Let's buy a house!

Vicki Dimmich
Vicki Dimmich

Let's buy a house!

We are trying to buy a "short sale" this week. That is where the owner owes more than the house is worth. We think we are buying it at a good price and we hope to close tomorrow. This particular house has heat, air conditioning, electric, gas, and water. The last house we bought had none of these so we are excited to be starting in the middle instead of the beginning. We thought we would take everyone along on our journey with the new house. We are hoping to not have the same amount of frustration that we had with the last house so you won't have to listen to us discuss all the things that can go wrong on a very large project where we bit off more than we thought we had. That may still happen but we are hoping to have less problems with this one. We think we are buying a house in south St. Louis city that is all brick with a 3 year old roof, old HVAC and a one car garage. The owners on a short sale often are out of money and can not fix those small things that go wrong. When you buy a short sale, you often find that there are a lot of small things that are broken or don't work. If they couldn't make the payments, they couldn't afford to fix things. We have roof repairs that need to be made. Flashing is that layer between the roof and other things such as chimneys. That has to be properly installed and often wears out before the roof does. In our case, the flashing around the turret is not properly installed and we have a leak into the house. We have already contacted roofers and asked them to put us on the schedule. We also have a few electric issues and those people are coming on Wednesday. We know what we can and can't do and roofing and electric boxes are beyond us.

The first thing we want to do is clean. Did I say we want to clean? Anyone who knows Kathleen and I knows that we don't want to clean, but that is our first task. Then we start the painting. Every room will eventually be painted and freshened. In the meantime, we will ask Don to take down the shelves in the kitchen that we want to change and change out the faucets in the bathroom. Everyone has a job. Stay tuned next week to hear if we actually own the house and have started the work.

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