The first time we saw our Thailand house we were in awe. 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, double level. It was not so long before that we found the thought of a home with two toilets as luxury.
We were chuffed and amazed at how lucky we could be living in such a grand home.
That was 425 days ago.
It has not been a bed of roses.
In that time:
- Our air conditioners have broken down 19 times.
- A burst pipe flooded our front garden and inflated our water bill x4
- Our toilets have blocked, a few times.
- Our sewerage system has filled and overflowed
- Water has poured from a hole in the roof and over our lounge suite
- Water has come through a hole in the roof and onto the daughter whilst she slept
- Every single freaking smoke alarm in the house has needed batteries replaced so many times that we put them all in a box and threw them in a cupboard.
- Water ran down the inside of the walls in the dining room leaving marks and soggy holes on the floor
- We have had 4 dead rats. One stayed in the roof above my computer for two days until the maintenance people finished arguing over who should have the unfortunate task of removing it.
- There is a snake in the letter box column that won't be removed. Sometimes it pokes it head out as we go to reach for the mail.
- The washing machine provided literally blew up...not just a short circuit but sparks and a big kaboom. They never replaced it and just left it in our laundry. We asked them when it would be replace...that was just one of many, many, most messages ignored.
- Water started leaking through an air-conditioning vent in a room and it was discovered our ceiling was full of water due to a hole in the roof. There are still days where water puddles on the floor of this room, regardless off the three return visits to fix it.
- Three of our air conditioners have totally kicked the bucket and been replaced...with equally old second hand units.
- Our front door could not lock securely and although the landlord knew our two year old son was opening the door and running onto the outside road she ummmed and ahhhed about spending the 300 baht ($10) it cost to replace it for a few weeks.
- The gardeners accidentally stabbed a hole in another pipe, causing a flood in the side of the yard and a water bill x4
- The oven stopped working
- Half our wall was removed in the dining room because of damage from ants
Last week whilst the husband worked and the son played next to him in the study he heard a buzzing noise. He thought it was a toy the son was playing with. He looked up from his work to see bees.
In the house!
He ran out with our son and shut the door. By the time a gardener arrived the room was so full of them he screamed (the gardener, not the husband) sprayed a full can of insect repellant and ran out.
Out of the house, on his scooter and away, without so much as a Sawatdee Krap as he fled.
Bees were then filling up into other rooms. The husband grabbed the son and waited outside.
He rang the landlord who cared as much as she has with all other issues...nil, nada, zero, zil, zip, zilch!
Its Chinese New Year said she. Too busy! You will have to wait and we will come by and look in a few days!
We ended up having to evacuate and live in a hotel for a few days. Whilst we were away my housekeeper who knew none of this situation was contacted without our knowledge and told she had to come in on her day off and open our house without us being there.
They sent people in to kills the bees. Hundreds of them (bees, not people). We had already counted over 70 killed when the gardener finished spraying and there were more afterwards.
No idea where they came from. No-one knows, no-one cares.
We have recovered and are okay. That was 3 days ago and since then two more air-conditioners have broken and there is another dead rat in the daughters room.
We once contacted our land agent and asked about breaking our lease. She told us that most houses here are just as bad because they are fixed cheaply and in a hurry as each tenant vacates so we would be best to stay where we are. Wonderful - 125,000 baht a month for this. That is almost $4200 a month!