Lighter Side: When renovations go wrong

Renovating a property can be a long and difficult task, and any investor embarking on such a project should make sure all their ducks are in a row to minimize stress levels.

Unfortunately, a man in Middletown, N.Y. missed the memo. After learning he was unable to get a permit because it was Martin Luther King Day, James Rhein demolished his wife’s house while she was out.

"We were not fighting, we were not arguing," Diane Andryshak, who was the legal owner of the property, told WABC.

Andryshak and Rhein, who had been married for nine years, were in the midst of a renovation nightmare when Rhein decided enough was enough. He rented a bulldozer and proceeded to demolish the property – with all of Andryshak’s possessions still inside.

Rhein said he tried to call his wife, but she didn’t answer the phone. He has since been released from jail on $300 bail.

Regardless, Andryshak has already forgiven her husband; maybe she’s relieved the reno is finally over?

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