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Monday, July 26, 2004

House Update

Yes, we're really in escrow. I so could not sleep on Saturday morning.  Saturday night I had a total panic about having chosen the wrong place in the wrong neighborhood and it being too small and so on.

My dad arrived Sunday morning. For those of you who don't know, he's a building inspector for FEMA. He got started doing that during the '89 earthquake. I had told him about the foundation strapping and he said, "Oh, that's no problem. Rick and I can do that some weekend." I said, "Are you sure?" Then the funny thing he said was, "Well, I'm pretty sure. I wrote most of the regulations on foundation strapping back in '89, so I know how it's done. As long as the concrete is in good condition, it should be easy." Yes, that's right folks, he wrote the book on strapping your foundation to your house. I think he might know what he's doing. So we drove him around to a bunch of the places we've looked at to give him a sense of comparison, and then met the realtor at the house for a more thorough inspection. An hour later, I was feeling much more secure about buying this house. Dad says the strapping will cost around $500 - 700 and a weekend of belly crawling. We need to replace the water heater, which would be another $500. I need a refrigerator, which looks like $200-300 on Craig's List or $600-1000 new. There's a bunch of other little niggly fixes: the screen is missing on the under the house access, a hose bib needs replacement, a sump pump for the basement would be a good idea in the long run, and so on. But all in all, it's in really fabulous shape. Someday I'd like to add a second bathroom off the master bedroom. Someday I'd like to add an air conditioner. Someday I'd like to get a hot tub for the back deck. But for now, it's nice. And the next week is going to be a crazy sort of hectic, but once that is done, I think it will be mostly about packing and getting ready. I'm feeling much better about the place. Having the FEMA/Dad seal of approval really helped. And the place isn't too small. And the wood floors are beautiful. And I love the kitchen and the gas stove.

For those who are interested, moving will likely occur on Labor Day weekend. Many hands make light work, and all assistance is appreciated. More on that later. For now, I'm going to try go get a good night's sleep.


  • Well, Labor Day weekend we'll be in Boston, but we'll be sending out love and good (light) thoughts to you!


    By Blogger Zhaneel, at 9:09 AM  

  • Well, Labor Day weekend is my birthday... but we'll still come help. Much love and congrats!

    By Blogger Unknown, at 9:55 AM  

  • Buying a new fridge can be cheaper in the long run because the latest models are way more energy efficient. Plus, PG&E will give you a rebate for buying an engery efficient appliance (I think it was $100 or so).

    Another friend of ours just closed escrow on her house and is planning to have her house-warming party on the monday of Labor Day weekend (after she finishes painting). Guess we'll be pretty busy that weekend. You've got massive moving karma saved up. :)

    By Blogger Karen, at 11:21 AM  

  • Glad you're liking the house. It has a back deck !, great for BBQs, It's extremely cool you have a dad that can do inspections, can I borrow him, in a few years when I eventually buy something ? :)

    My birthday is Labor Day weekend as well. I'll help if I can, I gotta figure out what I am doing first off.

    By Blogger Chris S, at 2:16 PM  

  • I think we rescheduled our trip south to San Diego for that weekend, but I'll check with Brian. You certainly have earned moving karma with me!

    And yay on the houseness!

    By Blogger tshuma, at 2:16 PM  

  • We may be a little on the busy side... or at least in no condition to move boxes.

    By Blogger vile, at 4:20 PM  

  • Judging from the number of "it's my birthday" comments, it seems that being in labor labor day weekend is a very popular thing to do. :-)

    By Blogger wendy, at 4:43 PM  

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