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post #221 of 313
I'm in! We're moving on June 28th. Catch is, I don't have a single day off until then so packing is going to be all about late nights and early mornings. I swore this move was going to be different...I'm trying to de-clutter but I suspect, as always happens, there's going to be more than one last minute box full of crap we don't know what to do with.

The exciting thing about this move is that we are paying 2 strong men with a truck!! woohoo. no maneuvering our ridiculously heavy couch and no carrying stuff with DP. Last time we moved, it was literally across the street and she dropped more than one thing on my foot in the middle of the road. Subsequently, we had a loud and embarrassing argument on the street with the neighbours watching

I can't wait to get to the new place. Our child will be conceived in the new house (we start ttc in July)...probably born there too

And it has a functional kitchen which is beyond my wildest dreams right now

Oh - and yes - I am sad to leave on one level. We don't love this house but we love our little street and our cafe on the corner. We're only moving a 10 minute walk away but it's still significant for us.
post #222 of 313
Can I join?

I haven't visited this forum in a while! We are in the process of selling our house. We close on the 25th which is much sooner than we thought! Good for us but it might mean a short visit to my mom and dads because we haven't found a house yet. Well we found one and they are taking offers on the 19th but our agent has a strong feeling that it will be a multi-bid situation so who knows what will happen?

We packed up half our house before we put it on the market so we have a good start on that. Its been really tough on ds-just being out of the house for the first 5 days it was on the market. We hung out at my moms because there were so many showings and he didn't nap well there. I'm sure he senses the stress and he's starting to remember and ask for toys that I already packed up! Anyone else having issues like this?
post #223 of 313
I do have an extra 2200 boxes but you need to come to the midwest to get them!

WE MOVED!!!! : MY dh keeps saying how much stuff we have. Well he finally is getting my declutter and simplify lessons. duh..

The best money we have ever spent was getting a moving co to move us.
They were so awesome, we gave each of the guys a $50 tip.

So now I am unpacking and I have my sitter coming at 10am for the day while I try to make sense of where things will go, clean etc. The house has that "old lady" smell. We also are going to gut 100% of the house and make it our own. We did that to our previous. I said to dh this morning this is the last house we will gut.
post #224 of 313
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Originally Posted by Amys1st View Post

Is anyone happy they are moving, wanted to move etc needed a bigger space whatever but sad you are leaving your other space behind??

We have so many mixed feelings about moving. We are moving primarily because our house is 720sqft and with another baby coming, we just need some more room. We weren't expecting to sell for another year and we have always talked about adding on here. It's a great neighborhood. Most of our neighbors know each other and exchange baked stuff during the holidays. Dh gets to walk to work, we're close to the community center, parks, an organic coffeehouse. And last year we just put in a patio and pond/waterfall that we planned on using a lot this summer.

But the good side of moving is more space and the side of our house won't be on the alley where the 6 kids from across the street play and harass our dog And there's bound to be wonderful neighbors at the next place and lots of fun projects to do.
post #225 of 313
Quote:
Originally Posted by Amys1st View Post
I do have an extra 2200 boxes but you need to come to the midwest to get them!

WE MOVED!!!! : MY dh keeps saying how much stuff we have. Well he finally is getting my declutter and simplify lessons. duh..

The best money we have ever spent was getting a moving co to move us.
They were so awesome, we gave each of the guys a $50 tip.

So now I am unpacking and I have my sitter coming at 10am for the day while I try to make sense of where things will go, clean etc. The house has that "old lady" smell. We also are going to gut 100% of the house and make it our own. We did that to our previous. I said to dh this morning this is the last house we will gut.
Oh this is my fav part of moving-unpacking!

We were thinking of the moving company but then I got cheap and said no. Maybe we'll have to rethink that....

Congrats on the move!
post #226 of 313
Two weeks to go until our move! I just snuck inside for a little shade and a drink. We're having a yardsale today and tomorrow, and are hoping to unload as much stuff as possible. We've made $200 so far this morning, which is pretty good considering we're pricing things so low. Anything that doesn't sell will get donated this week.

I have to say, the yardsale wasn't nearly as much work as I thought it was going to be. I almost didn't have one, because we have so little time left before the move. But it's not so bad, other than the heat!
post #227 of 313
It's less than 2 weeks till we move, more like 12 days! I keep trying to immagine how to make the furniture fit into two pickup trucks! We are leaving/selling out big glasstop table, big 5-shelf bookshelf, giant lava lamp, huge chest of drawers, and we already got rid of one computer desk.

