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November 6th, 2006 at 03:06 pm

We got the report from the home inspection. Keeping in mind that when you buy an older home there are always problems and that we knew it was a fixer upper it isn't too bad. The house is sturdy, roof within 2 years, electric updated within 2 years, newer hot water tank and furnace. The catches are, asbestos tape fraying (means if is friable and needs to be removed) under the crawl space, windows are either broken or do not open which is a big safety hazard, especially on the second floor. The garage roof needs new shingles. The upstairs toilet needs to be replaced and the downstairs shower needs a control dial. The plumbing vent on the roof must be lengthened.The front and back porch need to be shored up sometime in the next couple years. Little things include outlet covers and switch covers. All the walls need to be painted and patched and the cleaning will be impressive. They also noted defects in the siding on corners. Of all that the non opening windows were a surprise, and the asbestos was a shock. I turned it in to my realtor and we'll see their thoughts on what needs to be fixed before we buy. The asbestos is a must I think the plumbing needs to be addressed and I vote the windows be operable or they take the estimate of costs off of the bill for the house. I sure don't have enough to buy a house and fix all the windows. The rest of it I can deal with.

4 Responses to “too soon to tell”

  1. tinapbeana Says:

    best of luck, nanamom! i bought my own 'fixer upper' in july, but the majority of what's needed is yard stuff. well, cleaning and paint too, but that's pretty much a given isn't it?

    something i found helpful in getting to the really nasty tight corners: a battery operated toothbrush (like from a dollar store). i now keep one in my cleaning closet!

  2. LuxLiving Says:

    tinapbeana said:
    "something i found helpful in getting to the really nasty tight corners: a battery operated toothbrush (like from a dollar store). i now keep one in my cleaning closet!"

    Okay tinap I officially hate you now!! Smile It's women like you who give us spit'n'shine cleaners a bad name!!

    nanamom - get those sellers involved in fixing some of this stuff - they want to unload the house, let them do some of the repairs that will cost you later!!

  3. tinapbeana Says:

    "LuxLiving Says: Okay tinap I officially hate you now!! It's women like you who give us spit'n'shine cleaners a bad name!!"

    don't hate me because i'm beautiful... er, i mean ... clean?

    but i'm not overly detailed, i promise! my house was owned by the same woman for 50 years, was a rental for 5 years and then sat empty for 6 months before we bought it. it was N A S T Y!!!!! i cleaned in there for 3 weeks before we moved in, it was EEEW-tatistic! the toothbrush was good for places like the bathroom and around the stove where i just wasn't willing to risk touching stuff. and when it camed to cleaning 50-60 years worth of dust from the window sills, the toothbrush was a gem.

  4. nanamom Says:

    I can accept that it needed it when you first moved in, the fact that you keep one in with your cleaning supplies now is what gives us "spit andshine" people a bad name!!!!

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