Moving forward

Monday, March 19th, 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

Sunday, March 11th, 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!

It’s gonna be ours!

Sunday, February 25th, 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!

Wednesday, February 14th, 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. :)

No house… back to the search.

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

We spent a pretty penny on inspections on the house... and they've turned up about $30,000.00 worth of issues. The worst of which is that the oil tank is leaking and needs to be decommissioned... so we're looking at $10,000.00+ just for that and a new gas furnace. So that blows our remodeling budget just there. There was about $10,000.00 worth of other stuff to fix, most importantly all the energy leaks OMG. Then the last $10,000.00 would need to go to cosmetic work (upgrading baths, floors, etc.) Not to mention all the sidewalks around the house were in bad disrepair and whenever the city wanted to they could come and charge us to replace them (hello more thousands of dollars).

The sellers were jackoffs in general and wouldn't negotiate AT ALL even though we settled on an offer (before inspections) $25,000.00 more than their original list price. The oil tank work was a total deal breaker. We could handle doing and paying for the other work over time, but the oil tank would've bankrupted our remodeling savings as it had to be done ASAP alone and we'd be stuck in a house that was majorly leaking energy (during the inspection, after 2.5 hours in the house...the house was still only at 50 degrees and the heat was pumping the whole time)! Even the new "energy efficient" windows were fitted improperly and wouldn't latch and none were sealed so you could see outside under the sills. WTF?! And the fireplace wasn't sealed either and needed to be replaced... Anyways, there were about 50 other projects of just fix-it things. We'd be exhausted.

It would be a pretty home if we had $30,000 capital to work with up front, but alas newp.

New house!?!

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

We accepted an offer on this NE Portland home, and just in the nick of time as I guess another higher offer came in right after ours became legally binding.

We still have to go through an inspection period, where the whole deal may crumble, so we'll see how that goes.

This was a flipped house on a huge lot (for Portland), and there are a few cosmetic projects we'll need to do (like removing the textured ceilings and wallpaper ICK!) but otherwise everything is upgraded or new.

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