We still have: small bookshelf, computer desk, loveseat, microwave cart & microwave, endtable, bed, and a shelf that goes above the toilet for bathroom stuff! That's besides all the boxes and stuff! Thankfully both pickups are stretched cab so the boxes can go inside, and DH will load his car with boxes too. My dad volunteered to bring another truck, but really I'd rather MIL just bring a trailer instead of paying gas for a whole nother vehicle. We're moving out on the 28th and can't move in till the 29th so we have to tuck the trucks up in the garages in case it comes a shower. I really have to get my packing into high gear next "weekend." It really sucks having my days off, then working 4 days, THEN moving. I can't just pack everything up all at once because I still have to shower and cook several times before the big move!
post #228 of 313
I am starting to have less and less boxes and more and more home. But next week starts the demo. Still no sattlite dish but we can watch dvds as if we have the time!
post #229 of 313
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Originally Posted by lisalulu View Post
We are in the process of selling our house. We close on the 25th which is much sooner than we thought! Good for us but it might mean a short visit to my mom and dads because we haven't found a house yet. Well we found one and they are taking offers on the 19th but our agent has a strong feeling that it will be a multi-bid situation so who knows what will happen?

We packed up half our house before we put it on the market so we have a good start on that. Its been really tough on ds-just being out of the house for the first 5 days it was on the market. We hung out at my moms because there were so many showings and he didn't nap well there. I'm sure he senses the stress and he's starting to remember and ask for toys that I already packed up! Anyone else having issues like this?
We put our house up on Friday, and we scheduled our first openhouse for Sunday because we had a million little things to do, but someone wanted a showing for Thursday, so it is hustle for the next 2 days. We already have a lot out too, and we are moving another truck and trailer load to my sister's house tomorrow night. We don't have a house yet either because the one we are interested in in for sale through a company that you do everything yourself and she isn't returing our realtors calls.

I got to see the sacrificial pit in person and it was less frightening than the house. You could hardly walk into the rooms because of all the junk piled up. It was just as bad as something they showed a while back on Dr. Phil. We will have to see, but it is a great location and our mortage would be about the same.
My 18m old dd knows something is up and keeps looking around for things that used to be there that we've moved out already.
post #230 of 313
the house we just bought belonged to a hoarder. She had piles and piles of stuff and you could not walk in the bsmt. We actaully saw our house we bought over 18 mos ago (when it was priced 75K higher) and we could not see it thru all the crap piled high. Also she stayed thru showings and had huge furniture piled in all the rooms plus junk. When we came, she had the tv blaring and followed us thru the showing putting her two cents in while she followed. It was impossible to actaully see the house for what it was. I guess there was an offer that day too so we shrugged our shoulders and that was it.
Then our Maggie came early, the nicu stay etc so we put house hunting on hold until Jan 2007. My realtor said this house was still for sale. I guess the first offer fell thru and then the house sat all those months and she kept dropping the price. She also had several garage sales I am told.
When the owner listed it with my Realtors co, she had toured it again and convinced us to see it again. The new agent said she had to get rid 80% of the crap if she wanted any serious buyers coming thru. She got rid of 60%. But we went thru it again and wow- great space, we know we could remodel it and we could see the floors. We put an offer in Mid January. It took two weeks of hashing out but we got an agreement. Then we had to sell our house and that didnt close until now 6 mos later!

But its ours and its a super neighborhood!
post #231 of 313
Yesterday was easily the most stressful day of my entire life. Warning… this is long.

I had to finish packing everything into the only luggage I still own. Only everything wasn't fitting. I had to contact friends and have someone bring over boxes which another friend is taking to the PO to ship for me. Of course, I didn't get the boxes until the last minute, so I just had a pile of junk on the floor which I threw into a box just before moving out of the apartment. Stress.

I had to get rid of all the furniture that was left. I had buyers lined up for all the major stuff, and almost all of them fell through. I ended up freecycling everything yesterday. It took ALL DAY to find someone to take my bed. GIVING AWAY my bed which I paid over $400 for and is only two years old hurt a lot. Having to STRUGGLE to find someone to give it away to was very depressing. I was really hoping to get a little bit of money out of that, and a few other things I ended up giving away. Moving to another continent is expensive! I GAVE away my sofa, my coffee table, my computer desk. And all day I was worried sick that something would be left over at the end of the day. Stress stress.

