I see houses everyday that have been neglected for 10, 20, or even 40 years. However, since they have been lived in, most have had at least some sort of minimal attention paid to them. Broken window have been fixed or boarded over, leaky roofs get patched or at least a bucket on the floor.
Author Alex Weisman has written a book about how important we are to our surroundings and describes the results of our absence.
Want to see what happens to your house after 500 years? Click on the picture below for an animated version:
The shot is brief but did you notice that after 300 years the ceramic tile is still intact!