The Victory Lap: Final Walk Through

29 Aug

Today’s the day!!!  The sun is shining…the tank is clean….and Miss Page is going to the final walk through before closing tomorrow!

 

The walk through is a really important step in home buying because this is my time to go over my future abode with a fine tooth comb and make sure everything is to my liking.  The house I am buying was built in 1986, so I am taking my sweet time making sure everything is right.  My list of things to look for:

The Hot Water Heater

A hot water heater is expensive and it is inconvenient as hell to replace.  As I understand the hot water heater is a 12 year one with two years of use on it already so I am in good hands.  I am still going to look at it because, seeing is believing.

Leaks

It rained here yesterday, so if there were any leaks I will get a chance to see.  I will also be on a ladder so I can get a close look at the ceiling for water spots.  I know it is going to sound silly, but I plan on putting water in the bathtub when I get there so I can check for leaking when the tub is full.  Inspection of the caulking around the tub will take place too.

Water Pressure

This is a big one.  When I finish a long day of work and battling the highway to get home, a hot shower is the icing on the cake of my day.  That being said, I will be checking that the shower goes full blast, the same goes for the kitchen and bathroom sinks.

The Floor

This will be my time to jump up and down like Chunky in every room.  For good measure I will be running up and down the stairs a few times to check for loose stairs.

The Half Completed Bathroom in the Basement

It appears that the previous owners were in the middle of adding a half bathroom to the basement.  At first I wanted to scrap that project and turn it into a booth to record my podcast, but I talked with the home inspector and the recommendation is that I finish the project, as  an extra bathroom with add more value to the house than a studio will.  The pipes and everything are there, I just need a toilet and sink.

The Electrical Outlets

I brought my phone charger with me so I can plug it up to every single outlet in that house.  I am checking for functionality AND hooker outlets (they are too loose).  There is nothing worse than not being about to plug your vacuum up to an outlet only to find out it won’t stay put.

The Appliances

What I am really concerned about is the dishwasher and refrigerator as they both cost an arm and a leg (in my opinion) to replace.  I would like to keep both at least for another 2 years.  Why?  Because I will officially be done with paying for daycare since The Boy will be in Kindergarten/1st grade during that time.  This will free up some extra money for appliance replacement and other DIY stuff.

It’s safe to say I am extra excited, and I want to give a HUGE thanks to all of my friends that supported me and kept me sane during this time.  All of the advice and encouragment is greatly appreciated.  The last 30 days or so have been an emotional minefield, and there were a lot of days I didn’t think I was going to be able to finish this process.  What I am more excited about is picking my kids up on Saturday and bringing them back to their new home.  I can’t wait to see their faces as they play in the backyard, something that they could not do in an apartment complex.

 

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