The closing documents were signed, yesterday. It's officially our little mini farm!
Now the real work begins. I had to laugh out loud when I heard that there were no keys for the house.
For several years the house has been accessed by going through the basement, up the stairs, into the house - no keys required. There hasn't been any vandalism to the house in all of those years, so we're confident that we are moving into a great town/neighborhood. Still, we'll need to secure the house and get some new locks installed.
The good news:
- Plumbing: the previous owner informed us that the septic system (should) be just fine. A few years back when they were farming the adjacent land, they accidentally hit the septic line, and it was replaced. That's a big deal - we were told that there was a plumbing problem, and there still may be - but it's not as bad as we thought it might be.
- Windows & Roof: Both replaced in the last 7 years. There was a hail storm that came through about 7 years ago that caused some damage to the windows and roof, so they were replaced/updated! That's a big bonus. The barn roof needs to be replaced, but the house roof is solid!
- Electrical: all of the electrical has been replaced in the last 2-3 years.
It's amazing to think that in 2 short years, this house will be 100 years old. By then it should be fully rehabilitated back into a wonderful family home complete with farm animals, and a garden! I just love the windmill, and the pump-house for the well!
Here are a few more pictures that were taken on the first visit to the property.
This is the north side of the house:
Here is a picture of the awesome basement access that has been used to get in and out of the house for the last few years:
Here is a picture of the barn (notice the damaged roof), and a picture of the beautiful woodwork on one side of the barn:
Here is a picture of the red shed/barn that is falling down - but lots of building material can be salvaged for use on the raised garden beds, and chicken coop. It won't go to waste.
And one of my favorite things in this house (so far)... the TINY door that allows for a bit of storage under the staircase. You can also see some of the new electrical work that was done in this picture as well: