Big story of the DAY! My House

by ktstamps, 9:55 AM
We have great neighbors. We spend most holidays, birthdays, andy reason to celebrate days together. Since they moved in we have seen their family grow from 2 to 5! :)

One day in May, they came over to inform us they were moving. We have always talked about how we wanted to buy their house. So, today was our big day. We told they we would like to buy their house contingent on the sale of ours. (Our house is 2 levels, lots of storage, big front yard-really tooo much front yard, and a pool in the back. Yes, we only use the pool 2 months a year! LOL!) So in 2 weeks, we moved out all our stuff - you know what I mean by stuff! Took lots of clothes, kitchen stuff, yard supplies, etc to the rummage sale and moved the rest of our keeper stuff into the garage! Yes, our garage if full!!! Really full! So, lots of people looked but no one gave us an offer. With our neighbors, we set a price and it wasn't going to move due to the fact they bought a really big and expensive home! Soooo, we dropped our price and still lots of people looking but no offers. YES, dropped the price again and we got an offer...way lower than our price. So we accepted this offer contingent on the inspection of our house. They offered on a Wednesday, inspection on Thursday, they leave for a 10 day vacation on Friday! We were so excited we could hardly stand it. I was getting the home of my dreams...great kitchen, porch with a swing, and a claw tooth bathtub. I could pull my Grandmother's table out of the dining room in the current house...I was in heaven!

The inspector found this...carpenter ants that were having a party in this window sill. First, we are shocked. We haven't ever seen ants, except around the pool. Then we found out that the people interested in the house didn't want the house due to this fact! I cried for 2 house just went through my finger tips. We were also was concerned that we could have sold this house without knowing we had carpenter ants!

As you know, selling a house is really stressful! Keeping it clean when you are living in it keeps you on the edge. Our realitor call the "interested" people on vacation and asked them if we fixed the problems would they still be interested. Our contingience was over on Monday and that was the day the people were coming home from vacation. So, needless to say, we lost the house. YES, I cried some more!

Another look at the dry rot. As you know when you start digging, you find more. Our deck and weight bearing beam were all rotten! OMG! We were devastated! It just kept getting bigger. Our deck, bedroom, door frame, all had to be gutted! I was thinking of drinking to spend a little time in la la land!

Thank God for Kelly! He has been great! He is a hard worker, he knows his dry rot, and he doesn't cut corners. He worked over a week just to get out the rot from the deck. I feel blessed to have him in my life!

This is a different picture of the NEW weight bearing beam! So, we still haven't gotten to the window sill.

I know you understand living in the mess of construction. The house is sooo dirty. (mind you, we showed our house with this contruction going on! We had to fulfill our contract with the neighbors. Neighbors came over one day to have the kids swim in the pool...they didn't KNOW the problem was this big!)

So, my stamp room looks out at the "neighbors house or the house I want" and we see the for sale sign up. On Sunday, they had 29 people who went through. Needless to say, I wasn't in a very good mood! It's hard when you want something so badly and it doesn't work out! It's also hard for me to hear "Something better is waiting for you!" I am so happy for the neighbors but really sad for myself!

The only reason we were selling our house was to buy the neighbors home. Otherwise, we wouldn't be thinking about moving quiet yet!

Thank God vacation is right around the corner and I can get my stress level down!
The window sill....another story!
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