I would imagine that any young couple embarking upon the purchase of their first home does so with a youthful idealism and the totally misguided idea that the sellers aren’t trying to pull a fast one. Well, that would be silly.
One thing that we’ve learned time and time again is that people can be incredibly shady. A perfect, real-time example of this would be our current kitchen remodel. When we had our contractor come check out the flooring in advance of the kitchen demo, he noticed immediately that there was a loose joist. Strange, but worth fixing. When we were putting together our budget, we factored in the removal of the current subfloor, reinforcing the joists and replacing the subfloor. I’m really happy we did.
When Justin pulled up the linoleum last night, we found extreme old water damage, which would explain the dip in the floor under the refrigerator. When the contractor came today, he said that based on the fact that none of the pipes show evidence of leaking, what was the likely culprit was a leaking fridge. Makes sense with the pattern of damage. He also said scary stuff about a person falling through (with my luck lately, I’m glad I didn’t spend too much time in that corner painting).
The far corner was the fridge location.
Being a regular Sherlock Holmes, we pretty quickly realized that “hey, the fridge we replaced in 2009, wasn’t leaking and the current fridge is definitely not leaking” and we are the second family to live here. I think we can all connect the dots.
Am I saying that the other family maliciously caused damage and didn’t disclose it? No. Would I put that past them considering all the other stuff we’ve had to replace or fix? No. (When we replaced the furnace, hot water heater and central air unit this spring, the tech guys told us the old stuff hadn’t been serviced…ever).
The point of all this? I wish that we had been more careful about the inspection. I think that we both fell so deeply in love with this place that it clouded our judgment and the seller took advantage of that. Don’t let the fear of losing the property keep you from advocating for yourself, especially if there are concerns. We’ve since discovered that sellers actually friends with some of our extended family, so there is always a chance that we’ll run into them someday. I can’t wait.
The other important take away, if you are planning on doing a big scale remodel, don’t cut corners. At one point we considered leaving the floors as is. I shudder thinking about the future nightmare we are avoiding by doing it right.
The water damaged area is the darker wood on the right.
Our great team of workers are clunking away now and there are rumors that the new floor could be done by tomorrow. More pictures to come!
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