Updatey Things

House stuff:

As expected – the mold test results came back positive.  Very positive in some cases – but all in very localized locations.  Our… special seller’s original response was “well can we just get a contractor in to replace the insulation and sheetrock?” – to which we very firmly said no – for two reasons.  First, we have to live there, and my hubby is allergic to some kinds of mold (and I have a cat with respiratory allergies) – not worth it! THe other reason? If we don’t have a legally followed mold remediation protocol, with a post-remediation inspection, then we have documented proof of an active mold infection and no proof of removal.

Meaning we wouldn’t be able to re-sell that house.

So that’s all getting done this week (was supposed to happen this weekend, but it rained), as well as the roof replacement and all the other minor repairs, like slow drains and some fireplace maintenance.

Our tentative closing date is next Friday, hopefully early in the day (because if the money doesn’t vest on Friday, we won’t get the housekeys until Monday, and that would suck), but that may not end up working out if we can’t get all the repairs done and all that jazz.

Health Stuff:

As its warmed up, I’ve had a lot less trouble with joint pain, though it’s still a daily issue. Yoga has been something of my magic pill, so I’ve been doing that just about every day – it helps a lot, both with the stretching and because it helps me not feel cold all the time. I’m still having trouble sleeping, which doesn’t help anything, so I’m trying to find a way to help with that. Right now I’m drinking chamomile/mint tea before bed, and going to bed early enough that I can take at least half an hour to sit and crochet/knit/craft in bed with my tea.

Should be going back to the doctor sometime in March to have all of the bloodwork repeated for all the other stuff – we’ll see what happens.

Craft Stuff:

I’ve had a serious problem with start-itis lately – fortunately I recognize it when I see it, and have learned that the best way to manage start-itis is to stick to the projects I have, but to start something small that I can finish in a few hours (usually knitted/crocheted kitchen cloths, since they go fast).  I’ve got a sweater that I’ve been working on, but … I’m not enjoying it.  I’m not sure why, but working on it feels like I’m forcing myself to do it, and I’ve knitted all of 4 inches of the neckband (top down raglan).

I’m inclined to frog it and try something else with the yarn – I love the finished sweater, but I’m not sure I’m up for a big project right now with all the other stuff going on.

All the other stuff being all the projects I’m going to be picking up with the new house – painting, curtains, and pillows mostly.  I’m pretty excited!

Keeping my fingers crossed

One of the things we know about buying an older home (the one we want to buy was built in 1976), is that they usually have some issues. Those issues are compounded when the previous owner doesn’t truly care for the house, and only masks problems. (Like roof leaks and water behind the fridge)

Unfortunately, we live in a warm, humid climate, in an area that’s recovering from massive hurricane damage this past fall.

Which means that a week or so ago, when we went back to see the house, the “dry area that’s no longer leaking” behind the fridge… had expanded and was oozing black dusty goop into the master bedroom on the other side of the wall. Bad News Bears.

So we called in a Mold Inspection professional (not a removal professional – those are legally required to be two different companies in the state of Texas) – and she gave us some good, and some bad news.

The good news is, all the problems she sees are localized. The bad news?  It ain’t just in that one wall.  It’s in the air vent insulation in a few places, and probably in two or three other walls as well – mostly under where there are bad roof leaks.

(Did I mention originally the seller wasn’t going to replace this roof?  Fortunately his realtor and he had a chat, and we’ve worked out a compromise where his insurance company is going to replace the roof and he and we are going to split the deductible)

Sadly, however, while an actual mold inspection is not that expensive, running the air quality tests to determine that there is actually mold there are quite expensive. We’re hoping to have a deal where if the tests come back negative, we’ll pay the entire costs (for being paranoid) and move forward with the sale.

If they come back positive, the seller will pay for the tests AND will follow the legal protocol for mold remediation (getting a protocol written, getting a licensed remediation company to remove all the mold, and getting a post-remediation inspection and clearance certificate) – and THEN we’ll move forward with the sale.

The good side of this is – we’ve done the tests and are sending them to the seller, so he’s legally required to disclose it to any other buyers if he proves to be uncooperative and we decide to look for another house. (So if they prove uncooperative, we’ve kinda screwed ’em pretty good – nobody wants a house with an active mold infection)

Oh – and I’m pretty sure they’re going to find an active mold infestation…

When our mold inspector did the tests, one of the things she did was bang on the walls to see if she could actually see any mold… and in three of the rooms? When she’d bang on the wall, greyish black poofs would come out of the cracks between the sheetrock and the baseboards. Ew.