It’s about the budget. Today we do not choose between the houses “Patriarch” or Nirnzee (it is clear that if you have money, you need to take “Patriarch”). Today we are comparing mid-range apartments. If we have to choose between modest real estate, but in the very center, or, say, a new house on Vernadsky or Mosfilmovskaya, I am for the remake and against the old ones.
No, it hasn’t gone anywhere – and the masonry, and thick walls, and amazing facades – everything remains in place. And even the atmosphere! The atmosphere of old houses cannot be confused with anything, if only with smells. Do you feel the difference between smell and atmosphere? And between smells and stench? In old houses there is both, and the third, and this combination is for a real amateur.
In new elite houses, such a neighbor is a huge rarity, because the “fragments of Soviet power” do not buy expensive housing, they once got it and became expensive over time.
If you do not smell anything on the stairs, you may not be happy – the smell will still find its way into your apartment. The smell of the neighbor’s food haunted me in the pre-revolutionary building on Znamenka, for example, where all the apartments were bought out by new bourgeois: there is not a single communal apartment, all apartments are decently renovated. It took a long time to figure it out, and it turned out that the Kyrgyz concierge cooked khychins in the storehouse in the evenings – their smell was in my bedroom on the third floor. Or now we are renting an apartment in the Nirnzee house: the house is beautifully built, but once a week I clearly smell of someone else’s food.
The destruction of the correct pre-revolutionary hood, which was designed by highly educated civil engineers, leads to the fact that air circulation throughout the structure is disrupted. Therefore, in your apartment, on which you have worked – put an air inlet and an exhaust hood, poured concrete on the floor and closed the ceiling – it will still smell in the bedroom, then in the living room, as if the wind rose has set itself the goal of making fun of you. The smell – it is like this: the correct outflow of air is disrupted – and that’s it, it will creep into any loophole. You cannot seal yourself dead.
Shall we get the house management to check the ventilation shafts? – This is done simply: the technician climbs onto the roof, takes a crowbar, throws it into the mine. And the crowbar is buried in someone’s refrigerator. BTI obliges the owner of the refrigerator to restore ventilation, but this solves the problem only for a while: you remove the refrigerator of the third floor from the ventilation mine, as the new owner of the fourth floor plans to repair and demolishes his ventilation mine as unnecessary. And then – an awl and a douche: a technician, a roof, a crowbar, a BTI …
Another scourge of old houses is leaks. Recently, a reader from Tverskaya wrote to me – she unexpectedly received a bill for 170,000 rubles from a neighbor. It turned out that the girl had been flooding the lower apartment for a long time, and the ceilings of the neighbor had rotted. And the girl’s gender, respectively. They looked for a leak for a long time (yes, in old houses, when it is not clear what kind of “pie” in the ceilings is, you cannot suddenly find a leak). When they found it, there was nothing to cover: they ruined the floors for themselves and their neighbors. And the girl turned out to be guilty, as it were, without guilt – these were the previous owners of her home that made repairs in the cheerful 90s. But the new owner answers – to pay the bills now to her.
Old risers are a bomb planted by old residents below or above you, and often both. It is impossible to guess where and at what moment it will explode. What exactly will flood in your old house – inlaid parquet, antique sofa or all together? What is the problem: you can play it safe. But our old houses are reluctant to insure. And if they do insure, then you get ears on the occasion of a dead donkey. Literally the other day, the chic stucco molding of my friend was filled with a neighbor. So, quite a respected insurance company “A *”, which regularly received insurance payments for 10 years, paid her 19,000 rubles.
Another common drawback of old houses is squatter construction. It would seem, why does the suddenly grown attic interfere with? Well, they make it quite noisy and for a long time – just be patient. But the load on the supporting structures and the foundation increases. And even if the papers say that Bolivar will take out five more floors of the superstructure, and not some attic, most likely they were obtained in a known way. Wait for cracks. Your personal repairs to the apartment below will be ruined.
In a new house, tenants receive a “box” and get settled in it, based on clear rules established by the HOA. You are not rebuilding, you are building. And, more importantly, no one is rearranging anything around you. A homogeneous social contingent is accustomed to accepting the conditions on which it moves into the house; it does not intend to fight or fence in the attic by the right of the strong and arrogant. The law of the arrogant in new houses does not work at all – everything is about the same there.
In new homes, psychos are rare, although this can happen in an elite house. At 6 Lesnaya Street (an expensive house, by the way), a neighbor howled at night, and raged during the day, because the ghosts of the oligarch Kogan stole icons from her at dawn. But she was not allowed to disperse much – everyone has their own levers. And in the old house it is he, the nutcase, who may turn out to be the main terrorist, and there will be no one to tame him.
This person has lived here the longest, and therefore imagines that he is in the law, and you come in large numbers. Bourgeois lifestyle, you say? Yes, he will smoke under your door, put sacks of stinking garbage next to it and, of course, decorate the stairs to his own taste – with three-liter cans for cigarette butts. And what to do with this character – call the police every time? Agree, this is not why you entered a beautiful house with facades and atmosphere.
In theory, the HOA can accept a set of rules prohibiting this and that, but if in a new building the rights are easily regulated not only at the HOA level, but also by the soul of the owners, then here your neighbors will be the first to refuse to comply with them – period.
Parking around the old house is completely unregulated. Places, of course, have long been allocated, but distributed behind the scenes. If a parking space has been bought in a new house and no one can take your place, then in an old one someone will definitely secure this place for themselves. Behind the scenes. And he will puncture the tires of everyone who encroaches.
The constant parking wars take on rather ugly forms. For example, they just poured a bucket with some caustic boiling stuff on our friend’s car – they weren’t too lazy, they boiled it! And the neighbor’s Gelendvagen blocks the common passage whenever she thinks that someone has taken her place. Despite the fact that she does not have any documents for a specific parking place: she appropriated it by the very right of the arrogant who works perfectly in the old housing stock.
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