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#RLCMoments: A Comprehensive List of Worry-Free Living

Robinwood residents Byron and Diane sent the blog team an unsolicited post, laying out just what downsizing has meant to them. It’s quite a list!

Things we no longer pay:

  • • Homeowner’s insurance 
  • • City taxes 
  • • County taxes 
  • • Internet fee 
  • • Cable TV  
  • • Landline telephone service 
  • • Water, gas and electricity  
  • • Sewer fees and line stoppages 
  • • Garbage fees 
  • • Plumbing 
  • • Electrical repair and upgrades  
  • • Housekeeping 
  • • Annual termite and inspection  
  • • Bug exterminator 
  • • Yard service 
  • • Tree removal  
  • • Bartlett Senior Center annual fees  
  • • Daily Newspaper  

  • Things we pay significantly less of: 

  • • Car insurance, maintenance and gas (we drive less) 
  • • Groceries and snacks (three meals a day here, and snacks whenever we want) 
  • • Movie theater and restaurant costs  

Things we don’t worry about anymore:

  • • Pipes freezing 
  • • Cleaning leaves from the gutter 
  • • Roof replacement or leaks 
  • • Shoveling snow 
  • • Mowing, raking, mulching, weeding 
  • • Taking the garbage out 
  • • Wall painting, inside or out 
  • • Garage and shed maintenance 
  • • Buying and replacing light bulbs 
  • • Covering and uncovering faucets and vents in winter and spring 
  • • Turning the irrigation system on and off in spring 
  • • Storing garden hoses  
  • • Cleaning shower mildew 
  • • Cleaning and replacing carpets 
  • • Replacing receptacles and switches 
  • • Replacing batteries in smoke alarms and the thermostat 
  • • HVAC replacement filters  
  • • Impact of city services on severe weather days 
  • • Squirrels or chipmunks in our attic  

Things that give us peace of mind:

  • • Our entire building is protected by a fire sprinkler system.  
  • • There are smoke alarms here in both the apartments and common areas.  
  • • After dark, you need a digital pass code to enter the building.  
  • • You need an electronic pass card to enter the side passage doors.  
  • • Apartments here have a keyless entry.  
  • • All residents have a 24-hour emergency call system.  

Things we don’t have to pay to fix or replace:

  • • Washer and dryer 
  • • Hot water tank 
  • • Refrigerator 
  • • Freezer 
  • • Ice machine 
  • • Dish washer 
  • • Garbage disposal  
  • • Microwave oven  
  • • Stove and range 
  • • Ceiling fans 
  • • Central heat and air system  
  • • Plumbing fixtures 
  • • HVAC thermostats 
  • • Smoke alarms 

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