Inspection Day

Friday, January 22, 2016

Today was my inspection day.  I went to work for the morning and then took the afternoon off to spend some time in the house with my mom, my realtor, and the inspector.  I was determined to let him do his thing and then let him walk me through everything at the end.  Over all, no major issues, though there was something I would call a question mark.

Surprise - there's a sprinkler system!  It's not working right now, but the pipes are there.  It will probably take some work and some expense, but at least there's a foundation.

Which brings me to my next point...The foundation.



The house has a beam and pier foundation.  Evidently, over the years, some the piers have been shimmed up with various and sundry materials.  There's also part of the house that's, well, unsupported all together, which is obviously an issue.


That said, the inspector didn't seem overly worried, given that there weren't any bouncy spots in the floor, and the original piers looked to be in good condition.  Plus, given the age of the house, it's unlikely to settle any more.  There were some newer piers that had been added, though, that were a little more questionable.  My realtor suggested that we get a structural engineer out to give us an idea of if a repair was necessary and what that might cost so we can go back to the seller for a price concession if necessary.



There was also wood rot on various parts of the house, including some rafter tails and one set of the French doors.  I'm the most worried about how to repair the rafter tails without sistering them and making them look obviously repaired.

The appraisal is scheduled for Tuesday.  Apparently neither my mom nor my realtor think the house is likely to appraise for the contract price, which is also nerve-wracking.  It's difficult because my house is the smallest in the neighborhood and it has a pool, so there aren't really any great comps.  The appraiser, though, is supposed to specialize in hard-to-appraise properties, so that's a plus.

Keep your fingers crossed that my little bungalow doesn't have anything so wrong with it that I have to walk away.

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