If you haven’t been following closely, we have an accepted offer on the house but it is contingent upon a satisfactory home inspection. The inspector was here last Thursday, and the report was received on Saturday morning. Aside from the normal nit-picky stuff a home inspector normally finds, there were just a few items noted for repair. Ungrounded outlets in the bedrooms, a minor roof leak at the chimney flashing, a loose toilet bowl, and two recepticles that were not GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupt) within 6′ of the kitchen sink.
So today, it’s Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to work I go….. to make these simple repairs to make the buyers happy. In years past, when buyers weren’t in the driver’s seat so to speak, it was much easier to sell a home. Today, even when low offers secure a potential sale, there can be several contingencies attached to the sales contract. I can remember just 10 years ago nobody in our area even used a home inspector (due to cost), and now very few sales go without an inspection. An of course, since home inspectors are getting paid to find things wrong with the home, they will oblige the payees of the inspection with a common list of nit-picky items. I think inspectors feel like they must substantiate their charges so they find anything that can fit in the report to justify their existance. What a racket!
So today I will play roofer, plumber, electrician, and then pack some more stuff. We packed about a dozen boxes over this past weekend and I swear (even after two garage sales) that we still have more stuff than Noah could fit on his Ark.
And if all goes well, the home inspection contingency will be removed and we will progress to our closing date already set for May 2nd, 2013. Right now though, I gotta find and unpack my tool belt! 🙂