Between basement renovations to get the house ready for a rewire (Basement Reno Photos), living room room updates, I also managed to fracture my left foot. My first real broken bone! Pretty impressive for 41+ years on this green dot :)
My house rewire happened the week of Aug 12th and what a mess! But it is 95% done, they are just awaiting us to finish the basement so they can do the work down there. We had to gut the basement so right now it is just studs and they won’t install lights, switches, receptacles without drywall.
But rather than complete the basement, my father decided he needed one area done in the house and so he started on the living room. We closed off a pass-through from the foyer to the dining area and extended the foyer closet with this found space, patched all holes left by the electricians and fixed any wall issues from the past owners. We also decided to change out all window, floor and door trim. We are currently at the painting stage with the walls having one prime coat on them. This weekend we will finish the painting and installing french doors to replace the sliding patios :)
Then he will go back to the basement and start on the upstairs with my bedroom being first (so I guess I better decide on paint colour!).
Inbetween all of this I managed to fracture the 5th metatarsal on my left foot by running down the stairs and missing the last three…ouch! I was running as Home Depot had arrived with my basement drywall and they ere going to drop it off in the wrong driveway.
I will try to update more, I really am trying to get back into blogging :)
So I’m sitting here outside in my new house yard and a lot has happened since my last post. It is easier to summarize in bullet form I think:
On July 18th, I moved cities and moved from a condo to a 3 bedroom small house. I love it, though it is causing me a bit of angst right now. The day after I moved in (Friday), my large maple tree in back yard fell. It was already split (it grew that way) but it decided that it must fall after I move in and cost me $904 to have tree removed on the Saturday.
The week I moved we were experiencing a heat wave and the house does not have central air. The previous homeowners left 2 working window a/c units which was lovely but did not have them set up and ready to go. The house had been closed up for around a month and was sweltering! Dad came home from work and went to set up the two upstairs and we found out that basically all the electricity upstairs appears to be on one breaker. Really?
We did figure out eventually how to get both to operate (not high settings, leave the bathroom light off when they’re on, etc) and it took about 24 hours to remove the humidity and heat from the house. We had a couple more heatwave days and now we are in lovely late summer weather and I’ve not had my a/c on in the house for 3 days :)
Because of the electricity issue upstairs and Dad viewing the panel in the basement and seeing burnt wires…I called some electricians to get quotes for a house rewire. The week of August 12th I am spending $13,500 :(
I have now been in the house for a week today and we definitely are not all unpacked or cleaned. My sister and I spent 1.5 days cleaning my kitchen with industrial degreaser as it appears that the previous owners (Filipino) loved their oil/grease recipes and it was ALL over the kitchen. It actually became PART of the kitchen. I have a strange over the stove venting system (not your standard range hood) and when my sister was cleaning it, she took this bowl piece down and it was full of oil/grease and we were disgusted, lol. I immediately Googled the name of the system and it appears to be for households who use a lot of oil/grease in their cooking and it removes 85% of it from the air; I cleaned up the remaining 15% from the kitchen cabinets, counter tops, walls and ceiling. But it is clean now, though will be replaced.
We have done other odds and ends around the house and unpacked a lot but the house is still in disarray. As noted above I am sitting outside at my new patio set with my laptop and phone (tethering) waiting for Bell to complete the TV/internet setup. Even that had to be fixed when Bell came by last week to do my install. Hopefully today I can stop using my phone for internet :)
Tomorrow the buyer of my condo is coming to view it at noon. Dad and I will be doing the same for our new home and I cannot wait. The viewing is mainly for Dad so he can measure his room and plan his furniture. But I cannot wait to be able to look around and not have anyone home while doing so (when viewing the home before purchase the owners were in).
I plan on taking my own non-wide angle camera lens photos to use to figure out layouts of my current furniture and future furniture purchases (TV stand, coffee and end tables).
