Hoo boy. If you’ve been keeping up with all this house saga, you’re probably nearly as exhausted as I am. But the good news is, we’re not homeless. In fact, until Thursday we have two homes! Straddling two cities, even. This last weekend and the entire next week are going to be a whirlwind of activity, and I wanted to document ALL THE THINGS here so I can look back and be like “remember when things were absolute insanity and you were a ball of pregnant stress?!” I’m an optimist.
We closed on the house on Friday. It was….scary. Basically, there’s nothing like wiring a six figure sum into a bank account, being guaranteed it would arrive by a certain time and have it missing two hours later. It arrived safely at escrow eventually, but if it had been 30 minutes later we would have missed our closing window. Meaning, our painters for Saturday would have had to be rescheduled and literally all our carefully laid-out plans would have been a clustereff. So yeah, big freaking PHEW there. We successfully closed, drove out to the new house late at night, put post-it notes all over the walls so the painters knew what to paint where, left a key under the mat, and went back home.
The painting is DONE. We hired a company that sent virtually an entire army to paint, and they got there at 7am and were finished with the entire house by 4pm. It’s pretty fascinating actually. The house feels so transformed now, even though we went from a neutral cream color throughout to a mostly-neutral white and gray palette. It’s mostly just the fact that everything is clean and fresh with no more teenager goo and fingerprints. All the doors and casings and baseboards were repainted too, making everything feel brand new.
Most of the house is in Sherwin Williams Eider White, which is a cool white color that looks almost gray when up against the bright white baseboards & crown moldings. We also did Sherwin Williams Repose Gray in the nursery (with their Denim color as an accent wall) and in the master bedroom (with Sherwin Williams Cooled Blue as an accent wall). The hall bathroom shown in the picture below also used Cooled Blue along with Eider White.
Unfortunately, no new house comes without issues. Upon moving in, we found out that the carpet in the master bedroom REEKS of skunk. Luckily, we’d already scheduled the carpet company to come out and replace the carpet in the master bedroom and the nursery. What we didn’t anticipate is that the 3rd and 4th bedrooms would smell so badly of dog urine. Ugh. We initially had scheduled carpet cleaners for those two rooms, but today after getting the brand new carpet installed in the two other rooms we just decided to go forth and schedule new carpeting for the other two stinky bedrooms as well.
Second issue is that we found a leak underneath the kitchen sink. Which clearly the sellers knew about because they had a tupperware container underneath it, collecting the water. This was never disclosed to us. Just another thing for the handyman to fix!
Finally, the WORST thing, is that we found out that the outdoor kitchen is infested with rats. The underneath, within all the cabinets and drawers, is filled with rat droppings and debris. To make matters worse, when meeting our new neighbor, he informed us that he’s seen “50 to hundreds” of rats running up and down one of the palm trees in the yard. We also found a few rat droppings in the garage. So, we already have a pest exterminator planned to come out tomorrow to do an ant treatment around the house and we’ll be consulting him for the rats too.
And, we paid a guy to come out today and trim/clean up our two big tall palm trees. Considering how high these are, the $180 per tree was a price worth paying. They also cleaned up the yard and it looks awesome now!
Another fun thing: during the painting we were enduring a rare thunderstorm. I’m not sure if it was related to the lightning or just horrible luck, but a breaker blew and has to be replaced. So we no longer have electricity in our master bedroom or hall bathroom. And as we found out when the pool maintenance guy showed up this week: it’s the same breaker that controlled the pool. So we had to reschedule the pool service, which is a huge bummer. He was going to drain it, clean it, refill it, and condition it so that we can go swimming this week. Alas, we’ll have to wait until our handyman replaces the breaker and we can reschedule him.
It was fun watching my husband do some power washing. His outfit is…special.
Aside from all the ‘services’ like painting, carpeting, the actual moving, handyman service, pool service, yard cleanup, etc. we’ve also splurged on a few things. A Roomba, for one. A new dining room chandelier, new toilet seats (because who wants to use a previous owner’s toilet seats), a kitchen faucet, new sectional couch, coffee table, end tables, lamps, new dining room table (aka board game table) washer/dryer, and chairs. And considering we have an empty nursery, there’s a lot more things to buy in our near future. We might be broke after this 😉
Tomorrow: Pest control, Window cleaner, handyman, housekeeping service
Wednesday: Moving day! Movers are coming at 8:30am.
Thursday: Furniture delivery, washer and dryer delivery, outdoor kitchen service, hopefully pool service.
Somehow, we’ll make it to the other side! Our new house is going to be awesome when everything is all said and done. 🙂---------------
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