Crawl space

During the home inspection, It was discovered that the crawl space had standing water above the moisture barrier. This is not a good idea and had probably been this way since the house was built in 2004. The Moores never got into the crawl space so how would they now.

Crawl space solutions was hired to drain the water out. Install drain trenches to a sump pump pit, Then replace any missing insulation and foam all pipe openings. then cover and seal a new moisture barrier. This was a lot of work in moon suits all through the access point in the pantry.

The  work was being done in an area that was very muddy.  Happy home owner . All but 1k  was covered by the Moores in escrow. We elected to get a much thicker and white moisture barrier 6mm plastic install of quoted original replacement plastic sheeting.  The  house now has 3 pump alarms,  Septic, Crawl space and not sure what the third one by the garage electrical panel does. Also one at the studio for the holding tank.






Fencing for Ellie

The house  had no fencing for Ellie, So the first thing we did was contract to get a fence around the back yard

We did

Dog wire around the back

Hog wire panels in cedar frame for the front and side yard enclosing in the grass area.

we replaced all the orchard posts with 14 ft cedar 4×4 and raised the hight to about 10 ft.

We now have four gates.

  • Back door,
  •  Front Patio to back yard,
  • Gate into orchard,
  • Gate to rest of yard

Total cost about 15k and 3 weeks of work.

3706 – Our new home

We now own a home in Gig Harbor WA,

Mardi and I took possession  of the “Maxwell” House, November 7th,  2017, Was shooting for November 17th, our  33rd wedding Anniversary, nice gift, but why wait.

Mardi and I completed the transaction in Hawaii and started work on the Ellie fence immediately on the 9th, upon returning from Hawaii. We started moving in on the 10th – 11th. This was the 6th move in 6 years. Hopefully we will be here a while.

This House purchased moved really fast. We put our house in San Clemente up for sale September 15th and purchased this house and closed November 7th.  That was two escrows in 7 weeks. Money was in the bank for less than 3 weeks. The mortgage underwriter wanted a bank statement. Never got one, could only show the transactions.

Our original goal was to have a renter in San Clemente until that property was paid off. We were on the 5th year of a 15 year note. Then live off the rental income.  We started having trouble with the renter making payments. He never got 30 days late but was causing us cash flow issues. We had moved up to Gig Harbor in June and in late July was wondering how to buy a house here.  We could possible scrimp and save and do extra work and save about 40K a year, Great homes in Gig Harbor start around 800-900K. so could assemble a down payment in 4+ years.

We figured why bother, let ‘s cut our ties in California and use the money from the sales of the San Clemente house to buy  in Gig Harbor. We kind of rushed into buying the house since we still had 7 months to go on the lease of the house we currently were living in “South Port” till June 1st.  Mardi and I both thought this house was special and might not find one as nice 4 months from now. So why wait.