Before I was a REALTOR and saw thousands of homes, I really liked the theme song from Weeds.
I thought it was like a poignant middle finger to the home building industry. A skeptic can say that our homes have become cookie cutter boxes covering a hillside, all filled with similar ticky-tacky from Ikea. But the song pre-supposes that there was a time when this wasn’t the case; when every home was a ‘character home.’ That’s just not true.
Countless times, when speaking to someone interested in buying a home, I’ve heard: ‘We want an older home. Something with character.’
What gives most old homes their ‘character’ are odd ‘maintenance’… um, ‘upgrades’… um, let’s go with ‘improvements’ - made by the amateur handyman living in it at the time. The…