Don’t Neglect Your House


I’ve been trying to get my studio back up and running so I can get back to work and get the money rolling back in. Sunday afternoon Barry and I ran to Home Depot for a couple of odds and ends that I needed before I could fire up the torch again.

On our way home, when we rounded the corner to our street we were met with police and fire trucks everywhere. All I could think was “Oh crap, now what!” The streets are narrow and jam-packed with vehicles, police cars, and 4 fire trucks so we couldn’t even get close to our house. We got out and started walking to see what was going on.

I never in my wildest imagination thought I’d see what I did when we got to the problem.  The house in the photos is directly across the street from us.

Roof Collapse

View from our yard

Better View

Nobody is real sure what happened but the house didn’t appear to be well taken care of. I believe most of the roof has been covered by a blue tarp for several years. So there was obviously some major water damage in there somewhere. The couple that live in it is a really nice older couple. The guy has MS and the wife, well nobody expects the wife to maintain a roof. However one of the neighbors said it’s a large family so someone should have cared to make sure this didn’t happen to their parents, their grandparents, sister or brother. The wife was home and inside sleeping when the house came tumbling in but she did not get hurt as far as we know so that’s at least good news.

Just last week Barry and I were sitting on our porch and mentioned to each other how the dormer on that house looked crooked or leaning. Never would have guessed that the whole thing would be collapsed the next week. Yikes!

We are really hoping they had insurance and that by some miracle they’ll pay for the repairs. Otherwise I can see this house is going to sit in ruins for years. I do not want to have to sit on my porch and see this for months on end. Or have some bored kids set the place a blaze some night.

We’ll see how this turns out.




4 comments for “Don’t Neglect Your House

  1. Ellen
    20 July, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I’ve been noticing the same in my little town. No roofs collapsing as yet but several abandoned/repo houses sitting empty and looking severely neglected. It’s only a matter of time.
    Hope you don’t have to look at that mess for too long but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  2. Joe
    23 July, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    It appears their insurance company is paying to repair everything, been a lot of activity at the house. So Hopefully they’ll get it fixed before winter.

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