Good point - wish we had mature trees...hope to buy some ten foot trees this spring and pay to have them moved. And, there are lots of updates that can be done, as you mentioned.
98%+ of the problems on this house of ours is with the shoddy quality of the labor. I am not anything close to a carpenter, but am detail oriented enough to drive a lot of people crazy. I notice everything and I mean everything. Some of the workers simply don't care or don't notice anything!
But, this is the way of the world now-a-days. My brother and I own a carpet cleaning company in Kansas City...finding good help is incredibly difficult.
As always...keep thinking.