I’m coming to the conclusion that they’re both old. And maybe they think the same of me. So there.
Where do I start? We need everything from floor to ceiling, and a whole lot inbetween. The hardwood floors in one could be resanded and resealed. The severely-stained Berber carpeting (that can be steamcleaned to look decent for about 12 hours and then go right back to the big Rohrschach blots) and hodgepodge tile needs to be removed and color-coordinated throughout in the other. Both exteriors need to be fixed-up here and there, and painted.
Shall I go on? The dishwashers sound like freight trains upon occasion. One has a fence, the other has a wall that needs some repairs. We could add-on in one house, now that our family has grown to six, or expand by taking over part of the attic in its counterpart. Painting the interior is a possibility, yet with dogs in the vicinity, I don’t want them to sport the paint-splattered look….
We have neighbors who have moved out for a year or two at a time to do rehabs so extensive that they couldn’t even live there. Smart people. I’m concerned that if we did any massive rehab to our houses, we might need to be in rehab ourselves by the end.
If you had time or money to do any of the above, would you do it in one fell swoop? Would you break it down into smaller projects and have the plaster, paint, and sawdust circulating forever and ever? Or would you just leave well enough alone, enjoy the sags and bags, the wear and tear, and realize that the pursuit of perfection might be an ever-moving mirage?
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