So we had the home inspection on Wednesday evening. Mark, from Kaub Home Inspections and who specializes in the inspection of older homes, was quite thorough...(like three and a half hours thorough)...it was a long night but we greatly appreciated him taking the time to properly inspect and educate us on the home we are purchasing.
Here are a few of the things we learned:
The bricks in the burn unit need to be replaced...this might cost around $500.00. What is happening is that the bricks in the burn unit are very thin and have a thing layer of mortar between them. There is about a 1/2" pocket of hollow space between them and the brick on the outside of the fireplace. this is because the outside brick and mortar can not withstand the heat from a fire so the interior brick are there to protect it. Since the interior brick is loose we have a safety hazard on our hands and we are not going to be able to have a fire in the fireplace unless this is repaired. What can happen is that an ember from the fire can get in between those bricks and up into the wall (since our walls are wood lath and plaster that means that we would have a house fire on our hands...not cool ) This kind of damage happens when people throw logs into the fire...the hit the bricks in the burn unit and since it is hollow behind them knocks them out of place. Once it is repaired it will last us for years to come as long as we place logs properly into the fire.
The upper part of the chimney also needs some repair that could run us between 5-10k. We are trying to see if the seller will make a deal with us to make the repairs more manageable. I will keep you posted. A home with a wood burning fireplace was on the top of our list...so finding that we could not use this one was extremely disappointing. Hopefully the seller will work with us!
We also found out that the home will be needing a new water heater. It is leaking on the inside. Mark pulled out some of the insulation and literally rung it out on the floor. Something we are asking the seller to take a look at.
There were a few other minor things, but nothing we want to make a big deal over. There is some cracking in one of the window wells, but it should be fine for now and in the future since there is only about 1/8" movement per year, Mark estimated.
There are also two wall sconces int he living room that do not have switches...again, it is inconvenient but not a deal breaker for us. We will get that fixed at some point I am sure.
We will be sure to keep you posted as things develop! Random question...What song is stuck in your head right now? I have that Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks song "Stop Draggin my Heart Around"