Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Inspection day!

Today was inspection day, and Shakespeare passed with . . . I'm not sure flying colors is the exact right phrase. More like gliding pastels.

I want Tim to describe what an inspection is like, because I didn't participate in this piece of stress, but I want to share some of the sparse pictures he took. Tim says the family currently residing in the home appeared somewhat stressed to have inspection invaders in the house for 2.5 hours (and really, can you blame them, poor renters? They're about to be displaced from a very lovely home.), so he wanted to respect them by not taking many pictures. Here are a few he managed to snap at my request under pain of death.

But first: An example of the inspection. One small bit of the 34-page document. The blue is of no concern. The red are current/potential issues. If you can read the first red issue: Shakes needs a new roof! And a lot of messing with the electrics.

View to the east, of the neighbors, from the kitchen window. The picture appears hazy because there is condensation in between the window panes. This window really needs to be replaced.

This is a straight-back view of the yard. I wonder how much of a sense of space you can get in this picture? And with the snow everywhere, too.

Here's a satellite image from Google Maps to give you a birds-eye view. This block, unlike typical Chicago blocks with lot lengths of 125', has lots of 150'. This picture also shows off the fantastic sun the backyard gets in good weather. Go urban gardening!

Ok, on to the bathroom. Exciting for me, because this one--I know it appears small in the photos--is TWICE the size of our current bathroom!

Ok, now on to the kitchen. Not quite as great as our current kitchen. I know, I know, why would we buy a place that has a worse kitchen than our rental? Oh well. It's called sunlight and a PANTRY. And there's a window in the pantry! (Also needs replacement.) I want to put a beaded curtain in that open doorway. The door to the left is the backdoor.

Space for a small table. I'd like to put a low butcher block with shelving there instead, under the window, and maybe a narrow, tall bookshelf to fit between that and the open door, for spices, teas, and cookbooks.

Moving counter-clockwise from there is the fridge and stove. Whoa! Look at that light!

The tiles are a blah tan, but nothing offensive enough to replace quickly. The cabinets aren't in perfect condition, but there is a nice warmth to their color. Will go well with my idea of pumpkin orange walls with metallic gold stencils.

Now, master bedroom. Front of the house, tons of light. Views going clockwise from entrance.

This here is the closet entrance. The closet stretches the full length of that wall. All the bedrooms (3) have great closets.

So, that's it for now. It's exciting to see photos. Right now, the next step is to wait for the seller's bank to go out and appraise it. We're staying optimistic about the time frame. The seller is super motivated to unload the house, so hopefully he and his realtor will stay on the bank to hurry up and get this done. In our fantasy (and contract), we want March 29 to be our closing date!

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