More About the House
Two things that I meant to mention in my last post but forgot about (and a third thing for good measure!):
1. The inspector told Patrick that if he (the inspector) were the one buying the house, his findings wouldn't stop him from buying it. That's reassuring.
2. Our house-to-be is only a couple blocks from the longest-running Rocky Horror Picture Show in the world (though that may not be entirely true). Not that we are big Rocky Horror Picture Show enthusiasts (I went once freshman year in college; Patrick has never been), but that seems like something to be proud of! The house is also only a short walk from the only year-round farmers' market in Portland. Awesome!
3. Oh, and here are a few of the nicer pictures Patrick took during the inspection. There are also a lot of pictures of worn wood, non-grounded outlets, and cracked plaster (cosmetic cracks only, luckily), but who wants to see those?
Old outside fuse panel (no longer in use), with gigantic switch.
Nice old clawfoot tub in the upstairs bathroom (enamel is worn in places; not sure if you can re-enamel things like this?). Plus newish Marmoleum floors. This is one room we shouldn't have to worry about remodeling for a while, since it was redone pretty recently.
I like the hardware on the sink in the upstairs bathroom, though there's no counter space, which may be frustrating. It'll be like staying at a quaint bed and breakfast every day.
This picture of the side porch (which is attached to the kitchen) was taken to show the undesirable wood/ground contact under the porch (it can lead to termites, though there don't appear to be termite problems at the moment). But I still think the porch looks pretty appealing, with the roses and all.