Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Finish Line is Near - Moving In Next Week

It has been a long journey; much longer than the miles between North Carolina and California.  We decided to move to the left coast nearly 2 1/2 years ago. That decision has led us through 5 addresses, 4 moves, 3 cities, and 2 states.  The finish line is finally in sight.  We are moving into our "real" home next week. The town signed off on our construction project this Wednesday!  We were ahead of the original schedule by 1 amazing day - which in construction speak is 3 months ahead schedule.

While the thought of moving once again is especially daunting, we are ecstatic to have a place that finally feels like home.  Unlike the 1959 ranch we moved out of in August, this home is equipped with all the modern conveniences.  Come down for a visit and we will dazzle you with our new sewer line, modern plumbing, wired smoke detectors, grounded electrical system, insulated walls, and other nifty things that make our home comply with Modern Building Codes.

Sarcasm aside, we are so excited to show off our house.  The team that managed the renovation was amazing.  Great work and super easy to work with.  They really do feel like family at this point.  I will miss seeing Bill, Tom, Manny, and the entire crew.  Luckily their next job is just down the street, so I can stop in and visit for at least the next few months.

It wouldn't be a good MomZania post if I didn't share some of the hilarious moments along the way.  Here are a few:

We Need the Bathtub, Now
Before demolition even started, I met with the plumber.  His first question, "Where is your bathtub?"  All I can say is, "What?  Bathtub, now?  I haven't even finished moving out yet."  And then came the very detailed and complicated explanation of why the bathtub was urgently needed.  So I ordered said tub and it sat on the back porch at our rental house for 8 months.  It was finally installed last week.  And the plumber was right, the space is so tight and complicated he really did need to see the tub in person way back in September.  It fit, just barely, but it fit.

The Plans Are a 'Little' Off
They very first day of construction, our project foreman said "the plans are a little off in the kitchen."  I replied, "the architect said sometimes there is a 1-2 inch discrepancy." To which he replied in the nicest way possible, "is it more like 1-2 feet and now there's no room for your sink or refrigerator."  While I did contemplate having a permanent excuse not to cook, we tweaked the plans and stole the space from another room.  We happily finished construction with all the needed kitchen appliances.

No Rush on Your Paint Choices
The first time I met with the painter we didn't even have siding on the house.  He asked, "What paint color did I want on the outside?"  I said, "I wasn't sure, but when did he need them?"  His reply, "No rush, no rush at all, but I really need them by this afternoon."   Turns out the best way to not fret about paint choices is to have a 6-hour deadline.  Decision made and no regrets.

Your Floors Are Discontinued
Two days before our floors were to be delivered, I got a call that they were discontinued.  No worries, we ordered our floors 5 months ago.  Well, it turns out the store had never gotten around to ordering them.  Arghhhh!  Scott jumped in and turned lemons into lemonade.  He did some footwork and found a great second choice, which we then parlayed it into way better pricing.  Win-win.

Through this project, I learned the motto, "it isn't a mistake, if we can fix it" during this project.  Those are words to live by.  Even our bumps in the project all worked out, often for the better.  Now it is time to start loading up the boxes, so we can finally head home.

That is life in MomZania.

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