The new house to do list

I think I need a catchier name for the ‘new’ and the ‘old’ house.  Let’s call the old house the loft, and the new one… well, I’ll take votes!

I thought I’d share a snapshot of my Day 1 list (the day after move day), when I took the day off to ‘catch up’

Unpacking list

Moving house aftermath – the list from the day after (opps and some random phone message notes… sorry, that won’t make sense!)

Now, for the list going forward. I drafted this post a few days ago, so there’s already some updates:

Generally

  • complete the condition report for the agent
  • start taking photos for the blog (and the condition report!)

Entryway

  • oil hinges (pronto!)  canola spray worked a treat
  • hooks for scarves Ikea seems most promising
  • remove wardrobe shelf to get use of existing rail
  • use large hooks on rail for coats and jackets – so far no luck at our big hardware chain
  • location for big mirror (previously in the bedroom in the loft)

Bed 1

  • buy hardware for bed head ledge Thank you to the bf for taking me to the hardware store on Wed night
  • remake bedhead ledge (and modify as needed)
  • maybe mount mirror here (if not in entryway)
  • get power situation sorted with lamps, phones etc bought stuff on Wed night…
  • plane door so it closes!
  • buy more Ikea hangers so the BF’s things are all hung consistently (one of my ‘things’)

Bed 2

  • rationalise all things stored here (in case we rent it out)
  • get floating shelves fitted
  • new desk?
  • plug in lamp

Lounge/dining

  • get approval to hang framed scarf
  • reconstruct sofa
  • reconstruct arc lamp
  • place stools once the two above have settled
  • rehouse the cleaning box (rationalise contents too) put it in the laundry cupboard
  • plane floating shelf to fit adjusted location

Kitchen

  • store condiments (maybe rearrange shelves/cupboards to get ideal location) <- I did exactly that, simple!
  • find a storage place for manuals

Laundry

  • get approval for a vacuum hanging apparatus?
  • move dryer to floor – need extension cord The BF’s task for the weekend!

General stuff to sort out

  • where to hang additional towel?
  • buy (small) outdoor furniture & BBQ?
  • buy new TV (& cabinet) as old TV been recalled

Rationalise/sell etc

  • second washing machine
  • second vacuum
  • second microwave listed on Gumtree, should offer it also through Facebook to friends
  • second mop
  • second hand mixer and on and on…

So it’s nowhere near as comprehensive as when I moved into the loft.  I wanted to paint walls, and replace tap ware and all that sort of ‘big’ stuff.  So it’s definitely more manageable, but I have to resist the internal pull to get it all done ‘NOW!’  And this list says nothing of the ‘quirks’ I haven’t worked out how to maximize – weird walls, and centering stuff etc.  I took a bath for the first time since I was a kid last night, and I’m thinking ‘those hooks above the TV aren’t centered, they look weird, I need to fix that’.  Evidently I need more baths and less thinking about hooks!

This weekend should get a few more things ticked off, combined with a birthday dinner for my mother and a lemon meringue pie.  Yummo!

My house review

Today I’m moving house, so in light of this momentous occasion, I thought it time to shine a light on all the things I loved in my ‘old’ place.

When you select your home, you do so based on lots of factors.  Obvious things like number of rooms, location, proximity to amenities, and mostly: the price!  Then there are things that as you start to live in a place you realise you’re lucky to have. First, let me share with you my list of things I was looking for when I was looking to buy:

  1. Close to public transport, as I don’t own my own car
  2. Linen closet
  3. Pantry
  4. Bathroom with a window (compromised on this!)
  5. No lift (keeps the fees down, also compromised)
  6. Character – such as a loft, or oversized windows, timber or polished concrete floors etc
  7. Close to amenities, like a grocery store

But here’s all the things that I love, and hadn’t even considered!

