Thursday, May 07, 2009

Would anyone like a wagon-wheel chandelier?

So! The first inspection is scheduled for Monday. Ka-ching! Time to open up my checkbook. Then my boss, a structural engineer, is going to take a look at it. The main thing I'm worried about is the roof, because even though it's only six years old, there's some serious wonkiness going on there, and I can't tell if it's a structural problem or just cosmetic. Here's what I'm talking about:

I'm fairly certain that roofs are not supposed to have waves in them. Looks like the roofers started drinking before they finished the job.

If the house passes inspection, then I officially apply for my mortgage, and the closing is scheduled for June 15, although realistically, I think it's probably going to be some time in July.

I have to say, even though I have run the numbers over and over and over, and I KNOW I can do this, financially, I am scared spitless. I don't think I have ever been so frightened in my life. What I am paying for housing is about to double, and again, even though the numbers work just fine, with contingencies built in and blah blah blah, I am scared to death. Is that normal, or is it just me?

And if anyone would like a lovely wagon-wheel chandelier,

come and get it! And take the wallpaper too, mkay?


kitkat said...

Yes, it's normal to worry about your financial situation. You'll probably have serious buyer's remorse once you apply for the loan too. It's all part of the fun :) Congratulations on the acceptance of the loan, though. I hope the house passes inspection and everything works out!

Bridgett said...

Yes, totally normal. On the other hand, think of it this way. Yes, you'll be paying double BUT you're slowly going to be increasing your own net value rather than paying a landlord (which is like flushing cash down the toilet as far as increasing your own net worth).

To the unpracticed eye, it looks like the sheathing they used for roof decking (or maybe the subfloor) has gotten wet and warped. If they put tar paper over plywood as an intermediate layer before the shingles, that could do it (especially if they had dampness probs before they laid the tarpaper). Alternately, it could be that the installer used a nail gun with too short a nail and over time, it started to warp and pop. You can fix that by getting someone to actually use screws and screw it down into place, but the installer will have to seal the screw holes with tar or you'll get rust and runoff into your home.

To me (not an expert), it doesn't look like a truss sagging problem since it's wavy and not droopy.

rockygrace said...

Thanks for the reassurance and advice, guys!

Any takers on the chandelier? Seriously, what am I going to DO with that monstrosity?

Bridgett said...

In the words of the Lone Ranger Theme song...

to the dump, to the dump, to the dump dump DUMP!

(Or give back to whatever thrift store gave you your sad animals purse.)

kitkat said...

You'd be surprised what people will take off your hands. I'm thinking it would be perfect for an old-west-themed B&B or saloon. I don't think we have any of those around here, though :)

It reminds me of the wagon wheel table the one couple argues about in When Harry Met Sally.