We have started moving into the house this week and what an adventure it has been! I am totally whipped right now. I last wrote a journal when we closed on the house, which was this past Friday. A lot has transpired since then. I'll list a few of the more noteworthy ones.
1. Monday- grading people did a great job- moved the pile 'o dirt in the front, and now we are ready to do some grass seed. I'm planning on meeting with the landscaper soon.
2. Tues- rented a uhaul. Let's put it this way: I was about ready to open up the site "uhaulsucks.com". I registered for the uhaul on Sunday night. On the web site I reserved a 24' truck for all day Tuesday and it cost me $5 (to reserve). They were supposed to call me and confirm by Monday at 5pm. Well monday rolls around and I get nervous, so I call the local uhaul I wanted to pick it up at. Not only was it not reserved, but they don't even have trucks larger than 14'! He said I'd have to call another one further out. I did and ended up getting things set up there. I called later to make sure I wouldn't be charged a $50 for not picking up a truck at the original location.. Sure enough, I was going to be. The person on the phone cancelled my reservation but I'm still waiting to see my credit card bill. The lady on the phone actually admitted the web site was terrible and she tells everyone NOT to use it. Wow, how's that for customer service?? At least I'm only out $5 and some aggravation.
3. Weds was big moving day #1. My parents came up from Columbus area to help. I ended up loading a 17' truck (that was the biggest I could get) almost entirely by myself. It took me about 1 1/2 hours and I started around 7:30. I even managed to get the refrigerator on the truck with an appliance dolly. That was kind of dumb but fortunately I didn't hurt anything important. My dad helped me with the remaining two-person items, and we went to the new house to unload- took us about 3 hours! Amazing what the heat does to you. My wife spent a bunch of time painting our daughter's room. She now has a ceiling that looks like a sky (complete with clouds) and almost an avacodo shade for the walls. It actually looks quite nice- border is forthcoming. I'll post pics as soon as I can find the camera.
3b. Installed my refrigerator and gas stove with help of my dad and father-in-law (respectively). Both had a few kinks in the install procedure. The fridge came with a water line that was too short- we had to go buy some tubing and stick a compression fitting on it. The gas line had a stopper in the top of it that was literally a square peg in a round hole. It took a 2 ft. long crescent wrench to torque the thing out.
4. Today was big moving day #2. We emptied out the other storage unit with the help of movers. A lot of heavy furniture was moved today. My dad and I helped the movers unload and we actually got it all done in about 3 1/2 hours- I was amazed how fast it went. I "bribed" them with lunch and unlimited beverages. I gave them a nice hefty tip after they left and I think they were pleasantly surprised. I ended up saving about $100 (considering what I thought I would be spending)
The move is far from over, though. On top of all the unpacking, we also have our temporary living ameneties over at my in-laws. There is about 3-4 car loads of stuff in their garage that we will slowly chip away at. Most of the furniture is going to be arriving on Sat. - our bedroom outfit and living room couches. So we probably won't be moving in until those items are set up. Fine by me, since my cable modem won't be going in until Sat. as well. Must have internet connection...
Overall things are going pretty well. We only had two casualties from the move so far. A "pie protector" that toppled over when I hit the loading ramp funny, and a decoration my daughter pulled out of a box and bounced on the ceramic tile by our fireplace (wife wasn't happy about that one).
I have a feeling I'm going to need another vacation after this week :) TL, you going to bring that truck up or what?? I'll check back in when I have broadband to the house, if not sooner. (PS, I have my gigabit switch and wireless router all ready to go...)