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We’re buying a house! (Still…)

August 4, 2014

We are in escrow, and everything is going smoothly.

The general inspection ($570) was helpful and yielded no major surprises.  We have some immediate projects slated, and some items on the watch list. The geotechnical inspection ($460) was really helpful.  Among other things, he informed us that we are on a geologically sound site and our house is likely to be habitable after a major quake.  We have no foundation issues.  We are possibly on bedrock (best case), but if not, we are very close.  We are getting earthquake insurance anyway.  A lot of native California’s don’t (it’s expensive), but I can’t really imagine not.

Immediate projects / fixes:

  • Seismic upgrades (more shear walls, remove unused chimney), cost is TBD
  • Fix a venting issue with the dryer, quoted at $600
  • Pest control, $600
  • Stair handrail
  • Some basic roof maintenance
  • Clean up the landscaping


  • Finish decorating.  I imagine we’ll start slowly.  We don’t really need all that much above what we already have.  A guest bed, a new desk, and a chair or two for the living room, and a few patio chairs.  Window things.  Rugs, eventually.  We’d like a new dining table, but it isn’t urgent.
  • Upgrade windows and doors.  Many are original (it’s an OLD house), but in remarkable shape for their age.
  • More complete electrical upgrade (as needed)
  • More complete plumbing upgrade (as needed)
  • Bathroom upgrades.  We have 2 baths, and they both are fairly old.
  • New roof.  This should be several years off, but we’ll know more after the basic maintenance is taken care of.
  • New furnace.  Again, a few years off.

The kitchen is already updated and good.  The paint colors are neutral enough to be OK for now, and we haven’t thought enough about what we want to do with them, so we’ll leave them alone to start.  Also, there are hardwood floors in most of the house.  I’m super excited about this.  Not only do they look great, but I’m allergic to dust mites, and dust mites can’t survive on hardwood.   I’m not allergic to anything else (recently tested!), so this should help a lot.  I guess we’ll have rugs, but it still should help.

The loan is approved, the inspection contingencies are removed, the appraisal is complete.  I’m honestly not sure what is going on in the next couple of weeks while we are waiting for close of escrow, but I’m getting impatient!  And excited!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2014 8:36 am


    I may be in your position in a year or so. We’re looking at buying a place within the next 5 years.

    • August 6, 2014 7:38 pm

      And maybe I’ll be in YOUR position 🙂

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