The move is so close now you can almost smell it - that or the rank from me as I work up a sweat packing and hauling things around the house. We’ve only got two weeks to go until the move and everyone is starting to get real excited. 14 days and we will have a new place to live with lots of new space. I am psyched.
Over all, Heather and I seem to be getting our plans under control and ready for the move.
Our contractor did show up last week on the day and time he promised. He got half of the work completed before a couple of days of rain prevented them from working outside. He said they would return on Friday or Saturday – but no dice. So now I’ve got to start hounding them again. I shouldn’t have to work so hard to get somebody to come take my money.
We figured out the plan for moving day (thanks to a recommendation from our attorney). We are going to move out in the morning – we got the new owners to agree to extend our “out of the house” time to beyond the 9am close time on Monday. With a close that early in the morning, it is impossible to be out that early in the morning. Luckily the new owners don’t plan on moving in until Tuesday. So we are all square.
As for our move into the new home, Heather and I have decided to do that on Tuesday as well. We are going to pay for one night of storage and have the movers bring everything Tuesday morning. It seems to make the most sense and reduces the stress level for both of us.
More and more stuff has been packed or gotten out of the house. I’ve started using the garage as a storage area for packed boxes and other items ready to move, I made a trip to Goodwill on Saturday to donate a number of items, and the volume of garbage we’ve been placing on the curb for the weekly collection has gotten quite large. Three cans plus some big items that don’t fit in cans. We’re going through garbage stickers like crazy. But it’s getting it out of the house – which makes me happy.
I have even put a number of items up on Craigslist to see if we can’t get a little money for them. I already sold the table, chairs, and umbrella we had on the deck. I am still looking for someone to buy the couch or old computer we’ve been kicking around in the basement. There’s even an old artificial Christmas tree we want to give away for free. As of yet - no takers. We might just be in the wrong season for someone to be even looking for something like that. If the Craigslist posting don’t move this stuff out of the house, then I’ll just have to donate them. There is no way I am moving these items to our new house.
The one snag seems to be with the buyers. When we agreed to the sale contract I expressed some concern that the buyers were going with a VA loan. At the time I thought I had heard that dealing with someone getting a VA or FHA loan can be a headache for a seller. Sure enough, two weeks ago the buyer’s attorney contacted our attorney asking for an extension on getting their VA loan approval completed. When I asked my attorney if this offered a problem, he said it didn’t. That is was pretty standard. So I said, sure, let the extension go.
Well the new, extended date for load approval was June 14 - last Friday. Guess who still doesn’t have an approved VA loan?
Yep. Our buyers. Seems the VA loan agents are dragging their feet. Not moving the paper work along quickly enough.
Now this is only a headache for me because I don’t want to get to July 31 and have a buyer with no money. That doesn’t help me with the purchase I plan on making in the evening. I know the buyer is probably sweating things too, and that makes me feel a little better, but I would still like to hear that they have their financing squared away.
Heather’s mom, sister, and nieces are in to visit this week, so packing might slow down a bit. But that might not be so bad. It will give us an opportunity to store up our packing energy for the home stretch the following week. It’s then when we will finally get down to the brass tacks of packing and make sure everything goes into a box. Up to this point we’ve been holding back a bit because the kids might still want those toys or we need those pots to cook in. But after next weekend, if it isn’t moving I’m stuffing it in a box.