So, keep in mind that this house is a lot less “cute” than the Pearl Street house. It’s also a lot less likely to fall down, or poison us with mold spores. And also it’s in Olympia, a lovely liberal college town, rather than in Centralia, a dying crank town. There isn’t a picture of the living room because the tenant was in there and I didn’t want to make her feel any more uncomfortable than she already did, what with us crawling over her bed to get to the attic access and such.
The current renters have lived there for 4 or 5 years and they smoke inside, so the carpets will have to go right away. We are thinking of offering something like $1500 more on the sale price of the house if the seller will give us that much as a flooring allowance when we close. That would mean that the seller gives us a check for $1500 at closing so that we can have the money to do the carpets right away, rather than tearing them out and living on the plywood underfloor until we can afford to re-do it. We haven’t decided about that yet.

We had the septic pumped and checked out today, and that all went really well. Next step is to get the appraisal done, and we aren’t worried about that at all. After that, it’s just a matter of getting the current tenant another place to live. She has until April 30th, but we would like to close by March 30th, so we are hoping that she will be able to find another place soon. Our agent owns rentals, so she is seeing what she can do to speed that process along.

Anyway, here’s a few pictures. Click on a thumbnail to see it larger, and then use the arrows at the top right of the page to scroll through the larger images.

Groves Street House Slideshow