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Monday, May 18, 2009

Anybody Have a Truck?


All signs point to us moving within the next oh, say, six weeks. And by signs I mean that we put a house under contract and that our condo, too, is under contract. If you’re thinking, wow, that seems kind of fast, it is: we offered on a house a week and a half ago and within that time we also got an offer on our condo. 

The truth is that we’ve been threatening to move for years. We put the condo up for sale three years ago and didn’t end up selling it. We pulled it off the market when we found out that I was pregnant with Proximo. A few months after that we found out that my job would be moving to Seattle with or without me, leading to a wonderful period of being in my third trimester and looking for work. I highly recommend that last part, everyone wants to hire a preggo. So while the action part of this movie has really sped up, the planning part has been a long time coming.
I can’t believe we’re actually moving to a house, a real house, with a yard and everything.

Holy mackerel.

What have we done?

We went with the old adage of ‘buy the worst house in the best neighborhood.’  And by We, I mean I, since I was fairly sure we could handle all of the necessary cosmetic updates on nights and weekends with our copious money, free time, and abundant patience.  The other part of We is not as sure, but yet extremely excited to finally have a house where we can play the piano at 1:00am for all we care and vacuum whenever the frak we feel like it. Could there be a lot of piano playing at 1:00am? Possibly, we might have to open an afterhour’s club in our upstairs family room to afford the mortgage.  Will there be vacuuming? With all the carpet in our master bathroom there had better be!

After a walk through this morning with a few friends, I figured out that this house project might be bigger than we expected which, HAHAHAHA YOU KNEW IT WOULD HAPPEN THAT WAY.

Yet, I think we’re ready to take the jump.

House warming party? You bet.

You all need to see my Pepto pink bedroom.

39 comments:

Azúcar said...

And yes, that's an actual picture of the front of my new house. See how I changed it to black and white and then filtered it all up? Now you'll NEVER be able to guess what it actually looks like. For all you know that tree could be the color navy!

Cindy said...

Hey! I'm about to get the worst house in the best neighborhood too, maybe, if they accept our bid. Huzzah!

Chief Momma said...

You are right, this is a long time coming. I can't believe a move is at your fingertips. I hope you post some real before and after photos.

Sometimes I dream of living somewhere where I'm not sharing a wall with someone else. For the past 9 years of my life I've lived in an apartment/basement/townhome. So sick of it.

Azúcar said...

We've been in our place for 10 years. I can't even believe it.

We've been steadily de-junking and have already packed boxes.

And this time, I really, really, really want to hire movers. Are they incredibly expensive? Anyone know?

b. said...

We have a truck.
And a horse trailer which covers as a moving van should the real ones not pan out.

undefined said...

Congratulations! This is very, very exciting. I highly recommend movers; we used a few for our last move just to load and unload (we did the packing ourselves since I have no desire to have someone else go through my undies, thank you very much.) Considering how much back pain they saved me, it was well worth it. I have no idea what UT movers cost, though.

Emily said...

Felicidades!

Shauna said...

Congrats! It is such a fabulous feeling to know that a screaming kid at 2 am won't bother anyone but you and yours. And not to pimp out my blog, but I just posted some horrifying "before" pictures of our fixer upper, if you'd like to feel a bit better about your pepto-bismol walls.

Kerry said...

gah! good luck!

Damien Stepick said...

Voting for best Utah mommy blogger started at UtahBubble.com so go and vote for Jet Set!

Marianne & Clayton said...

Yee haaaw! Congratulations! I don't know about a truck, but I am willing and able to haul crap. Not the good stuff, as I might break it. But I will tote anything you don't value highly. It's all so exciting and makeovers are thrilling. Even when they might not be finished for a few years, ie: Eleanor's nursery.

hannah said...

So excited for you! Your house looks lovely. And...if it is the "worst house in the neighborhood" I can't imaging how nice the other ones must be cause yours is gorgeous.

Julia said...

