Slowly, but surely, we’re getting closer to moving.
Driving to the house takes about half an hour each way, which has cramped my style when it comes to packing, especially since I have to coordinate my visits to the house with Nate’s nap and eating schedule.
To date our contractor has remediated the mold that was in the crawl space, trenched around the house and sealed the brick and foundation, added drainage to the back, front and sides of the house so all the water will flow well away from the house, replaced the floor boards in the main bathroom and laundry room, repaired some leaky plumbing in the crawl space, and I believe they’ve also finished insulating the flooring in the crawl space (that I’ll be double checking today).
What’s left for them is to finish the drainage scenario by adding gravel and re-placing the soil (today they were sealing up the front of the house, so that should be done when I go back later). In the back they have to put the brick back as well. Additionally they have yet to lay the new flooring down where it was ripped up, which will be done when it comes in next Friday (also the day we move).
The painters arrived this morning (a team of 6-8 guys) to paint pretty much the entire house. They may be finished as early as this evening, though tomorrow morning seems the more likely scenario.
Next week my mom is coming down to help keep watch of Nate (and the animals) while I deal with more bullshit – carpeting, locks, LP, quite possible a new refrigerator (thank god for the home warranty, because I noticed this week the fridge works for shit and is 23 years old) and some other odds and ends (like the faucet in the master bathroom needs replaced, the shower in there needs caulked, really just random bullshit that needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later).
I’m sure the Lowe’s in north Durham has already noticed an increase in their revenues in the last week and a half (it’s hard to believe how much shit you can get done in such a short amount of time), and my guess is that it’s only going to continue that way for now as we notice small things that either just don’t work or work so horribly that they need replaced.
Such are the pitfalls of buying an older house that has sat vacant for several years now. At some point I’ll be able to say it was all worth it, it’s just getting to that point now. Once we move in next Friday things will be easier to do since I won’t have to haul my ass up there anymore; I’ll just get to wake up and deal with whatever needs to be done.