Why oh why does moving have to be such a pain in the butt?
Our new house has carpet over hardwood floors in the entire first floor except the kitchen and sunroom and bathrooms. We are planning on taking up the carpet and having the hardwood refinished, and wanted to do this before we moved our stuff and our selves in. We close on the house we're selling June 1, and the one we're buying on June 5. It will take the movers one day to pack, one day to load, and 7-9 days to get across the country to the new place. It will take 5 days to refinish the floors. So, if you figure out the algebra there it means that if we have the stuff moved on May 31 and start the floors in the new house on June 5 the day we close, they will not be done and dry in time for the movers to put our stuff where it belongs in the new house.
We asked our buyer if she will rent back to us for 2 stinking days, and she said yes, no problem. Then her realtor who is a paranoid suspicious person read her the riot act of how dangerous this was for her liability-wise and that if the movers broke something or fell she's be in deep crap, and scared the daylights out of her and made her change her mind.
: So that makes about three times the work for us, as they will put all of our furniture and boxes from the entire house into the kitchen, sunroom, basement, and detached garage, and then we'll have to re-move it all when the floors are dry. Sigh. It will really delay us getting moved in. But it seems better to do the floors before we get settled, rather than moving everything around again once we do. So we'll just suck it up.
So now anyway, we've set our moving dates as: Packing May 29, Loading May 30, DH leaves either May 30 or 31 in the car with our doggies, I fly out with the baby somewhere in there, and eventually we meet up in a hotel in Louisville and then we'll close on the house. We'll stay in a hotel or with friends or something for a week or so, till we close and the floors are done and our beds are unearthed and moved out of the kitchen!!
This is tangentially moving related, but I got really mad at DH yesterday because he took the dogs (who were originally my dogs) to their vet appointment for a small animal certificate of health, required at least theoretically for entering the state we're moving to with the dogs, and he let the vet pressure him into fully vaxing the dogs!!! I could not believe it. I had had the older one vaxed to the hilt when she was younger, but in recent years after a lot of research I had stopped vaxing them for everything but rabies. I have always gotten a pet sitter in our home rather than board them, in significant part because I did not want to give them all those vaccines that they require to board them at a facility. I could not believe that he would do something like that--I mean, our baby isn't vaccinated!!!! Why would he think that that would be okay with me?? (He said, "I looked on our paperwork and saw that you had vaccinated them before." I was like, uh, yeah, did you notice that the last "annual" vaccination they received was over five years ago???!!) I was so stinkin' mad!
: Well, now I know never to let him take DD to the pediatrician alone!!
The other exciting piece of news is that the appraiser (pre-appraisal) told our realtor that she's not sure based on looking at the neighborhood sales whether our house will appraise for the sales price that we agreed upon with the buyer!!!! So that would really suck! She did the appraisal today. Hopefully it will come out well. We did find out that we will have to change all the deadbolt locks because they are keyed from the inside too. We got someone to come do that.
On the positive side, I hired a babysitter today that sits for my friend's baby, and she was really awesome and my DD loved her! She watched her/played with her for four hours in the house/yard, and then after the sitter left she was tired out from having so much fun and nursed and fell right asleep and napped for three hours! So I had a very productive day! I finally got fed up with waiting around for the moving company to pack us, especially because DD is getting into everything in her toddler-y way, so I requested that they drop off some boxes and tape, and they did, and I've started doing some of the packing. It feels good.