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Is your House Sad? Do Homes Have Feelings?

old house

When I was out in Lexington the other day, while walking back to my car, I spotted this house that clearly was having some issues. Was the house sad to be negelected and abandoned?

I wondered about the people that had lived there or actually owned the house. How would you let small leaks or general maintenance get so out of hand that it ruins your house?

I know that there isn't a day that goes by that I am not repairing of tweaking something around my home. Isn't this the pride of ownership? 

I knew that the day I bought my first home I was going to make it better than I found it.

It always amazes me as I show houses to clients that homeowners don't repair some of the simple stuff that gets caught up in a home inspection. It could jeopardize the sale of the home.

Negotiating repairs before a closing can be tricky. If both parties can't agree deals fall apart.

Not every homeowner will do repairs after the buyers have a home inspection and request repairs.

Our contracts state... "The buyer understands that the inspector's report is not a repair list." Instead it may be a heads up on what you may need to repair yourself after you purchase the home.

No house is perfect but it can be perfect for you and your family.

Don't let small repair stuff get in the way of owning a nice home.  



Lizette Fitzpatrick - Baby Boomer Real Estate Relocation Specialist with Prudential Don Foster in Richmond, Kentucky.

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Comment balloon 13 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • May 10 2008 07:58AM


This post made me recall a house I knew of that had sutters on the front windows, which tilted downward by design. It made the house look like it was frowning or very sad. I use to call it the sad house everytime I drove past it.

Posted by Mary Strang over 10 years ago

Lizette--There are sad homes all over. It is nice when groups help seniors and low income people give their homes facelifts so that the whole neighborhood improves.

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 10 years ago

Good morning Lizette- That house does look sad. It is a shame cause it looks like it was a really nice home at one time.

Posted by Pam Joffe (Solaris Realty) over 10 years ago

We hardly ever see brick homes where i live this would be considered something special if repaired bbut maybe the next owner will bring it back to where it should be.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 10 years ago

This looks like it once was an awesome home. Old homes or buildings that are in bad shape make us sad when we see them. We wonder who lived there, what it was the home or building like then, etc. We found an old 100+ year old church over a year and a half ago that was in really bad shape and renovated it into our own home.

Posted by Patty Carroll over 10 years ago

When you see these houses, the image of happy memories of families do not come to mind, how long ago were there any happy times?

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 10 years ago

Mary - I agree that would be a very sad design. I wonder who came up with that and thought it was a good idea?

Teri - I love the old houses that have been restored. WE have quite a few neighborhoods that get a facelift.


Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Pam - Thanks for stopping by my blog! I wonder what this house looked like when new? What was the family like?

Steve - I was amazed that not more houses up North are built with brick. I suppose it is a regional thing. A very BIG thing here to be built with brick. Ut's a sign of good quality.

Patty & Scott - I think the idea of renovating an old church with the stained glass would be fabulous! I always wanted to make one into my art studio and have the living quarters in the loft. Great that you did it!

Lenza - to my blog anytime! Thanks for asking me!

Virginia - I almost think that the feelings of good or bad times stay in the house. Don't you get the vibe when you walk through older homes? Some can be quite gloomy if not restored.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 10 years ago

Lizette-great post-I've seen some homes that are not only sad but need to be on Prozac :-). There is always something to do at my house!

Posted by Terry Ledford, Realtor - Ga. Mountain (RE/MAX Town and Country) over 10 years ago

this guy does look sad - great photo

Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Hi Lizette,

This reminds me of some of the homes that we have in our market that are in foreclosure.


Posted by Catherine Sinocruz, Broker-Salesperson, ABR, GRI, CRS (Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

Lizette~ so much aggravation could be avoided and dollars saved if sellers would just take care of the obvious repairs that will probably haunt them after inspections.

Posted by Lisa Ryan, Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town (Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty) over 10 years ago

Lizette, You did capture the sadness in this old abandoned house.  This could  be a community project or charitable undertaking... Any takers?

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 10 years ago

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