Goodbye, confusion...

A little bird told me that there was some house confusion going on, so I thought I'd take a minute to clear things up. :) Next month we will be moving from this little house to this farmhouse. We expect to close next week and will literally start renovations on that day. I'm sure the confusion came from the fact that we've been working on the farmhouse before we took ownership, but the appraiser required a new roof, a pest inspection, a structural inspection by a licensed engineer, and new flooring in the kitchen before close. Because the seller lives out of state, and we really want the house, we offered to complete any required projects at our expense (she did pay for part of the roof). The only projects we were able to complete were projects directly related to the appraisal. So, what's left to do before we move in at the end of July? I get an ulcer just thinking about it, but here's our list:
  • Demo faux brick wall, mirrored tiles, downstairs bathroom floor, upstairs carpeting, wood kitchen valance
  • replace downstairs bathroom sink
  • demo mudroom interior
  • replace mudroom interior
  • clean cabinet hardware
  • clean cabinets and prep for paint
  • paint cabinets
  • clean radiators
  • replace wall in kitchen
  • prep all walls for paint
  • prep upstairs floors for paint
  • paint upstairs floors
  • paint all walls
  • paint trim
  • downstairs floors prepped for sanding
  • sand downstairs floors
  • stain downstairs floors
  • purchase and install a mailbox
  • install dishwasher
  • clean everything
Phew! What am I forgetting? Oh, that's right...
  • try to maintain sanity
It seemed more realistic when we thought we'd close in May. So, why the rush to complete everything? Unfortunately, this whole process has taken way longer than we expected and we committed to moving out of our current house by August 1st. I have a feeling that July is going to be full of late nights, my friends. Keep your fingers crossed for us, okay?


Shan said...

You're smart making a list. When I bought my first home I kept all the lists in my head and would literally lay awake at night for hours and hours going over the lists. I had to start taking sleeping pills to get some rest. Why I never wrote them down is still beyond me!

Hannah B. said...

We are working on our 1935 house right now, and one thing I've found to be a lifesaver is Mr. Brenner's Castile Soap. Mix it with a little water and it removes all that grime (perfect for paint prepping or Spring Cleaning), it's also great on hard wood floors and is mild/natural enough to brush your teeth with. (I use it on my face!) Can't wait to see how things start shaping up :)

amy said...

Ok, this might sound nutty, but I've been to more than one "party" in which we can armed with whatever tools were requested and worked in exchange for outdoor BBQ & some beer.

Two people were kid corrallers and had toys & games to play in the yard. The rest of us took our project assignments from the homeowners on arrival and it was really fun. Maybe our friends' ideas of fun are messed up - but we had two such "parties". One for demo projects and one just for priming/ painting.

Both were super fun & we were all invited back for a house-warming party with no work involved later! At the very least it guarantees people will love any parties you have after since there's no assignments being given.

red.neck chic said...

I have my fingers crossed for you - but I have to say...

after reading your "to do" list I was exhausted so it took some real effort to cross all my fingers on both of my hands...

LOVE LOVE LOVE what your new house is going to be in the end 'cause I'm just drooling over it NOW!!!

;-D robelyn

Mo Pie, Please said...

that is quite a lot of stuff to do but you'll make it happen. We were supposed to close on our house on Friday but the bank pushed it back to next week. Yeah, we're moving to a new city so that really threw a wrench in our plans. Grrrrr.

Anonymous said...

You have a tent, right? ; )

sécia said...

This is so exciting! Can't wait to watch you make this house your home.

♥ sécia

sugarpie project said...

fingers and toes crossed for you. good luck, have fun and . . . my best advice for a move and renovation is: try to only do three or four things at a time with *sanity assessment* always being on the short list.

ace faced said...

wow, we just moved into our place last month and had a similar list to complete a month before move-in. yowzers! yes lots o' late nights when one of us was at the house working and one was at the old house watching the kids and packing. the advice to recruit friends in exchange for beer and bbq's is a good one or have them watch the kiddos so you can both get working! that said, we were still doing tons once we moved in...do all the dirty and dusty stuff first!
good luck, can hardly wait to see the result :)

missmash said...

i am so so so excited to see the pics from all of this! upstairs floor painting, simple or fancy? what will she do? i'll be on the edge of my seat! regarding the "come fix our house and we'll feed/drink you idea? love it...one of our summer trips is up to chicago to stay a long "project" weekend with friends that are new homeowners, and frankly, i can't think of a better way to spend our time than helping out our pals, being part of the process, and just truly connecting (with beer. and power tools. and our besties.) all the luck in the world!

Colleen Hapshatt said...

Just remember to start from the ground up. Even when you're doing the upstairs, start with the carpeting and work on the rest :)

Miranda said...

Just discovered your great blog!
We, too, have an old (circa 1790) farmhouse. In fact, it looks a bit like yours. We bought it just under 3 years ago and still have a HUGE amount of work we'd like to do on it. We've actually done very little thus far, though, mostly in the interest of not laying out huge sums of cash all at once. BUT, there's another up-side to doing things slowly, in my opinion: it lets you LIVE in the house and LISTEN to what the house 'wants.' Sounds weird, but you might want to give it a try!
All the best.

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