It is said that hind sight is 20/20. I couldn't agree more. It is easy to look back on a significant event in life and play arm chair quarterback. Caught up in the moment, we make what we feel is the best decision at the time.
Then there is denial.
While performing an inspection recently, I couldn't help but think, was the homeowner making wise repair choices.
Climbing onto the roof, the inspection began with the house clearly in need of a new roof covering. This was not one of those borderline conditions where the covering could last a little while before replacement. No, this was it should have been done long, long ago.
Even gingerly walking on the roof, it sounded like treading on a bowl of Rice Crispies. I was told when I came back down, the crunching could be heard from the ground.
The house was built in 1973. I am 99.9999% certain this is the original covering.
The siding and trim was also in poor condition, yet not to the same degree. Walking the exterior I came around to the back of the house to find a brand new deck.
It seemed an odd choice considering what I had seen so far on the exterior.
On the interior, things were in a some what similar condition with the exception of the newer kitchen complete with granite counter tops. It again seemed an odd choice when the bathroom tub, the only place to bath, leaked tremendously into the half bath / laundry below.
While I certainly can not know someone's situation in life, even when poking through their home, I can't help but believe that there are instances where various decisions may not be solely based in reality.