For those who keep up with Livejournal still.
Last weekend we had the offer accepted, and scheduled an appointment with an inspector to get a closer look at things, because quite frankly, like most of my friends who have never tried to buy a house, we don't know jack shit about houses and what is good or not.
I felt like the $450.00 was very well spent, as we found out that for the most part the house is in very good condition, but there are some serious enough problems that we should have them fixed by the seller or find something elsewhere.
Unlike in California, believe it or not we get alot of rain around Seattle. That means your roof has to be on the ball, and you need to make sure water isnt getting under the house. Unfortunately for us, the Roof is pretty old, and probably needs some servicing, so we are asking for a warranty on that, or have them fix it till there can be a warranty applied to it. Under the house is another matter, there needs to be a pump installed for run off water, because the original installation, while done right, is not really sufficient to ensure water doesnt get into some of the wood down there, so we have to get that fixed too.
If they don't want to fix these things, we are calling the deal off, and will look elsewhere. There are hundreds upon hundreds of other places out there, so why go through the grief of dealing with problems?
Anyways, the inspection was really interesting as the guy was very very good, and made me a thick booklet explaining how things work, why they work the way they do, why they are important, and then the full listing of issues that he found. He also included a book explaining how to fix minor issues like a leak in a sink and other stuff of that nature the he and his colleagues wrote.
After the inspection, we got a contractor out there immediately to do an estimate on the pump installation, which came out to about 3k. We are pretty sure they will agree to fixing that, but if they don't, see ya!
The only thing that would really suck if they don't want to do this, besides dropping out of a deal for a house we actually like would be the fact that we are so close to the end of the tax credit, it would be very unlikely we would get in contract with another home soon enough to take advantage of it still... I guess we'll have to see what happens.
If you are curious as to what the house is all about here is a link to it on redfin.