Thursday, April 2, 2009

Home Inspection

Okay, so home inspections are curses and blessings I think. Without them I would never know all the disgusting things about the houses I keep trying to buy. This house has a 25 year old roof going on 30 years. A rotted out basement shower that has also rotted the wall AND a furnace that doesn't work. A deck that is falling off the house and a leak in the wall that so far that we can see hasn't majorly damaged anything, just caused mold. Nice. The investor put new carpet in, painted and even painted the rotting wall in the bathroom. This place is bank owned and probably good thing because whoever this investor was tried to hide the problems. There are small issues like tub fixures that need to be replaced or wiring and that isn't a huge deal. The worst part for me is the previous tenants had a love of all things disgusting and had a mice infestation at one point. Which means the attic was so nicely laid out for the culprits and so is the food storage room and under the stairs. The mice are gone, but there remains are here and now we have to take steps to ensure that they don't come back- if we take the house. We are asking the bank to pay for the roof, the bathroom and the furnace. Which would be so nice because we have had a few roofing estimates and the roof would be pretty cool and we would get to have a nice bathroom and decide on our own awesome tile.

The neighbor lady told us that the previous owners were beyond gross with their pets and mess and were quite trashy. Why do we always end up with houses like this? What is with our luck? Honestly. We are also doing another meth test what with the new law putting the responsibility on the owner. We don't want to be left holding THAT bag. So now we continue to wait. I still think the house has potential. Get rid of the yuck and fix the problems and it is a great house with room and potential. At this point though I am half and half. If things don't work out, there are other things out there, but we will have to rent for awhile since we don't have any more extension time here. If we get the house and they pay for it, I can really make it work- I just have to clean up mouse poo. What ever happens, happens.

8 comments:

Munford Family said...

I'm sorry....It is a blessing to find out before than after. We rented a place when Isaac was born, and didn't know it had mold until mushrooms started growing in a corner of Isaac's room!! I was so mad that my new baby had been sleeping in there!
I hope it all works out. It is smart to get the bank to pay as much as possible.

Kendra said...

thank goodness for inspections. It would really stink to be stuck with all of those problems. I can't even begin to think of how much those repairs would cost. I hope it turns out the way you want it to.

Maren said...

Good luck! I admire you for bein wiling to deal with mouse poo. Go girl! I hope you get a house soon either this one or another one.

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

I told Danny about that...eeesh. It's exciting to get a new house but you're braver than me! I'd rather live in apartment squalor than war with mice!! :) Hopefully all the tests come back clean for meth and stuff.

Amb-dizzle said...

Did you put a bid on the house before you looked at it?

Jessica said...

No, we looked at it. We looked at a TON of houses that were worse than that. Really, in a way these are MINOR compared to some other houses. Its just you can't tell these things until you get an inspection done.

Mama Teaching 2 said...

Inspections...yes...they can save your behind though.

You guys have been through so much with house hunting! URGH!

Heather the Mama Duk said...

Yeah, inspections are a very good thing. Years ago we looked at so many houses that reeked of mold and other nastiness. As soon as we walked in, we walked back out.