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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #690 on: October 10, 2013, 07:58:04 AM »
So my wife and i have been house hunting for a while.  And we finally found a house.  We thought.

We made an offer contingent on inspection and put down the earnest money.  The offer was accepted.

And then the inspection... needs new roof (that we were aware of), sheathing, siding, garage, foundation, it has two types of wood eating insects, black mold, mice, earth settling issues seemingly associated to drainage and oh by the way, it has been on fire at least once.  All of this stuff was not obvious and luckily we had a good inspector. 

 We decided that was just too much for us to take on.

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #691 on: October 10, 2013, 09:34:43 PM »
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20722552_last,00.html

Weird, strange and outright dangerous things found by house inspectors. 

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #692 on: October 10, 2013, 09:54:56 PM »
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20722552_last,00.html

Weird, strange and outright dangerous things found by house inspectors.

Good grief, it's like a train wreck...I can't stop looking at these flubs!
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #693 on: October 10, 2013, 11:00:17 PM »
I sent it to my FIL - he used to do home inspections. Just wow

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #694 on: October 11, 2013, 02:03:07 AM »
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20722552_last,00.html

Weird, strange and outright dangerous things found by house inspectors.

"While inspecting a 120-plus-year-old home, I found this attic stairway opening directly outside the door from an attic bedroom. I sure hope the people sleeping here don't sleepwalk."
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20615425_21190478,00.html

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #695 on: October 11, 2013, 08:42:04 AM »
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20722552_last,00.html

Weird, strange and outright dangerous things found by house inspectors.
That site is addictive! I should be working, and I keep thinking "just a few more won't hurt"

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #696 on: October 11, 2013, 09:38:36 AM »
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20722552_last,00.html

Weird, strange and outright dangerous things found by house inspectors.

"While inspecting a 120-plus-year-old home, I found this attic stairway opening directly outside the door from an attic bedroom. I sure hope the people sleeping here don't sleepwalk."
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20615425_21190478,00.html

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How do they get *into* the bedroom? Leap the chasm?
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #697 on: October 11, 2013, 10:04:17 AM »
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20722552_last,00.html

Weird, strange and outright dangerous things found by house inspectors.

Well, there goes my morning. I think my favorite so far is the WWII mortar shell that required military specialists to remove...

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #698 on: October 11, 2013, 11:36:24 AM »
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20722552_last,00.html

Weird, strange and outright dangerous things found by house inspectors.

Well, there goes my morning. I think my favorite so far is the WWII mortar shell that required military specialists to remove...

My eyebrows hit my hairline at the 20 amp circuit with no ground and no interrupt.... going to a shower heater fan. Was someone plotting a murder!?
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #699 on: October 12, 2013, 06:43:52 PM »
My circa 1810 apartment in NH almost burned down while I lived there in college. It had been divided by a wannabe handyman (my landlord was an idiot) into a store and two apartments. Neat place, but a wiring disaster. During the winter my roommate tried to run an electric space heater at the same time as a hair dryer and the other roommate noticed a weird burning smell in the her room where the breaker was. We turned everything off and called the fire department who had an electrician look at the wiring. Some idiot had installed a circuit breaker panel without removing the metal cut-outs over one of the switches so it was stuck on and couldn't trip. The smell was the wires in the wall burning.

Landlord got cited an the wiring was repaired on an emergency basis which was probably more expensive than doing it right the first time.

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #700 on: October 12, 2013, 08:26:11 PM »
I just got done with house hunting horrors one, and can't continue because I am going to bed.... you all were right. It IS like a train wreck! How stupid can people be?!?!?!

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #701 on: October 12, 2013, 09:41:24 PM »
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20722552_last,00.html

Weird, strange and outright dangerous things found by house inspectors.

Well, there goes my morning. I think my favorite so far is the WWII mortar shell that required military specialists to remove...

My eyebrows hit my hairline at the 20 amp circuit with no ground and no interrupt.... going to a shower heater fan. Was someone plotting a murder!?

Most can be categorized as lazy or stupid. But the one I cannot wrap my head around is the bathroom with his and her toilets.  ??? What on earth were they thinking?
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #702 on: October 12, 2013, 10:19:44 PM »
http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20722552_last,00.html

Weird, strange and outright dangerous things found by house inspectors.

Well, there goes my morning. I think my favorite so far is the WWII mortar shell that required military specialists to remove...

My eyebrows hit my hairline at the 20 amp circuit with no ground and no interrupt.... going to a shower heater fan. Was someone plotting a murder!?

Most can be categorized as lazy or stupid. But the one I cannot wrap my head around is the bathroom with his and her toilets.  ??? What on earth were they thinking?
That both of them had Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and neither one wanted to be relegated to the 'kid's bathroom'?  Conjoined twins? 

The ones that got to me were the ones where there were extension cords coming off power strips coming off multi-taps coming off more power strips.  EEEEEK!
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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #703 on: October 12, 2013, 11:50:21 PM »


Most can be categorized as lazy or stupid. But the one I cannot wrap my head around is the bathroom with his and her toilets.  ??? What on earth were they thinking?
I would just as soon be blessedly unaware of any and all evidence that my housemates do, in fact, use a toilet. 'Nuff said.  ::)

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Re: S/O: House Hunting Horrors!
« Reply #704 on: October 13, 2013, 06:04:03 AM »


Most can be categorized as lazy or stupid. But the one I cannot wrap my head around is the bathroom with his and her toilets.  ??? What on earth were they thinking?
I would just as soon be blessedly unaware of any and all evidence that my housemates do, in fact, use a toilet. 'Nuff said.  ::)

One advantage of having his and hers toilets would be that he could leave his seat up and not have to listen to her nag him about it.