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Shoo

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10455 on: January 21, 2013, 06:21:05 PM »
There's pride in ownership.  Less in rentership, I guess.  We have had several different renters live in the house next door to us.  All of them have been horrible and didn't take care of the house at all, until the current renters.  They are awesome.  They shamed me into doing more with my front yard!  :) 

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10456 on: January 21, 2013, 06:33:28 PM »
I'll admit that, sadly, I don't respect this place as much as I'd like.  Of course, it has the lousiest kitchen known to Man and I love to cook, so...

The house we move into within the next year will *not* be like this.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10457 on: January 21, 2013, 06:53:53 PM »
But I bet both of you at least keep the trash picked up. :) 
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10458 on: January 21, 2013, 07:43:46 PM »
Our house could be cleaner too but half of it is just that some days I don't have the energy to clean the same room 3 times.  Sad thing is that it's not the baby making the messes, it's his older brothers who know better.  ::)
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« Reply #10459 on: January 21, 2013, 07:48:24 PM »
But you admit, mmswm, that the house already looked not very nice because the owner wasn't keeping it up so why should a renter, who has no investment in the property at all, care?

That said, they should pick up trash!  That's just nasty.

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« Reply #10460 on: January 21, 2013, 09:03:10 PM »
But you admit, mmswm, that the house already looked not very nice because the owner wasn't keeping it up so why should a renter, who has no investment in the property at all, care?

That said, they should pick up trash!  That's just nasty.

I didn't say the owner hadn't been keeping it up or that the outside didn't look nice.  I said "routine maintenance" and that the outside hadn't been painted in over 10 years.  July of 2001, to be exact.  The whole reason why we were there was to rectify that. My father's own house hasn't been painted since 1993 and the paint job still looks fine, so I can't understand how you made that leap. 

Other than an empty flower bed, the rest of the house and yard was in pristine condition when the current tenants moved in.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10461 on: January 21, 2013, 10:47:32 PM »
I commute by bus. Every evening at the bus stop nearest my office there's a whole group of us waiting to take the same bus. And every evening, this one guy rushes the bus as soon as it arrives, gets on, then slowly digs in his bag for his wallet, feels around in his pocket and eventually comes up with 2 crumpled $1 bills, which he then has to straighten out and slowly feed into the machine. Meanwhile the rest of us are standing there with our bus passes or money in hand. It's particularly obnoxious when it's pouring rain and cold and we're all out there an extra minute while this guy messes around.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10462 on: January 22, 2013, 01:06:55 AM »
But you admit, mmswm, that the house already looked not very nice because the owner wasn't keeping it up so why should a renter, who has no investment in the property at all, care?

That said, they should pick up trash!  That's just nasty.

I didn't say the owner hadn't been keeping it up or that the outside didn't look nice.  I said "routine maintenance" and that the outside hadn't been painted in over 10 years.  July of 2001, to be exact.  The whole reason why we were there was to rectify that. My father's own house hasn't been painted since 1993 and the paint job still looks fine, so I can't understand how you made that leap. 

Other than an empty flower bed, the rest of the house and yard was in pristine condition when the current tenants moved in.

I suspect truly routine maintenance would be done routinely enough that it wouldn't become desperately needed, which is what led me to the same impression as Betelnut.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10463 on: January 22, 2013, 05:47:39 AM »
"The outside of the house hasn't been painted in over 10 years and it desperately needed it."

If I were to read this line in a book (for instance) I would certainly gain the impression that the house was run-down and uncared for.  I suspect this wording may well have contributed to other posters negative impressions.
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« Reply #10464 on: January 22, 2013, 08:13:20 AM »
"The outside of the house hasn't been painted in over 10 years and it desperately needed it."

If I were to read this line in a book (for instance) I would certainly gain the impression that the house was run-down and uncared for.  I suspect this wording may well have contributed to other posters negative impressions.

My apologies for the wording then.  My version of "desperately needed" doesn't translate to "run down".  To me there's a vast conditional difference between those two things.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10465 on: January 22, 2013, 09:07:05 AM »
There's pride in ownership.  Less in rentership, I guess.  We have had several different renters live in the house next door to us.  All of them have been horrible and didn't take care of the house at all, until the current renters.  They are awesome.  They shamed me into doing more with my front yard!  :)

Can we not turn this into a snark-on-renters thread please?

(For the record, I also thought it sounded like the owners weren't keeping up their end either.)

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« Reply #10466 on: January 22, 2013, 09:11:25 AM »
There's pride in ownership.  Less in rentership, I guess.  We have had several different renters live in the house next door to us.  All of them have been horrible and didn't take care of the house at all, until the current renters.  They are awesome.  They shamed me into doing more with my front yard!  :)



Can we not turn this into a snark-on-renters thread please?

(For the record, I also thought it sounded like the owners weren't keeping up their end either.)

Who's snarking on renters?  The OP asked a question, and I answered it based on my personal experience.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10467 on: January 22, 2013, 09:13:42 AM »
There's pride in ownership.  Less in rentership, I guess.  We have had several different renters live in the house next door to us.  All of them have been horrible and didn't take care of the house at all, until the current renters.  They are awesome.  They shamed me into doing more with my front yard!  :)



Can we not turn this into a snark-on-renters thread please?

(For the record, I also thought it sounded like the owners weren't keeping up their end either.)

Who's snarking on renters?  The OP asked a question, and I answered it based on my personal experience.

I thought the implication that renters don't have any pride was snarky, but if it was not intended as such, I apologize.

I've certainly seen people trash the heck out of places they own. My dad did it. An acquaintance of mine is doing it right now. I could go on.

And I've lived in places where landlords didn't do their part and it can affect what the renters are able to do. I had one who would not repair certain things even after several requests, which led to carpets being flooded, and then they were mad at me that the carpet was damaged. Even though these repairs were their responsibility according to the lease.

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« Reply #10468 on: January 22, 2013, 09:17:16 AM »
Again, I apologize for my misleading wording.  I was careful to say "some" renters, not all.  I'd venture a guess that absolutely nobody on this board would fall into that category.  To be clear, the house was being painted because it was time.  It wasn't past time, just time.

Here's a picture of part of the house.  The dark teal is the new trim color.  The rest of it hasn't been painted yet.  The big pile of stuff in the background is part of what we had to clean up out of the yard.  This is after we cleaned up the yard.  I wish I took a picture of what it looked like prior to that.  It's also worth noting that we cleaned up the yard just a few weeks ago when we were over there replacing the steel posts on the carport and painting the carport slab.  I don't expect that people keep the homes pristine, but "not trashed" would be nice.

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« Reply #10469 on: January 22, 2013, 09:18:35 AM »
Again, I apologize for my misleading wording.  I was careful to say "some" renters, not all.  I'd venture a guess that absolutely nobody on this board would fall into that category.  To be clear, the house was being painted because it was time.  It wasn't past time, just time.

Here's a picture of part of the house.  The dark teal is the new trim color.  The rest of it hasn't been painted yet.  The big pile of stuff in the background is part of what we had to clean up out of the yard.  This is after we cleaned up the yard.  I wish I took a picture of what it looked like prior to that.  It's also worth noting that we cleaned up the yard just a few weeks ago when we were over there replacing the steel posts on the carport and painting the carport slab.  I don't expect that people keep the homes pristine, but "not trashed" would be nice.

That makes sense. Thanks/ :)