Our Asheville office was built in 1892. I cannot speak for any upgrades made between 1892 and the mid-1980s, but I would like to think there were a few. When Parsec moved into this building around 1986, almost the entire building had been remodeled. It was brought up to what was then considered modern standards.
Over the years, we have experienced lots of challenges with our building. For example, it is always fun to run network cable. If you have ever renovated an old house, you can appreciate the architecture – and frustration – of buildings that were never designed for the age of technology.
Our latest adventure involves remodeling the top and main floor restrooms. It was supposed to be a simple job of replacing fixtures, painting, et cetera. Unfortunately, we discovered that the hot water heaters (inexplicably located in the ceiling) were leaking and needed replacement. The contractor then uncovered significant water damage in one of the bathrooms, resulting in an almost complete gut of that room.
The project is now over budget due to these unexpected expenses. As with everything else in life, the best laid plans are often derailed by things you cannot foresee. The same principle applies to your financial life.
While we can design a careful plan for any financial goal, things happen. You could encounter a bear market. Or the stork can bring an unexpected baby late in life. Or your college graduate child could move home to live with you, thwarting your plans to downsize your home.
The key to success is to be adaptable. Realize that you will most likely need to periodically adjust your financial plan. It will not be static.
We are here to help. We greatly appreciate it when you tell us of life’s unexpected events. We are a team, working together to help you meet as many of your financial goals as you can. We encourage you to call us so we can stay on track.
Cristy Freeman, AAMS
Senior Operations Associate