We had the inspection on the house today and I feel totally stressed out! The good news is that everything checked out okay--but the stress part is that the owner (Mr. Howell) was there the whole time! It made me SO uncomfortable walking around w/ the inspector and pointing out the things that needed to be changed/fixed. I was a nervous wreck because the last thing I want to do is insult him.
Then to make things worse, we had a painter go through for an estimate because there's so much wallpaper removal/plastering, etc. that needs to be done. I felt awful talking about all the cracks in the ceiling while he was just around the corner!
Anyway, we got through it.
Some more good news: The fireplace "mantel" in the living room (well, it's not even a mantel, just a basic piece of wood) is really ugly and clearly not original. I had told Don about an idea I had to hire a woodworker and build a mantelpiece that reflects some of the motifs going on in the house which are sort of tapered columns and arches.
So today I asked the owner about the whole fireplace situation and he told me the pieces to the original one were in the basement! And--it was exactly the same as the idea I had drawn out for Don! I'm so excited about that!! Putting that back will be one of the first things we do.
So you just have to keep crossing your fingers that we can sell our house quickly and easily--then we can move on with our new adventure!