  1. The double height bedroom railing makes drying sheets easy, so I don’t need a clothes dryer!
  2. The hallway orientation allows me a landing station, and a great place to store all my outwear and accessories
  3. Over sized kitchen drawers mean I can store more than the usual drawer
  4. My carspace have two walls and a pillar keeps cars safe (even if it took a while to master parking in it).  It also makes storing things in the spot easier
  5. I live walking distance to my grocery store, the GP, 3-4 friends, butcher, beautican, baker, green grocer AND an Op shop (thrift store).  I can also walk to church
  6. The bus from the city stops RIGHT outside my door – so shopping til I drop is possible (why is the city so exhausting?)  And the train is only 3 blocks.
  7. My bathroom makes it possible to use a tension bar, solving how to air out running clothes, hang things to be ironed etc

I’m sure once I settle into my new home, I’ll realise more things I miss about this charmer, but for now, these are the things I know, love and will miss!

Moving day tips list

Just a quick post to note what I think might make this move seamless, and then, I can come back and dispel the naivete next week, post move!

  • wear pants with pockets – failed at this last weekend, and spent my life asking for things out of other’s pockets, namely keys!
  • label boxes on two adjoining sides – at least one should be accessible/viewable when stacked/moved then
  • use as many uniformly sized boxes as possible – they stack easier
  • consider a ‘car load’ for odds and sods – I have a list of what I think will be in this load
    • birdcages
    • lamps
    • magnetic notice board
    • ironing board
  • keep cleaning and hardware products at the ‘outgoing’ house for the final touch ups
  • make sure you have all the tools you need for your flat pack items (thanks Ikea, I have so much Ikea in my house!) – allan keys, shifting spanners etc
  • create a list for the order of packing, starting with the least used items (like linen closet stock piles, out of season clothing etc)
  • consider the order of stuff onto the truck vs off the truck, therefore, I’ll pack my entry buffet first, so it comes off last – in both cases, it’ll keep the entryway clearer in both homes.
  • remember to have toilet paper (more than one roll!) at both houses.  Thankfully there’s a four pack left at the new home!
  • as above, it’s useful to have scissors/knives for opening boxes and cutting tape at both locations
  • work out a ‘food plan’ cause at some stage eating will be needed <- ekk something I’ve not done yet!
  • roughly hash out what will go where (furniture items particularly, but you can get crazy and go down to cupboards!), and where ‘other’ stuff will go, such as all the boxes!
  • spend the ‘pre’ move time getting things back to their rightful owners, dropping stuff at recycling centers or thrift stores etc.  The less the move the better! (I’ll be rehoming my bokashi compost box to my parents, my sewing machine, 1 microwave and a toaster to some friends in need, excess craft stuf went back to the Co-op, and I have a box to give the op (thrift) shop already)

That’s all I have for now…  I’ll report back!

As for picking a mover – well I’d have welcomed advice.  I feel like cheapest isn’t best.  But then how much is too much?  And what about insurance? Why do they all offer insurance, even though I have contents insurance, and they’d have third party insurance…  Just seems like a gorge for money – your thoughts?

A new home!

Today’s going to be a bit scattered – which is a bit how I feel!

Firstly, we’ve been accepted to rent “home 2” listed as the evening showing in my recent post! This was the BF’s preferred place. When I initially sent the ad to him he said was too pricey, so I worked on not getting my hopes up.  But it is spacious enough, that I can see us being happy there for a long time.  And it’s a great area, in a small building close to shops.  I’ll just need to enjoy the extra blocks to the train station – but seeing I won’t be catching the train to see the BF, it shouldn’t affect me much! 😀 We looked it again on Saturday, and arranged all our paperwork ready to ‘apply’ on Saturday after the showing.  By about 10am on Monday we were told we’d been successful!!! (who wouldn’t want us, really?)

Wooden floors in living room

Wooden floors, and a balcony that might get enough sun I can grow herbs!

I am excited, but a little annoyed, as we can’t move in this Saturday.  This Saturday is the day the BF is moving his minimal furniture out (a sofa, a bed and mattress, a desk and a coffee table) of his rental.  I have measured up my place, and we’ll just store everything temporarily for a week, until we get the keys.

