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Old 05-09-2018, 12:46 PM
 
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If you want an old house with issues... stick to the one you already own.

btw... have you ever gone to a real financial planner or CPA?
You know, to see just what you can afford nd on what sort of terms?

If you can't afford a house that doesn't need repair... maybe you should just rent.
Don't worry your head about my finances; I have plenty of money. I just spend it sparingly (which is why I have plenty of money). Now back to the topic at hand...
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Old 05-09-2018, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Well, do you need to fix sloping floors? Lots of old houses have them. If it's a static situation that isn't growing progressively worse, you can live with it. If the duct work can't be accessed via the crawlspace, you can block off the registers and install a wall-mounted heat/air system. If there are plumbing problems, those can be repaired via flexible tubing - or so I'm told. If the price is right, there's a lot you can live with or work around, IMO. On the other hand, if there's standing water or deadly mold under the house, that's a problem.
My house has sloping floors; they're part of its quirky charm. It's 91 years old but still very solid and also well-maintained and updated as well. As far as the crawlspace goes, I'm glad to show mine off - it's the plumbers pride since it's so bright and clean and it's not even damp. I crawled into it myself a week ago to plug the dehumidifier in again after they failed to do so after replacing the sump pump.

Personally, I would NOT buy a home where the underside of the house was inaccessible. I've heard too many horror stories from plumbers and electricians of the Herculean efforts they've had to make to replace piping or access wiring. This all results in added costs for the homeowner. And as you said, without having access to what's under the house, you cannot know if there's mold, or standing water, not to mention sagging joists or other serious problems. It would be a major deal-breaker for me.
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Old 05-09-2018, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Ashland, Oregon
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After reading the comments in response to the OP's question, I'd have to say it's time to walk away. Quickly. If the seller won't allow access to the crawlspace, what's he hiding? Let someone else get stuck.
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Old 05-09-2018, 11:45 PM
 
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Well, do you need to fix sloping floors? Lots of old houses have them. If it's a static situation that isn't growing progressively worse, you can live with it. If the duct work can't be accessed via the crawlspace, you can block off the registers and install a wall-mounted heat/air system. If there are plumbing problems, those can be repaired via flexible tubing - or so I'm told. If the price is right, there's a lot you can live with or work around, IMO. On the other hand, if there's standing water or deadly mold under the house, that's a problem.
1. Yes. Square is square. If it shifted out of that, it will continue.

2. Duct tape and band-aids. Shoe goo spot and a prayer.

When it comes to functional homes, itís right - or itís wrong. What youíre describing is wrong.
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Old 05-10-2018, 03:11 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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"and the seller won't remove them or allow them to be removed."

DON'T BUY IT! Wood that is exposed to moisture and not well ventilated, will rot. Period!
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Old 05-10-2018, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Morrisville, NC
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Where are you located? There are inspectors that use RC crawler type vehicles modified for this use with cameras on them. Basically it is a drone for under a house. I can probably ask on some inspector Facebook groups and get some names for you.
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Old 05-10-2018, 07:15 AM
 
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Where are you located? There are inspectors that use RC crawler type vehicles modified for this use with cameras on them. Basically it is a drone for under a house. I can probably ask on some inspector Facebook groups and get some names for you.
The only access points currently are a couple of small vents with grating; not sure how you'd get a drone down there without at least removing that. I already have the name of an inspector who utilizes cameras on tubing, but with the proviso that even then everything isn't always or necessarily accessible to future workmen or even able to be visualized. I already know there are mice, too, because I've seen the traps set up around the house, as well as an "embarrassment" of air fresheners, the selling agent's reasoning being that the home hasn't been lived in a for a while.


Were the size and location not perfect, I wouldn't consider it, but it's almost throw-away money and in a safe neighborhood with nice neighbors. I can live with a lot of imperfection temporarily myself. My main concern is being unable to resell it later and getting stuck with the property and with some major problems.
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Old 05-10-2018, 07:21 AM
 
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Iíd walk...no, run...away.

Every time you post with your reasoning why youíre still considering this money pit, we find out some new horrific defect. Mice?? Over abundance of air fresheners? What if there is a colony down there? This does not sound like the right house for you.
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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If the seller will not allow you access to inspect that area, don't buy the house. Perhaps the seller will reconsider if they realize this will cause you to back out. If they still won't allow access, walk away.

Maybe they buried a body down there.....
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Old 05-10-2018, 12:10 PM
 
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If the seller will not allow you access to inspect that area, don't buy the house. Perhaps the seller will reconsider if they realize this will cause you to back out. If they still won't allow access, walk away.

Maybe they buried a body down there.....
This!!^^^
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