[Before Paradise] Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to work I go…

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!

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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! 🙂

6 thoughts on “[Before Paradise] Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to work I go…

  1. Good place to stay in or arround Northern Samar????? I hope to visit later this month

  2. There are many places to stay in Northern Samar. Most of the hotels, both budget and high end can be found in Catarman. Pink City- This is a 3 star hotel conveniently located in the midst of Catarman. Bobon Beach Resort- This is a 4 star beach resort in Dancalan, Bobon and it is located along the one of the nicest beaches of Dancalan, a Barangay of Bobon. If you are visiting the Biri Rock Formations, you can stay at The Blue Water Lodge. For more information on Northern Samar, you can contact the tourism department at:

    Ma. Josette G. Doctor
    Provincial Chief Tourism Officer
    New Capitol Building, Ground Floor
    Dalakit, Catarman, Northern Samar 6400
    +(055) 251-8124

  3. Wait? Does that mean you will finally be able to head this way? You’ll be here next month? I was beginning to think it would never happen. I suppose you were too. Maybe I’ll see more of you after you arrive and I won’t have to worry about getting kicked in the shins. Okay, well don’t forget to bring my new (real, not toy) motorcycle when you come, I’ll be waiting.

  4. There is light at the end of this tunnel, finally! We will close on the house, and rent an apartment for a couple of months until we get everything else squared away (Navy Terminology – sorry!) We should be there by August.

  5. Good thing the inspector did not find any major issues. Life in the good ‘ole USA. You have to roll up your sleeves and grease up ‘dem elbows. I had to go atop our roof to clean the gutters this weekend. Found some mushroom, not edible though, critters found me too. So, I can relate. If I were in Bataan or in a Filipino province, I’d be supervising the work instead from a safe non-elevated spot. Cheers!

  6. Hey Johnny, yup, when you own your home the work never ends. Our repairs were all minor but nontheless they had to get done. Approval (compliance inspection) was done this past Saturday, so now all we have is the temite inspection and closing in 9 days and then we will be moving a light speed towards paradise! Next year, like you say, I will be in a permanent supervision mode and not the doer any longer…unless I really, really want to! 😉 Thanks for dropping by!

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