Mission Accomplished

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Registered: 10-30-2011
Mission Accomplished
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Sun, 08-10-2014 - 9:02am

As Shirley said-we were on the hunt for a new house, in a new town. (17,000 is not a city-not even by adding 2 new people to the population!)

I won't say it is perfect-but it "Has good bones". It is an all-brick bungalow, in a high area of town-the living/dining rooms, hall & master bedroom have new maple hardwood, the kitchen, bathroom & front entrance have ceramic tile-new it looks like. BUT the other areas have carpet-which we will replace eventually. The people who own the house have lived elsewhere for awhile-which means the lawn has not been cut, angering the neighbours-but we will do that, we will add screen/storm doors, replace the garage door & convert the wood-burning fireplace to gas. Nobody I know walks away from a full fridge & unplugs it-but they did...so ALL appliances must go. (except the dishwasher which is built in). We looked at new appliances, arranged for a wood fence to keep the Pugs in the back yard-which let us meet our future neighbours.

I'm planning flower beds-& eventually a vegetable garden. I think I'll go back armed with a big box of Spring bulbs, a big bottle of Round Up to get rid of the weeds showing up in the stone patio (soon to be a deck-in a year or 2). There are some Roses to prune back & hopefully make bloom again. Both my friend Kathy & daughter Karen have promised to help scrub it clean (we tried to have "Professionally cleaned" in the contract-but their lawyer said that clean is 'subjective'). For now we will do what we can outside & mostly clean up inside. There are few curtains-& unlike here, where they don't matter because we don't have neighbours-they do matter there! But that can be easily remedied-everything can be easily done like I said, it has "Good bones". It is in a good area, with what seems to be a mixture of younger & older neighbours-which is what I wanted. Closing date is Sept 16-so we have to pack up here & get things done here ready for the moving company, the following week. Busy days ahead! But everything will be done in its time!

Nora

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sun, 08-10-2014 - 3:40pm

Congratulations Nora!!! My but you and Mike are efficient, you weren't even gone a week and you come back with the job done. I'm so glad for you that there was a suitable house available, at terms that could work for you, at just the time that you went house-hunting. And good that the escrow could be fairly short. Sounds like the timing will work out very well. How long does it take to drive from current home to new home? 

Just wondering, did you meet the sellers (or just their attorney)? I'm wondering what would make somebody just leave and not come back with the fridge full etc, sounds like a bit of a mystery there....

Now on to the joys of appliance shopping! Will you need to get a counter-depth fridge or full size? Will the stove be a slide-in or freestanding?

I'll look forward to seeing some photos if/when possible. 

Looks like the next 6+ weeks will be very busy for you. How exciting!

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Sun, 08-10-2014 - 7:32pm

Happy for you, Nora!!  Hopefully, you got a good enough price to offset the updates that need to be done!  Post some pics when you can.  Before and afters would be even better, for this nosy old woman!!!

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Registered: 10-30-2011
Mon, 08-11-2014 - 9:51am

We looked at appliances-but didn't order anything yet. I think the fridge will be full-size, it's at the end of one of the very few counters.I'm also looking at pantry-type cupboards to hold food. (we'll go back to the more reasonable every 2 week shopping trips-rather than monthly). But still need room to put things-& coming up with ideas for shelving-think "work for Mike"-but he's pretty good natured about it all. And the current owners live in a different town-the other direction from us now.

I've selected the room for my sewing room-the bigger bedroom (is it my fault the bigger room has PINK carpet?) LOL. And when we own the house-but come back to facilitate the move-I'll try to get time to make curtains for our room. We haven't worried about that here-no neighbours! Suddenly these things matter-& I think the only curtains are on the living room/dining room. The kitchen has an eat-in area & (WA-HOO)a window over the sink. Only looks out to the neighbours' cedar hedge-but hey-it's a window over the sink! Here-for 31yrs-I've just had a patio door in the kitchen, it's a bright kitchen, Mike moved the mirror that was there & replaced it with glass shelves-& a bright light-but I want a window again.

Seems to me that, except for the bathroom that is blue, every room is yellow. But we'll move in & then change things. We are discussing clotheslines (an essential for me)-& what will go where. Mike has pretty well convinced me to have a professional group clean that house because as I pack things here, I'll clean here. And I will try to get pictures-Shirley & Ray are coming on the weekend-so maybe he can help me transfer pictures?

I'm pleased & relieved, it's what we hoped for & need. BIG changes ahead. I just heard from a high school friend of ours who (not knowing what we're doing)said he & his wife decided to stay in their house, after 8yrs, they have too much stuff to move. And I thought "Yikes-after almost 32yrs, we ARE moving 400kms!" But to each his own I guess-there is a good reason for us to do this. It sure won't get any easier as time goes on.

Nora