Last week the paperwork on our home was progressing nicely and we were super happy to hear that the appraisal went off without a hitch! Our new home was appraised at a value much higher than what we are paying for it. Yay! (Mostly due to the really nice houses going up all around it balancing out the remaining ‘crack’ homes – I’m trying to get a hilarious picture that illustrates this perfectly soon).
So this was a relief to us, especially if you’ve talked to me or read about all the drama we have had with the home already, not to mention the rest with the previous 4 homes we put offers on!
So we’re flipping through the appraisal, looking for all the gory details of what the appraiser considered during his evaluation, like did he love the granite countertops? (no) the crown-molding? (no) or, was is really just all the other homes waayyyy nicer than ours? (yes) and we finally get to the picture section of the report. Hurray! Looking at pictures of the house and daydreaming about living there is one of my favorite pastimes (don’t judge) lately and after all, these were some new angles compared the ones I took myself!
Like here’s one of the outside of the home:
And here’s the living room again:
But when we got to the kitchen picture, we felt something was a little off. Can you tell what it is?
Here, I know its a little difficult, so I’ll put the before/after pictures below, side-by-side:
Before Major Drama with Seller's agent (that's our Inspector!)
After Major Drama with Seller's agent
Someone went jack mode on our fridge and stove/oven!!!
The common response when I tell someone this is, “Oh great! Now you can buy the one that you want!” But look at them! They’re practically brand new, stainless steel appliances! I really would have been just fine with those. Really. I’m not picky.
So, now we get to solve a mystery! We don’t know who stole them (was it our best-friend, the seller’s agent who we raised heck with trying to make him not back out on our deal, including storming into his office when we wasn’t there and making his secretary cry? – I’m not proud of that – Or maybe some guys from those nearby ‘crack’ homes with the signs in the yard saying they’re not ever moving, ever, so stop coming by offering them wayyy more than their little homes are worth?) So many characters and so many motives. Or maybe they’re not even stolen (I keep going with the “Maybe the seller is just keeping them safe for us” line…)
But of course now we’re going to have to go through many more hoops in order to get them back, including insurance claims, etc. Assuming we can even get them back. AND that the seller’s agent ever calls us back. [This is, of course, assuming that buying the house “as is” as we signed in our contract meant “as-is-when-we-looked-at-it-and-had-the-inspection”. However they could meld it to mean “as-is-when-we-close-and-you-get-what-we-give-you”. Any one have any help on this? Can they just do this?]
I think the best part is that when Mike and I found out about this, we barely blinked an eye. Just started laughing. Hysterically. Of course this would happen!
Here we go again….