A friend was supposed to come over and help take care of some of the damage one of the cats caused to the apartment, because I'm not so handy and it involved putty and hammers and whatnot. He didn't show. More stress. I was so depressed by the afternoon that I just stopped cleaning and decided the landlord can just have the security deposit.

I got a letter from the landlord that he hasn't received the rent check I mailed at the beginning of the month. I have no idea why as I did actually mail it. Apparently if he doesn't receive payment by today I will be evicted. This made me laugh a bit as I'm already out of the apartment today. (I'm on a friend's sofabed at the moment, until he drives me to the airport later.) But still stress all the same, as I have done nothing wrong, and I'm not entirely sure where my checkbook is if I need to write another check. I'd prefer not to have an eviction on my record in case DH and I end up stateside later. Stress.

The cats were picked up in the morning. I knew it would be hard to see them go, but I just about had a breakdown. I cried for a good solid 15 minutes at having to go through the rest of the day alone, and not being able to see them for nearly a month. I know that I did what's best for them, but it was very hard. Stress.

Which brings me to… I had arranged to have them transported to Denmark this week so that DH would be able to pick them up (they know and like him, so they'll have some familiarity) and try to get them comfortable before he leaves for Florida. His parents were to take care of them while he was away, including our honeymoon in Iceland. Well, on Monday they decided they needed to take a vacation to the summerhouse. During EXACTLY the two weeks when DH is away. So, no one to take care of the cats. Stress. And anger. And more stress.

MIL says, "why don't you just put them in a kennel?" I just about blew up. Yes, I really want to spend a whole bunch of money to board my cats for TWO WEEKS because I just have all this money laying around and I don't know what to do with it. I didn't want any furniture for the new condo we just bought anyway. Also, my cats will have just moved across the world, and, have you ever met a cat? They don't really deal so well with change. Hmm. Let's board them right away so they get more change. Great idea, MIL!

After much debate, we decided to cancel the honeymoon. Stress. And money to cancel. And more money because this was all during an international phone call on my cell. I've come to terms with the honeymoon situation because this means I will start my life in Denmark a little earlier, and overall this is good. But still stress. This means the cats are alone for 5 days instead of two weeks, and DH convinced a friend to stop by to feed them daily. Not so ideal, but choices are limited.

The evil inside of me hopes the ILs feel really awful when they find out we had to cancel the honeymoon.

Today I fly to Florida to live with my parents for three weeks. Why do I not see an end to the stress quite yet?
post #232 of 313
We're almost there! We move in TWO DAYS! My parents are taking my 3 & 4 year old camping from Friday to Sunday so that we can get this done. I'll still have my 11 month old (no way he's going anywhere-lol) but hopefully by the time they get back we will be firmly in our new place.

The sellers did a great job, they replaced the entryway and kitchen floor (the rest is hardwood) and updated the bath. They also painted each room in nice colors so we don't have much to do but move in. They were also impeccable clean so there isn't even much to do on that front. This is a HUGE change for us. This is our 8th move in 6 years and we have always had a nightmare cleaning looming. This is the first time I feel as though we are doing it right. Everything is packed up and labeled. We decluttered majorly. We are moving with a bare minimum to a place we are in love with that we can be in for years. The neighborhood is lovely. We are close to family and friends.

The walk through is tomorrow morning and closing is on Friday. I look at the posted pics on the MLS almost every day. I'm SO excited!
post #233 of 313
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Originally Posted by Alcyone View Post
Yesterday was easily the most stressful day of my entire life. Warning… this is long.
I'm sorry for all of the trouble this move is causing you. What a major pain!
post #234 of 313
Alcyone: hugs, mama. Nothing should make moving harder than it already is. Dh and I had to give up our honeymoon as well-hopefully that just means you'll have a less stressful beginning once you make it to Denmark, and an even more lovely trip sometime later!

We cross posted earlier-sorry I sounded so chipper in my post following your stress. With luck it will be a painless transition at your parents and they will be nothing but helpful. Wishing you joy in the weeks ahead. Isn't it great that you're going to be in a place of your own in the not-too-distant future? It sounds exciting.

