First Impressions

Katie, my real estate agent made an appointment with the owner of the house I liked and we met at the house. I loved the outside and I had seen it several times so I wanted to just go inside and see if I still liked it.

As my daughter, Patty can tell you when I look at a place like this, I don’t really see what is there. I see what could be there in time. And this preview was no different. As you enter the house and look left this is what you see. I saw a net clean kitchen that I could work with very nicely. It was a much better first impression than the one I had in Spanish Lakes but of course much smaller as this one is a single wide and the one in Spanish Lakes was an over sized double wide.

The kitchen when we first saw it. Note the ceiling over the fridge. There was a worse mess over the door as you came in.

Katie was not as visionary as I was and she noticed the ceiling over the refrigerator and the ceiling over the door we had just entered and that was a total mess and would need to be fixed. I didn’t mind that as I knew I would be fixing many things in a $20,000 home. She noticed the cabinets were rather cheap but I saw that they were neat and clean and were not broken as in most mobile homes of this age.

If you looked right you saw the living room again Katie saw the ceiling with sagging tiles. I only saw black curtains covering all three windows causing the whole area to look like a dark cave. The indirect lighting set off the room very nicely but in the far corner was a hole in the ceiling with wires hanging out of it. I liked the size of the room, the fact that it had three windows and if those curtains were removed so the light could come in. I could see that was all this room needed. I did notice the rugs and do not like rugs as I find they are dirty but that too can be fixed.

From here we went through the kitchen and down the hall to the bed rooms. We both noticed the wall unit AC in the hall and asked about that. I turned out the central AC/heating unit broke long ago and they used this wall unit. They found it kept the place very cool and that was true enough as on this very warm day it was very nicely cooled inside. Again I did not see this as a big problem it was just one more thing I would have to have fixed and that was not uncommon in older mobil homes. Both Johnny Mac and Amy my neighbors in Spanish Lakes had to replace their AC units, however when I said this our hostess said “No, her husband had removed most of the duct work in order to put in the duct work for the new furnace they had installed. There in the hall we saw the new furnace so I figured I could live with the wall unit for summers and the new furnace for winters. Again no big deal.

There in the hall right after the furnace was my new laundry room with washer and dryer and shelves above. Very nice, everything worked and the fact the shelves were much to high for me didn’t matter as Joe could put his things up there.

Next on the left was the bathroom. This is one area they had done all over and it looked very nice. I didn’t notice the small things like some of the molding was not finished, I just saw that it was a walk in shower so I could use this bathroom and I was thrilled. It didn’t shock me that the shower was small and the fixtures were not the latest with rain shower head etc. I don’t want that anyways. With a small shower I can use it without feeling dizzy and losing my balance. When I wash my hair I can lean against the far wall for support. This fit me perfectly.

Opps, I forgot Joes room that came after the furnace and before the laundry. That room was the only room with a ceiling fan. The ceilings aren’t really high enough to have fans anyways as you would be hit in the head if you were any taller than I am. So that didn’t bother me.

Back to the tour. The last room was the master bedroom, my bedroom. This did disappoint me some as it was a dark cave of a room. It was nice and big and had two windows but the windows were again covered with black curtains and was painted an awful darkish green with black trim. All the wood work was black. That would have to be fixed before I would move in here!! But it could easily be fixed.

This is my closet. That didn’t bother me too much, I could live with that if I could just get some light into the room . The water heater is in that corner of the room but there is no access to it from inside the house. The fuse box is behind the door and when she showed us that Katie was shocked. That box had been recalled years ago as it was a fire hazard. I agreed with her that had to be replaced. I had the same problem in Spanish Lakes and had to have it replaced before I could get insurance on my house, so I knew I would have to do the same here and that is an expensive deal.

All in all I like the place and Katie wasn’t too sure. Joe knew it meant a lot of work on his part and wanted to offer 18 for the place and Katie said no offer her 15, there was so much work that was needed. Long story short Katie offered $15,000 for the house and they took it, almost too gladly but I knew what the driving force was – The lot rent in this park is $700+ a month and every month they owned the house was costing them $700 plus heat, AC, and electric and gas and they had only one other person to even come look at it. So when I made an offer they grabbed it in a heart beat. But Katie put right in the contract that I must replace the water heater and the fuse box before I moved anything into the house. I agreed with that and I owned a house again.

The next month was all on Joe and Holly’s back. Holly painted my room and touched up Joe’s room, the bathroom and the kitchen. Joe put in a new ceiling in the kitchen and fixed the living room ceiling. He built a ramp for me so I could get out to walk Otis and Otis could get to the ground as he can’t go up and down stairs. Joe and Luke fenced in a yard for Otis and Luke power washed the house. At the same time James came and put in a new water heater for me and changed it over to electric as he didn’t think gas water heaters were very safe, I didn’t care much either way but do like the one we got. Tomorrow I will tell you all about the fixing up we did. I’ll show you pictures of the finished product and tell you about the other things we found needed fixing !! WOW

For now I am tired and my birds need more food. I love my birds and there are many many here for me About 50 sparrow, dozen Juncos, half a dozen different kinds of wood peckers, cardinals, nut hatches and more along with 3 squirrels and this

I’ll tell you the story of our encounter with this pretty little guy one day soon. Have a wonderful day. Thanks for spending some time with me. God Bless you one and all.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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