My wife wanted to sell our old house.
“Let’s buy a new one,” she said.
I wanted to renovate our current house.
I found a contractor online who had good Yelp reviews.
He agreed to give me a free estimate.
He put together a quote that seemed reasonable.
I offered him an upfront payment.
As an incentive to get the renovations underway.
He took my money.
He started the work.
He completed most of the demolition.
And then he stopped showing up.
He vanished into thin air.
I reached out to a lawyer.
To see what options I had.
He advise against any kind of legal pursuit.
Said it would cost more than the money I lost.
And then he charged me a thousand bucks.
Now my wife is pissed at me.
We can’t sell our house as is.
And can no longer afford to buy a new house.
Now I’m stuck in that proverbial boat without a paddle
This never happens on HGTV.
Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (renovate), Word of the Day Challenge (free), Your Daily Word Prompt (incentive), Ragtag Daily Prompt (pursuit), and The Daily Spur (boat).