This is, without a doubt, one of the biggest and busiest times in our life. My husband and I just bought a house and we are just so excited, but with excitement, as you know, comes nervousness. Extreme nervousness! What if something goes wrong? What if we can’t settle for some reason. I can sense something wrong about Greg’s psyche at the moment, and I’m not as gifted as you, Joanna, but I know something is wrong. I can feel it.
Of course, when I tell Greg something is going to go wrong he just laughs it off, but I’m trying to put my foot down about getting a building inspector. Melbourne has some of the most beautiful old houses in Australia, that is for certain, but I’m worried that there will be hidden nasties. What if everything is moldy underneath? What if (heaven forbid) we have termites? No, I will absolutely put my foot down, we must have a pre purchase property inspection before we settle. In Melbourne, pre purchase property inspections are a necessity!
Also, I must get the inspector to check that there isn’t an asbestos. I simply will not allow my children to move into a house with asbestos, it really does create an aura of death and disease which I must not stand for. But Greg, well, he was a tradesman for a while after he matriculated, and so he is adamant he can do everything himself. He simply doesn’t understand how I do tend to foresee these things! Ever the nonbeliever, my Greg. If he actually took the time to read your wonderful blog, Joanna, I just know he’d understand! But really, the building inspector is an absolute necessity. Unless you don’t think it is. Of course.
The road of caution is only right for the blind. Trust in yourself and your instincts but consider the consequences of your actions and the rippling effect of the future. Blue will give you strength, orange courage, but beware shades of violet, as this month they will bestow only sickness.
I was nervous and excited at the prospect of buying my very first property. The building inspector arrived right on time. She was wearing a beautiful suit and looking incredibly elegant. She introduced herself to me and told me a little bit about her inspection and what she would be looking at. It was really nice of her, I thought she would just walk in and walk out. It was great that she included me in the inspection and made sure I understood what was happening. It was really good to be able to see what I was paying for, before the inspection had even begun. I did some pottering in the garden, while the woman carried out her inspections. My father always drummed into me the importance of pre purchase property inspections, Melbourne has some very old houses. You never know if the property you wish to purchase needs expensive repairs. I saw that she started in the kitchen and made her way through the house. I managed to find a few weeds in the garden, that the gardener must have missed, so I pulled them out and tidied up a bit.
I could hear the Melbourne building inspector walking through the house and checking everything. I was impressed at how though her inspection was, it was of great comfort to me. I wanted to keep out of her way, but had finished in the garden so I went inside. I sat at the kitchen bench and waited. I could hear her high heels as she walked through the bedroom and across the tiles in the bathroom. Within twenty minutes the woman returned to the kitchen where I was waiting. She told me that everything looked really good and that the property passed the inspection. I felt so relieved. Now I would be able to put an offer in on the property, which will definitely be a big help to me. Once the inspector had left, I walked through the house and double checked everything. The place looked perfect. Now, it was time to get together the deposit. I’m wondering if I’ll ever be able to afford my dream home.
Work hard, you will never get anything you want if you don’t first give up everything you have.