Ah, fall – football games, cooler weather, changing leaves, and – dumpsters? Yes, I can honestly say I have noticed an increase in the number of dumpsters and contractors working in our neighborhood in recent weeks. I don’t know how much of it has to do with the weather – possibly those folks who have been putting off that new roof for a while decided they’d better get it done before the snow flies. But it seems that I am seeing a lot of interior renovations going on recently as well – kitchens and baths, from what I have seen. I hope this is a sign of things to come – that homeowners have tired of waiting to see what’s going to happen next – with the economy, the election, what the experts have to say – and have just decided to get on with their lives, starting with taking on all those home improvement projects they’ve been delaying.
I’m sure some of the projects I’m seeing are from people who are preparing to put their homes on the market, or who have recently purchased a new home that needed some updates. But, my sincere hope is that folks are just ready to love their homes again, and to show those homes some love! Whatever the reason, I say, good job, neighbors! Keep on renovating and maintaining your homes, whether you are new to the neighborhood, getting ready to move on to a new stage of life, or just want to do something nice for yourself, and your home!
And, for those of you who refuse to do anything to maintain your property – come on, you’re bringing the rest of us down. It’s depressing to walk by a house that you can just tell is in desperate need of some TLC, and the homeowner just doesn’t seem to care. It makes the rest of us look bad, and doesn’t say much about your pride of ownership. We’ve got a couple of those in our neighborhood, houses that look like nothing has been done to them since they were built 40 years ago. I shudder to think what the inside looks like, given the look of the exterior. Sometimes I wish a contractor would just walk up and knock on their door and give them a pep talk, or at least a business card…
Oh, well, not everyone cares – I’m just glad to see most of those in our neighborhood do, and I applaud all the hard work I’ve been seeing this fall. I hope I’ll see more as time goes by!
Rae the Renovator