Now this was to me the most interesting step in the whole process so far. Since I chose an older home that was in need of updating I was very worried that the house would prove unsound structurally, that it would need huge amounts of work with systems like HVAC, plumbing and electrical.
I had already seen that the porch windows did not open (for the most part) and that they had no screens. I knew I wanted these porch windows replaced. I knew the kitchen had not been redone since the 50’s except for the linoleum and that, while functional, it could use an update. The bathroom with its blue fixtures was also usable but quite dated and there is a ding in the enamel tub that goes through to the metal beneath.
I had been in the basement, which was built in the 1860’s and has gorgeous stone and mortar walls and a new water heater, but which I knew little about. And I had been told that the roofs were between 1 and 5 years old so I felt good about them.
My inspector, Annie-Laurie, has been crawling around houses since she was very young. Her inspection was very thorough and she had me tag along and showed me everything. The roofs turned out to have been poorly done with aging soffits, little flashing, insulation sticking out and various minor (although potentially damaging) shortcuts that need to be addressed.
The furnace was the other bad news. A Bryant, 150,000 BTU model from 1975, it is rusted and on its last legs. The plumbing is functional, although some galvanized pipe should be addressed and the electrical box was perfect, no issues with this. There’s a hole through the stone wall and an open coal chute near the sump which should be addressed.
Annie-Laurie said the house was sound and would not fall down around my shoulders. The living room ceiling needs to be replaced as the cheap material that was used is now drooping, but all in all, the house is sturdy and sound with few current moisture issues except along the soffits in the rear of the house and no mold issues.
I will ask the seller to fix the roofs and I will address the rest if I can get an FHA 203K mortgage. That’s my next step – getting a mortgage company to sign on. I have a feeling I will have to address the roof issues also.