I would guess it has to do with the way in which one designates what's to
go into the yard. Or if one has to do so at all...?
In a hot and humid climate, mulch next to the hyouse (as a groundcover)
attracts insects and bugs, including termites. Lawns can go to the dogs
rather quickly. And lord knows it's *dang* difficult to find decent
landscape/maintenance service. So who knows, maybe this guy will be better
off in the long run with his "alternative groundcover".
OTOH it makes one wonder why he didn't go for some nice stonework.
wastefulness is ugly. Self-sufficiency is gorgeous. That is what
turns people off to solar... the terrifying prospect of being
there *is* no one running the USA, and that is the problem.
Singapore has a government that actually has its hands on the steering
wheel. They don't get 100% of the turns executed correctly, but 90%
will do. In the USA, no one is driving the bus.
there were powerful people who didn't want the Saving-and-Loans to
melt down, but no one in the USA is powerful enough to buck the market,
nor to buck the will of the people. Retract the last clause... no one
in the USA is willing to *do* anything for improvement - especially if
it would require them to get up out of their chair. Everyone wants to
supervise, or just kibitz.
completely wrong. Less than 1% of the people have enough
emotional strength to make ANYTHING happen. 49% of the people only
watch it happen. And 50% of the people don't even know anything is
happening.... they're too busy partying at NASCAR races, or throwing
paint on the fur coat of celebrities, or being a Mommy. Being a mommy
is so emotionally satisfying... you get to play Boss of the Family, and
it's the last place in the landscape where no license is required
before creating a public nuisance.
posterboy of the celebrity-trumps-accomplishment folks. Go back to
watching TV. I invented it to ensure that dullards like you would be
perpetually tranquilized.... too drugged to engage in Capital
Formation, or in Resource Allocation & Management.
I'm a dipshit asshole, but since I've got one working eye, I am fated
to control the blind masses like a musher controls his dogs.
Try to guard your health.... worker-dogs can earn a certain amount of
maintenance, but once the Vet bills become higher than the value of the
work we can extract from you, that's when the offshore-outsourcing
consultant starts receiving urgent faxes.
I thought a Realtor's job was, and always has been, to SELL homes. Selling
implies a lot more than just sticking a sign on the lawn - it involves
pointing out the advantages, not just letting perceived or possible
disadvantages be emphasized.
As an analogy - when we were still looking to buy, one house has this
ghastly polychromic paisley-type Peter-Max-ish wallpaper in the bathroom -
we walked in, and she said, "And they put this bright festive wallpaper in
to cheer up the space!" We had to laugh - but at least she laughed with
us. But the story makes a point - you don't SELL a place by telling the
potential buyers, "Oh and here is this utterly atrocious wallpaper that
makes you go half blind if you look at it for more than three seconds".
It's like a job interview. Sure, the interviewer is eventually goign to
get around to some tricky or difficulat questions ("Why did you leasve oyur
last job?", "What are your faults?", "What did you dislike about your last
supervisor?"), but the thing is to find a way to end on a positive
statement. I left my last job because I wanted to explore opportunities in
this area of my field. My main fault is that I can sometimes get too
wrapped up in details, but I've found that good planning helps me avoid
that and use my eye for detail to advantage, such as in reviewing quality
control documents. It wasn't that I didn't like my last supervisor so much
as I'm a learning oriented-person who enjoys new challenges, and my
supervisor's position didn't allow him to grant employees those
opportunities, so it was stressful for him to deal with employee's
frustrations over that.
Only a dope would say: "I left my last job because it sucked, I don't
think I have any faults, I didn't like my last supervisor because he was a
A job interview is "selling yourself", realty is selling property. But
So what could be some possible advantages of a Green house? Here's a
"It's custom-built to exacting specifications, using high-quality
materials, so not only will your gas and electric bills be incredibly low,
but also, you won't rack up huge maintenance or repair bills because, at
the most, the place might require just some basic and inexpensive
maintenance, but that'd be a couple years down the road."
Then one can follow through with:
"It's ideal for people who want to express their individuality
through their home. Some poeple are a little fearful of buying something
this unique, but it's almost like living in a work of art - it *is* unique,
it *is* individual, it *does* stand out from the average common home - it
tell others that interesting people live here."
"And the bonus is that it's environmentally friendly!"
And so on.
Of course not every place appeals to every buyer - as I always say, One
size *doesn't* fit all. But so what? That doesn't mean you ignore it, or
tell buyers "well this is kind of weird and ugly but I guess we can at
least drive by, see what you think of that thing." When someone says that
(and I did have a realtor say something like that to me once, a couple
years ago), it's too late to find out what most people think - they already
have a negative preconception and they're primed to say "Eeeew, yuck!" when
they see the place. Selling is, in large part, about giving potential
buyers a *positive* precenception. THat's why it's good to wear a suit and
clean presseed shirt, etc., to job interviews - you're trying to sell
yourself to the potential employer and you want to make a good, positive
first impression, in the hope fo planting a positive preconception in the
It's *of course* true that it all has to be backed by facts, but facts in
and of themselves are not sufficient.
So true. Many people after visiting here (US Virgin Islands) decide
to move and have to live on the water (beach/shore). What they don't
realize is that the interior and furnishings are never going to feel
dry, or stay dry. With the nearly constant trade winds you have a good
deal of humidity and salt spray from the water.
They'll have to keep the doors and windows closed, and run air
conditioning to feel comfortable (as in not feeling like they are going
to mold if they stand still too long). Then there is the corrosion
factor and it gets worse as you get close to the water.
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