Monday, April 8, 2013

A Little Pre-Inspection Work

My brother-in-law-in-law (my term for my brother-in-law's brother's family who are like family to me too) came over Saturday to fix up some things on our house real quick before we move. Ryan and he tackled the pergola project and figured out something MAJOR that will help our house look a bit more solid.

The house was built in 1916 (?) or something like that and I have been trying to figure out what style it was supposed to be. Bungalow? Yes. Craftsman? I think so... but I felt like we should have had exposed rafters or something on the eaves. Tuck that in your mind.

When we bought the house the south wall of the back of the house was bowed out a lot. We asked that they put up some knee wall in the attic to give it some more support. They did. And they pounded in some triangle shaped boards at the very top which also helped. The wall still looked severely bowed (in my opinion, which Ry would say was slightly exaggerated.) 

When we tried to sell the house last August, the almost buyers said our pergola looked really shady and it would need to be fixed. Ryan and I both thought they were exaggerating a bit. Ryan may not build a lot, and he has nothing to say that he officially knows what he's doing... but he knows what he's doing. The bowed wall made it look really weird IF you looked really hard (which is exactly what happens during inspections.)

Fast forward to putting it on the market again: I just wanted to address the problems before we attempt inspections again. If it's going to be a problem, I want to solve them before being told how we HAVE to solve them with all the pomp and circumstance that goes with it. So my brother-in-law-in-law came over and started poking around to see what he could do.

Our 1916 not-convinced-it's-a-craftsman bungalow used to have exposed rafters! Rick realized that at some point they added sofits and fascia just for cosmetic reasons. However, they nailed it on at the ends... but not the middles. Over time, the boards warped and bowed. It also gave Ryan's braces for the pergola beams a not quite sturdy attachment. Rick and Ryan undid all the beams of the pergola, found the rafters of the house, screwed the fascia boards back into the rafters, then added back in the pergola beams/braces. Guess what? the wall looks considerably less bowed! The pergola looks even more beautiful. 

And just like that one of the main concerns about the house is taken care of. 

Tonight he is coming to put the correct sized electrical box in the house. During our last inspection, my certified electrician cousin told us that someone upgraded the box without upgrading the service so it's dangerous. We are going to downgrade the box to match the service and call it good. 

We just have to pass inspections on Friday at noon and then pass the appraisal before we can exhale on if this house is sold or not.

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