Saturday, November 7, 2009

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, It’s Ours!

I’m officially a home owner! We closed on the house last Friday and then enlisted our family and friends to help us move on Saturday and Sunday.

We had furniture and belongings coming from my house, my fiancé’s house and a storage unit, so it was a lot to coordinate. Nevertheless, we decided movers weren’t necessary since we had access to large vehicles and a crew of helpers.

However, in order for us to pull off a move without movers, several stars had to align.
  1. We couldn’t have done it without the help of family and friends who were willing to contribute their cleaning, organizing & handy-man skills, time, muscle, and large trucks in order to make the move go smoothly.
  2. We also needed time. Since neither of us had to vacate our previous residencies on moving day, we were able to take the biggest and most important things over the weekend and pick up other items through the week.
  3. Finally, the move was local, so making several trips to all three locations where our belongings were stored wasn’t a problem.
Had this not been our situation, I’m not sure we could have managed the move on our own.

The benefit of forgoing professionals? Obviously it saved us a ton of money.

The down side? It’s time consuming and hard work. Every muscle in my body still aches from lifting heavy boxes and furniture.

The new house is perfect for us. It’s no mansion by any means, but we have a garage, a deck, a washing machine & dryer, plenty of closet space, and a bedroom big enough for our king-sized bed.

One of the best additions we’ve made to our house so far is a curved shower rod. We tasked my dad with installing it and I think the entire process took him 10-15 minutes. I highly recommend!

Second pic: Fiance and sister leaving the storage unit in the big truck.


  1. one of my biggest life pet peeves is when the shower curtain sticks to me, and one of my favorite things about hotels is how most of them have the curved shower rods. it is definitely one of the better (more recent) inventions. so, i approve of this installation in your new house (congrats by the way!!!!!)

    and, for local moves, i think enlisting friends and family is the way to go!

  2. Congrats again! Now a whole house means more cleaning... domestically deficient. You better enlist the hubby to help

  3. By the way, after following the blog, it is so impressive to see all that you have learned and the moves you are making! So happy for you! :-)

  4. Congrats on the move! Post some pictures so I can see it! So excited for you and Mickey. What was the first homecooked meal you prepared in your new kitchen?


  5. From the male perspective, the big equalizer to not living in a mansion is owning a big-screen, high-def TV. I hope you have one and it was plugged in for Monday Night Football so you were part of Steelers Nation!

  6. I'm glad you had a spotless kitchen to move all your stuff into! Here is my little tip for when you first batch of laundry in your new house...

    When you are only washing one item, you don't need to put a lot of soap in. If you do you will be left with tons of bubbles that explode from the washer and go all over the floor. Trust me I learned from personal experience!