When we bought this house about 7 1/2 years ago, we walked in, looked at the backyard and said, we will take it. We didn't see the leaking ceiling, the mushrooms growing out of the walls or the problems with the bathrooms. Even if we did, we still probably would have bought the house. You see, the backyard was big enough for a tennis court. My husband is the tennis coach for the local high school and my daughters both play tennis. My little guy is now starting tennis and LOVES it! So, having a tennis court in your backyard was a dream for my husband. At the time, our old neighbors were driving me insane. They would come into my yard and cut down my trees and rose bushes and think nothing of it. I called the police on them several times and they talked to them, but nothing was really done because we didn't want to spend the money to hire a lawyer and sue them. So, we decided the best thing to do was move. When we found this house, we knew it was the right thing to do. We love the location. We are right next to a HUGE open field (that the city is now planning on developing into 260 new homes and a huge park with a lake and shopping area--yeah right, when the economy turns around!) and we have great neighbors that are quiet for the most part. There are some grouchy neighbors across the street that greeted me with-growing vegetables in your front yard isn't conducive to the neighborhood! as I look and see the huge weed patch that is their front yard. But other than that, we love where we live. Except that this house was probably built in a day by blind contractors. The roof leaks and we have had two roofers out about 8 times and they can't seem to fix it. I don't understand how you can't fix a leaky roof, but they blame it on the pidgeon poop. They say that when the pidgeons poop, it piles up and causes the rain to run backwards and under the tiles and into the house. So, make it so that doesn't happen! But, what do I know about roofs.
And when they put the bathrooms together, they just glued the tiles onto the drywall. Glue plus tile plus water equals leaks. The master bath had to be redone when we moved in. The water would drain into the garage when you took a shower. The guys that the realtor hired to fix the problem did a rush job and now it has to be done again. They didn't really fix the problem, just put a bandaid on the leak and now we get to re-do it all over again.
The tiles on the other two bathrooms are now starting to fall off and we had a guy out yesterday to give us an estimate and he starts work today. He will me demo-ing the downstairs bathroom (aka-quilt storage area) that hasn't been used in 3 years and it should be working again by Monday or Tuesday. My son is so excited! Then onto the upstairs bathroom. We will most likely wait until next summer to work on the master bathroom because this is EXPENSIVE! Wow, although I would never want to work that hard, sometimes I wonder if I got into the wrong profession :)