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The Buffalo Family Story

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc 10307

Mr. Buffalo's story beautifully encapsulates the perpetual cycle of home maintenance, likening it to a complex puzzle where each task represents a piece that must be carefully tended to. By dividing the maintenance process into manageable chunks, Mr. Buffalo's father ensured that the workload was manageable and instilled in his sons a sense of responsibility and skill.

The annual ritual of painting one side of the house each summer transformed a mundane chore into a bonding experience for the family. It served as a masterclass in attention to detail and perseverance. Each side of the house presented unique challenges, requiring the brothers to adapt and refine their techniques as they progressed.

The first task, the front of the house, was the most daunting due to its porch and second story. They painstakingly navigated around windows and doors, ensuring a flawless finish. Even the shutters demanded attention, requiring removal, painting, and precise reattachment.

The following summer, they shifted their focus to the right side of the house – a comparatively more straightforward task with only four windows and two stories. Progress was palpable; they were refining their craft.

Then came the back of the house – a formidable challenge with its grand garage door, sliding door, and an array of windows. This side presented the greatest expanse to cover, with three stories demanding their attention.

Finally, they turned to the left side—similar to the right but complicated by a door. This leg of the project demanded meticulous attention to detail, showcasing their honed skills. And true to life, the next summer, they were back on the front to start the process over again.

Through this hands-on approach, Mr. Buffalo's father imparted invaluable lessons that extended far beyond home maintenance. By involving his sons in the upkeep of their family home, he prepared them for the responsibilities of adulthood and homeownership.

Moreover, by choosing not to hire professionals, Mr. Buffalo's father emphasized the importance of self-reliance and dedication. He understood that true mastery comes from hands-on experience and that the effort invested in maintaining one's home reflects pride and commitment.

The tokens of appreciation bestowed upon each son upon leaving the familial nest served as a tangible reminder of their hard work and dedication. More than just a financial reward, it was a testament to the values instilled by their father and the importance of taking ownership of one's surroundings.

In essence, Mr. Buffalo's narrative poignantly reminds us that the journey of home maintenance is never truly finished. Like a perpetual puzzle, it requires constant attention, adaptation, and dedication. However, with perseverance and guidance, one can preserve the integrity and allure of one's home for generations to come.

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Gwen Fowler

Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc
317 South Highway 11
West Union SC 29696
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Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

What a lovely story, Gwen. Our first neighbor in FL (who became our extended family) took a similar approach. Even though he could well afford help, Tom did the work himself or had his children help him. They spent winters in FL and summers in NJ. Each season, he had a home project for each house, whether it was painting, updating the countertops, or some other project. 

Apr 27, 2024 01:33 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a wonderful story, Gwen. Too many people who buy homes lose sight of the fact that a home needs to be nurtured and maintained.

Apr 28, 2024 05:00 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Home maintenance is neverending and I know a few people who will do a renovation shortly after finishing the first renovation, haha.

Apr 28, 2024 06:27 AM
Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518

We have a bucket list for future projects, everytime we remove one, we put two more back on.  This year is roof and windows.

Apr 28, 2024 07:20 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Knowing how to maintain a home is not a bad thing to know. With the schedule of one side of the house a year after 4 sides, rest 2 years and then start again.

Apr 28, 2024 05:30 PM
Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518

He did not stop between, constant painting the house during the summer.  Training for the younger ones was his excuse and by doing the project over 4 years he did not have to worry about someone wanting to change paint colors.

May 14, 2024 05:07 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

What a great story and I guess I answered my own question on your latest blog post, Endre

May 13, 2024 10:35 PM