Yesterday we finally got to go inside and we purchased the place. We are hoping we didn’t make a mistake.
We had never personally met a “cat lady” before. And, if you go by the account of other sources, she really wasn’t a cat lady per se since she only had 2 cats. However, the stink and hair seemed to me of a dozen cats. Other than that and an unusual taste in style, the place seemed pretty solid.
Something we learned before and up through today:
- there had been a leak under the sink, but that was taken care of. Of course, the sub-flooring had not; just the leak.
- one of the bedrooms (the one that was dedicated as her cat’s room) “just developed” a leak these last few days of rain.
- she had never used the furnace (for 10 years); she used an electric fireplace for heating.
- there was not a heat pump as we had been lead to believe; just a furnace.
- if we purchase the place, we have to replace the roof (mandated by the park and it needed it anyway).
- if we purchase the place, we have to put at least one window in the front of the home (there currently are none).
Julie and I thought this was kind of weird; apparently, it is to make the place look homier. We philosophically have no problem with this, but it would reduce the privacy from the road of any rooms we do this to. We have decided to put one window in and that will go in the room I will be using for my office. The guest room will maintain its privacy.
- oh, and she took the stove, and would have taken the fridge also if I had not changed the locks after I saw her drive off with the stove. She was only given permission to clean up what she wanted from the outside — she had gotten everything out of the inside when we took the tour. When asked about it, she gave it to good will. We had planned on getting all new appliances anyway, but this pushes up the timeline by lots.
Once again, Julie and I embark on an adventure. Right off, this adventure shows it will have many obstacles before we call it our own.