Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Inspection #2

Today the house in Lake Forest was inspected. I was there very early, as I wasn't sure whether I'd be able to find the place on the ride back from yoga this morning. But it was simple to find, simple though it is actually pretty far up into the hills toward Portola Parkway. It was a beautiful day, and I got to see lots of my future neighbors out walking with their dogs or riding bikes or playing with their kids in the green space near the house.
Trees were being trimmed, loudly, during the whole time the inspector was there. He meticulously inspected every inch of the place, and found, predictably, a number of small problems, and a couple of larger ones (fireplace, garage door opener, wiring box). All of the bathroom fixtures have handles and spouts that need to be replaced, the garbage disposal needs replacing, etc. But nothing big and awful as in the other house, no clear signals we need to walk away. I have no urge to look any further.
Though the scope of the expense and the many things that need to be done are a little overwhelming, we don't need to do everything at once. One project a year, for a long time to come.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds good. Some of the small and big repairs, you and your husband can do on your own.

Beth

Rebel Girl said...

Sounds good.

Robin said...

I am so happy that this one is a go! I hope you are very happy in your new home!

Robbi said...

Thanks guys. I feel good about it.

marlyat2 said...

Mike has done faucets and handles... but they can me tricky. Garbage disposals are a nuisance. Some kid will drop a penny in, and the darn things break all the time anyway. I don't have them any more. None of those sound huge or like they are immediate except perhaps problems with the wiring box. Code, code...

Every house needs repairs when you buy it, and that sounds all right.

Lou said...

This is so exciting!!

Robbi said...

It is exciting! The agent will talk with us about what we can ask the owner to do or to extend us a credit to do, such as the violations of code in the wiring box and in the connections of the heating. The probably non-functional air conditioner is another issue, and the dangerous garage door. We have to get an expert in to inspect the electrical system, and perhaps give us an estimate, according to the inspector. There is so much to do, and so little time!