Wide Awake

[ 06.13.2007 ]
I have delayed sleep phase syndrome! Nice to know being a night owl that HATES getting up early has a name. Hee! I'm watching the documentary "Wide Awake" on HBO. FACINATING. Anyone else that has issues with insomnia or a racing mind when trying to sleep. Watch it, its facinating. The new season of Big Love started on HBO yesterday, which is why I renewed our HBO subscription. If there was any show I love as much Veronica Mars, this is it! I also will be a forever-fan of now cancelled BBC "Hex," as well as Felicity. Oh how I miss Felicity. It's good to see Keri Russel making a comeback. :)

R.I.P. Veronica Mars

[ 05.19.2007 ]
You'll be sorely missed. :(

New Beginnings

[ 03.29.2007 ]

Ok we're completely moved out of the H-burrow house and had to say goodbye. :( I'm sad I won't see my tulips come to bloom. Maybe we'll drive and take a walk in the neighborhood in a couple weeks and see if they are out. The good news is there are tons of bulbs already planted in our new yard and it will be cool to see what blooms. So far there are a zillion daffodils bordering the house. I should get some and put them in a vase. Which suprisingly I know where it is! Everything is in SHAMBLES right now. I don't know where to start unpacking as I feel like I'll end up having to move all the stuff to start the remodel.

I ended up taking a late nap last night and just crashed out til morning. Easier than having to think about that stuff! :) And Jeremy and I are exhausted from the move and the numerous extra trips we've done this week to get all the last stuff out of the house, mostly all kitchen and garage stuff. It's bittersweet to leave, but ya just know when you need a change. If we didn't parlay our income into an even more lucrative property, with more business potential, we would've spent that money somewhere and not much to show for it. Gotta ladder up. :)

We took Max with last week and he's been adjusting to his new home well. So much in fact, I was going to let him outside without a leash this morning as he was whining to get out. And guess what. He disappeared! I spent the next hour or so calling around the whole neighborhood for him. The nice neighbors told me where the 'kitty loop' is that all the neighborhood cats like to roam including a lady's garage where all the cats hang out as she used to keep food and beds out for them. I saw that neighbor walking and asked her and guess what, she just saw Max dart out of her garage a couple blocks down. I walked around calling for him and finally headed back to the house. THERE HE WAS! OMG I was soo mad but happy he knew where to come back to on his first jaunt out, which took him over a few blocks away and through tons of yards. So he's inside now, and will get some more leash time outside. Maybe this weekend he can stay outside which is where he loves. He cries all night to go out. Good thing to as Jeremy is allergic.

In other happy news, my good friend who cut off our friendship back in November, called me out of the blue the other night. I was really happy she decided to get in contact again as I always left things open. We were able to touch on some of the things about why she stopped calling and hopefully this is a new start.

OMG I can't wait to see "Blades of Glory." How's that for random? :)

Moving forward

[ 03.19.2007 ]

Home inspection brought up ZERO issues thank goodness, so our sales price was set and the appraisal was done last week. I think that must have been fine too as we didn't hear that the house was overvalued or anything. :)

To recap other things last week: We were supposed to get into the house on Monday, but the sellers were still there clearing it out as of Tuesday afternoon. I planned on deep cleaning Monday night, so that obviously didn't happen. HOWEVER, our TOTALLY AWESOME FABULOUS realtor offered to pay for his friend's cleaning service to come in at his expense!!

The cleaning crew spend a good 20-man hours between a few different ladies busting it out and finished up Thursday night. I stopped over while they were cleaning one day and the girl was like having an aerobic workout routine with soap and bleach on the fridge. The lazy side of myself about had a 'gasm of happiness. That could've been ME! The horror! :) I was really glad they were going all out. They even removed the faucet handles and cleaned inside, washed the walls, etc. This will help Jeremy's allergies tremendously too as he has trouble with dust and kitties (they had a kitty in there for the last month).

Anyway, we basically didn't do anything in the new house last week as to stay out of the cleaning crew's way. The bathroom plumbing is jacked up though. There is some major clog up in the bathroom pipe and the toilet takes like 30 seconds of holding the handle down to flush and it, and the tub doesn't drain well either. The toilet was all backed up when I got there Friday night with old pewp... We hope the sewer isn't all trashed and it was just a cleaning person ignoring the "toilet not flushing" sign I put up. I spend about 20 minutes with a plunger and it wasn't helping and was geee-ross!

