October 3, 2017
That Seventies House
In my years of evaluating properties, one type of house that has always amazed me is the one that time forgets. The house gets built in a certain period, and it stays that way, no updates, no modifications. When I get into them they’ve usually been vacant for a while and they can be in pretty rough shape. That’s not an idication of how they were taken care of, a vacant house can deteriorate very fast. This house is time frozen in the Seventies, which I thought was kind of cool in its own way. It was also sad when I thought about the people that lived in it. Here we go:
Whenever I see a house like this, I wonder what happened. It looks like whoever moved into a place put a lot of care into building it, and then never did anything to update it over the years. Did the people get sick? Did they start getting old, and let everything go? Did they have financial issues? Usually the story is the people live in the house much longer than they probably should, lack the ability to maintain it anymore. Should they have gone into an assisted living facility? I talked to an elderly lady about this once, and she said she figured she had about 5 years or so to live. She was going to spend that time living in her house where she was comfortable, and whatever happened to her house after that didn’t concern her the least. So, I guess I have to agree. I’d rather spend my last days in a house that looks like this rather than go to a retirement home and live in the sterile unfamiliar environment there.