I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!
The House-Buying Experience- Inspections and Testing
I mentioned before about getting the radon test done before paying the bigger bucks for the inspection. Assuming you get through that stage, you get to spend a morning of afternoon with a home inspector. We used a guy our Realtor recommended. I enjoyed following him around the house, into the guts of the basement, the rafters of the attic and everywhere in between. I guess you could hire an inspector and have them go out and generate a report for you, but what fun would that be? I'd highly recommend going with the inspector. Our guy talked about what he was doing and what he was looking at the whole time, and it was a good education. In our case, he noted a few cracked window panes and some pipes that might be leaking. The roof looked good, the foundation looked good, etc. On the basis of the inspector's report, we did ask the seller to have a plumber come out and look at the pipes and the bathroom. The seller had a plumber out and the plumber's report was that he re-seated the toilet on a new wax seal and that everything "looked fine." Kate inquired further a few days later and we found out that the plumber had not gone into the basement at all. You know, the pace where 95% of all the pipes in the house are? The addendum to our offer that asked the seller to have a plumber come in was pretty broad, but had been slightly misinterpreted. This led to the plumber coming back out to the house on the morning of the closing. He estimated a few hundred dollars for some minor repairs and we took that estimate with us to the closing. That was less than ideal, but I felt much better about the whole thing knowing that a plumber had actually been into the house to check out the pipes. My only advice from this part of the experience is that if you find things in the inspection that you want the seller to remedy, make sure that your Realtor prepares a specific list of those things and ask yourself if you would understand that list if you had never seen the house before. I wish we had looked at the addendum more closely before we signed it, but things were rushed. Guess what? Things will always be rushed. It's your house you're buying. Read stuff carefully, but especially the stuff where you are asking the seller to do stuff before you close. It will save time and aggravation later.