Mark's biggest surprise at the house he bought at auction was electrical. Every circuit had been cut in the attic, missing a six foot span in each circuit.
The next problem had been the plumbing, the copper tubing had been stolen and broken off at the concrete slab.
It is a strange thing to me how 'mean' some folk are when they lose a house to repossession. Before they vacate it, some folk trash the home to get back at the bank. My first thought when I learned folks do this was, "They could be prosecuted for damage to bank property." Then I thought, the house is still theirs at the time, so I guess you cannot prosecute someone for destroying their own home!
As a matter of fact there is a house not a stone's throw from where we park the Motor Home in Belmont. It was repossessed. The man, whom I did not know but had seen, took a sledge hammer and destroyed the inside of the home. It is hard for me to believe anyone can destroy commodes, cabinets, showers and tubs just out of menace.
Anyway, Mark says most of the damage has been repaired. He took a crew of two down and worked around the clock for two weeks to put the house back in shape. He says the majority of the work is done inside, now he will take his sons down and attack the remaining problems.
Mark and Janie left, we are alone again still in the recuperating mode. We are proud of Mark and his ability to build and repair. He has built probably 75-100 homes. He always preferred the fancier homes, where I preferred to build the standard 'affordable' home.
I loved building. My soul can be depressed thinking that a fool would intentionally destroy a product of which some builder was proud. I stood in many homes I had built. And after the final inspection was approved, I was so proud as I looked at something I took pride in.