Tonight I found out that garbage/recycling pick up for my new home is Monday. I also found out they have a 2 bag limit per week unless you ‘buy’ more bags which I think will be necessary for the first week or two of the move. I also found out if I bring in my purchasing documents, I can get 2 new blue bins, 1 green bin and 1 kitchen bin :) I plan to buy the tags and pick up the bins sometime this week or next.
Time is moving fast! Only 27 days until move day! I’ve been still working on items for the new home and the selling of my current and as the move date gets closer I think of more and more stuff.
Current to do list:
Take photo of house locks so we can change them out move in day
The countdown is officially on. One month left until I sign away my life (yet again, though for less than the condo, lol) on the dotted line for my house. And one month, one day until I move into it :)
I’ve been busy getting ready for the move, amazed at the little things that need to be done for the move to be smooth. Such as:
Set up mail forwarding with Canada Post
Get house insurance and remove condo insurance
Update auto policy for address change (going up $20/month for Brampton)
Advise hydro company of sale and move date
Set up move appointment with Bell Fibe for the new home
Also took this time with Fibe to update tv/internet programming/plans
Packing (of course)
As well there have been conversations back and forth with the mortgage broker (rate of 5 year variable closed at P-.4) and lawyers getting everything everybody needs.
On Saturday I set up an appointment to go visit my future home to get some measurements, especially of Dad’s bedroom and to really look at the home. The evening prior, my buyer is coming at 7pm to do the same.
Oh and the photo above? My new hammock for the new home. My first purchase :) Second purchase will be a doggy door for the boys so that we can get it installed asap upon move in.
My new home has 1.5 baths which both need renovating. The .5 needs big time renovating, I want to make it slightly bigger to accommodate a shower, plus sink & toilet as it currently only has the latter two. I’ve always been intrigued by the sink/toilet combinations which appear to be quite popular in Europe. Here in Canada, I think I found a reseller of the Caroma brand but I’m sure it will cost just shy of $1K.
Then I found the SinkPositive addon which will do the same thing but for a pittance. It works by replacing the top of the toilet tank with a lid/sink combo and reroutes the water that would normally fill the tank (then go to the bowl) to go through the faucet, then down the sink drain to fill the bowl. It uses the ‘grey’ water to fill the tank which I think is ingenious. As well as being earth friendly (can save a gallon of potable water a day), it is also a space saver which is what I’m looking for as well.
I have one coming on Wednesday 12-1pm for the buyer of the condo. Supposedly my condo was worth $299K, January 2012. I sold at $278K – the drop is from the saturation of condos available in my area and it will continue to drop in the coming months :(
My realtor says nothing to worry about – the appraiser has to come in at, at least $224K (80%) and that I will be fine.
One more step to the condo going into final sale on Friday :)
Sorry for the radio silence. That cough/cold was a doozy and even today when I cough it sounds like I’m a smoker :( So where were we….
So I got the condo listed on April 21st and she sold on May 22nd – well conditionally sold. Friday is when the first and only condition should fall off (financing). I dropped the price twice on MLS and got the lowest I was willing to accept. I walked away with about a 4K loss but what are you going to do? I needed out and fast and from the look of condo market around here in Mississauga, it is going to get worse as the Limelight Condos come on the market. They should be incorporating into condos within a month or two and then the investors will unload and bottom the market out worse. Condo possession date is July 19th. Continue reading…
I have been sick with a bad cold since last Monday. I had taken the day off to get caught up in stuff I had let go in favour of using my time for getting the condo ready for selling but it appears that that day, my body decided to get sick. So it started then, and I did go to work Tuesday knowing I was in for it. I had an meeting at 2pm at my condo with Tarion and the builder as I’m on the Board and I felt myself going down health wise quickly.
And I have been off work since. Well I did go in Monday for an hour but couldn’t hack it (no pun intended) and yesterday for half a day and was told I need to work from home today. Which I did, but only for half of the day as I could not sleep during the night and instead slept until just after noon.
In condo news, I lowered my price to $283,000 on Tuesday as we only had 2 showings last week. I had a showing tonight and the young man seemed enthused about the place. I just need an offer…I am so ready to be in a house with a yard for the boys :)