Curb appeal

Besides the phrase, “location, location, location” another popular phrase in the real estate industry is “curb appeal.”

I purchased my house in 2005. There was a problem with the curb in front of the house. I called the DC Department of Transportation and even the office of my Ward representative. I called again in 2006, made an online request in 2007, called in 2008, 2009 & twice so far in 2010.

I’ve requested that the curb be repaired. So far, nothing.

Yesterday morning I e-mailed my Ward representative who responded. He contacted the director of DDOT. Last night I e-mailed copies of photos I’ve taken.

The director’s assessment: it’s a curb abrasion, not a curb repair request.

The director noted the severity of the damage, though he opined it appears more cosmetic. The director noted this cosmetic damage took a backseat to other critical repairs.

Maybe it’s just me but if you repair something EARLY enough, the damage doesn’t become so severe and you will SPEND LESS.

Who wants to buy a home in the District of Columbia with such curb appeal?


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