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Perc Test Tomorrow

And the mortgage stuff is finally moving forward. It wasn’t being held up by anything, it just didn’t make any sense to do anything without a solid settlement date. Well, we still don’t have that, but we’re definitely in the 60 day window and even possibly in the 30 day. So yeah, we signed stuff and gave them permission to know every single financial detail there is to know.

And the Perc Test is tomorrow. I wouldn’t say I’m excited, precisely. I know it’s the first step in the series on the way to us finally getting into this house. But excited? No. I think that will probably wait until after the design is in place. Then I’ll start getting boxes out and packing up what little can be packed here.

Here’s to the idea of passing the test!

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No News is No News

Things are just as they were. The perc test is next Mon/Tues, so there’s literally nothing going on right now. Oh, funny, the sellers asked if they put money in escrow for the septic if we could do settlement earlier. Oh, how I wish that was an option, but the mortgage company will not give us a mortgage without a working septic. So, yay, we are all stuck.

All the “up in the air” is making my addiction flare. I HATE this. I hate the feeling of utter powerlessness and the not knowing anything of when we will make settlement. Some days I want to run shrieking from this apartment and just curl up in a quiet space ALONE. I miss SLEEPING. I miss having a space to myself. I miss having a place that’s OURS, that we can know if the dog makes a mess on the carpet it won’t jeopardize our whatever-it’s-called-that-you-give-the-apartment-complex-in-case-something-bad- happens fund.

So, yeah, addiction. I’m feeling all the feels and overwhelmed and my brain DOES NOT LIKE THIS, NO IT DOES NOT. I hate that I still go to it for my security blanket, but there it is. I emailed my accountability partner and am trying to be honest with both her and myself, so hopefully, hopefully, things will even out a bit.

All that to say, things are just as they were and I wish things were different.

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Oh, The Waiting…is The Hardest Part

Alternate title: Stop the merry go round, I want to get off!

So….deep breath….here’s where things have been:

We knew the septic system needed to be completely redone. It’s a process, not just a once and done kind of thing. It starts with a “perc test” whereby a septic company and a “Sewer Enforcement Officer” test the ground to make sure it drains appropriately.  Then there is the design phase, where the septic company designs a new system and gets that plan approved. Then there is the actual build and then finally the retesting.

The sellers (thankfully) hired the same people to do the perc test that we hired to do the original septic inspection. I have the cell number of the wife of the husband-and-wife team. She said the perc test was scheduled for NOVEMBER 8th. WHAT????????

I called the SEO, begged, pled and groveled. One of his co-workers was able to fit it in October 30/31, which is at least a little better. With the 8th, we were looking at settling in December (No Bueno). At least here we have a chance at maybe before Thanksgiving.

So. There you have it. Still waiting. Still stuck in the apartment. Still wanting to GET OUT OF HERE.

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We Officially Have A New Home!

Well, at least we WILL, once we go to settlement!

We made it successfully through the negotiation process–they thankfully accepted our counter offer of $700 more back in a credit than they offered (to cover more of the radon remediation, thankyouverymuch). So, theoretically, we will have enough to remediate the radon AND fix all the other safety issues.


Do you want to see it? Huh? Do ya? Huh?

Here it is! Isn’t it pretty?

A Front 1

We already intend to replace the siding in the next five years (picture light gray siding and darker gray or black shutters).

Here’s the kitchen. It’s been refaced (inside those cabinets are very dark brown), and that range is from 1981 at the most. It has an analog clock on it. AN-A-LOG, people!

So here’s what you do. You go back through my posts and look at that lovely kitchen we did in the old house and then you superimpose that over this picture and that will be this space in a few years.

F Kitchen 1

Here’s my favorite spot in the whole house. Seriously. I love this room!

M Family 2

Sure, it’s bland white walls and white trim, and that WILL be changed (and let’s just pretend that paneling is also nicely painted, too, ok?)! But that fireplace! So cozy! This is the “family room” where I expect a lot our time to be spent.

I could post more pics, but these are from the current MLS listing, so it’s their furniture and decorating styles (aka a peach dining room from the 1980’s). I just wanted to be able to give you all a glimpse, as this was a LONNNNNNGGGG time coming for all of us.

We can’t wait to move!

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Ugh. Double Ugh.

We expected they would repair the septic and do the radon remediation, and maybe cover a bit more.

What they came back with was they will do the septic and give us some money. The radon people–who are there this morning putting together a proper estimate–have quoted us a ballpark of $900 to $2800. If it ends up being $900, hey, that’s great and we’re going to accept the offer as is. If, however, it comes back being closer to $2800, then we’re probably going to ask for more money to cover the list of safety items that came back “poor” on the home inspection.

I’m really disliking dealing with their agent. She’s not doing her job. And it shows.