Boyfriend said I didn't really have to go, but I figured it was more practical to learn everything about the house I could. Plus, in case Mark was ever not around, I'd know where things were and how to work everything. Obviously, I'll pick these things up as we're living in the house, but before making such a massive investment, I wanted to know everything.
When we got to the house, the home inspector had already started poking around the exterior.
"This house is in really good shape," he said. "Sorry if I seem so surprised, but this house is in really good shape."
That was reassuring to me.
Heat hadn't been on in the house in awhile and it was still snowing that day, so I spent most of the day freezing. As we were poking around the basement, we found a giant puddle and I came close to freaking out. Turns out, the current homeowner was working on something and took the water pump out. That was problematic on several fronts. We needed to test all the pipes and the water, but without water pressure, we were limited.
The sellers had still not checked a box on a disclosure form, but when he showed up at the house unexpected, he answered all of our questions about the house.
Mark had mostly technical questions, I wanted to know about the outhouse behind the shop. It hasn't been used in years, but there are gaps in the boards covering the hole in the front and I just know Grover will find himself in that hole. I was curious if they'd dug it out, or treated it with chemicals or anything since Grover will dig and maybe eat the dirt. The seller said nothing had been done to it, but we did get a funny story. Turns out, it's not the original outhouse. The original was hit by a microburst (a mini tornado) and parts of it were never found.
Who doesn't love a house with character?