I forgot how much moving sucks. It was probably worse this time because we had accumulated so much stuff since the last time we moved.

We received the keys on August 25 around 2pm. We were hoping to get three rooms painted that day, but also expected to get the keys closer to noon. We ended up not even getting one room finished. By the end of the week, we (or more like my boyfriend, as I didn’t get to do any of the painting) only got two rooms finished. But that’s okay, the other room can wait.

On August 26 we rented a U-Haul and moved as many of the boxes as we could on our own. It was hard work. I think we got about two loads moved over with the truck that day. We had to return it the next day. On the 27th we continued moving as much as we could using our own vehicles, leaving mostly just the big heavy items.

On August 28 we hired movers to move the rest of our items. The showed up about 30 minutes late and took more breaks than I thought was necessary, but they were doing the work I didn’t want to do so I wasn’t too mad about it. It took them from about 9:30 to around 3pm to move all of our furniture. There was one wall that got damaged in the new house but they gave us a partial refund to cover the repair so I was happy with that.

I believe that was the first day that we all stayed at the new house for the night. I was a little worried about how Elliott would adjust to the move but he didn’t seem phased at all. I made sure that his room was the first one that got set up as close to how it was set up at the old house as I could. I also made sure to unpack some of the kitchen boxes right away so we would be able to eat breakfast without any issues.

One thing that made our move a little bit easier, at least for me, was that I was laid off from my job the week before. While that in itself is not great, it did make unpacking less stressful due to not being as rushed.

It took me about 2 weeks or so for the house to actually feel like it was ours. Beforehand it still felt like it belonged to the other gentleman. I think as I had time to start getting rooms cleaned helped me a lot. I also get really stressed out when there are boxes and chaos around me so as we slowly started getting boxes unpacked, my stress levels started to drop.

We have been in the house for a month now and most of the boxes have been put away. We got shelves up in the garage and basement for storage and that has helped a lot as well.

Shortly after moving in I was finding that the dishwasher wasn’t cleaning my dishes. I called someone to come in and take a look at it and there was a part that was broken and it had been leaking for a long time. For that week I had to hand wash the dishes which I really hate doing. I was really worried that I was going to start my new job and still not have a working dishwasher.

Underneath the dishwasher was all wet and I’m sure there is probably water under some of the tiles. We weighed the pros and cons of having it repaired vs. buying a new one and decided to get a new one. So that was one of our first major upgrades to the house. We removed one or two of the kitchen tiles and my boyfriend installed the new dishwasher. In the future he says he would rather hire someone to install it because it took him nearly all day. But we now have a working dishwasher!

We also bought new furniture for the master bedroom from Ikea. We bought a King sized bed, dresser, and two side tables. So there was a lot of furniture building for the first few weeks as well. For my office I also bought some storage for my board games and a rug, as well as a rug for Elliott’s room.

We still need to buy a new dining table because ours is probably as old as I am and we now only have two chairs left because they keep breaking. We would also like to buy a new couch and another rug or two, but that can wait.

At this point we just want to wait and see what our bills are going to look like over the next few months. We are anxious to start doing some updating/finishing projects. But we also don’t want to run out of money haha.

In my last blog post I talked about a house that dropped into our price range and I knew we should go see it right away.

This house was bigger than all the other houses we had already seen. The rooms were all a great size. The basement, although ugly and in major need of updates, wasn’t as bad as it looked in the pictures. It had a nice big yard and already had a garden which I was hoping to have in my future house. I was happy with this house and told my boyfriend we should put in an offer.

That night we kept going back and forth over the pros and cons. It was slightly over our budget, but it was huge. The basement was going to be a lot of work, but the upstairs was done and we could slowly work on updates as we had time and money. The basement has a strange layout and we weren’t sure how to make it into something nice, but maybe it wasn’t as bad as we thought. The memories of what it looked like was already fading.

We knew that other people had been in for viewings that day and were worried that someone else would put in an offer and take it away from us. After lots of thinking, we decided to just go for it and see what happens.

We put in an offer then next day and they came back with a counter offer that was at the very top of our budget. We decided to accept the counter because we did not want someone else to come in a steal it away from us.

We got our mortgage approved and set up a home inspection. We were really hoping the inspection went well and there weren’t any surprises. It turns out, it was a really great house! The inspector found some minor issues, but they were all things that we should be able to fix on our own. He would even tell us how to fix it, what products we should by, and gave us maintenance tips as we walked through the house.

The current owner of the house was home during both our visits to the house. He told us the reason he had to sell, how he and his wife had the house built for them, and how much he has loved living there. He offered to leave us his gardening tools, extra paint, and he asked if we wanted some of his old furniture as well.

Now we are just playing the waiting game. He get to pick up the keys to our new house on August 25 and we cannot wait to get everything moved in.