Buying a House Today

Things have been really crazy around here. Heather and I have been going through the final motions of purchasing a condo, and that all culminates today. We are supposed to close the deal at 16:00 this evening.

On Thursday, we did an inspection of the home with a professional inspector. Now, some of you may be asking, “You paid an inspector to inspect a brand-new condo?” Yes we did, and it was worth every penny. He knew exactly how to test everything in the home, and he knew exactly where to look. I encourage anybody who is purchasing a home to get it inspected, even if you waive the inspection contingency in your purchase contract. Of all the stupid costs associated with closing, this one is perhaps the most worth it.

The only bizzare thing was the drain plumbing in the half-bathroom. I don’t have a photo of it just yet, so I’m going to try and describe this. First, let me preface by saying that our new home is very elegant. I mean, we’re talking hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, fireplace, french doors, and recessed lighting throughout. In short, it’s a great looking place. Now, the half-bathroom is small, and the sink in it is also very small. Attached to the top of the sink is a large faucet, and the disproportion between the faucet and the sink actually looks really cool. The plumbing under the sink is exposed - there is no cabinet hiding it - and that would also look cool, except that the exposed drain plumbing is PVC pipe! I’m not opposed to PVC, it’s a great material, and it’s used for all of the other drains in the unit. It is tremendously ugly, however, and it is hidden inside cabinets on the other sinks. The contractor doing the walk-through balked at putting it on his to-fix list, so I have to make some noise to get this fixed. I will try to get a photo of it so you can see how unspeakably awful this looks.

Otherwise, look for a post from a new homeowner sometime later!