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Don't Count Your Chickens ... Le Sigh

May 13th, 2016 at 11:44 am

Well ... on the bright side. We got back from our honeymoon in Branson Wednesday night. Our time in Branson was wonderful. The condo we stayed in was beautiful - had a balcony we sat on looking out on the lake while eating a couple meals. We took in two shows - The Haygoods and Acrobats of Shanghai. Both were fantastic!

We also went to Silver Dollar City. That was okay .. We hadn't realized it would be quite so hilly, and DH was having trouble with that. He really tried to be a trooper. kind of felt like a waste of money for what we actually did there though.

Another waste of money was Inspiration Point tower. At least that was only $17 for the two of us. (Instead of $130 for Silver Dollar City.)

So ... Wednesday we are on our way to Springfield where we planned to stop at Fantastic Caverns on our way home. I send a text to Realtor asking about setting up our final walk through.

He calls me back. Bad news. During the freak tornado/huge rainstorm that hit the L town area on Monday, our house got water in the basement. The sellers weren't sure where it came from.

So ... we cancel our planned stops and race back to L town and to our house.

We talk to the sellers and see what they are doing to clean up the water (mostly just soaked carpet.) We decide that we don't know enough to make a decision, and ask to have a professional come out to give their opinion.

Thursday afternoon I get the phone call from Realtor telling me that the professional came out and looked (charged us $250) and discovered that the wall where they had cracks before (revealed during inspection, but not told to worry about too much, just to keep an eye on) was bowing. In fact, the person estimated 6 to 8 years before it collapsed.

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Prior to the professionals opinion the sellers had agreed to give us a $2k cash credit towards cleaning up/fixing the issue. Realtor (after professional's visit) estimated $10k to fix wall issue, and around $15k to fix wall and regrade yard/remove part of deck above problem area.

DH and I looked at all our money and what priorities we have, and thought we would set $8k aside now, and then save the rest and have it fixed in March.

Realtor calls me this morning about 10:30 with the written report/estimates. Just to fix the wall - $14k+. To regrade yard/remove deck/remove tree stump - $9100.

Realtor goes to sellers with numbers and they want two more estimates before discussing how much they'd be willing to do.

So, the end result is closing is put of til June 13.

DH and I are back on Zillow looking to see if there's anything else. To say that the pickings are slim, very slim, is an understatement.

I'd already given my 30 day notice .. my apartment is mostly packed at this point. I contacted my property manager and she told me she needs to start showing June 1. I'll need to have the boxes stacked as much as possible and have the place kept clean for showings. Ugh!

Moving in with DH is NOT something I want to contemplate. To say that he is living in an unacceptable place is to put it mildly. Partly why I'm so anxious to get us into a place of our own. (it's a long story as to why he's put up with it)

I called and canceled movers, and the new account orders for gas and electric and Internet. What a royal mess.

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Just talked to loan processor. He told me moving the closing to June 13 is just a pre-caution and that we could close sooner depending on when we get estimates and come up with a plan of action. (And of course based on what sellers are willing to do.)

This is SO frustrating.

12 Responses to “Don't Count Your Chickens ... Le Sigh”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    I'm sorry. How frustrating. Frown
    But I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your honeymoon. Smile

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    Oh no!!

  3. Jenn Says:

    At least it didn't happen just AFTER the closing....

  4. Laura S. Says:

    I agree with Jenn, at least you are able to make an informed decision before closing. I hope it all works out for the best for you. Glad to hear the honeymoon went well at least!

  5. Michelle Dado Says:

    I agree with Jenn. Good luck with everything FT. Thinking of u

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Wow, that's shocking.

  7. ceejay74 Says:

    Here's hoping the sellers face reality and fix the problem--or give you a big price cut so you can take a HELOC and fix it yourself!

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks everyone.

    Update - The person who gave a second estimate/evaluation (and was an actual foundation expert - the first person was more of a landscape person) suggested 4 i-beams and a sump pump to the tune of $1600. With a 25 year guarantee.

    So .. we agreed to that, and will now be closing on Monday at 4. (If I can get off work ... my boss isn't there on Monday, and the other person who would be willing to cover for me now gets off at 3:30. I talked to my boss and she's going to call the other person.) So, if all goes well, we will be homeowners Monday afternoon!

    Now I get to call back all the utilities and get them to start again! Woo hoo! What fun! (Sarcasm doesn't become me, does it?)

  9. Dido Says:

    Glad your later news is better; sorry to hear of the additional hassles!

  10. My English Castle Says:

    Glad I read through to the comments! Congrats--and glad it got done.

  11. My English Castle Says:

    Oh--also glad this wasn't a story about the chicken in the hotel room!

  12. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks Dido!

    MEC - laughing so hard Smile I let DH know I wasn't happy about the idea of picking up chicken on way to honeymoon ... he wisely listened. Though we did pick up a turtle ... On the way back the chicken was saved due to the freak tornado/hail storm in L town. DH did get an order of 12 bantam eggs from an eBay seller, which he'll be putting into an incubator soon. So .. chickens will be forthcoming!

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