Beware of Pandemic House Projects

I’ve lived in my home since 1990. During that time the house has evolved. Some of it happened organically since things wear out and need to be replaced. This can include roofs, boilers, well pumps etc… And I’m okay with that. Where I resist change though is updating for the sake of the latest styles or fads.

For me being trendy and up to date interests me about as much as news of another royal baby. That’s not at all. One time, when I actually purchased a fashionable brand item, it didn’t end well. Surprisingly, family and friends implored me to get rid of it. But, to be fair, people had stopped wearing their Members Only jackets about twenty years before. My counterargument was that there was still plenty of wear left in it. It was great for those shoulder seasons.

But back to the house, the kitchen has been remodeled twice, the back yard sports a nice big patio with fire pit, the downstairs flooring is all hardwood except where its fancy clay tiles, the walls have been painted and repainted. I could go on but you see that I’ve updated even if reluctantly.

Anyway, a year or so ago (pre-pandemic) my wife and I came very close to moving. We eyed a condo complex in nearby Plymouth, Massachusetts. The appeal was freedom from exterior maintenance and lower costs. The latter savings turned out to be negligible on further analysis. And, as a public service announcement, we’d have less control over some shared community costs like water and conservation given the land it was built on.

Also, while seriously contemplating the move we started to have second thoughts and rediscovered all the things we like about our house and the community. So thankfully, the two offers we received on our house fell through. Afterwards, we decided that we’re quite happy staying put and took the house off the market. In the immortal words of Jed Clampett, man’d be a dang fool t’ leave all this, when he felt pressured to leave Appalachia and move to Beverly Hills.

But in case we have a change of heart we spruced the place up. My wife had laid out a reasonable case for appealing to future potential buyers. Suspiciously, given the interior design upgrades she pushed, I suspect she must be one of those potential buyers. Anyway, after an intense pressure campaign, I resigned myself to an Interior Design project that would take months and many greenbacks.

But, if that wasn’t bad enough, there was a surprise awaiting me. Nobody said anything about ‘some assembly required’ for the new stuff.  I also missed the part about having to get rid of all the voluminous packing materials. I’m on a first name basis with the lady at the dump as a result. Also, in the case of the new headboard, disassembling the existing bed was implicit too. When I called all this to my wife’s attention she blamed the pandemic. That’s when I realized I’d been had.

There is one silver lining. With all the upheaval, including receiving damaged or wrong items that needed to be returned, neither of us wants to go through this again. Hopefully these colors and upgrades will have appeal well into the future.


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  1. Veronica Foy says

    On behalf of your family, thank you for tossing the Members Only jacket.

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