I’m also itching to pack up my house, but first I need to get it rented out! I have engaged an agent.  Did you know, they ask you on the rental agreement to disclose if there’s been a violent crime on the premises in the last five years.  I never saw that clause anywhere when I bought – so you renters, you get all the dirt!  In order to make this work, I’m getting my place photographed tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon.  Then the first showing should be this Saturday (hopefully early, so we won’t be waiting around to move the BF’s furniture in), and fingers crossed someone loves it! But I think it’s likely to be on the market/vacant for about three weeks.

I’ll be sure to share my own photos of the new place once we have moved in.  I’m a little conscious of over-sharing on the internet, so I won’t link to the listing, just to stay safe.  But you can have some of the sales photos:

New white kitchen open shleving

Fully stocked kitchen (during the sale campaign, we saw it empty)

Now to the scattery parts…

I found out a school friend had a heart attack and died.  Such sad news at 28.  She was married, and had twin sisters two years below her at school (which might seem like it might identify her, but my year in boarding school had MULTIPLE sisters in my year, with twins two years below – freaky huh?).  She was married, and I feel so deeply for her husband, but so pleased she’d found someone to share her (much too short) life with.  I spoke to a few girls from school last night, and then received a text from the boarding mistress (the Head of Boarding in modern terminology) this morning, so it’s nice to feel this community rally, even if it was 11 years ago since we all lived cheek and jowl.  I’m yet to know what the arrangements are, and how they might fit with everything else at the moment.

And back to the house… I need to do a budget!  Budgets aren’t something I don’t live by, instead I have a loose system that works, as I’ve explained here.  I budget my savings, and my ‘weekly allowance’ and everything else is fluid – I can steal to get a greater weekly allowance, or I can bump up a savings account as it suits.  But at the moment I’m having that moment of ‘ekk what have I done’ (not assisted by seeing the balance of my $26k by 22 Dec dip, as I track every week).

Lastly, I thought, me, the master list maker, would be immune to the stress of moving. Nope.  I’m busy thinking ‘can’t I just pack up and move, and everything nicely sync up to one day’. Sadly, not to be! So I’m going to sit back and pack once my place is leased.  At least until we get keys for the new house, and then boxed stuff can go straight there…

And at some stage, I’ve got to measure up for a fridge at the new place, as my existing one fits so snugly, I expect most renters will like my offer to leave it there.

Any tips to make this moving house business easier?  Less stressful?

Rental wish list

Remember, I share a post about things I’d like in my future home?  Well, now that I’m looking for a rental, some of these might be ‘for real’ soon enough.  Though I think the fireplace is highly unlikely in inner city Sydney apartments…

quirky apartment features

From top right: out of our price range, quirky and a building I almost bought in, sunshine, and a potential cross breeze

Here’s the list I drafted with the BF

  • sunshine: my dark loft is just too dark.  Sunshine makes me happy
  • train station proximity: we both prefer trains to buses, and my work is on a train line
  • 2 bed or 1 bed + study: the premise for moving from my place to our place is to gain some space (or a location I can escape the snoring!)
  • crazy: the bf’s way of saying x-factor or character.  Something that makes the place better than ordinary
  • car space: the bf’s car is lovely, and street side parking has already resulted in some damage
  • grocery adjacent: given how good I’ve got it now, I know I’m unlikely to enjoy such an easy walk to all the shops!
  • secure: my current neighbourhood isn’t known for it’s safety!  The bf wants to be sure we feel safe
  • storage: I’m used to a full height pantry AND a linen closet, and then a storage niche.  I’d like to be sure I can relocate all these items easily into a new place
  • big kitchen: we currently trip over one another when cooking in his U shaped kitchen, so it’d be great to have something more open
  • cross breeze: the bf’s rental had a great summer cross breeze, that beats any fan.  I don’t like the chances of finding the same again, but it’s something to be mindful of.  And I would love a bathroom with a window, but realise they are uncommon in inner city apartments
  • air conditioning: I think that snuck onto the list when I wasn’t looking. Tut tut.  And we’d talked about double fans (when we combine ‘stuff’)
  • easy to move in/out: yeah, no body loves moving, but this isn’t our ‘forever’ home.  If it’s easy to move into, it’s easy to bring groceries home…

