Yeah, It's going that well. This whole moving process sucks. I am absolutely exhausted both physically and mentally. We thought we were so lucky to have had an offer just three weeks out. We found our perfect house. THEN, it all went downhill.
First, the buyer had an inspection. No big deal, right? Not until we found out that our furnace was emitting CARBON MONOXIDE! Awesome, you know, if you like testing death. So, the furnace was shut down. The angry repair guy took a piece out of it and we were heatless. Lucky for us, we purchased a home warranty for our buyer and it covers us while our house is on the market. So, we get reimbursed for $1500 toward a new furnace (because ours is old as dirt and new parts went out with the dinosaurs)... only, because there isn't an immediate need for it (their words, not mine), since it's warm every other day, we'll get it when we get it. We're still waiting on the check.
Then, Mr. Inspector Guy tells us that we need to update our electrical work, which we had already planned on doing. We were still running off of a 60-amp fuse box and needed to update to a 120-amp circuit breaker. For those that don't understand, it basically means, "Give me a ton of money and I'll shut off your power for an entire day!" F-U-N, fun. Oh by the way, you also need to have four of your outlets updated because (insert electrician jibber-jabber here). Yeah, more money.
On top of those two major repairs, we also need to replace the door that goes from our house to our garage with a steel entry door and patch a hole in the garage wall where in intercom used to be because of something to do with a firewall.
Three windows need to be replaced because of broken seals causing wood rot. This was on our inspection report when we bought our house (along with the garage door and hole) but because we were naive property virgins, and our realtor back then apparently didn't feel that it was necessary, we didn't worry about it. Now, we are dishing out more money to fix things that should have been fixed before we moved in! I know what you're thinking, "Why not just let your buyer deal with it?" right? Funny you should ask! Because the type of loan she is getting won't give her a dime until the house passes an inspection. It's awesome.
Oh wait, I'm not done. Do you know how expensive it is to fix your foundation? Well, luckily we don't either, BUT we might if we stay there long enough! Apparently the back half of our patio has a slight negative slope to it, causing a trickle of water to run down along our foundation. This has caused a crack in a wall in the unfinished part of our basement. The crack "isn't big enough or deep enough YET to have to repair the foundation," so instead, we only have to repair the cause. This means, we have to have our cement patio leveled. This involved drilling and shooting air (from what I understand) and cement injections... or something like that... until the patio is level. Or, as I heard it, more money.
Looking on the bright side, maybe we will make enough money from the sale to do some of these repairs?? NO WAY. Our home, that was appraised at $100,000 six years ago, that we accepted an offer for $98,000, was only appraised at NINETY THOUSAND FREAKING DOLLARS. You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me?!?! Word around the block is that the appraiser had to STRUGGLE to even get it to 90 because there are too many houses in our neighborhood that are being foreclosed on, bought super cheap, flipped, and sold for more. Grr... The appraisal was done before any of the inspection updates, so we were able to get it up to $92,000. We are still going to have to PAY to move, bot make any money on the sale of our house.
Mike and I have grown to HATE our house. It is draining our energy and our bank account. We have shed far too many tears because of that money pit. At this point, we are doing what needs to be done to get the heck out of there. Luckily, our buyer wants our house really bad and hasn't bailed on us. Closing is officially on for tomorrow and then we say, "SEE YA" to Bolton Drive and all of it's headaches.
Remember back when I was all excited about being in a new house by Memorial Day? Well, we had an inspection on that house. Luckily we did because we found out that it was structurally unsound. The process we had to go through with leveling our patio would have had to be done to the ENTIRE house. That would involve pulling up the new carpet and tile throughout the main level. On top of that, the furnace had a gas leak, the A/C was on it's way out, several windows needed to be replaced, doors needed to be replaced because the damage to the structure caused the doors to break. It was turning out to be more like a nightmare instead of a dream. We graciously backed out of the deal and started the whole process of house hunting all over again, all while knowing that we were being booted out of our house by June 1st.
We found another house fairly quickly. As luck would have it, someone else found that house, too. We got ourselves into sort of a bidding war. Fortunately, it was already priced lower than the first house, so we were able to up the price a little bit. We ended up offering about $3000 over their asking price and they accepted our offer! The inspection checked out with only a few minor repairs needed. The appraisal passed. The biggest blessing we have had was the fact that Mike knows the couple that we are buying the house from. They have let us move our belongings into the house even though we have not closed on it. We will forever be grateful to them because that saved us from moving twice! We don't get possession until June 14th (this could change), so for a little over 2 weeks, we are homeless. Mike's parents have let us stay with them, but everything we own is at the new house.
I am SO ready to be done with this whole ordeal! I am NEVER moving again. EVER.