See, I have the good fortune to have a house that isn't really all that old...except that it's fallen into disrepair for a few reasons.
- Previous owners were worse idiots than I am in this kind of thing.
- Current owner claims to be too busy to complete any home improvement type tasks. (Though in my--I mean his--defense, he really is quite busy, and is sadly lacking in construction and home-improvement know-how.) (If that's any kind of "defense.")
- The items that require repair make for other things that need repairing, and generally sooner.
- [Insert busy computer-geek family-man reasons here.]