It’s Not That I’ve Been Avoiding You or Anything

I’ve just been, well, busy.

You probably know by now that T got a job in Indianapolis. So yay for a permanent job but boo for another move. Or at least boo for moving to Indiana!  The horoscope didn’t say anything about THAT coming. 

Oh, well. We’ve lived there before AND it’s one state closer to Oregon.  So it’s not all bad.

The week after Easter we had a mad whirlwind how-far-can-we-push-our-toddler-in-the-carseat tour of a bunch of different homes and finally settled on one we liked kind of rural-ish but not exactly but on HALF AN ACRE of land. Woohoo! Oh! The fruit trees! Oh, the berries! Oh, the veggies!  I’m really kind of excited about that, if you can’t tell.

We offered, they counter-offered, we accepted and today was the inspection.  There are some funky things going on with the house that are kind of major and need to be fixed and we are kind of wondering how the sellers didn’t know about them when they bought the house 8 years ago but then again, we  ourselves had the pleasure of buying the buyers of OUR house a brand new sewer stack so it just goes to show you.

The septic system was gurgling at the end of the inspection which means a plumber needs to take a look (by the way, the inspector ran the water for the whole 3 hours, telling me that it would be about 300 gallons of water which, according to him, is not excessive use for an American family. Let’s just say that together. Three HUNDRED GALLONS of water. PER FAMILY. I’m pretty sure I don’t use that much. I’m pretty much uber-water-conservation-Nazi who annoys her husband by her incessant nagging to turn off the water when washing dishes and who flushes her toilet with her own collected shower water. 300  hundred gallons?). So Plumber. 

Then the ceiling of the crawl space had at some point been insulated. Wrongly.  So the insulation was put on upside down and is now sagging and collecting moisture and this could cause rot and mold and all kinds of fun stuff.  So, that’s an issue.

AND, the sump pump is connected to its electral outlet by an extension cord. Extension cord + standing water = not actually very safe.

AND, the inspector could not find a way to access the crawl space under the newer addition, which includes the master bed/bath, utility room and garage (turns out it IS over a space, not slab).  T said he kept remarking on this and was even willing to come back at his own expense to inspect it if we could find a way in.

SO, that’s it in a nutshell and I really really really want to get my garden going THIS YEAR so those sellers better pony up and accomodate ME and since they have already moved out and are living elsewhere, you’d think they’d be kind of willing to do so.  Because loose gutters and some cracks in floor tile aren’t that big of a deal but health hazards kind of are. 

And plus we didn’t get any money back on the improvements WE did to OUR house (ok, granted they did not include a new kitchen with granite countertops BUT STILL) AND we had to buy a new sewer stack so they gotta take some hits, too, to equal out OUR personal karma.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emily
    Apr 18, 2010 @ 12:25:13

    Oh wow. That’s a bummer! Hoping and praying they’re willing to come through!


  2. Sharon
    Apr 20, 2010 @ 10:58:42

    as a certain friend of mine would say, blech on all those crazy things (upside down insulation, what the heck???), but i wish you all of them fixed at owner’s expense and that you will get to frolick on your half acre asap.


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