After contract signed, buyers have five days to perform professional house inspection and negotiate further. In our case, “as-is” clause meant no further negotiations, but buyers could walk away.
For inspection, we incarcerate cats and leave things tidy, but do not remove litter boxes, set up fancy bedding, or otherwise stage the house. Rain, again, and again we have nowhere to go, so sit up the street in our car, each with book to read. Agent arrives. Tall woman in purple sweatshirt, presumably buyer, arrives (approve choice of color). Inspector arrives in white van.
Half an hour passes. Another van drives up. Radon testing unit unloaded, taken into house. Second van departs.
First hour passes. I check e-mail and respond to students.
Second hour passes. Regret second cup of tea with breakfast.
At two and a half hours, see hands trying to open windows in living room. Chance would be fine thing: old owners painted them shut and only two open partway in dry weather.
Third hour passes. Discomfort now extreme. Buyers understandably cautious about checking everything out, but would you please finish and go away?
Finally back in
bathroom house. Cats indignant about prolonged visit from unknown people: Reina because she denies existence of hoo-mans other than her own, Glendower because he wasn’t allowed to supervise their activities, Basement Cat on general principles. Hoo-mans also ruffled from feeling of strangers evaluating our house and lives.
Two days later: Sir John goes to basement to put in load of laundry, discovers dead mouse. Consternation ensues. Consider questioning Sir John as to freshness or otherwise of corpse, but desist, as likely to prove highly unprofitable discussion. Maintain private hope that mouse died since inspection, but have little hope that in three hours including installation of radon detector in basement, inspector failed to see mouse if present. Spend weekend expecting deal to fall apart due to rodents, also planning to unpack everything stored in basement to inspect for signs of mice.
Next week: Radon at acceptable levels (no surprise, as old house is leaky sieve, despite sticky windows in living room, new windows upstairs and in kitchen). Mirabile dictu, deal goes through, despite mouse.
Onward to our own house hunt!