Nothing stays the same

I want to start off by apologizing to all that follow me for my lack of activity the last few months.  Life has been rather hectic this summer so far and there isn’t any reprieve for me in the near future based on what I know is coming.  Sticking to a writing schedule has been difficult when there isn’t much time so spare.  The little downtime I manage to scrape together has been dedicated to real life things that have been pushed off due to unplanned events and not staying up to date on family event scheduling.  There is so much in the summer that needs to be done that doesn’t need to be done any other time of the year.  Making sure the lawn is mowed, yard work, making sure someone is watching my daughter (the wife is now working), parties and of course impromptu weekend get-togethers planned on a whim.

The wife is working now after getting a call from a mutual friend from the firehouse where she volunteers and is now the Treasurer.  Her friend runs their own business and after their book-keeper gave notice, they called my wife and offered her the job.  She accepted and it’s been an exercise in futility trying to work out camp, places for the daughter to go afterwards and changing work-from-home days on fly week to week.  I’m home today for instance, but my normal remote work days are Tuesday/Thursday.  For someone that relies on a weekly routine, it’s been stressful keeping up week to week with the ever changing responsibilities.  The extra money is definitely helping, a lot, but it’s slowly eroding my ability to stay somewhat normal and calm.  I’m finding that driving has started becoming a string of curses at other drivers for doing stupid things, which is how it started last time when I lost my crap across the board a few years ago.  It’s worrisome.

I’ve never liked the summer months.  It’s hot, humid and I’m generally not a happy camper unless I’m inside with ample air-conditioning cooling everything down, including me.  There are actually quite a few things that I don’t really like throughout the year, but tolerate for various reasons.  As long as I can get the downtime I need to tolerate the world, it’s all good.  What isn’t good is how I’m feeling now and not seeing a way back until school starts again for my daughter.  That leaves me with just over three weeks before a semi-normal routine returns to the household and, naturally, to me.

This coming weekend is, at this point, open with nothing planned until Sunday afternoon.  I’m hoping it stays that way.

Home Inspections……

We finally got the list of items that our buyers want fixed in my current home.  It wasn’t a very long list and our inspection report was actually only about 15 pages.  From what I was told, that is a very short report for a home that is over 15 years old.  The issues raised were already known and I knew I would need to fix them.  The buyers, first time home buyers, have consistently attempted to request our washer/dryer.  I get the reasoning, but they are 4 months old, we’re still paying for them, and to be honest the list of items we need to fix don’t even come close to what we paid for them.  No dice buyers, they’re coming with us to our new place.

The inspection report for our new home, by contrast, is 48 pages and is a poster child of what no properly maintaining your home quickly becomes.  The list of requests, that we’re making mandatory to fix, is quite long and includes some really jinky stuff.  One of the most troubling is the fact that the exhaust venting for the heater and water heater (both gas) is literally touching the stud wall and paper covered insulation.  The clearance for a single wall galvanized steel exhaust pipe is 6″ minimum.  It literally is a fire waiting to happen.  The wood was even a toasted brown telling me its been like that for a while.  We’re awaiting the radon test, which will be positive, before sending over our long list of fixes in order to purchase the house.

The experience has been a source of stress, but I’m more open minded knowing that a lot of the repairs required are part of regular maintenance with exception of a few of the safety hazards present.  Overall the house is a good buy and worth the offer we put in on it, provided they agree to the fixes we’re asking for.  If they don’t accept or offer to fix anything, we’re buying the house “as-is” and have a clause in our agreement to walk away.  I would rather they back away instead so that they have to surrender the penalty fee and we can get our home inspection reimbursed.  I had no idea starting this process that I’d be almost $2k in the hole for expenses we had no idea needed to be paid.

I’m looking forward to the settlement when all of this is over, rather, switches from buying stress to new home ownership stress.  Money will be a topic of conversation for the foreseeable future.