Ok, so we don't have our house on the market, obviously. But regardless, I found a gorgeous house here in Chicopee with a too good to be true price. We looked at it online on several websites, we drove by and looked at the outside in person. We desperately need more space than we have, and this house had it all. Over 2000 square feet, enough room to really spread out. A newly remodeled kitchen that I am desperately in lust with. But like all things that seem too good to be true, it was.
Steven called to get a showing appointment, and we went yesterday morning. It's a gorgeous 1896 Victorian in a wonderful area. It clearly needed a small amount of work on the outside, but looked mostly sound. We were able to glean that the furnace and hot water tank were new, the roof fairly new, and the electricity updated to satisfaction. Despite the interesting wallpaper choices, it had potential. And then there were the problems. Some of which are small and doable. The dining room wall was damaged when a pipe burst (supposedly last winter, but was still wet!) in the basement. The basement was also still wet, but then most can be on occasion. Those aren't really the big issues, because they ARE fixable. My big issue is the fact that it's never been lead paint/radon tested. That's a HUGE issue for me because we have small kids (and according to the wallpaper in the bedrooms, so do the owners now) and reality says it's just not safe for anyone to be around lead paint.
So we're not making an offer with a contingency agreement, which was the plan if we truly loved it and thought we could make it work. We do truly love it, and it's a steal.... but there are just some things we aren't willing to potentially sacrifice.
If anyone's interested, here's the link. It has some strange pictures, but it's a truly gorgeous house inside and out http://www.movoto.com/real-estate/homes-for-sale/MA/Chicopee/363-Springfield-St-300_70770408.htm