We purchased our home 2 years ago. It's an older home, I think it was built in 1955. I also think that the only upgrades that were made to the house by the original owner was the whole house vacuum system that was installed it he 80s and the avocado green and gold carpets from the 70s.
While I'm loving the whole house vac, the carpets were ripped up and thrown away on our first day in the house!
We still need to do a lot of work on the house, but time (and money) is always an issue.
Last year, our wall oven broke. As with everything else in the place, it's the original oven that was installed when the house was built. It's small, it's ugly, it's old, but it's all we've got at the moment.
For us to replace the oven with something more updated, we would have to do an entire kitchen remodel. That is something that is so not in the budget right now, or in the near future.
When the oven died, I tried to get by without it as long as I could. I didn't really think I used it as often as I actually do.
Finally, my husband found an appliance repair shop a couple of towns over. He told the owner that he believed that the heating element went in the oven. He gave the owner our model number and serial number and was able to order a new heating element for the oven.
A few weeks later, the shop owner called my husband to let him know that the part was in, my husband picked it up on his way home from work and installed it himself when he got home!
So, for $40, I have my small, ugly, old oven back! Hoping it will hold up and allow us to make do until we can afford the kitchen remodel!
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