Broom Hilda (2/4/10)

At the risk of contradicting my statement that homes should be held onto for decades, I’m not sure I would feel comfortable purchasing real estate from its original owners. The longer someone stays in a house, the easier it becomes for them to ignore its various imperfections. Those cracks, creaks, and stains begin to pile up just as the urge to maintain a top-notch house hits its nadir. I’m sure there are exceptions to the rule, but when I was shopping around, the houses I looked at with owners who had been living there five years were in much better shape than the houses I looked at with owners who had been living there thirty years.

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