We closed on the house, which wound up taking all day. The reason it took so long was that the woman at the title company took it upon herself to “correct mistakes” that she thought that she had found in the financing paperwork. This caused a cascade of issues that added four hours to the time needed to close, and required a personal visit from the President of the mortgage broker’s company to fix. As a result of her mistake, it added $200 to the closing costs, which I refused to pay, so the finance company was forced to eat it.

My original plan was to spend a couple of weeks getting the place ready to move in, then we would spend another couple of weeks actually moving. There was a lot that needed to happen before we started moving in. I had to:

  • Change the locks. I don’t care if it’s a brand new house, I always change the locks so I can be sure that I know who has keys to my place.
  • I bought commercial concrete paint and sealant. It takes three days to apply and another three days to cure, but gives you a very professional looking, durable, slip resistant floor that won’t absorb things spilled on it, such as motor oil. It wasn’t cheap. Enough to do a three car garage cost about a thousand bucks. The floor looks great, though. I paid it because you only get one chance to seal a new floor.
  • I had to install four televisions on the wall, six ceiling fans, and replace 12 light fixtures. The light fixtures that came with the house were the cheap ones because I didn’t like the choices that they had, so I bought my own. The lighting looks great.
  • I installed a whole home sound system, the home network, added some power receptacles in the garage where my workbench will be, because I wasn’t willing to pay the $140 per extra outlet that the contractor charges to add them. I added 4 outlets for about $100.
  • I paid movers to move the furniture, and a locksmith specializing in safes moved the gun safe. We moved everything else. The movers took care of every single piece of furniture that my wife didn’t place off limits because the pieces were fragile or very valuable. For example, I have an antique AM radio that uses tubes. It used to belong to my grandfather, and my dad listened to the old radio programs on it as a child. I won’t plug it in, but it looks great in the man cave.

So that was the plan. The plan died when my wife’s family came over to help. They decided to do a lot of stuff while I was working, so it put things into overdrive. We wound up moving the entire household in only 8 days. Now I am sitting in my house, surrounded by dozens of boxes, trying to organize and put things away. I still have to get a plumber to come over and install the water softener, and I will need to spend a couple of weeks getting the old house ready to either rent or sell.

Normal blogging to resume today.

On a side note, my shower in this new house is pure indulgence. Three showerheads, it’s like showering in a car wash.

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Steve · January 9, 2024 at 7:59 am

What sealer did you choose? Maybe more importantly, which did you reject?

TechieDude · January 9, 2024 at 8:57 am

All the best laid plans, huh?

Same thing happened to me when I moved a few weeks ago. I had a system.then I got help who came and threw shit in boxes refugee style, including stuff I intended to leave for the x.

Whatever. Get r’ done.

Craig · January 9, 2024 at 9:49 am

Cool shower. Help, without proper instruction and supervision, never ends as intended,lol.

Noway2 · January 9, 2024 at 10:24 am

Congratulations. I love the shower. As I’ve mention, we’re doing a renovation, which started because the main shower pan was leaking and rotted out the subfloor. We’re putting in a nice one, but not nearly as luxurious as yours. I really wanted one of the overhead rain pans like you’ve got. Instead we did a nice shower head and have a secondary wand unit. In any case, it will be an upgrade from the RV.

Boneman · January 9, 2024 at 10:25 am

Welcome home. Moving…. UGH. We’re STILL in a LOT of boxes since June. We have the same amt. of square feet as the prior house but I’ve come to realize the new place has IMMENSE amounts of utterly wasted space.

Like the two bathrooms that are the size of small bedrooms. While indulgent, who needs both Stall showers you can literally lay down in PLUS full size soaking tubs… one w Jacuzzi. Still, it’s nice. Indulgent? Yeah. Though we don’t have three showerheads in each. That’s pretty interesting. As it were, our water bill is pretty steep so, I’ll keep it at one. 😉

Two stories in FL is the oddity and we have a BRIDGE in the house. Wasted sq. ft.? You bet.”

TWO lanais. Upstairs AND downstairs. Yeah…. no kiddin’

Thing is… our home was the FIRST built in the community as a “Showcase” home… so it has all the features you CAN have in YOUR new home (to be built) so… we have a lot of stupid stuff and a lot of “doubled” stuff. TWO Master Suites (hence the two lanais). One upstairs and one downstairs.

THREE full baths…. THREE bedrooms. The smallest is the “Office”

I’ll deal with it for now.

Good luck in the new digs! All the images have been outstanding!

Don W Curton · January 9, 2024 at 10:30 am

We got two shower heads plus a third on a hose, to get those really tough to reach places. Only thing missing is a place to sit and a shelf for my drink.

And yeah, can’t tell you how many times I had things planned out, only to arrive home and find out the wife’s already started (and started doing it wrong to boot). Past a certain point I no longer complain, just roll my eyes, fix a drink, then get to working.

Cederq · January 9, 2024 at 11:40 am

Moving plans never survive the first punch… Sometimes asking family and/or friends is more hindrance than having movers you can straw boss and insist they do it your way.

Nice shower! But, please, don’t tell us you use Axe body wash or their products whilst enjoying your carwash indulgence.

Dave · January 9, 2024 at 12:24 pm

For every good plan that involves moving, there is at least one in-law to screw it up!

Jambalaya · January 9, 2024 at 3:56 pm

Congratulations! It’s always a chore to move, but feels great when you’re done!

Bad Dancer · January 9, 2024 at 6:23 pm

Good on you fella! Worked hard to get to where you are so enjoy that awesome shower its a life goal of my own if you add some speakers or a monitor in the wall or projected onto the glass.

    Divemedic · January 9, 2024 at 10:51 pm

    There is a home wide sound system of Sonos speakers

Aesop · January 10, 2024 at 6:40 am

Best wishes.

In terms of loss/damage, the Rule Of Thumb is 3 moves = 1 house fire.

Jay · January 10, 2024 at 9:57 am

Have bought and sold several times. Each time the title people involved were a shit show. Inept is too kind a word. I feel your pain. Enjoy the new digs !

Doug · January 10, 2024 at 12:00 pm

Gorgeous shower…
We remodeled our last home’s shower similar to that. It was about 4’x6′ and two shower heads. The remodel installed travertine, marble and the heavy cool looking clear glass doors – It looked sharp.
We quickly realized that to keep it looking great required a complete wipe down immediately after each use. So my wife wouldn’t shower in it unless I did too and did the squeegee and towel cleanup.
I since retired, moved to SE Idaho and had a custom log home built. The showers here are virtually maintenance free. One piece fiberglass inserts with a shower curtain (that can be replaced periodically for $20).
Happy wife, happy life.
Congrats on the new house!

Lenny Ladner · January 11, 2024 at 4:36 am

Good luck on the new house.

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