehab dazzle and shine. It says, "Hey!, Look at those granite vanities and wow! Look at that shiny new Sink Faucet."  I even must admit, it makes me look more handsome in the mirror as the glow of its effervescent light shines down on my tan skin...

"Why does this bother you?" you might ask. Because every time i have purchased a home and these lights are in them, they always need new bulbs or they have mixed match bulbs.

Now this is what drives me bonkers! The bulbs come in packs of threes!!! The math is simple. I have to buy 2- three packs of these bulbs to fill in the four vacant spots on this  fixture of insanity. This leaves me with two extra bulbs! TWO EXTRA BULBS!!!!

Its just like the way they sell you 8 Hot dog  wieners in a pack but only 6 buns come in the bun pack...or is it vice versa? You see what I mean. So much unusable meat with no bread vehicle to travel to my stomach.

You would think the light fixture guys would get together with  the light bulb people and say "Hey lets make America Great Again! Lets not tick everyone off with all these extra bulbs that will be rolling around in peoples bathroom drawers...Lets be smart here and make a 4 pack of Bulbs!" 

I know its a small thing! But come on, Help me out here. I find myself standing in the Lowes Light Bulb aisle looking for a 4 pack of round Bulbs that doesn't exist. Like somehow they started making them since the last time I bought them...  So much disappointment...So painful. I feel so ashamed.

I would love to hear what drives you bonkers on a rehab or in a Real Estate Deal. I know its probably not as serious as mine, but still I'm sure its important to you...

337-274-0545

They sell those fixtures in other than 4 light set ups. I have seen 3 light, 5 light, 6 light etc... I also prefer the up/down sconce style lights... :D.

With that said, the number one thing I hate dealing with in rehabs is toilets. I have had installs take 15 minutes, and others take days... yes days. I had one toilet that I had to buy all kinds of wax rings, wax ring replacement products, shims, etc... I probably had the toilet on and off 4-5 times. I did finally get it set, working right, not leaking, etc... but it was a nightmare. The toilet 10 feet away I installed in 15 minutes, no shims, no issues at all... it's the nature of the beast!

@Brian Pulaski apparently the people who build the homes i eventually buy don't know about the 4 Bulb fixture ! LOL I don't mess with the toilet removals, I  wimp out and use the plumber ever since I tried to change my own upstairs and caused a leak on my ceiling!

337-274-0545

Yep, I hear ya about the bulbs.  I used to own a house that had the 4 bulb fixture.  And some bulbs aren't marked their wattage.  Then you're stuck wondering, "Was it the 40 watt or 60 watt again?".  So then you buy 2 bulbs just because one burned out.  Anymore, I buy led bulbs for everything in my personal residence since they're becoming so cheap nowadays.  I've got over 70 bulbs in my house and I think I've replaced just 2 in the last 2 years.

My other irritant is plumbing leaks that no one told you about and they "never noticed". Seriously? Spots on the first floor ceiling or sogginess under the sink you never noticed?

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@Robert Ruiz On the plus side, at least you're tan...

On the "light bulb" side of things, I do have a medium sized box of light bulbs that would match lighting fixtures at my old house...but...ummm...not where I currently live.  And I keep them...why?  Who knows.  There's no good reason.  They should be in the trash.  

On the plus side, having uniform apartments, I know that I'll always have need for more light bulbs!  So me (well, my PM) buys them in bulk and shoves them off to the side.  I also have her hold on to a few boxes of extra tile so if there's a cracked tile anyware, we know we have something to replace it with.  Thankfully I didn't have to buy a shed out back to keep extra materials, fixtures, replacement tile, etc.  

Originally posted by @Robert Ruiz :

You know what bugs the Dickens out of me!? What I just don't understand? It seems like every home i have ever purchased or rehabbed has had this Problem. I know its all just a conjured up marketing trick thought up by some home improvement store executive to make me spend more money! What causes me so much pain!? What drives me to Insanity? What is more annoying than Rosanne singing the National Anthem?

The Four Light Bulb Bathroom Vanity Light Fixture.

Sure it looks nice, it makes the bathroom areas in a rehab dazzle and shine. It says, "Hey!, Look at those granite vanities and wow! Look at that shiny new Sink Faucet."  I even must admit, it makes me look more handsome in the mirror as the glow of its effervescent light shines down on my tan skin...

"Why does this bother you?" you might ask. Because every time i have purchased a home and these lights are in them, they always need new bulbs or they have mixed match bulbs.

Now this is what drives me bonkers! The bulbs come in packs of threes!!! The math is simple. I have to buy 2- three packs of these bulbs to fill in the four vacant spots on this  fixture of insanity. This leaves me with two extra bulbs! TWO EXTRA BULBS!!!!

Its just like the way they sell you 8 Hot dog  wieners in a pack but only 6 buns come in the bun pack...or is it vice versa? You see what I mean. So much unusable meat with no bread vehicle to travel to my stomach.

You would think the light fixture guys would get together with  the light bulb people and say "Hey lets make America Great Again! Lets not tick everyone off with all these extra bulbs that will be rolling around in peoples bathroom drawers...Lets be smart here and make a 4 pack of Bulbs!" 

I know its a small thing! But come on, Help me out here. I find myself standing in the Lowes Light Bulb aisle looking for a 4 pack of round Bulbs that doesn't exist. Like somehow they started making them since the last time I bought them...  So much disappointment...So painful. I feel so ashamed.

I would love to hear what drives you bonkers on a rehab or in a Real Estate Deal. I know its probably not as serious as mine, but still I'm sure its important to you...

 Robert, just buy (2) more homes and you will not have leftovers  - or - simply replace the fixture : ) 

Steven Gesis, Developer
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The thing that always bothered me was/is legal sized paper. Back in the day when I did loans too you have to have that second paper tray in your printer. Your computer was constantly printing them wrong. It was no end of frustration. And if you were trying to get a client to print sign amd scan - forget about it. Technology is better now and they seem to use legal a little less. But my closing packages still have 200 letter sheets and 1 legal, just enough to make you rmemeber the frustrations of years past and not fit easily into your file folder. And thats of course the one page you scan to your CPA.

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