Thirty minutes ago Andrew and I signed a piece of paper accepting a counter offer to a house...
SQUEE!!!!!! (photos will have to wait until it's a done deal and we're moved in... which wouldn't be until early January 2014)
After almost three months of looking, we finally found a home that may meet *most* of our needs. That and it has a yellow door that I absolutely love... and three peaks. I really like peaks.
It's honestly been a bit of a whirlwind, despite the fact that we've been looking forever. The house came up on the market Wednesday evening. We asked our realtor to book a viewing asap; which equaled Saturday morning. Yesterday we looked at the home, fell in love and put in an offer an hour later.
I am dreaming of the zero-VOC paint colour palate, my childhood piano placement and getting my dad to make me a long lasting clothesline. Visions of bird feeders, a small vegetable garden and having friends and family gatherings around a fantastic open kitchen fill up my mental landscape. It's a fun and exciting time!
And a bit of an overwhelming time. This process also involves quite a bit of testing. Home inspection will happen as well as septic and well water testing since this home is outside of municipal septic and water.
The scary part is that we already suspect there is arsenic in the water as the current homeowners have a reverse osmosis system installed for the drinking water in the kitchen. Nova Scotia actually has a problem with arsenic in the water supply, more so in the areas of bedrock (which is where "our" (future hopefully!) house is).
Nova Scotia (and the Government of Canada) have set acceptable guidelines to 10 micrograms per litre... but we all know how well the government is at setting guidelines based on health research (ie, terrible). Health problems from arsenic are quite severe (which makes sense since it's a poison), ranging from vomiting to cancer.
Although it's mostly drinking water that is the main concern, bathing, showering, brushing my teeth, washing the vegetables, cooking- having arsenic in the water would make me nervous. My ultimate goal, if there was arsenic in the well water, would be to install a point-of-entry treatment system (treating all the water in the house as opposed a point-of-use which is currently installed in the kitchen). Those treatments can be costly; so we'd have to save up for it.
Does anyone else have arsenic in their water? How do you treat it? Point-of-entry system thoughts?