Ms. P and I went and looked at a house for sale this weekend. It was built in 1944 and the real estate agent, who is actually a friend of ours, told us it was a little rough but had good bones and be a good remodel project. Got there and the roof needed to be replaces in a couple years but there wasn’t any sagging. We go into the front living room and dining room and they are in good shape, the kitchen needs new floor, countertops and appliances, but overall not bad and you can see past the paint. First bedroom was in decent shape, just bad wall paper. Den had neat knotty pine and the double garage had its doors removed, but could easily have those replaced.
Now the fun part, the first bathroom we look in has a layer of mold along the edge of the shower/tub combo and on the ceiling. Floor tile was crack in several places and had the pink ceramic tub, toilet and sink (okay that’s a gut job). The second bedroom was enlarged to incorporate the former back porch and that bean was sagging and in another corner of the room an area about four feet by five feet in the ceiling was falling in (later examination was a leak around a vent pipe on the roof).
Upstairs had two bedrooms and one bath, but again the bathroom as a repeat of the one below. We could look past the old carpet and dark paint, but wasn’t sure about the plumbing and roof leaks.
Next we went down to the basement and there was an area for a washer/dryer, be there again musty and mold around. Walked through narrow passage way and came to this large basement area about 24 by 30 with the walls painted bright red and bricks on the floor. It had a few velvet paintings on the walls with some interesting man/women poses, a commercial style ashtray mounted on the wall and a broken down waterbed. It had a floor drain around the perimeter and was damp and musty. It was quickly dubbed the “love shack” but Ms. P said it could have easily been for s&m fans.
Outside had a large aboveground pool with water that was a nice algae green color and a deck that wrapped around it.
We were the first people to see the house; our agent friend said we would be the last until they got serious a cleaned for starters. On our way home we thought if this would have been on one of those HGTV shows House Hunter or How Much is it Worth it would be high unintentional comedy.
Have any of you had an “interesting” house looking experience?