A c.1910 home doesn't come with a lot of owners manuals. We were stunned to find the manuals for the oven, dishwasher and microwave in one of the kitchen drawers. There is even a CD that has the regulations of the historical district on it for us to study. However, the home is completely vacant with the exception of a few boxes of who-knows-what in the mud room and a box of canned goods in the kitchen. (I cleaned out the pantry of opened dry goods while the inspector was doing his job.)
Our inspector had several comments in his final report that said "ask seller before closing" or "confirm with seller before closing." With a short sale, you don't always have access to the seller until they finally come to sign the paperwork at the closing table.
Those type of things that leave yourself scratching your head have been added to the list of questions that include things like:
- "did you cap the natural gas and if so, when?"
- "did you replace the roof and if so, how old are those shingles?"
- Or one of my favorites, "by the way, there are several missing cabinet drawer fronts missing. Did you install what is there and if so, may we have the company name so we can order some new ones?"
Almost 12 hours until we close....I guess I should try to sleep. In our neighborhood, the sound of construction in the background is distracting me from my writing. There has been a sewer/water main break under the road and the county has torn our neighbor's front lawn to pieces to dig to the bottom of it. Hopefully the murmur of the generators will lull me to sleep. I can triple check the list again in the morning.