So here is the latest news.....
We received the results of the radon test and it measured 5.8. The inspector said anything above 4 should be remedied. We were talking to our neighbor (here....) who said that when she bought her house 4 years ago, the radon tested at 10!!!! Wow! So, she had hers remedied. This involves pipes under the basement floor that go out the side of the house. These pipes have an ever turning fan (or something of the sort in them....) that catches the radon and blows it out through the pipes. I figure if hers is that high 20 yards away...I'll bet ours is too! So, the 5.8 where we are moving doesn't seem so bad! But, apparently, radon is now the second highest cause of lung cancer aside from smoking. Yikes! And, it did occur to me that the elderly neighbor next door who lived there before our current neighbor did die of throat cancer. Of course her husband smoked pipes like a chimney also so hard to say. Got me thinking anyway.
At any rate, we added the radon to our list of requested remedies. We were nervous because our list was not small and not cheap. They came back and agreed to remedy everything on this list...except for repairing the half-bath in the basement. They don't want to do it because it involves tearing up the basement floor to fix the pipes underneath. It is a little annoying because they advertised the house as a 2 1/2 bath so they SHOULD fix it. BUT, after talking it over, it just wasn't a deal breaker for us. We didn't choose this house because it had a half bath in the (un-finished....) basement, we just thought it was a cool perk. We will likely not fix it ourselves either due to the expense and we don't want to dig up the basement either (we had to do that HERE for heaven's sake!!) We are considering just pulling it out and using it as a storage closet. There is still 2 fully functioning and newly redecorated full bathrooms aside from it anyway. So, we accepted the agreement because they are, after all, fixing all of the safety issues without complaint, which won't be cheap. I am grateful for this because we really needed a house that wouldn't be too expensive to maintain since we will still have this house to worry about. After their remedies the biggest possible problems will be the air-conditioner- it is over 20 years old and could go at any time. But for now, it works fine. The roof will also need replaced in a few years, but the inspector felt it had a good solid few years so we can prepare and save for that.
The next hurdle will be the FHA appraisal and inspection. FHA has to appraise it to be sure they feel it is worth the cost of the loan as well as any small repairs they want made. If everything goes well with that then we can set a closing date- probably in mid June!!! I will update on that in a few days when it is done!
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