When I lived in Rental Houses I tried to take good care of things. I think it was the continual fear that if it wasn’t in good condition when I moved out I’d lose the bond and be out of pocket a few hundred dollars, which when you first start work is a lot of money! So now I’m on the other side of the coin as a landlord and I’m learning not everyone thinks the same!
Take for instance my last tenants, she decided that she was allergic to grass, so rather than just avoid it, she sprayed out all the grass. I’m talking ALL, including the Nature Strip out the front. I think that they actually forgot that they didn’t own the place, there were lots of little additions or removals we’re discovering as we start to do some work on the house. Quirky things that make you wonder ‘why would you put that there?’
We camped out in the house on the weekend, with all the Muddy Kids, they kept calling it our ‘holiday house’ (not my idea of a beachy holiday house at all). Muddy Bubby got the best sleep in the port-a-cot, the rest of us were on the floor or thin mattresses, but it was an adventure and we all came home smiling! We planted lots of grass and dug up lots of weeds and herbs that had overgrown the garden being left unloved for so long. We had a picnic rug on the floor and takeaway for dinner (my favourite part), we worked together to help try and restore some order to the garden.
The whole time though I had this feeling of disappointment, disappointment that what was once a lovely garden was not loved at all over the last few years. Muddy Hubby tells me I have to stop having such an emotional attachment to the house, that ‘the next tenants will probably do the same, so don’t worry about it’. For me though I’m disappointed that people haven’t cared for something enough to give it a water or a weed, or worry about their bond. I guess I thought people would take pride in their home (even though they don’t own it), to have a place that is nice and welcoming and that they can enjoy and entertain visitors and they can enjoy it too. I know I would have taken care of it as a tenant, so why couldn’t they?
|3 Cheeky Monkeys Swinging on the rail!|
|Happy to be outside|
|Overseeing the hard work|
|Unloading Grass and Dirt|