I’ve been thinking lately about the pride of home ownership. Since we became homeowners last year we have done quite a bit of renovations. It was a fixer upper but we saw the potential in it and we liked that we could make it our own. We take pride in keeping it clean and well maintained both inside and out.
When we first started our home search we visited many homes that were not presented in their best light. We were actually shocked that people expected to sell their home and didn’t even care to clean it or make it presentable to others. I’m talking about pretty basic things such as sweeping, mopping, dusting and de-cluttering.
The importance of a well kept home
I remember visiting a home where they allowed the dog to do all of its necessities in the backyard and I found myself with an unpleasant surprise on my shoes. Even our realtor would say,” try to ignore the mess and focus on the possibilities of the house”. Well, that was difficult to do and I could see how some of these people were not selling their homes.
Now that we are homeowners we know that it takes a lot of diligence, to keep a home clean and in working order inside and out but we take pride in our home. We know that taking care of it will preserve the value and quality of our investment. It’s also important for our neighbors to do the same and for the most part they do. That is nice to see as it really makes a difference in the entire neighborhood when everyone takes care of their property, which in turn attracts similar buyers to the neighborhood.
Not all neighbors take the same pride
We have noticed a couple of neighbors get a little lazy at times and don’t really care for some aspects of their homes. For example, one of our neighbors has some overstuffed gutters and never took the time to clean them out in the fall. I can only imagine what kind of damage that could be causing to the home.
Another neighboring home was purchased during the summer and renovated by the new homeowner. Apparently, the person bought it as an investment and has now put it back on the market for resale. One thing we noticed is that the front steps were not restored properly. The improvements she made were nice but the front steps look very cheap and even her contractor told us they would not last. It appears that she ran out of money but I’m sure she will take a hit from the sale of the property once an inspector sees the shoddy work done on those steps.
Pride in home ownership pays off
Again, where is the pride of home ownership? I know that in this case she’s not keeping the home but if I were flipping houses I would want my product to be of high quality, not only for my reputation but also so that I can obtain the highest return on investment.
We all want the value of our homes to increase so why wouldn’t we take care of one of our most valuable assets?