Home Inspection

May 30th

Yesterday we had our home inspection. There is no way I would buy a home without a home inspection contingency, because I like to pre-worry. And because I know too many people who have had to back out of “the perfect home” due to things found in the inspection.

Since two other contracts on Charming House have fallen out, I was concerned about what we would find.

Our inspector was really nice, and very informative. We stuck by him through the whole inspection, and he taught us a lot about the house.

With the help of our Realtor, he got all of the water in the house going at the same time. Everything held strong, and nothing backed up. There was one small drip along a pipe, but it just needed tightening. Still, we’ll keep an eye on it.

The utility sink in the basement wasn’t attached to the wall. The oven in the kitchen wasn’t bracketed into place. All of the stairs are missing banisters. The hardware under the porches needs to be replaced. He strongly suggested adding more return vents to the finished attic. OK. A lot of that we already knew about, and we weren’t going to ask for any of that to be fixed. After all, we’re buying a post-war home. It’s not new.

The bathroom door locks itself. And if you’re inside, you need a pair of pliers to pull the button open. That was good to find out, because I can only imagine getting trapped in the bathroom, alone, with no way out.

The missing drywall above the window in the dining room doesn’t seem to have been caused by water damage, and there are no signs of previous flooding in the basement. (There was, however, sexual graffiti all over the ductwork, and a big chain and hook on the wall. Many of my coworkers are reading Fifty Shades of Grey and I just started chuckling to myself.)

We found an old wooden golf club in the rafters of the basement, and bowling pins in the attic. “Awww, look, bowling pins! It’s meant for us!” I said.

The more worrisome thing is that none of the three-prong outlets are grounded. Not a single one.

The seller said they would install support for the wall in the basement, and a radon-mitigation system. So we wrote back that in order to remove the inspection contingency, we wanted all of the outlets grounded or GFCIs to be installed by an electrician. We also wanted the radon-mitigation system and the wall reinforced.

Realtor wrote back today that all of our requests were accepted!

And so we march toward home ownership…