FFD2012

kaesha_nikovana

The Ramblings of a Seamstress, Gardener, Chicken Keeper, and Housewife

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House Update

So, the house might be a no-go. The inspection was last night, and it turned up a couple urgent problems. The first one is wiring - the old fusebox that we thought was dead...isn't. It actually controls the electricity for half the house. So, that needs to be updated to a new breakerbox. That's the minor problem, easier to fix since both our dads are electricians, and we've got an electrician friend. Now, for the bigger issue: the foundation. This one is a two-parter. First, the basement walls have a slight bow inward at floor level and just above. This might be due to water damage - the two sump pits are recent additions to the house (like, 10 years old or less...recent in the grand scheme of things.) One sump pumps was fouled with sand and dirt, so it wasn't working, and had leaked water into the basement. Ben fixed it, so now it's pumping the water again...but who knows how long it had been non-functional and causing damage. Part deux: part of the house sits on a slab, and that slab has a crack. A crack that not only is affecting the slab, but also the basement block it butts against. The previous owners thought it would be a good idea to decorate the basement walls with a plaster treatment, so we can't really tell how far into the basement it goes, if at all. The house has other more minor issues, as any older house has, but they're all non-urgent and DIY-able.

We're hoping to get a foundation expert out there to see just how serious and costly this is. If it's not too terrible, we can use it as a bargaining chip with the selling bank. We'll propose that they pay to fix it, then add the repair costs to the total mortgage. If it's really bad (and I've had people telling me horror stories all day...) then we'll have to walk away and find another house. That would suck so much. :-( We've already mentally planned on how we'll use certain rooms and parts of the yard. We feel attached and I'd hate to have to start all over again. *sigh* I'm trying to be hopeful, but not naive. Dunno how well I'm doing at that...I'm evidently giving off the 'everything is doomed' vibe. Blah.

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I am away from LJ for a while and look who joins the madness. Welcome my dear to LJ and all it entails. Seriously it is good to hear from you, I missed when we used to talk but am glad to hear you and Ben are good. It does suck about the house but hang in there and have faith.

Quartermane

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