40 Days of Moving: Day #1

It’s probably more like day 250, since I’ve been sorting, discarding and packing since last July. This feels like Day #1. Today my money is on the way to getting me the new apartment. Yesterday the closing company sent the settlement statement form with the accounting of taxes, fees, partial months, and all the money I owe. I arranged for the money to be wired to the closing company. Later in the day they sent a revised form showing I owed even more money. Fortunately, I didn’t do the transfer until this morning. This evening I received another revised statement. I guess they’ll have to take  cash. What a business. Also, yesterday I finally heard from the contractor I brought to the apartment last month to give me prices on things I would like to change.

That visit was like a circus. I came with my realtor and the contractor to find the seller, his wife and his realtor waiting for us.  Seller and wife live in a different apartment in the building. They were very pleasant and gave me all sorts of info about the apartment and the building. Unfortunately it made it very difficult for me to work with the contractor. I told him roughly what I wanted and left him to measure and figure. After we close on Friday I’ll go to the apartment and mull over the changes I asked for, and some I didn’t mention. In the hallway a false ceiling like a trellis hides two 72″ florescent tubes. The light is garish even to me who likes lots of light. I won’t mention the trellis. As soon as I walked in seller and wife told me they loved the trellis. I couldn’t bring myself to tell the contractor we were going to remove it. False ceiling goes, along with florescents, and wallpaper. I will hang pictures in the hall lit with track lighting.

Pictures to come.

4 thoughts on “40 Days of Moving: Day #1

  1. I’m so happy that you’ve finally found a place to live that will suit your needs. You’ve been looking for a while. i can hardly wait to follow your progress with it.

  2. Absolutely fascinating. So glad to see you here again….or was it me that vanished. 🙂 Yes, I’m an awful person. We had worn out and shredded wall paper everywhere. Popcorn ceilings too. Everything came down and we painted it all white to start. I really understand about needing light. Looking forward to the blog about the move…and all the pictures.

  3. This must be exciting for you and scarey at the same time. It’ll be nice to do whatever you want with the place–unlike apartment living where you have to put up with whatever you’ve got most of the time. I was just wondering if the couple will still be living in the same building…loving that trellis. It doesn’t sound very enticing to me, especially the florescent tubes! To each his own (taste) I guess! We’re getting ready to have our house interior repainted (next year) and I’ve finally talked Hubby into letting me introduce a little interior color in his life! He’s always insisted on white walls, ceilings, everything because he likes lots of light and the illusion of space. I think he saw with our bedroom and the guest room where he agreed to go along with my “garish” color schemes–deep red accent walls with a greyish-green-stone color for the walls in the MBR and bluish-green walls in the guest room–and I think he kinda liked it! Now I’m looking at a dark purplish grey for the open-style separating wall between the family and living room paired with a greyed-beige. I’m looking forward to your pictures. Remember to take Before shots too (I usually forget). Excuse me, please, I seem to have written a blogpost here. It’s just that I’m excited for you. Try to remember to have fun–even through all that paper signing! 🙂

    • Thanks Alice,

      Yes, I worry a little about the seller still living in the same building, but it’s unlikely we’ll be great friends. They are very young. I can always blame it on the florescent tubes flickering.

      The apartment is very colorful now. I like most of it, but the dark green walls in the bedroom have to go. I need lots of light and those walls suck it all up. There is gold in the living room along with dark green peacocks on wall paper, royal blue in one bedroom and so on. I have some pictures but there was furniture in the place. I want to post pictures without.

      The building is somewhat distinctive so I probably won’t post pictures of the outside. Too recognizable. But I’ll let you see everything else.

      I’m hoping to blog the entire process, in detail. I want it for my own recollection. We’ll see if I can stick to it.

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