The crawl space is covered in mold. According to the home inspector, the bad kind. However, there is really no way to determine that simply by looking at mold, so the mold inspector has been called in.
I believe several factors have led to the mold in the crawl space; the previous owners, most likely in an attempt to weatherize their house, covered the vents with styrofoam insulation. There are no gutters on the house so moisture drips right off the house next to the foundation(This is not a huge factor, but combined with the other factors can contribute). And the biggie...The bank did not go in and weatherize the house prior to the major freeze we had back in the first part of December, resulting in some burst pipes and massive amounts of water being dumped under the house. After that, they did not have someone open the crawl space and install a fan to speed the drying factor.
I'm pretty sure the bank is NOT going to want to remediate this, since there are contributing factors, but if this is the bad mold, it is a health hazard and could cost thousands to get rid of. We are slightly unsure of the proceedings at this point. We do not want to be stuck with the entire bill for cleaning the banks mess up. However...I REALLY do NOT want to lose this property. The realtor is a complete dink, so it may boil down to me contacting the bank myself to see if we can negotiate something.
Anyway, there is the inside. Is this a killer kitchen or what? The center island has a small vegetable sink and the storage underneath is unbelievable. The hardwood floor is in excellent condition except for a small strip in front of the stove over toward that door. Most likely there was a water leak in the dishwasher that caused the warp. But it can be repaired without tearing the whole floor up. Some sanding and refinishing and it will be good as new.
The fireplace is gorgeous... It's double-sided. Sooo cool!!
The "living room" reminds me of our ranch house back in SD, with all of the knotty pine... I'm not sure if the LR and the garage were an addition to this house or what, but I'm guessing this was originally the LR... Looking from the start of the hall going into the bedrooms... I'll spare you of mundane photos of the tiny bedrooms, but if this goes through, I have plans that will turn those small bedrooms into two very nice sized rooms and will turn the two small bathrooms into one nice large one.
The "master bedroom" does have a walk-in closet... The master bath isn't too bad, it just feels a lot smaller than the bathroom we have now. I like the size of the shower... The other bathroom isn't bad once you get into it, but the doorway is so narrow that even I have turn my shoulders to walk through. So weird. So if this goes through, my plan is to turn the existing three bedrooms into two(each with walk-in closets) and one very nice sized bathroom. That would actually be a very simple and relatively inexpensive thing to do...have I ever mentioned I know how to frame, sheetrock and plumb? Yep, other than moving the electric around, I could do this whole project myself.
What I want to do is add a master bedroom and bathroom off of the back of these bathrooms. There is a door in the kitchen that looks really out of place, so it would be perfect to turn it into a door way going into a new master bedroom. The cool thing is that a person could put sliding glass doors facing south on that room and they would open out onto the patio.
I hesitate to even bring such a subject up with MH at the moment. He is willing to empty his coiffers so that I might have a beautiful acreage for my ponies. It might be best if I kept the plans for an addition of that magnitude to myself.
Maybe I aught to just be focusing on getting the deal done at the moment-LOL.