My dad drives out from Rehoboth Beach to assess the house for us. He says crawl spaces are no big deal, but they creep me out. There is a trap door in the hall closet and a trap door outside to access them. Something right out of a horror movie. He says there is water in there but that is no surprise since the gutters are so clogged they have trees growing out of them and some are hanging off the house or already gone. Any rain goes right into the space. But that is fixable. It only takes money! He thinks the dining room has sank because maybe a beam has fallen underneath, no big deal. The leaks are repairable and any wet drywall can be cut out and repaired fairly easily. Over all, he thinks the house is great, will take alot to fix up but nothing too bad. Hmmm…I still have my doubts and how much money will we have to sink into it to get it right? We do not have that much is what I am thinking. We also have two other contractors come in and look, none of them seem bothered by possible mold, they say its all hype and a money maker for many. I guess they have seen worse and we feel a bit better over it.
Another reason we wanted some acreage was for my mom to have a house to live in one day when she is ready to move. I went downtown to the zoning and health department to find out about the property, when it was built, if the proper permits were pulled, what kind of septic system it has, etc. They tell me where the well is, how deep it is, and what the proposed septic and drainfield is supposed to look like. They cannot find the final inspection on the septic and have no record of it ever being pumped out. Yuck. However, they do tell me I can build a house for my mom on the property and she can have her own septic tank and the drainfield can empty into mine.
My mom comes up and she has an open bed trailer we can start using to haul boxes to our storage unit. She is such a blessing because even at 78 she works hard and is organized and starts packing right away. She sees only the good in our crappy foreclosure and knows it can be fixed up. There is a chain link fence in the back of the property that we decide is high enough we can have a garden inside. The fence is ugly but already there so why not?
Another reason mom comes up is because Mark and I have to go on a business trip to Turks and Caicos. Well it is the worst time to go and we are so stressed to travel and the house needs packing but we have to go. We found out about it the beginning of December. We had no idea we would be in the middle of all this at the time. Mom packs the whole time we are gone and we had beautiful weather, we really tried to enjoy ourselves but it was hard to do. One day under less stressful conditions I would love to go back, it is gorgeous there. But I probably will not have any more money after fixing up the house. When we get home that Saturday night, all the talk on the news is about a big snow storm coming. I can’t help but thank the Lord the storm did not happen that weekend and we were stuck in an airport somewhere trying to get home. His timing is perfect! I have booked the apartment over at Wegmans to move Jan 25th, and the movers are coming then too. I want time to clean the house and make sure everything is out before our January 29th settlement. We book Eastwind Movers, who incidentally moved us into Catesby 20 years ago! They are wonderful and so flexible and affordable. 8 days till moving day, and 12 days to settling on our home for 20 years. I do not have time to think about it and do not even want to go see the house. I don’t like going there alone and will not go inside either. I had to concentrate on my move and wasn’t even sure we would get the house in the end. The only thing I did do was have Vertex Roofing come give me a quote on a new roof, and have some garage door estimates done. That would be the first thing to do if we closed on the foreclosure and it could take weeks to get on the schedule sometimes. We also had a landscaper come give us a price on leveling all the landscaping around the house and churning up the trunks and getting rid of all the dead pines that were standing and laying all over. There were 3 huge pines in the back that needed to come down, their roots were getting into the foundation and pine needles clogging everything.
The next week would be the most trying of all!