The inspection/attorney approval period (herein referred to as "the period") was ill timed - my sister's wedding was at the end of that week. Therefore the lawyers agreed to extend it to 7 days instead of 5.
My realtor recommended the inspector, who was fabulous. This is another person that I would be happy to recommend. He went everywhere in the house (including the attic, only accessible by a tiny square hole in a closet). He took pictures of everything. My report ended up being thirty pages.* Thirty pages of old house rickety money-pit wonder. To be fair, it was not unexpected. Old house = issues. I went in hoping for no major structural issues. And there were none.
*I met my neighbor on Tuesday night. She is fantastically nice and has the coolest garage - a brick wonder with a beautiful deck on top. It sounds like my street has a lot of of very friendly, busy body types. This will ultimately be great and annoying. Anyway, I digressed from my original digression. She mentioned that the whole neighborhood was impressed with my inspector/inspection report. They all saw it and feared the magnificence that was my inspector. The seller was amazed by all the things wrong/the thoroughness.
In the end, we (realtor + me + loml) narrowed it down to 22 items that were of concern. Yeah, 22 items was narrowed down from a billion. For your viewing pleasure, I've transcribed my realtors notes below. These are in order that they appeared in the report. This list was sent, on or around day 8 of the period, to the seller's lawyer...
- Aluminum capping or wood replacement
- Chimney liner
- Tuckpoint Chimney
- Seal at base of north wall along gangway
- Seal all open areas around exterior
- Ivy has deteriorated frame walls (rotted) on garage
- Trees trimmed
- GFCI's throughout
- Address all electrical issues
- Replace cracked vent stack
- Replace copper to galvanized connections with proper fittings
- Shower in basement has no waste lines
- Gas leaks
- Water pressure
- Leaking main bathroom cleanout
- Improper plumbing under kitchen sink & at dishwasher
- Toilet problems
- Where are missing storms & screens?
- Rodent control - mice
- Smoke & carbon monoxide detectors
- Asbestos floor tiles
- Porch construction poor
Here are two lovely, kitschy examples of number 21: