"A web is a house for a spider.
A bird builds its nest in a tree.
There is nothing so snug as a bug in a rug
And a house is a house for me!" ~ Mary Ann Hoberman
(I want to tread carefully here because I do not wish to offend anyone. With that said...)
Ten years ago, hubs and I bought our house. It was supposed to be a "first home" not a "fixer upper"! Had we spoken to other residents in the housing development when we did our walk through we would have either A) said, "No thank you!" to the home or B) paid significantly less than what we did! We would have not only asked for a $2,000 allotment to replace the carpets (which we did) but also thousands of dollars off the asking price for home repairs!
At Three Years
The owners before us only stuck around three years before they headed for the hills. This should have been a huge, blinking, neon sign for us...WARNING! DO NOT PROCEED!
The area in which we live and our neighbors are wonderful... Light, airy, relaxed, great for a young family, convenient, easy going, free from congestion and traffic, and not overly populated. But, frankly, the builders (and inspectors) should be ashamed of themselves...to pass these dwellings off as acceptable and then charge a minimum of $200,000 for under 1200 sq. ft. ($168 per sq. ft.) of living space! It is no wonder notice of a class action lawsuit against the builders was some of the first pieces of mail we received in our three-year-old household.
Further, when one of the initial questions to run through a person's mind includes, "Why are nearly ALL of the light bulbs in this place burned out?" That should be a clue to a more pressing issue as well...an electrical problem. (The sockets in the master bathroom rarely work (as they consistently trip the breaker) and the hall lights click off regularly on their own.)
At Nine Years
One bright afternoon as I shuffled from the living room to the hallway, I noticed a warm spot on the floor. The laminate was heated beneath the soles of my bare feet. Was the dog just lying there? By evening, small droplets of water could be seen at the seams and where the baseboards met the planks. And, when I got up in the middle of the night to get a drink, my toes splashed through puddles and glided over buckled, warped boards. A water pipe had ruptured beneath the foundation. The line had to be rerouted and extensive damages repaired. (Thankfully the builder had to pay since the residence was under ten years old. Otherwise, we may have been stuck with the bill!)
At Thirteen Years Old
Today, the windows on the back wall of the house leak, profusely (which causes obvious concerns regarding mold). Neighbors have had similar headaches...some even more sever than ours! Oh, and did I mention the side yard floods and weeds (from outside) have made their way into the master bedroom and master bath through the wall!
Our roost has potential. It has kept us moderately safe and fairly dry for ten years but keeping up with issues the builders caused has become too much. I am grateful for all the Lord has provided and feel it is now time to move on and bring light to troubles this shelter has. I, personally, do not want another family to fall victim to its complications (unless they agree to purchase it as a "fixer upper").
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Matthew 24:35 ESV)
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8 ESV)
Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth beneath;
for the heavens vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment,
and they who dwell in it will die in like manner;
but my salvation will be forever,
and my righteousness will never be dismayed. (Isaiah 51:6 ESV)
since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for
"All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord remains forever."
And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:23-25 ESV)