COMMENT OF THE DAY: CAREFREE HOMESTEADING IN HOUSTON “Living in a teardown is the best way to own a residence homestead. Cracked slab? Let it widen. Brickwork splits open and doors stick? Apply caulk, sand the doors. Roof needs replacement? Paint over the water stains on the ceiling and stick some buckets in the attic to catch the drip. Black mold? Spray a solution of bleach and water on it. Buy some air freshener. Don’t like the off-white color of the walls? Paint it neon pink with glitter, if that’s what suits you. Nobody cares. You live in a teardown!” [TheNiche, commenting on Crazy for the Inner Loop]
And after over a decade of HCAD raising my appraisal 10% per year because McMansions are being built around me, my teardown has finally won appraisal value protests. Nothing like a 20% tax cut during a recession.
Niche’s plan is perfect, so long as you stay clear of neighborhoods with deed restrictions and keep your grass cut.
There were plenty of tear-downs, that got caught up in the Historic District designations, they now are not allowed to be torned down.
You say that like it’s a bad thing.
There are a lot of “really anal” people on here.