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.
Begrudgingly, I had taken my father’s advice and scheduled a pest inspection. I had spent yesterday afternoon at my father’s house talking to him about the possibility of me buying my first unit and he had insisted I get termite inspections in Dromana. My father had shown surprise and appreciation in his face when I’d asked for his advice on buying my first property. I knew it was a huge commitment and one my father had made many times in his life. He had owned an abundance of properties in his time and I was happy to learn from him. Most of the people in my family forget that my father is actually a fountain of wisdom. No one in my family found any interest in conversing with him and it really got to me. I wanted to show my father that there was someone out there that appreciated him and wanted to hear what he had to say. My father was the one who had told how important it was to make sure any property you are buying is free from termites. White ants are a major problem if they have damaged the structure of a property. When a house is on the market for cheap, you should always be suspicious of a termite infestation. My father sounded very pleased when I told him that I had booked the pest inspection. He told me a few things to look out for myself, and then things to get the inspector to double check. My father was able to give me heaps of handy hints to ensure I get the most out of my pest control, Pakenham after all seems to have a termite problem. I was nervous about buying the unit, I had been dreaming about it owning my own place for a long time. I had taken many months to save up a deposit, I needed to take my time to ensure the property was safe and free from problems. If it failed the inspection, I would be devastated. I asked my father what he was up to for the day, and when he said he was free, I told him he was coming with me. Will the inspection find termites?
Think globally about local issues and realise that it’s ok to ask for forgiveness. A friend from your past will surprise you with a phone call.