So the inspections were yesterday. Several were scheduled at the same time - the termite/wood boring insect inspection...this part went well. There appeared to be some termite damage, in the garage, and carpenter bees, in the carport. For around $1000 this would all be taken care of.
The chimney inspection was pushed to Tuesday - the home owners already said that the fireplace is "as is"; however, we just wanted to have an idea of what might be wrong with it.
We did the whole home inspection. This was essentially a 3 1/2 - 4 hour walk through our house, testing toilet flushes, checking electric outlets, water flow, door locks etc. Overall, the house appears to be in great shape, especially considering it is 100+ years old. The inspector mentioned a couple things that we need to have checked, for example the bathrooms don't have GFI plugs installed (which will most likely be an issue for the auditor/lender)...nothing too major though.
The septic. The gentleman that owns the company has a hurt shoulder and was not going to be able to make it and he sent his brother in his place. The man had a slightly difficult time finding the tank. Uh Oh. So he finally finds it, and digs a little, pokes a little and then I hear him come in the back door. "Ma'am?" (he could hear me in the living room talking with Kait) "Yeah?" "Could you send Mark out here?" Uh Oh! I grab Mark and we both walk out. The inspector is slouched over this exposed septic tank hole and wants us to look in. I'm not sure if anyone reading has been exposed to this type of honor...you know, smelling a stranger's poo that has been sitting in a "tank" for a number of years. Breathtaking.Literally. The man goes on to inform us that the septic tank is a homemade version, (DING AGAINST US), it is positioned incorrectly on the property (DING AGAINST US), it is roughly 1/2 the size it should be for a house this size (DING AGAINST US)...it's not looking good here folks. So we point blank ask "are you suggesting a total replacement?" "Yes Ma'am" "Um, and what are we looking at, price wise for something like this?"...you ready?...$10-12 thousand dollars. Where we live, it isn't an automatic that the owners would be required to fix something like this. It is something we'd have to negotiate with them and not knowing where they stand financially...we are just very up in the air right now. It's stressful. Even more so because it is just a very hectic time in our lives AND we've got work things happening. Oh! and now it is the weekend, so we can't use extra time to keep on top of everything.
I'm hoping that the next week to ten days pass quickly with all good news. We shall see.
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