Nothing like this has ever happened to me! Does this mean I don't have friends? :(
@garli @Allison Hah, yes, our lights and such are fine for now, but this is why we decided to hire professionals for any electrical improvements we want to make in the future. This sounds like a headache and possibly dangerous.
@garli Oh yes, and we also got a pest inspection and found no little critters who shouldn't be there. I'm not too worried about other, yet-to-be-discovered damage! I'm getting the impression from other commenters that we just plopped down a bunch of money on this house without doing hours and hours and hours and HOURS of obsessive research and planning. Not the case, naysayers.
@Allison Ooh, nice tip. Thanks!
@Jack Crabb I don't think it looks terrible.
@garli We walked through the very detailed (and very long) inspection tour with our agent and inspector and definitely did a termite check. We didn't see anything, so this tells me these boards are an isolated incident. All the rooms of our house have slightly different floorboards, so Nate guesses that they redid the living room floor with reclaimed wood and accidentally used some bum boards. Time will tell!
@gelatinouscube "And how he's dead" HAHAHAHAHA
@Jake Reinhardt I knowwwwww. There was a snafu with the pictures on this one, but the next post will have them for sure!
@madrassoup re: The house we did buy, we called the sellers agent within a few hours of the listing going up and were able to check it out and decide to put in an early offer before it went to open house. The sellers were a really elderly couple who were basically just looking to get rid of their place. No one is taking early offers in the Bay Area right now because it is so competitive. Open houses drive up the price tag. If this house had shown, we guaranteed would have been outbid, so we got extraordinarily lucky. re: The race comment, I just thought it was a funny, bizarre thing that happened. Like, obviously if I was an insane, gross person whose top house-hunting concern was having all white neighbors, I probably wouldn't be looking to buy in Oakland. I wasn't so much offended as I was embarrassed for them. The woman seemed pissed he said it, so I'm sure he got an earful after everyone left. My agent said she had never heard these agents' names before, so she guessed this was their first house. I wouldn't want to report it and potentially cost her her job just because her husband is clearly an idiot and/or babbles when he's nervous.
@deepomega I get dizzy just thinking about it.