The bold options are the non negotiables and a starting point.  The rest will act as a guide.  But, guiding as they may be, places go FAST in Sydney, so we might need to up our ante. I started looking on Monday morning, and when I called Tuesday morning, the place had two offers and they wouldn’t consider more applications, or show it again.  Talk about fast! They didn’t even list an inspection time online (which is usual).  Anyhow, I did ring her, offer to drink with her (it was in context) and otherwise befriend her – cause there’s no harm in building rapport!

This was going to be the end of the post, but then we looked at two properties (one is pictured above). Both are in warehouse conversions, but in neighbouring suburbs.  Both happened to be on the building’s top floor (3rd or 4th story, not super high) For my thought process, I’ll share these with you:

Daytime property viewing

Positives

  • lots of light, especially downstairs
  • good kitchen storage & gas cooktop!
  • a linen closet!
  • a block to the train (and opposite my close friend’s house)
  • 2 bathrooms
  • both bathrooms have windows (light + ventilation)
  • exposed wooden beams upstairs in the bedrooms and bathroom
  • beautiful wooden stairs and entry
  • vacant – could move in anytime
  • air conditioner in the bedroom
  • cross breeze possible downstairs
  • within our discussed budget

Negative

  • midget sized wardrobes – due to
  • sloping rooflines
  • small bedrooms
  • a bit of a walk to grocery store
  • no window coverings
  • no power, so couldn’t check light fittings (known to be bad in this building)

Evening property viewing

Positives

  • HUGE generally
  • new kitchen with drawers
  • new bathroom
  • more wardrobes than I could imagine ever needing
  • new wooden floors in living areas
  • warehouse conversion
  • close walk to a shopping centre
  • lovely leafy neighbourhood (I’ve always said ‘I want to live here’)

Negatives

  • just ‘a bit too far’ to the train station
  • may be dark (we’ll go back for a daytime viewing)
  • priced a little higher than we budgeted (but not above what we could afford)
  • small bathroom
  • no dryer provided (yet)
  • difficult to access washing machine taps (just a one time bother)
  • carspace less safe
  • small bedroom windows

So which way will we go? Or will we abandon both and look at some more?  Either way, I’m sure to share photos of my new home in due course!  Oh, and pick which one you think I prefer…

I interrupt regular broadcasting…

… to bring you breaking news!

I’ll soon have one more person living in my place 😀

The BF’s lease is up in two short weeks (sort of caught him by surprise), so he plans to move to my place to buy us some time while we hunt for the ideal rental.  We both think it’d be best to have ‘our’ place, rather than ‘my’ place, cause let’s face it, I know I can be a little particular!  There’s so much to organise, in the next two weeks, and then looking forward from there, I thought I’d share my list with y’all

The next two weeks

  1. Get spare cardboard boxes from work/fruit & vege shop for the BF to pack
  2. Make space in my wardrobe for his clothing
  3. List all BF’s bigger ‘stuff’ (furniture etc) with measurements
  4. Make space in my house for his furniture (and a plan for what’ll be at mine in the short-term)
  5. Speak to my parents about temporarily storing some of the BF’s furniture
  6. Go to open for inspections – see the places, but review the leasing agents…
  7. Make inquiries with agents about renting my place, and the likely rent
  8. Make a budget – rent I’ll receive, bills for my house, bills for a new place, rent I can pay out, savings goals
  9. Work out suitable rent/cost sharing between me and BF in the interim period Half of what my neighbours pay
  10. Speak to my cousin about borrowing his trailer for move day 1 Find a car with a toe bar first!
  11. Collect details on utilities etc for BF to cancel/change his address
  12. Book cleaner to do ‘final clean’ at BF’s place (then I’ll likely want to stay there!) Saturday/move out day
  13. Book in accountant (for tax) and discuss best $ options with house/loan etc
  14. Bore readers with inventory posts 🙂
  15. Share my new rental ‘wish list’ with readers, and my ‘what I (inadvertently) love about my current place’

