I'm talking pipes, baby!
The hazmat team is supposed to be here Monday through Wednesday (prepping, working, clean-up). What hazmat team, you ask. We have to have a hazmat team because there's asbestos in the lower of two layers of vinyl in the bathroom. Please note that we have one (1) bathroom. Fun, eh? We're going to be staying at a local motel during those days. We'll take the dog with us but the cats and rats will have to fend for themselves. Actually, we'll do our best to keep them comfortable and out of the way of the workers. And the mister is going to visit the house once a day while we're in the motel.
The plumbing work itself may start on Monday as well. Coordinator dude says the plumbing repair should take only a day or two. We've been sleeping in the living room for three weeks and while that's not a total hardship, it'd be nice to be back in our bedroom. (The plumbing problem is in the wall between our bedroom and the bathroom. Well, actually it's in the floor but the wall is the starting point.)
The bottom dollar: it appears we'll have to pay $1800 to $2000 for the plumbing work. Rumour has it that the insurance company may cover some of that. They will cover all decor restorations (flooring, drywall, paint, etc). We've already picked out the bedroom carpeting and bathroom vinyl. I'm hoping we can pick paint colours.
Call me cynical, but I bet dollars to doughnuts that it takes another two weeks at a minimum.
Special note to readers: don't buy a place with fewer than two toilets.