As per the movers ... yes, expensive. We're moving to the land of spuds in a month from the Golden State. So not quite what you're doing, but, to pack up our 1500 sq. ft. house it was about $2000. (full service= 7Gs, self pack= 4.5Gs). Despite my dreams of not lifting a finger this move, that is enough money for me to DIY. Good luck!

kiki said...

AWESOME!! Congrats!

emily said...

Yeah. Movers are incredibly expensive. But probably worth it.

Congrats! We've been in our condo for 2 years and I am already dying for a yard and no "relations" noises coming at us from all sides.

Amy said...

Movers are worth it. Write the check. Just do it.

fijiangirl said...

Congratulations! I would do movers even though they are expensive. Your time and sanity is worth the money. Please post a real picture of your house I am not into this artistic filtered crap!

Sean and Steph said...

I never could have pulled off our cross country move without movers. They're super quick and TOTALLY worth it, just make sure they're nice to your stuff!

Kalli Ko said...

the worst house with the best frakkin' food in the neighborhood. Priorities. I have them.

I would like a fronch macaroon someday please.

Sue said...

I can't believe your condo is already under contract!!!!!!!! I'm so, so, SO excited for you (possibly more about that than the new house - selling a condo in this market, in this time frame? AMAZING).

FoxyJ said...

That house looks familiar, but I've been scouring the Utah county listings for either a rental or a purchase lately :) I'm impressed that things went so quickly too, especially with trying to sell the condo. Good luck with the move!

Becca said...

Congratulations and best of luck with the transition. I can't wait to hear about and see your projects in action.

jeri said...

If you need me to drive our truck and trailer back and forth a few times for you, I totally will. Let me know.

I'm serious.

amelia said...

Are you staying in Provo? How exciting! Congrats to you guys - you will love (and loath) making the place your own.

lj said...

congrats! you will love living in a "real" house. i cannot wait to see more pictures--and are you going to let us in on what neighborhood you'll be in??

Hilary said...

That house looks super familiar. Actually, it looks like my aunt and uncle's old house. They lived in Orem by the rec... although, lots of houses look like that... anyway, good luck. :) I woudln't hire movers. We had movers when we moved to CA and while it was delightful for them to haul stuff in and out they packed stuff in weird boxes and put them in weird rooms.. etc.

La Yen said...

She had to filter it because the colors coming from within the house were so bright that they distracted from the sun.

Azúcar said...

It's true.

Also, Hil, it's not your aunt and uncle's place.

Shawn said...

Wow! So many bloggers moving---at least the ones that I am reading.


Good luck with the re-no's! (thats cool slang for renovations---don'tcha know)

wendysue said...

Being the fashion maven you are. . .I'm sure you know that Pepto pink is SO back. Yippee! A HOUSE!

martha corinna said...

We hired movers when we moved to our new house. My husband had recently used these movers to move his office and they were very economical, plus they moved Darren Williams so that seemed to sweeten the deal. We had them move all the big stuff (basically anything we didn't want to move) and just moved the small stuff ourselves. It cost us $600 and it was so worth it. They were fast and courteous.

If you are interested I'll find out who they are because I don't remember anything these days.

I'm so excited for you and I can't wait to see your projects.

Michelle said...

ooh, congrats girl!

The Flyswatter said...
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The Flyswatter said...

Looked at that house. Congrats.

pflower10 said...

We have 3 trucks in case you need them.

Rynell said...

Congratulations! It must be the season because we're moving too.

Geo said...

That is fantastic!!! Congratulations! sounds like the time is so right. I'm really happy for you.

Don't forget the Before and After pictures!

Nookleerman said...

I'm sorry, but there's no way I could stand the carpetted bathroom. It's just too much. When my wife and I were house shopping, that was a deal breaker. And it sucked too, cuz there were a lot of really nice houses with carpetted master baths.

esodhiambo said...

I am moving (less than a mile) this weekend. I have hired movers: a truck + two guys=$96 an hour. They charge by the hour, so I can move a bunch of small stuff and leave furniture for them. They'll dis-assemble and re-assemble beds. The new house is 3 floors. I anticipate that this will be TOTALLY WORTH IT.

Good luck!