The town home closed one day early – June 3. You would think that I would immediately announce on this blog and revel in the giddiness of being a homeowner once again. No instead I had a panic attack! You think I am joking but I really did. I did my walk through (that is when you go through the property before close of escrow to make sure that everything was as you remembered it when you wrote the offer) while the tenant was still in tenancy. It looked just like it did before – lots of furniture and stuff. When I went
in after close of escrow – which means that it is now mine – there was the interesting thing sticking out of the kitchen floor. What in the world is it? Most people said “oh, you have radiant floor heating!” But I knew that I didn’t. What seemed like a lifetime later (it was about 2 days), I got a plumber out who explained to me that this was the manifold for all the water in my home. There was no “moving” it if I wanted water. I fretted – I called the listing agent and said that I was going to get a bid to reroute the water supply as I planned to put my refrigerator where it is located – I had my panic attack. A couple of discussions later with the benefit of pinot noir, I came to my senses and decided that I would build a cabinet around it to display my dishes and move the refrigerator the 6 inches that is needed to avoid the plumbing. I so appreciate what my clients go through when they find something that should have been disclosed. I need to call the listing agent and let her know that I have come to my senses.
My agent did not give me a closing gift (yes, that was me and I am getting new flooring!) but Gail brought over champagne, a home made pizza and flowers. What a great friend she is! Then a client (can a call her a client when she has never been in contract?) gave me a tool box with everything one needs to deal with a new home and a bouquet of roses. I was so touched by the thought and will use it regularly. So I do not feel deprived at all.
Last Wednesday the floors in the downstairs were torn out in preparation for cork floors to be installed. Rob from Naturlich in Sebastopol says “why didn’t I see that?” when he saw the pipes coming out of the floor. ”Because they were hidden,” I cry. I was still in my panic mode. With the help of pinot noir, I am now quite sanguine on the matter. You can take that however you wish. Thursday all of my heavy furniture was moved. It was a long day but at the end of it, I have my bedroom completely functional. This is very easy as it is exactly the same dimensions and orientation as my bedroom on Joy Road. The rest of the furniture is in the garage. The pots and plants that I intend to keep from Joy Road are in the back. It is a very small yard – the width of the town home and not too deep. I may have brought too many things. I will work that out.
Believe it or not – I worked Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That is real work that pays the bills not work on the move. Monday was the first day of painting. only the downstairs and the upstairs hallway are getting a facelift. Bedrooms and upstairs baths are just going to have to wait for another time. Today is Thursday and I now have painted walls and cork flooring. The living room is red, the stairwell is beige and the kitchen is robin egg blue. The Benjamin Moore colors are Spanish Red, Shaker Beige and Tranquil Blue for those of you who care about these things. There are still things to be done. My TV armoire did not make it up the stairs. Not sure what I am going to do there. I signed up for Comcast internet and then forgot to get an ethernet cable when I was at Joy Road last night.
Yes, I am living between two places. My bed is in Sebatopol but my TV, Internet and kitchen is still at Joy Road. Last night I was on the blow up bed in my old bedroom. Tonight I am in Sebastopol using my Verizon hotspot and getting a good night’s sleep. I planted six roses today and my back is complaining. My goal is to be settled by June 24. I am a positive thinker. Whether I am totally settled or not, I am inviting all those who have helped me move to celebrate that evening. Did I mention that I am easy walking to Fiesta Market, Mombo’s Pizza and Sebastopol Hardware?