Wendell and I went and looked at an old farmhouse today. It was about 20 minutes from school for me. A big improvement over the 45 minute drive I have now. It sits on about 130 acres. We would only have access to about an acre or so that is all fenced in. Great for Sasha to run around. You can't even see the nearest neighbor. Its a perfect setting for my 'hermit' man. *laughing*
The landlord's 84 year old cousin use to live there but is now in a nursing home and she won't be coming back to it, he says. He told us we could have it for $150.00 a month. He was willing to keep the electric in his name, which is a help to us. It has a well and a septic tank. He basically would like to have someone there just so it is not sitting there empty.
The bad news???? The house looked great from the outside just needed some yard maintenance. (Even had a big asparagus patch on the side!) The inside of the house..... major TLC! It had LOTS of potential. The main floor needed to have the old wallpaper removed and paint put on the walls. All the cabinets in the house are the originals. Beautiful hardwood floors under that 70's carpeting. There was an antique light fixture that I fell in love with. Heck... the whole place is loaded with old cans, bottles.... a prim ladies dream! Old wooden crates..... I would love to just be able to clean through the place. I can just imagine the treasures one would find.
The really bad news???? The basement flooded last fall when we were hit with about 12 inches of rain in a day. The basement has an old dirt floor and its a mess. I don't think they really cleaned after it. There is mold down there but no where else that I could see.
My heart is saying do it! Its your dream of a big old farmhouse. It has tons of possibilities, but my head is saying 'NO'... you don't need the headaches.
Its hard when we only have 21 days to move out and haven't seen a decent place yet. What would you do???