Rising up within the suburbs of Nice City, Utah, USA (names have been modified to keep away from offending anybody presently residing there) and being a member of one of many few current less-than-traditional-type households in mentioned metropolis, we took it upon ourselves to liven the place up a bit — within the type of a proverbial “paint the city purple.” My stepbrother and I concocted a narrative about our house which can have included a wooden panel, a defunct elevator and a skeleton in a wheelchair.
Granted, almost everybody’s house has a skeleton or two hanging round within the closet, however within the period of the mid to late ’70s, and on this space of Nice City, Utah, these had been by no means thought-about in dialog. So, when Doug and I drug our skeleton out of the closet, there was some critical discuss across the city. Hardly ever had been different youngsters at our house anyway, since we had been the black sheep of the neighborhood, however when the rumors began to fly, the youngsters would actually cross the road to keep away from strolling in entrance of our home. A minimum of now they’d one thing to speak about.
Regardless of that occasion, or maybe due to it, as an grownup I’ve had little worry of discovering a skeleton in a closet. In actual fact, I might revel within the alternative. I’ll gladly volunteer to be the primary to open a closet, step into the cellar or hunt down the key panel. One by no means is aware of what might come out behind it. Typically, it’s not scary in any respect. Typically, reasonably than a skeleton within the closet, one finds a treasure beneath the carpet.
Just a few weeks in the past, it was with a lot pleasure and reduction that all of us agreed it was time to eliminate the black hardwood flooring in our front room and workplace. Not solely do we have now a white husky pet that solely sheds thrice a yr (for 4 months every time), however we even have a miniature Yorkie that may pee at the very least 10 instances that quantity in in the future (when he’s not carrying his diaper … sure, we diaper him). Whereas white canine hair is tough to cover on a black floor, small canine markings are usually not. We wanted to reverse that — conceal the hair, see the pee, so we are able to get rid of it rapidly.
Earlier than eradicating the ground utterly, I instructed we see if we might simply refinish it in a lighter colour. Because the coloring was so darkish, we’d first must strip it to see if it might be refinished. What we discovered beneath the darkish coat of paint, was extra of a Christmas miracle than a Halloween nightmare. It was a gorgeous, stable walnut hardwood the colour of sunshine Caribbean sand. We had no thought what was behind that stable black curtain of paint on our ground. We stripped it and utilized a transparent coat end. It modified all the look of our foremost ground. Good factor we regarded.
Different treasures present in newly bought houses embrace a 1934 World Honest ticket, $10,000 money, a marriage ring, an vintage revolver, a collectable Cabbage Patch doll, a baseball card assortment, uncommon cash and extra not too long ago … from one among my very own shoppers … a whole stash of drug paraphernalia.
Even a skeleton, relying on whom or what was connected, could also be value one thing. If nothing else, it’s nice fodder for dialog. As well as, trendy psychologists have discovered that skeletons, maybe, mustn’t keep within the closet. It’s best to drag them out and introduce them to family and friends. They have an inclination to seek out out anyway.
As for the skeleton in our defunct elevator, we by no means set the story straight. The home offered anyway, wooden panel totally disclosed.
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