After finding a new place

  1. Procure even more boxes
  2. Start packing up my house
  3. Patch holes and paint (ie Lack hanging shelves, maybe hanging birdcages?)
  4. Switch-a-roo washing machines (? Leave bf’s at my place, and take mine to new place, perhaps)
  5. Set up new utilities
  6. Advise all of change of address (yikes, but I’m good at it now!)

I’m sure there’s more for this list – so suggest away! And ask questions too, cause that’ll prompt my brain!

Electronic inventory

If it plugs in, it’s on this list (whether I bore you with a photo, is another matter!)  Oh and thieves, eat your heart out.  The TV and the VCR/DVD player were freebies, so I’m not too fussed if you take those.  My phones, well, they hardly work well, so I can’t imagine you getting a great price.  Washing machine and fridge – try sneaking those out past my building manager.  Basically, I am not too scared about ‘showing’ all these things off to the world wide web!

Living Room

Oh the Acro lamp - and so cheap second hand!

Oh the Acro lamp – and so cheap second hand!

TV from a friend, and speakers for the laptop

TV from a friend, and speakers for the laptop

DVD and VCR player - thanks to freecycle

DVD and VCR player – thanks to freecycle

Bathroom

Iron

Iron

Great little washing machine!

Great little washing machine!

Breville Hair dryer

Hair dryer

Fairy light (a rubbish room find)

Fairy light (a rubbish room find)

Oh how I love this obscenely expensive vacuum!

Oh how I love this obscenely expensive vacuum!

Kitchen

Microwave

Microwave

The fridge to fit the space

The fridge to fit the space

A seldom used toaster...

A seldom used toaster…

The reason I got this toaster - lift and look! A little more!

The reason I got this toaster – lift and look! A little more!

Quiet boil, supposedly? I'm not convinced

Quiet boil, supposedly? I’m not convinced

Stick mixer and attachments (asked for one on freecycle, and a friend responded!)

Stick mixer and attachments (asked for one on freecycle, and a friend responded!)

Food processor how I love thee

Food processor how I love thee

Freecycle blender (ie free!)

Freecycle blender (ie free!)

Hand beater and phone charger

Hand beater and phone charger

Dining

A thrift store find, but from Ikea orginially

A thrift store find, but from Ikea originally

Radio - with CD players and a retro tape deck!

Radio – with CD players and a retro tape deck!

Bedroom

Cheap plastic box fan (thanks mum)

Cheap plastic box fan (thanks mum)

Metallic bulb lamp base

Delicious metallic based lamps (a Christmas sales gift to myself!)

A great lamp that gently wakes you up with music/sounds and light.  Sadly only possible to purchase it in the US

A great lamp that gently wakes you up with music/sounds and light. Sadly only possible to purchase it in the US

It’s really hard to share the cost of these items with you, and then work out the replacement cost.  It’s just so detailed!  My best estimates are:

What I spent: ~$3,000

What it’d cost to replace: ~$4,500 (man finding a comparable TV is hard, I don’t wanna UPgrade!)

Photos that are missing

  • Laptop (at the boyfriend’s, but it’s also a legacy of my mother’s former employer)
  • Other phone’s charger (cause really, you don’t need to see that!)
  • Oven & stove – not technically ‘mine’ but the place’s, so not costed
  • Fixed lights – which I did install, so I can cost, but it doesn’t seem right to include them here

And some ‘weirdness’ in the money amounts

  • If it was a gift, or ‘inherited’, I mark it as costing me $0, but full ticket in the replacement cost
  • Laptop not included in the totals as  I’m not sure if I would replace it if it died.  Which it might have.  😦

A lot or a little?