Monday, August 30, 2010

Dishwasher, Smishwasher...Moving, Shmoving...

After a sluggish, trying-to-convince-myself-that-I-was-being-productive-week, it is time to start working on the next chapter: MOVING.

What a daunting task. I've never done a move like this before. And even though I'm now half of a married team, I kind of have to do this myself while Eric is up in WA working and moving a few things into the new house. (Lucky guy only has to move about 3 miles, not 1000...) He will take some vacation time to come down here for the actual move.

This morning I went into "tornado mode." That is what I call it when I get all focused and get-out-of-my-way-I'm-in-the-middle-of-a-task-and-I'll-knock-you-down. I made numerous phone calls to moving companies--trying to stick with the more reputable, well-known ones, to set up appointments for them to send an agent out to my house. Two appointments tomorrow, and two Wednesday.

Meanwhile, I'm still trying to get someone to rent my house. My agent is awesome and a real go-getter, but the fly in the ointment is that everyone wants a dishwasher. I didn't realize that would be such a big deal, but it has come up again and again as people have looked at the house. So today I bought a dishwasher (after receiving a very timely wedding present from an aunt and uncle that nearly covered the cost of the machine.)

Next step is finding someone to prepare a space for the dishwasher. I bought one of those small ones--only 18" wide--but there is no space in my kitchen for it yet. I have not had great luck finding someone to cut out the cabinet and handle the plumbing and electricity issues. People don't call back or don't seem interested. I thought offering jobs was a good thing.

I'm having some dim memories of things that would happen during the wedding planning, where there were lots of possible options, and then one would emerge and lead the pack. I'm hoping that happens in this case.

As far as the houses in Washington, Eric's house is officially sold and we are the official owners of the one we found together in Longview's Old West Side, really the best neighborhood in the city. We got so, so lucky, and this house is just oozing charm. It needs some updating, but there is a great homey feeling to it. I much prefer older houses to new ones. We're still trying to make it work so that I can be up there within the first week of October. We'll know a lot more after meeting with the moving companies.

Onward and upward! To adventure, and beyond!


Karen said...

I have to admit, I probably wouldn't rent a place if it didn't have a dishwasher either, so I think you're doing the right thing. Too bad it's not an easier project, though. Here's hoping your handyman emerges soon. And with a great bid. =)

Kristie said...

Thanks, Karen. For me, having a dishwasher has never been at the top of my list. My apartment didn't have one either. I would have like one, but the actual place and location were more important to me. But it has seem to be a sticky point in this case. Young couples want them to sanitize baby items, which is understandable.

Sally said...

I usually agree with you about older houses. But not today. The water main on my 80 year old house busted yesterday and today we've got plumbers here digging huge holes with the bobcat and trying to drill through my 18 inch think stone foundation. It's awesome. I can't wait for the bill.

I know what you mean about trying to find someone to install the dishwasher. I've had problems finding people to do jobs like that also!

Kristie said...

Sally, I can certainly see your point, especially with what you're going through right now. I guess with the old houses and the new houses it is a trade off. I still like old, but we'll see how I feel when the house is 80! (My CA house is 70. The WA house is around 55.)