Because this is very hard!
The septic inspection failed. The drain field did not process all the water it was supposed to process based on the amount of bedrooms the house has. Currently there are only two (elderly) people living there. They have lived there as long as the house has existed, so the septic system has never been strained beyond two people. A four bedroom house would be up to five people (we’re six!), so we paid for an exra-special test to make sure the septic system could handle the added water burden. And it failed. $15-25k, people. Yikes! Not out of my pocket, though!
At this point, we’re bringing in our own people to give estimates on repairing the things that showed up wrong on the home inspection (chimney, plumber, electric, gutters). It’s a little weird to schedule my trades to check out their house, but it’s necessary for us to have good numbers.
Thus, the waiting continues.
One that I still need to work on, apparently.
The home inspection turned up a few things that need to be addressed, Radon among them.
The roof inspection was fine.
The septic inspection was supposed to have happened on Monday. The inspector was there for HOURS. She dug a rather large hole to uncover the septic tank, only to find it had no access except for a 4″ diameter pipe. The drain field was not where it was supposed to be (according to the plot plan the township gave us). So, basically, hours and $350 wasted. We’re not thrilled.
So, at this point, we’ve submitted a list to the sellers, saying “Hey, this is a serious safety hazard, You need to fix this before we buy the house” and “Hey, we really need to inspect your septic system, and we tried. We shouldn’t have to shell out MORE money because you don’t know where the drain field or access point is, so you should pay for the 2nd attempt”
That was submitted to them on Wednesday. They have until Sunday to respond. I’m….a little on pins and needles. I’d like to KNOW that we have the house or we don’t have the house. Limbo is really not fun. And the thought of starting the house search all over again. Yoikes!
Because that would be weird.
But figurative? Yes.
We have the home inspection in two hours, the roof inspection tomorrow and the septic inspection on Monday. I’m thinking today is the biggie. 17 years ago we backed out of a home agreement because of how bad the inspection was. Both Jim and I are not doing what our realtor calls “The Snoopy Dance” yet because we are nervous about the inspection. The house LOOKS nice, but who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men (or in their floor joists)?!
I’m meeting a dear friend for lunch today. I told her she can either rejoice with me about how well the inspection went, or commiserate with me about how poorly it went.
In all of it, I’m really just praying that God will protect us from a money pit.
The sellers accepted our offer!
We still need to get through the home/septic/roof/radon/termite inspections before this is a done deal. Settlement is November 17, so we still have time in our lovely apartment.
We submitted an offer on a house tonight. We’ll find out tomorrow if it’s been accepted.