Our offer was accepted with a couple negotiations over personal property. As part of the offer we had a 10 business day time period to perform all of our inspections and there would be a lot of them. The whole house inspection, septic, and well.
For the whole house inspection we thought we were being diligent in choosing an inspector that was seasoned and knew his stuff. We choose someone that was a general contractor, used to own a fireplace/chimney company, and was accredited by the two major associations. Boy, were we wrong. On the day of the inspection I couldn't attend, but Brad would be there. The inspector was at the home only about an hour, he took photos, and checked the boxes on his report template. He didn't point out major things to Brad, didn't give us the photos he took, and told us he couldn't access the attic. His report was a joke, it was just his check marks on his template, nothing more. We knew a lot of the issues with the house ourselves, but we wanted a second opinion, as it was an as-is sale. In hindsight, this guy was not worth his fee and we should have fired him, and hired another inspector. Lesson learned. The only thing the inspector found of worth was that the roof was damaged.
We've since talked to a lot of contractors and learned a lot of new things about the cottage. It also seems there are a lot of very subjective details about an old cottage. Each contractor we talked with seemed to have a different opinion of what would be the first thing to fix on their list, and a whole list of things that they wouldn't worry about. So, in the end I guess it is our personal preference.
The well inspection went way better than I expected. Well was fine, pump was fine, water quality was good.
The septic inspection went as expected by Brad. Yep, it's uncompliant. Now what?!? Well, in Washington County (where the cottage is) the property can't transfer until it is brought up to compliance. Let the negotiations begin again.