Today a foundation specialist, a plumbing specialist and a handyman come to the house for a more detailed looks at some of the problems with the house. The seismic folks thought the initial foundation quote did not address all the issues and will get us another quote. They aren’t usually the ones to work on retaining walls but would let us know if they could do that as well. They said that the lack of gutters was causing excess moisture in the ground and promoting the movement that was causing the foundation to have issues. So I was right, they really should have had gutters! The house is also on a hill do some downward movement in. The soil is normal, hence the retaining wall.
The plumber took a better look at the leaks in the front bathroom and kitchen. Thanks to Adam (my coworker) I asked him to scope the sewer line and it was in really bad shape. So that is good to know as it can be quite a costly repair. he also will write up a quote.
To say the new information was disheartening would be an understatement. However, knowledge is never a bad thing. The next step is the termite report and after that we can start the renegotiation process with the seller. Sigh.