We live in a nice, old neighbourhood in Toronto’s west end. The homes are mostly detached with (sometimes shabby) grand old porches, and the streets are lined with beautiful old trees. This is to say that most people are happy to be in this neighbourhood, and as such, take at minimum adequate care of their home’s curb appeal.
There is this one house however… on our street. It’s a rental property – not that I have any issue with that, because there are others on our street – so the owners are not easy to track down. The home is a disaster; paint is bubbling in huge, unsightly blisters, the ‘front yard’ is a bald patch of dirt, parts of the old roof routinely end up in our back yard, the tenants’ garbage is ALWAYS scattered all over the property and I swear there is a full-on tree growing in the eaves.
I know I’m not the only one, nor is this particular to house-dwelling – I’ve had plenty of messy neighbours when I lived in apartments, with whom I battled over a common vestibule, keeping the garbage area clean and even revolting window coverings that ruin the façade of the building and make it look like a crack house.
Do you live next to an unsightly mess? And if so, how do you deal with it?