The appraisal is done and good enough. The inspection is done and wasn’t a total disaster. Overall the house was declared sound and sturdy. There were a few items found to be deficient and in need of repair posthaste.
The tub must have had a small leak and over time the water rotted the joists and subfloor under the tub. Not a huge deal. Very common. Fixable.
The insulation has fallen down off the floor in one of the crawlspaces and the lack of a vapor barrier has led to some moisture related decay. Again, not a terrible finding. Not a very difficult fix.
The electrical is not all new and shiny. It’s an old house. I could have told you the inspector would say that.
And then, the grand finale…the other crawlspace. The dryer vent hose let go a long time ago. There is at least a few inches of lint all over every surface in the crawl space. What’s that? You think that could be a fire hazard? No, not really. Everything is soggy from years of moist air being pumped into the crawl space and the lack of vapor barrier. It’s all simply too wet to ignite. Good thing!
In all seriousness, that crawl space is a nightmare. The contractor that gave us a quote to fix it all called it one of the worst crawlspaces he had ever been in. And he’s got years and years of experience with this stuff.
The good news is that it is fixable. The bad news is that it won’t be easy and it won’t be cheap.
The other bad news is that the seller has now refused to use the contractor we feel most comfortable with. Instead, she wants to use a contractor she’s known for a while. I have no doubt that he’ll have only her best interest in mind and try to do as little as possible so as to keep the bill as small as possible. And then she’ll get to ride off into the sunset with her chunk of change and we’ll be left in the house with whatever problems that may arise.
I don’t have a warm and fuzzy feeling about this, but I also have much choice. I don’t want to go back to house shopping. Fortunately, we do get to reinspect it after the job is done. And, if it’s not up to par, we can request more work or walk away. But both of those would mean that we would run into more delays. We first saw this place in early April. Enough is enough!