Saturday, May 18, 2013

A Dog In His Yard

 JingMen LOVES his new yard! As soon as I got the keys we headed over there and I let him into the yard. We were there for several hours and while I had the door open so he could come in, he  had no interest in doing anything but wandering around in the yard making his usual circles.

Pitched Too High

My house needs some roof repairs - there are 2 missing vents and a couple missing asphalt shingles near them. The North side needs moss removing too. I've done that kind of work. It's only one story up. The pitch isn't very steep. Last night when the house closed, I was all ready with all the tools and supplies I needed to get up on the roof and fix it. It was raining on and off yesterday, so I got up there and it was a little wet (hence slippery) and just a little steeper than the roofs I'd been comfortable on. I pretty much immediately realized that I wasn't going to be fixing that roof without a lot more equipment and that it would probably be cheaper to just hire someone. So I have someone coming first thing Monday to fix it - in the meantime, I still have 2 holes in my roof!

I'm still going to do the moss removal myself. I got a spray on pet safe moss removal product that can be done from 30' away, so I won't actually have to get on the roof. It, however, requires a rain-free day, but whenever summer gets here, I'm ready.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Lack of Perspective

From RMLS Listing
Photo by @laprice
These photos were not taken with weird perspective, the floor actually slants that way. There's a 3 plus inch floor height difference across the house, much of it in this room.

Sadly it is not the Eugene branch of the Oregon Vortex.  New foundation is at the top of the list. Luckily, it was also in my budget from the first time I set eyes on the house (pro tip: cement block foundations should not have canted blocks.)

Or I guess I could just claim it's an Ames Room
and call it good.

So, yes, I'm looking for foundation replacement contractors if anyone knows one.

Not My First Rodeo

RMLS Listing Photo

I found the house because I was driving by to look for a rental, this one was down the street and for sale. It's not anyone's dream home, it's a major fixer-upper. I still own the duplex I bought and fixed up in Portland in my 20's and I can see this one working out the same way - work on it while I live there and end up with a nice rental when it no longer works for me. This one is probably in worse shape but I'm more experienced. 

The whole inspection and bidding process has been pretty funny, because people are really cautious with their words and concerned that maybe I think this is my beautiful dream home and they need to tell me it is a decrepit shack. I think it can be a nice home, but it will be a lot of work to get there. On the other hand it's not an expensive house and I love the location. It has a nice yard as well.

My Realtor, Amy Thompson, has done a kick-ass job of getting the price down to a reasonable level for the condition and dealing with the extra difficulties of buying a home owned by Fannie Mae. She probably worked harder than she would have to help me buy more expensive house. Needless to say, if you need a Realtor in Eugene, I highly recommend her.