- The problem is easy to spot: the drain in the shower stall has, inexplicably (“huh, that never happens, that’s weird”), come loose.
- Since the entire ceiling has been repainted already, repainting the patch will not require repainting the entire first floor again.
- There’s a hole in my ceiling, and there are two more showings coming through in the next day.
- Still need another patch and paint job.
Having now torn a true hole in the ceiling, it’s easy to verify that the previous owner knew there was at least a minor leak, as they’d repaired the ceiling at least once before our repair. Lucky for any prospective home buyers (please, buy my condo, it’s nice!), I actually care enough to fix it, rather than just patch and paint and not use the shower.
So, we’ll spend another grand, get it fixed, and the new owners won’t be troubled by such messes. All told, our prospective buyers will get: A new heat pump, a new thermostat, a new coat of paint on the ceiling, plumbing repairs, a new roof, and a new refrigerator. Not a bad deal.
Update: Funny story. I went to get some cat food. I came home, and couldn’t find Loki anywhere. I think to myself “there is nowhere for a cat to hide, there is no furniture.” But I look everywhere. No cat.
The amazing feature of ceilings with room for HVAC duct work is that there’s about 18 inches between the drywall and the upstairs floor. And, if you haven’t guessed it yet, that’s where Loki was. She figured out how to jump from the kitchen ledge up into the ceiling, at about six feet, a distance I should have realized was completely reachable for her.