If I had a dollar for every time a person asked me, “Didn’t you have a home inspection?”…
One thing I can say for sure: a home inspection is everything and nothing. We put so much stock into what a home inspector sees or doesn’t see. Yes, we had a home inspection. I wouldn’t say it was the highest quality available, but it was adequate. The inspector pointed out problems such as the following:
Are you wondering WHY on EARTH I would still want this house?
Then first you must read this: House People (and be sure to let me know if you are one!)
When I drove home from the inspection, my heart was heavy with disappointment. Not so much that the house needed a lot of work, but that I might lose the house because of the work. However, it is only because of the condition of this house that we were able to own it. The neighborhood is one that we would never have moved into if not for the reduced price of the home.
After we took ownership of the house, I told the kids’ new school that they could probably start in a week or two after our yet-unscheduled move. My husband took a week off and I happily got to work on the house while he stayed home with Kyle. It was during that first week, then second, then third and fourth weeks that I realized not only were we not moving in in a week, but that all the problems revealed in our home inspection were scratches on the surface.
I started making up rules for myself: don’t take off the baseboards, don’t remove the carpet, don’t lift random metal covers. Because if you do, dear Katie, you will find things you do not want to see.
Stay tuned for the rest of the story… (another day)