I know about the stress with the getting rid of things you paid good money for-it is sometimes painful. I had a visceral reaction when we put out one of my favorite items to the curb. I'm trying to just stay focused on how good I feel with less stuff and that this feeling of calm is priceless. IT's sometimes tough to find, but there is almost always a silver lining. Good luck mama.
post #235 of 313
Thanks Nikki and firefaery! Don't worry about the chipper post. I knew what happened. Honestly it made me feel better because it reminded me that I'm almost there too. Not two days, but I can see the end.

I'm feeling a bit better now. I'm stuck at the airport for 6.5 hours, but that's actually good because they have air conditioning and wireless, and more importantly, something to sit on other than the floor. It wasn't worth going back to the apartment.

I'm focusing on the fact that the papers have been signed and nothing short of natural disaster can stop me and DH from moving into our condo. Three years of long-distance relationship is ending in less than a month. It will be worth it in the end!
post #236 of 313
Hi to all. I want to join. Currently our house is up for sale and I will be so happy when it sells. It is nerve wrecking to get 2 hours notice and run around getting the house cleaned for a showing. I hope that the next showing is for a buyer. Once the house is sold we will rent an apartment and look for a new house.

I was hoping that the house we own now was our forever home. But we never imagined we would have such a rotten home owners association and neighbors. We plan to move to a nice community and settle down. Our ds is special needs and it stresses him when we have to rush out of the house for the showing and that makes me feel so awful. It scares him that he doesn't understand where we will be moving. Add to the stress of trying to sell a house, we are also ttc #2. Once we have this house sold I will be more than happy to start boxing up everything to move on and start our new life.
post #237 of 313
We have to move out of our apartment next Thursday, the 28th. And we have been told that closing on our house just isn't gonna happen on the planned date of the 29th! Yipes!
We can live with my parents I'm sure, but I really don't want to be one of those people that moves back home. Hopefully it's just a few days delay. Getting a FHA loan from the government totally sucks in some ways, they are so slow it's pathetic.

I'm not sure what we're gonna do about our stuff though, I'm calling about those monthly storage buildings this afternoon. It's just so frustrating, well, disappointing. I mean, yeah we should still get the house but it's just not the same. I wanted to move in and unpack, I even took an extra day off work for it, it was gonna be a fun 'event' in our life. I was excited about it, now . . . I guess I'm just disappointed, and worried.
post #238 of 313
It's moving day!!!!!
post #239 of 313
Just checking in for a minute.
We have another showing tomorrow morning so today I'm trying to clean up, dust, declutter, etc.
I'm so tired.. the first trimester is just knocking me on my butt and I can't keep doing this! I hope our home sells soon
Anyway- I could use good thoughts!

Good luck to those of you getting ready to move!
post #240 of 313
6 days, 1 showing and we have an offer for asking price! It is contingent on inspection, but we went through and fixed everything our inspector found, so I don't know what they will have to say. Our open house is still scheduled for sunday, but I don't want to mess with a good thing. Everyone that we talked to told us how it isn't a seller's market, but I really think it has to do with the house itself. So now we either have to get the lady who owns the house that we are interested in to get her butt in gear, or find another one. What is a normal closing time? The buyer lives with his parents, so he doesn't have anything to sell, but we still have to pack up the rest of our things.

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Originally Posted by Amys1st View Post
the house we just bought belonged to a hoarder. She had piles and piles of stuff and you could not walk in the bsmt. We actaully saw our house we bought over 18 mos ago (when it was priced 75K higher) and we could not see it thru all the crap piled high. Also she stayed thru showings and had huge furniture piled in all the rooms plus junk. When we came, she had the tv blaring and followed us thru the showing putting her two cents in while she followed. It was impossible to actaully see the house for what it was. I guess there was an offer that day too so we shrugged our shoulders and that was it.
Then our Maggie came early, the nicu stay etc so we put house hunting on hold until Jan 2007. My realtor said this house was still for sale. I guess the first offer fell thru and then the house sat all those months and she kept dropping the price. She also had several garage sales I am told.
When the owner listed it with my Realtors co, she had toured it again and convinced us to see it again. The new agent said she had to get rid 80% of the crap if she wanted any serious buyers coming thru. She got rid of 60%. But we went thru it again and wow- great space, we know we could remodel it and we could see the floors. We put an offer in Mid January. It took two weeks of hashing out but we got an agreement. Then we had to sell our house and that didnt close until now 6 mos later!

But its ours and its a super neighborhood!
That is almost exactly the same as this situation. I really don't understand some people.
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