The home inspection yesterday went well after a slightly scary start – the house had been winterized, and all the spigots were wide open, even the refrigerator’s water line for the ice maker and the washer connections in the laundry room. Fortunately, we requested to have the water remain off at the meter when the utility company unlocked it, so when the home inspector turned on the water, the agent and I were in the house and realized what was going on before it turned disastrous. Otherwise, we could have walked into a flood that rivaled last May’s 500-year-flood levels. (Note to self: don’t feel obligated to open all the spigots when you turn off the water. And don’t use THAT company to winterize anything.)
The home we’re buying was officially deemed to be in very good condition, well-built with only a few minor repairs needed. The structure, plumbing, wiring and the mechanicals are in fine working order. That’s a big sigh of relief, considering it has set empty for close to half a year now. And that’s a big hurdle out of the way.
|Was it set in Hooterville or Hootersville?|
I actually twirled in the den after we finished the inspection. It was a brief moment of giddiness, followed by watching emus run across the neighboring field, along with a rambunctious calf who nearly knocked down the big cows in his hurry to get to the front of the line. It must have been dinner time at the farm next door. No sign of Arnold the pig yet, but he may show up one of these days..in the meantime we’ve spotted sheep, goats chickens, ducks and horses. Come to think of it, I guess our tale does resemble the misadventures of Oliver and Lisa Douglas – although I’m not a glamorous, blonde Hungarian socialite and Mr. Official is not an attorney. And we’re not from NYC, even though we do like to visit the Big Apple. But I digress.
The next hurdle to cross is the appraisal; here’s hoping we don’t run into any snags with it, either. Once the appraisal is finished, the rest of the paper chase is in the hands of the mortgage company, title company and the real estate agents.