When my husband and I first started looking for homes, we were also researching home inspectors at the same time. I’d watched a bit too much Holmes on Homes and was worried that we would pick a contractor that would say the house was perfect, when it really wasn’t. We took the home inspection very seriously.
One of my husband’s colleges told him about Gary Luney and said that “he finds a problem with every house he goes to, even brand new homes”. I thought that was perfect. I wanted someone who wasn’t going to sugar-coat anything for us. I wanted him to be brutally honest about the problems he found.
When we walked through the house during our home inspection, I had my paper and pen ready to write down all of the problems the home inspector found. And then… nothing. No problems. Even Gary was surprised. “I really wanted to find something wrong here, but I just can’t”, he said.
As he was leaving, he did find a problem with the front step and also said that we had a shingle missing on the roof. About $500 to fix both things. Perfect! We passed the news on to the homeowners and they took care of it (with more commission from our awesome realtor, that selfless man).
Step #6: Visit home many times
When we signed the contract for purchasing the home, included in it was a statement that said the homeowners agreed to let us visit the home 3 times before the closing date.
On our first visit, we took a bunch of measurements so that we would be able to purchase furniture for the home before we moved in. When we were there, the homeowners were out in the backyard, and came in before we left. They were a young couple with a baby and cute little dog. They gave us tips on where to take the kids in the neighborhood, and what restaurants were worth checking out. They were very nice.
On our second visit, my husband went alone and had a contractor meet him out there to give him a quote on finishing the basement (we plan to have an office, playroom and small washroom down there).
On our third visit, my husband went by himself again to meet another contractor and get a second quote.
Step #7: Wait, wait and wait some more
Our closing date was 3 months after the date we signed on the dotted line. It felt like the longest 3 months ever. We were so excited to get into our new home.
We spent more hours on Pinterest than I’d like to admit, looking for design ideas for our new basement and all of the other areas of our home. We pinned lots of great stuff. We are just waiting for our money tree in the backyard to grow a bit bigger so that we can actually do the things we want to do.
We looked over every single item that we owned and sold, donated or threw out everything that we didn’t want to bring with us. All of the keepers were packed up in boxes, labelled, and stacked in the dining room. Every time I saw them I got excited. I couldn’t believe that soon, all of that stuff would be in a new house. Our house.
…to be continued