Jul 23, 2008

More inspection horrors!

So here are just a few more photos of the things we saw and found during the home inspection!

The Battle Begins!

Well anyone who tells you that buying a house is an easy thing is crazy or may not have tried it before. Maybe it was just the fact that the sellers agent was a complete ding bat. Had we not had such an awesome agent in Michelle and not been so determined to have this house I am quite sure things would have not come together. Of course part of the whole process is the the home inspection. Which during this process we found out some of the things that were really wrong with the house, not just cosmetic. When we met for the inspection there was a gas leak in the house which was from the kitchen stove and numerous spots in the basement gas lines so it was actually probably a good thing we did it the day we did or there may not have been a house to buy. So we found some leaks in the basement , a very outdated heating system, old water heater, mystery holes in the yard(probably an old septic tank), crazy plumbing, and a badly cracked chimney which would need to come out. So all of these things combined with a very dingy selling agent made for an interesting experience. Since time has passed since the sale actually went through I have forgotten all the many convoluted things that happened with the house purchase. But I am quite sure that many buyers would have walked away had they been in our situation. We had earnest money that was never deposited, things with the banker that nearly didn't get finalized and work that needed to be completed before the sale could go through all this occurring while we were about to go on our Honeymoon to the FL keys. Well thankfully things came together we got to take our awesome honeymoon in Feb. and we were able to close on the house on Feb. 29th of 2008(Leap day no less!).

Jul 11, 2008

The first viewing

So here is some of what we saw in looking at this house initially. I am quite sure many who looked at it ran out the door screaming! We happened to just be crazy enough to look beyond the paneling and dropped ceilings!

The Adventure begins

You may wonder how our adventure begins. Once Greg and I got through the wedding and all the holidays we decided it was time to start looking for a larger place. We were outgrowing my little house on North Street and so the search for a new home began in January of 2008. We were so lucky that our awesome wedding officiant was also a real estate agent. So we contacted her and asked her if she would like to help us. She said "Of Course!" And so I began the online searching for interesting properties. Greg and I spent a Sat. doing a drive by of all the properties that interested us. Well we narrowed it down to just a few places. So Michelle got us an appt. to see this great old house. At that point we had no idea of the history of this house. The house was listed as a fixer upper and we had no idea what to expect. Well the listing was right but we saw what I am sure many other people missed. We saw the beautiful wide old trim, the history, the field stone basement, the nice size yard. We also saw the 70's influences like brown paneling everywhere, fake stone paneling in the kitchen and the lovely drop ceilings in most of the rooms. But some how we knew that even though it was going to be a lot of work that this house had found us and it was meant to be ours. It may seem weird but we both just knew that this was our house. I think somehow that the historical owners were someplace looking out for this house and knew we would take amazing care of it and love it like they had when they orginally built it.