Actually, it may be more accurate to title this: “You bought that?! Seriously?” Regardless of what we decide to call it, let’s go ahead and look at it. I am afraid that this will be one of those rigidly tedious array of photos – somewhat like when a neighbour or colleague goes off to Mauritius and then think that what you really, really want to do is go “ooh” and “ah” over 4,719 holiday snaps. <The slightly awkward thing is that my Mum just came back from a really loooong overseas trip. I imagine she has photos. You don’t suppose she’ll take this badly, do you?>
Anyway, for much of this blog to make sense, I will need to provide a few photographs.
This is the cottage. Looks ordinary and unremarkable. Coz it is. Special is a highly subjective thing
This starts to give you a sense of the dilapidation. This is a view from behind the cottage
A bit of the chaos inside
More of the chaos
The tidiest room in the building
My front yard
One of the many outer buildings
A nearby mountain
A nearby lake
An aerial view
Except it’s not. You see, the previous owner was… well… astonishingly stupid. The 15 or so acres of forest that were on the land were cut down and bull dozed. Most of the trees are lying around in huge piles of forestry waste. Loggers took a couple of truck loads and then left. The idiot who owned the property got a few thousand dollars for it.
All of the mess in the house, the piles of refuse, the badly done extension, the cheap and nasty plastic siding, they all have to be removed. The house can’t be certified for habitation until what he did to it is rectified. If the twit had bought the place and then done nothing he would have made much more money when he sold it. What with the destruction to the house and the colossal mess he’s made of the land, he’s devalued the property by more than 100k. Lunacy.
So that’s what I am fiddling with. That’s going to be the central recurring theme of this blog (I assume).