Mike was halfway through the ceiling painting when his wife told him she had another one.
Mike’s emotions followed each other from amazement to disbelief, from anger to anger and finally a kind of resigned indifference.
As with most divorces, the house had to be sold. A cute little farm in an idyllic place in the village. A lot of overdue maintenance, though. But all that got much worse when Mike’s indifference became clear in and around the house. Overflowing ashtrays, everything covered in dust, kitchen sink full of dishes, dirty laundry swaying everywhere and the weeds slowly taking over the garden.
As the real estate agent who had to sell the house, I had a problem.
Every time I had a viewing I called Mike asking to clean up. In vain.
In the kitchen I tried to stand in front of the dirty dishes and in the bedroom I was kicking dirty laundry under the bed.
Interest enough. As mentioned: location and farm were top. He could have won a nice prize for it. But unfortunately. Most viewers had enough at first glance. I saw it on their faces as soon as they came in. Many viewings later there was a young couple who did look through the mess. They have made the neglected farmhouse a cottage that in one episode midsummer Murders had not missed.
I can confirm the argument of sales stylists that most people can’t see through the mess or the wrong device.
Moral of the story
Mike (and his wife at the time) could have got a nice price for the house. Enough to make both a fresh start. Now we were happy with every offer. A little love and attention to the house had made so much difference.
How did Mike turn out? He bought an overpriced car from his last pennies and went to live in a caravan with his brother in the garden.