So it was today. And there were a few things that came up (all minor - like smoke detectors and a crack in the sidewalk and such) and one slightly less minor thing:
That's right. The carpenter bee. Pesky little buggers that don't really hurt the structural integrity of one's house, but which do drill little holes into your charming shingles, and then attract the woodpeckers to your house (for the carpenter bee is the prey of the woodpecker, and so while the structure of your house can be just fine, the house may also end up looking like Swiss cheese (and you will have swarms of bees hanging out at your house, although they don't typically sting anybody).
Anyway. Now, if this were a regular sale of a house, this would be the time for negotiation. However. Since this is a short-sale, and the bank is already taking a loss, I'm in the position of having to decide whether I can suck up the carpenter bee removal. (I mean, I could try to negotiate to lower the price of the house (banks don't fix things that come up in inspections), but the result would either be a) that the bank said no dice and I lost the 8K tax credit, or b) that the bank would take forever and a day to decide, and for something that will be like a 2500 dollar fix I would still lose the 8K tax credit, thus putting me out 5500 dollars. No, it's not ideal for me to suck it up, but in these circumstances, I actually get money for not trying to get money off the price of the house.) I've thought long and hard about it (and did much research about them) and if this is the only major-ish issue, I can hang. (The actual pest inspection will happen tomorrow, and if there were termites or something I would be out, but this is unlikely. And we'll get the results about radon back on Friday.) In other words, I think I might actually be buying a house.
However, can I just note that I'm wigging a little bit about what a money-pit any house is to maintain? I mean, I have the money to do it, it's not that - it's just after so many years renting I've become accustomed to not having to worry about that crap. That said, this little house is really in great shape, and really my only concern is maintenance - not actual "fixer-upper" type things. Indeed, I am capitalizing on the misfortune of the short-seller, as probably the whole reason that she's in the mess she's in is because she did so much to make the little house great (all windows replaced, new hardwood floors on the first floor, new shingles on the roof, AC installed, rehabbed bathroom, all within the last five years) so my only problem is, if all things are as I think they are, those pesky carpenter bees, which are really nothing much to worry about - although one does need to deal with them - according to my home inspector, my realtor, and the internet.
So, should all things be as I think that they are by the end of the week, I will need to a) deal with the shingles/carpenter bee issue, b) replace the door from the basement, c) deal with the smoke detector issue, as immediate things I want to fix. And given the fact that I get my summer fellowship money June 1, and the fact that I'll get the 8K tax credit, I can do all that and still have some money left over (though still, the money, I see it flowing out of my bank account and I sort of want to die).
Anyway, that's the latest on Crazy's House of Awesomeness. We shall see if it actually becomes Crazy's House of Awesomeness, for I'm superstitious enough to believe that something may still go awry.
P.S. I think one of the things that I love about CHA is that all of the door knobs appear to be original. I heart the door knobs of that house.
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