The sewer line is old and we had it inspected with a camera, and it was supposed to be OK for now, but needs to be replaced at some point. Jeremy bought a pipe snake, hopefully he can move out the clog himself. I'm having a plumber come by on Tuesday for an estimate to replace all the plumbing with copper anyway, so we'll see.

We busted out some major packing this weekend. We filled the POD up with the majority of the stuff we'll be putting in storage for the next few months. We're probably about 50% done with packing up the rest of the house stuff, and hopefully a couple more nights next week we'll be ready. Our friends offered to help us with the U-haul pack and unpack next Saturday.

Oh and lastly, I took Max to the vet on Tuesday and he got a full kitty workup. It turns out he had been neutered, so he was likely an abandoned pet kitty by a previous owner in the neighborhood. He didn't have any diseases thank goodness, and I got all his vaccinations up to date. No fleas, mites or anything like that either. I also got him microchipped and pedicured as he had monster nails. I need to find a good collar for him as he already got the cute star one I got him off and lost. :(

Week 3/11-3/17

[ 03.11.2007 ]

We haven't heard back on the home inspection of our current house yet. I'm hoping everything is fine as we tried hard to fix all the things we knew of, and we cleaned the gutters and that sort of thing that always comes up. I'm not too worried about it. The buyer said he'd pay us to have the hot tub all filled and balanced and all in a note they left after the inspection, so I'm sure its fine. Best part, we can use our hot tub again before we leave (as it costs about $50 to fill up for chemicals and needed a new filter... all of which the buyer said he'd pay for). :)

I've been compiling a list and stockpiling cleaning supplies to bust out the initial house cleaning on Monday when we get the keys. We closed Friday, but agreed to give them the weekend to finish clearing out the house no rent-backs.

Schedule for next week is as follows:

S - Wal*Mart trip to get last minute supplies and see if the layaway area will give me a bunch of boxes (they've been nice about this in the past). Workout.

M - Work @ downtown office until I get a call from Erik (our cutiepatootie realtor) to come get the keys :) Then clean up a storm. Jeremy will help when he gets off work. I'll probably watch Veronica Mars or the british Office DVDs (*note to self* Have Jeremy download US torrents of The Office up to date)

T - Take Max to vet for free check-up**!! Work from home about noon to 5:30. 6:30 Direct Buy orientation (we signed up *holy expensive* for their service, but we get everything at cost direct from manufacturers, and we'll make the membership fee back alone in kitchen and bath remodel savings, not to mention contractor discounts of 10-25%) 9:00 pm - Make cake and frosting for class, Workout

**OMG I didn't mention that the neighbors said we could take Max with us when we move! They were actually worried about him living out here as there's always racoons eating his food, even skunks! EEK! They said there was also a young coyote that was wandering around the field during the day across the street! AHH! Our street in the city is not trafficked much, so we think he'll be ok. I'm researching on the best way to acclimate him to his new home. We'll likely keep him in the huge basement (which has large windows, lots of light) for a week or two with a feline pheromone plug-in thing to calm him and I bought him a harness and extending leash to let him explore. Anyways, back to the vet check-up... he may need to be neutered. Hopefully he doesn't have any kitty afflictions as he's likely never been vaccinated as the neighbors said he was just a wandering neighborhood kitty they started to feed because he was really skinny and tame a few years ago when they moved in. They think he's about 4 years old or so.

W - 10 am meeting at work (downtown office), work til 6ish. Maybe clean at new house for a few hours. Return home to frost cake for class (allow 2 hours). Workout if I have time.

T - 12 pm special lunch downtown for work. Likely work from home part of day. 6 pm cake decorating class (3rd week of 4). Workout. Start going through bins in garage and packing into the POD we had delivered for storage for the next few months.

F - Work downtown, clean house more, or visit Direct Buy to order things we'll need in the next few weeks, or pack POD up more...

Sat 3/17 - ?

Sat/Sun 3/24-3/25: MOVING DAY!

Craftsman close

[ 03.8.2007 ]

We close on the craftsman tomorrow. Beware, my blog will turn into a remodeling journal of sorts after we wrap up the move. It's gonna be crayzay!

First step to sold!

[ 02.26.2007 ]

We accepted an offer on our house tonight, full asking $268K with $4K closing credit to the buyer. We listed on 2/16 so its only been 10 days. :) Pretty good for the 'burbs as the average right now is about 27-30 days for an offer. :)

It was pretty much what we wanted, as we planned to originally list at $265K and hopefully get at least $260K. Hopefully the inspection will go well. We spent a lot of time fixing little things we knew would come up on the report, so hopefully we caught most of it and don't have to go down further. :) Closing is set for March 29.

