I’ve been looking at homes in New England for a couple of months now.
Every single one of them under a million dollars is absolutely beat to fucking shit.
The rental I’m in now was built in 2005.
The other houses on the street are about the same age.
Every single one is missing shingles from the roof.
The siding is rotting.
The attic is 50% mouse shit.
It sold recently for over half a million dollars.
We looked at other houses in the area.
All of them are like this.
Yes, I know, New England has harsh winters.
So the fuck what.
I lived in South Dakota. My first house was in Chicago. My next was in Omaha.
I’ve lived in places that had winters every bit as harsh but there they didn’t let the homes go to shit.
It’s like preventative maintenance isn’t a cultural norm up here.
Part of me wonders if it has to do with how old everything is. Like, if you buy a house built in the 1700s or 1800s, there can be a few centuries of damage to it, so you just accept your house being weather worn. And that becomes the norm so when you buy a house built 17 years ago that looks like it has 50 years of weather damage to it, that seems perfect normal to you because everything has 50 years or more weather damage to it.
We rescinded an offer on a home because the previous owner let dead leaves sit in a spot on the roof for so long they rotted the shingles and started to rot the plywood underneath.
The house inspection revealed that.*
For a house that was asking $600,000, I wasn’t going to buy it to drop on a $50,000 roof.
I told the seller that, their response was “someone will.”
*It shocks me that New Hampshire will nitpick your car to death during the annual vehicle inspection and fail you for things like fender rust, but you can sell a house with a rotted out roof and siding, and more radon in the basement than the nuclear weapon test range, and home inspectors just let it go.
I just can’t fathom why when people are forced to pay so much for houses, they let them become rundown, dilapidated, shit boxes.