First our house:
We have had 7 different families viewing the house since the weekend, one is supposed to be really interested, no idea about the others. So in the scheme of things that's not to bad, and our real estate agent seems very up beat about it all. What it does mean we have priced the house right for today's market. So fingers crossed something will come of this.
The house we are hoping to buy:
We did the home inspection today (Wednesday). The house was built in 1907, so of course there is going to be an issue of two. The inspection took over three hours, and the home owner came back home about a half hour before we were finished.......awkward or what!!!
Anyhow the jist of it all, the oil tank (oil heating) has rust on it, so whether it passes inspection this year is iffy. The plumbing is "unusual" to say the least. It's working, but the home inspector, recommended that we get a plumber in when we have moved in to check it all out. There is a staircase to the attic and it will make an excellent sewing room for me. However there is no air vents in the roof, or insulation in the attic, so that is all to sort out. There is a crack in the outside wall, but that is nothing major.
Our main concern though is the oil tank, so I think we will be asking them to replace the oil tank. The rest I think it's part and parcel of buying an old home.
I had to laugh though. It's below freezing today and snowing. We go into the house and they have the heating set at 14oC (57oF). Now I am hot flash Annie, but that was freezing *loody cold. I was nithered, I couldn't feel my nose. So when the lady came back in I say, gosh it's cold in here. Her reply was it was hot in the house in the morning and they like it cold in the house, and she is always hot. Anyway she did turn the heat up and it was feeling nice and warm in no time.
However I don't believe her, what I think is that they have only 1/4 of a tank of oil left and they won't want to fill it up before they leave. She was telling me that she makes $100 a day from all the raspberries they have on the property. There are a lot of raspberry, blueberry and blackcurrant bushes on the property. I am also reluctant to believe her on this as well. I just didn't get a good feeling from her.
So I think we are going to ask them to replace the oil tank, and guarantee they will remove all the *rap from the basement and then we'll be happy.........however we are going to make them sweat a little bit and not tell them until next week. By the way dh is an electrician by trade, so is great at DIY, which will save us a ton of money.
So that's all the news for now.
***Anything that is wrong with the electrics, isn't an issue as dh is an electrician, so that's an easy fix for us. He can also turn his hand to plumbing. My dad is a whiz with wood, so any of the repairs we need doing with wood my dad will do. It's the heating that is worrying us. It had new shingles on the roof last year, so the roof is fine. Also there are government grants and rebates for renovations this year, so we hope we can take advantage of those.***