Thursday, October 30, 2008

More new house stuff

1. We had an incident with the people who were painting our rooms. One of the guys in their crew stole all of our cameras (two digital still cameras and one digital camcorder). We notified the police and a report was filed, but we don't expect to get the cameras back at this point. We're mostly disappointed in the loss of photos and video that went with them. :-(

2. In better news, my father and I finished installing the hardwood floors last week. Everything looks really good. Now we just need to put the moldings back in place, add a shoe molding here and there, and maybe add some crown molding. Sheesh! This is never-ending...!

3. We have most of our stuff out of the Maple Shade house now. All major furniture was removed on Sunday (Oct. 26) with the help of some friends and family. [Thanks to all!] But we still have a lot of little items that need to be boxed up and taken out so that Don can move in this weekend. We hope to have the house completely empty for him by tomorrow afternoon.

4. We're bogged down with house stuff every day right now, and it's truly exhausting. We can't wait to have it all behind us so we can just come home and relax!

More to come,


Mark

Sunday, October 19, 2008

New house projects

Well, we bought our new house on Oct. 10th and went right to work on the things we wanted to change. There weren't a lot of things, but we picked some doozies. First, we decided to remove the wallpaper in the dining room and main hallway. Doesn't sound too bad, right? Well, the hallway runs from the first floor up the stairwell and down the second floor hallway as well. It's a good 500 square feet or so. Next, we decided to remove the carpeting from the living room and dining room. The new floor arrived on Thursday (Oct. 16th), but it needed to sit in the house for 2-3 days before installation can begin.
I removed the wallpaper last weekend, but wanted no part in spackling and sanding so we hired two guys to do that part and paint. We're also having them paint the dining room since we didn't really like the color in there. The guys started on Thursday night (about 4:30pm until 9pm) and then worked Friday from about 10:30am until about 1pm, and then they came back and worked from 4:30pm until 9:30pm or so. Saturday was just one of them from about 10am until 2pm. They've got a bit more work to do, so we're hoping it's all wrapped up by Wednesday.
My father and I began installing the hardwood floor today (Sunday). We tried doing it without renting a hardwood floor nail gun, but for $25/day from Home Depot, I thought it was worth a shot. I'm glad we did it because once we had that thing in play, we started making really good progress in the living room. We're about half way across the room now and should have it completed by lunch time or so tomorrow (I hope). Then we can start into the dining room. I'm taking off from work tomorrow to assist with the floor, so who knows, maybe we'll get both rooms done tomorrow?!
After these two projects are done, we want to stain the steps that lead to the second floor. It doesn't seem like that will be a big deal. We also want to change the hardware in the kitchen (the handles and things on the cabinets). Shouldn't be a big deal either, but can get expensive.
And we're shooting for moving in on Saturday the 25th. I need to secure a truck rental for that day. I just hope we can get everything ready by then so we can start living in the new house!

More later,

Mark

Monday, October 13, 2008

Settlement

We closed on our new house in Mt. Laurel on Friday, 10/10/08. Everything went very smoothly. The sellers were not there so their real estate agent signed on their behalf. Apparently (according to their agent), the sellers found selling their house to be an emotional experience so they opted not to take part in the settlement process.

Right after settling, we went to lunch with Angie's Uncle Joe to thank him for everything he did. Then we went to the new house to start taking measurements of the dining room and living room (we're installing hardwood floors in those rooms). I made arrangements to rent a wallpaper steamer from Home Depot on Saturday night, too.

On Saturday, we went to Lumber Liquidators, picked out the floor we wanted and placed our order. My father has offered to install the flooring, but it's not due to arrive until this weekend. After picking out the floor, we went to my friend Matt's son's birthday party for a few hours; and then I picked up the steamer from Home Depot and took down the wallpaper in the dining room. Not fun. I got home around 1:30am, and then Angie and I got up on Sunday morning, packed up some more stuff (a lot of the kids' toys) and headed over to the house for more wallpaper removal. Adam and Cherise (and the girls) stopped by for a short visit to see the new digs. Everybody (except me) left around 1pm, but I stayed behind to continue taking down wallpaper in the 1st and 2nd floor hallways. Believe it or not, I got it all done by about 4pm. It's a mess, but we're going to get estimates on painting because I hate spackling/sanding, etc.

Don and Cyndi (and Ryan) stopped by later after dinner to take a look around, too.

Dillon and Jason had a blast driving their electric truck and trike around the yard, too. It was a long day, but we got a lot done.

More soon...


-Mark-

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Front of the House


Here's a picture of the front of the house (not taken by us).

Saturday, October 4, 2008

New House

It's official - we go to settlement next Friday, October 10th on our new house in Mount Laurel, NJ. We're looking forward to it and can't wait to show it to everyone! We haven't sold our house in Maple Shade yet, but we've had a recent walk-through that we're hoping leads to an offer. If not, our good friend Don is willing to rent it from us until it sells. What a guy!!


Here are a couple of pictures of the back of the house. I forgot to take a front shot! I'll post one as soon as I get one. Just click on the pictures to make them larger if you want to see them a bit better.