So we've been working on investments...real estate for rentals. Put an offer on one, but the rehab necessary to make it live-in-able is daunting. Still a good deal, but oh boy. It's a foreclosure, of course, which is what makes it a good deal for an investment. LOTS of room for improvement to get it to market value. Nothing structural, but...
what baffles me is how people can treat a house the way this one was treated.
I really don't understand it. I'm not house-proud--one impromptu visit to our place would prove that in an instant. But we respect our home--even if it's a rented home--because of all it does for us. Gives us boundaries, protection, walls to paint (okay, this might not appeal to everyone), fresh water and a solid floor. A house gives us a place to curl up when the world outside is just too big/noisy/indifferent/mean. A house gives us a place (and sometimes a reason) to celebrate, a place to welcome and enjoy our loved ones in. Yes, it's "just" a house. I've had to remind myself that a time or two when I was sad to leave one we'd grown to love. But how is it possible to do damage, to neglect caring for, to disrespect this wonderful thing that has done nothing but protect and serve?
I'm sure there's an explanation for why people treat a house the way some people do. Not sure I'd buy anything as a good reason, however.
If we do end up buying the current offer, (or one like it with such "special needs"), I'll have to remain diligent in my efforts to NOT grow attached, and remember to keep my professional, unemotional, business-like head on straight. I can't really make it up to the poor thing for how badly it was treated--it is, after all, an inanimate object, right?