Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
It’s the deck
Ok, so the main problem with the new house, the one that everything is pretty much hanging on, is the back deck. It is enormous, two story, and it is basically the only yard there is to the house right now, as the house sits on the crest of a steep hill, and the rest of the property is currently unusable. The property can be terraced and built up to make a yard, and we’ve seen previous bids to do it, but as it sits right now, the deck is the only playspace the kids will have for awhile.
And it’s rotting and sliding down the hill because it wasn’t built properly.
So, before we finalize anything, we need to find out just what $$$ amount we’re looking at to replace it. So far, there have been vague numbers thrown around by the inspector and the contractor I took out there yesterday. And the numbers were in the high 20 to 30 thousand dollars.
So, we’re looking at options. I’m heading out with another contractor this afternoon to get hopefully more of a specific bid, and to look at re-building a smaller deck.
The sellers will meet us part way on the cost, but they aren’t going to hand over no $20,000. Certainly. And I don’t even want to build that much of a deck, particularly if I’m paying for it, because we do want to put in a yard at some point, and possibly even an addition down the road, and I’d hate to have to rip up an expensive, perfectly fine deck that we had built to do it.
Lots to think about. Lots to do.
Plus, the attorney that is working on my car accident case has started calling again, so things are beginning to happen there, and have to be wrapped up or filed by March 27th.
So there’s one more thing on my plate suddenly.
We hired a roofer this morning, who thinks he can start replacing our current roof beginning next week. Thank heavens.
And I’m trying to lock down the contractor that was out here yesterday as to when he can start on the other home repairs we have to do before listing our house.
Which I’m not even going to DO, (list our house) if this other house deal falls apart, because I’m NOT going to put myself in a position of having to move with nowhere to go. Or, having to buy something I don’t particularly like because if we don’t, we’ll be homeless.
Not gonna do it.
Happy knitting to you all. I’m amazed I still have fingernails.