It was easy taking early retirement and getting out of the zone controlled HVAC of my corporate office.
Okay, maybe saying it’s easy is overstating it a bit. The retirement package offered couldn’t be beat. Staying around another 8 or 9 years would get me maybe 4 percent more for my trouble. So I took the offer and cleared out my office that even had its own thermostat. The fact of the matter is that 57 is awfully young to just call it quits. Plus, I just really didn’t want to be that guy who went home after retirement and stuck his feet up in the central air conditioning for the rest of his life. I had seen this happen to some of my colleagues and even to my own father to some extent. I really wanted to stay active and follow my passions while also earning a living. So getting into the rental property game was suddenly very appealing once I was able to retire at 57. My wife and I had always sort of enjoyed the renovations in each home we lived in. So we took our talents to smaller starter homes that were primarily just two bedrooms but needed work. We were able to do most of the renovations except for things like the heating and cooling equipment. Stuff like that we left to the HVAC professionals. But we got surprised on one of our first properties when we didn’t realize the ductwork was also shot. So that meant that we were going to incur a whole lot more cost. But the HVAC contractor really saved us by suggesting we use 3 ductless heat pumps instead. I have to say that we may go with ductless heat pumps in the rest of our rental properties because it has worked out so well.