This will be an interesting new few weeks! Heck months!

It’s gonna be ours!

[ 02.25.2007 ]

Well we are officially out of the inspection period, and were able to negotiate $7500 worth of closing costs into the deal based on some extra repairs the house would need from the inspection results. :)

These are the latest photos from the inspection, in case I didn't mention it. There's about 100. :)

There were some questions on the age of the foundation, as the 93 year old surface was a bit crumbly in places, and had some past patched leaks based on a bad job done on the front steps, where water was flowing up next to the house. We had a foundation guy come out and say how we can seal it up, keep water away from the house to prevent further deterioration, etc. It was a few thousand for that (we could do quite a bit ourselves, so maybe much less), but a lot cheaper than say a $30K foundation replacement which is what would've scared us off the house completely.

The house directly across the street just sold too, is 600 sq. ft. smaller and a run of the mill remodeling job, and sold for $108,000 more, so we're excited that we'll see a good return on our investment when we sell. We're hoping this house will reap enough profit to get us into the larger dream house we really want.

The neighborhood is soo cute and "Portland-esque" how we wanted, yet quiet and safe. We can walk to beautiful parks, yummy restaurants, nightlife hotspots, Trader Joes, etc.

This will definitely be a project though. But I'm a born problem solver and love to see projects to completion. We definitely want to keep our costs in check so that we don't overspend on remodeling, though.

Oh and we definitely have to sell our current house to even start spending money on the new place. :) We had an open house today and had a few couples through. Along with several others the past week it's been live on the mls. Pray we get some great offers! We had an agent's tour on Tuesday and every agent said the house was priced right and that it looked like we hired someone to professionally stage it. Not one negative comment about the decor, paint colors, or anything to fix to sell faster.

So the last hectic month we spent staging as well as tidying up outside (I spent 3 hours pressure washing the patio and driveway last weekend), was well spent.

I was addicted to the shows "Designed to sell," "Buy Me," and the like so I had help. :) We spent about $400 in various staging costs... new paint, tool rental, new dining light as I want to take the current one with us to the new house I LOVE it so much, etc. So that was much less than a typical "Designed to sell" $2000 budget. :)

Offer accepted!

[ 02.14.2007 ]

We're now in the inspection period for our craftsman house o' luv. It's the perfect Valentines gift. :)

Grandma's luv shack

I'm praying that the report comes out good, or that the seller will pay for any needed major repairs. :)

House offer take 3

[ 02.13.2007 ]

We put in an offer on this cute craftsman!!!

It's a 2300 sq. foot fixer, we call it the "Grandma House." See pepto-bismol pink walls in the Flickr photos. :) It's cheap enough that when we sell our current house, we should be able to put down 10% and have about $30K up front to fix this house up, and maybe flip it over the next year or two if the market doesn't crash out. If it does, it will be a fine house to stay in for a while. :) The mortgage payment is not much more than our current home, so we'll defintely have the income to put more into it if we want. This house is $140K less than the last house, and $170K less than the first house we had fall through.

The market is nuts right now, the new listings go within a few days. It's like circling vultures. We looked at several open houses on Sunday, all were packed with people. That being said there are plenty of overpriced homes just sitting on the market for months too... but when gems like these are priced right, they are getting snapped up by serious buyers.

This house actually had a pending offer on it right after we saw it before we even had a chance to put an offer in. I was sad. :( But we just found out this afternoon that just fell through so we are excited to see if we get it! It went on the market on the 5th and had multiple offers so we might have to compete now.

Sadly, it is a power of attorney for an elderly couple, so likely they died or are in nursing homes. There were little collections everywhere kind of like my Grandparents house in MN. But everything was taken care of like they loved this house, and it had a good warm energy. The son is driving up from San Francisco tonight and will see our offer tomorrow as well as well as start clearing out the home. The offer will expire at 5 on Wednesday... so we have 41 more hours to wait!! EEk.

We're already moved in to this house in our minds. Its hard not too... I'm envisioning designing my own custom kitchen and baths as we'll add another bath, maybe 2... The basement will be a photography studio/media room with hopefully a bar and maybe wine cellar, as well as additional office space. If we get really motivated, we'll add an egress window and have a 4th bedroom for resale. Oh so much work but we're really excited!