Friday, April 11, 2008

Oh the possibilities

This kept my husband up for quite some time last night: home inspection nightmares from the This Old House site

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V
Part VI
Part VII

We met with the mortgage lender on Wednesday night, radon testing started yesterday and the structural inspection is set for Saturday afternoon. We both have the distinct feeling that we are totally flying by the seat of our pants, but so far haven't encountered any major issues. We'll see...



Anonymous Sunil said...

Our house is 100 years old and we ran into a bunch of stuff at the inspection. It was kind of a shock because our last house was 15 years old and had almost no issues. But the truth was that most of the items were minor, especially for an old house. They didn't bother the mortgage company and were easy to fix or live with.

If you're able to and your inspector is cool, I would walk with him. This will let you understand any issues and really get to know your house.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

We're both planning on being there tomorrow. I agree - I feel like it's a way to really check out the house in a way that wasn't possible when we first saw it.

9:47 AM  
Blogger nikandmike said...

inspections are meant to scare you. just prepare yourself.

BUT, as my parents are finding out, many things that SHOULD have been discovered were not (many of those pictures you posted could have come directly from their joke). So be sure you are paying attention and ask as many questions as you can. just know that an old house will have problems. trust us. it is all part of the charm.

(our house inspector didn't tell us about the hole in the chimney, though he clearly should have known this. thus, no fires for us this winter in the most FANTASTIC fireplace ever. we do have a cord of wood though. lot of good that'll do us.)

8:44 PM  
Blogger oikoumene said...

Look at the bright side - your cord of wood will be well seasoned!

12:42 PM  

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