Every time someone comes to look at the house, the news gets worse, and I get more and more discouraged. :(
I tried to approach this whole "buy a house" deal with caution. I tried to educate myself along the way and make good decisions. When this property came up for sale and I looked it over, I knew I needed a home inspection. I paid $225 for someone to look it over and tell me what all was wrong so I would know what needed to be done now, and what will need to be done within the next few months and years. Fast forward to now...
I honestly thought the inspector was on MY side, and wouldn't sugar coat or downplay the amount of work that would be needed. I really thought I had made a decent investment, and that every dime I spent would increase the value of my home, and prepare it for future resale. I've had two carpentry/woodwork walk-throughs and an electrical walk-through. The inspector just barely scratched the surface. He gave me a "best-case" scenario of what was wrong with the house. Not a "worst-case" scenario or even a realistic view of what would need to be addressed in order to live in this house.
I'm terrified that it's only going to get worse. I have yet to get a roofer or a plumber out to have a look. The woodwork people haven't pulled away the outer layer to get to what's underneath. I'm truly afraid that I'm going to spend every dime I have, plus some, and still be left with a sub-par home that is dangerous for me and the kids to live in.