tuesday things – broken

Since closing, we have been making endless decisions for the remodel, moving and trying to get settled (read: dealing with one issue after another). I’ve been promising pictures for a while and they will come soon, but likely not until things are at least somewhat organized. I won’t try to kid myself into thinking that the house will ever be done, but for now we aren’t even close!

This post will be short, sweet and to the point to give you an idea of how it’s been going: some things that are or have been broken in our house in the past week.

1. hot showers. We moved in on a Saturday and had to wait until Monday to use the shower because it had just been re-coated. We were both so excited to get clean after moving and unpacking, only to find that there was no hot water. This problem was definitely taken care of in a matter of hours.

2. washing machine. Tuesday evening I set a new load to wash and took Daisy for a walk. When I came back, I contemplated which boxes to unpack. Luckily I decided to take a few items to the basement because that’s when I found the flood. I turned off the water, but it kept coming out, which was when I realized it was leaking from the bottom of the machine.  This is still a work in progress. The silver lining? It only flooded the back part of the basement and we have a home warranty, which should cover the repair or replacement.

3. garbage disposal. Saturday after making dinner I started to clean up and flipped the switch on our disposal for the first time since the inspection. Nothing. Silence.  My friend Emily was in town so we solicited all the men we know (ok, just our dads, her husband and Dave – Emily already pointed out how we were filling the cliche role of “helpless female”). After acting out all their suggestions (pushing the reset button, forcing the blades to turn and using a wrench to turn from the bottom) without any luck, we deemed it dead. I thought it was another reason to appreciate the home warranty, until the repairman told me that someone put paint in the drain, so it was considered “misuse” and not covered. This is also a work in progress, but should be on its way to being replaced very soon.

4. dishwasher. Not exactly broken, but read #3 for the reason as to why we can’t use the dishwasher at present.

5. alarm system. Also not exactly broken, but one of the sensors keeps tripping unnecessarily. If the kitchen door is used as the exit after the alarm is set, it does not recognize that the door has been closed and will notify the security company. They typically notify us before calling the police, but I was in Target and had poor cell service. The cops probably came to our house around the time I was handing over my worn out credit card at the register.

All of this can and will be fixed, and from what I hear, it seems par for the course when buying a home … the experience really gives meaning to the saying “when it rains it pours!” For now, I am seeking higher ground and crossing my fingers for a drought. :)

PS – On a happy note, I bought this yesterday to help us organize the growing wine collection!

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Of House and Home: One More Week!!

I don’t have much to report, but have to share my excitement – we are set to close on the house in just one week!! We’ve passed the inspection and appraisal hurdles. Dave has jumped through the multitude of never-ending financial paperwork hoops, basically signing away his first-born child. But at this point, there finally appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

It really can’t come soon enough, as last night I was seriously missing my old Capitol Hill neighborhood and the many nearby friends that were always ready to grab a last minute beer or stop by for a glass of wine.

Let’s just hope that light is not a train…

The light at the end of the tunnel may be an oncoming train.

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Since the last post I’ve continued my Pinterest addiction, but we also met with contractors to get estimates on the work we want to do, as well as the work we need to do per the inspection report. The numbers have been digestible so far, and I am hopeful that we’ll be able to complete it all before we move in the first weekend of November. (Of course, that being said, I probably just jinxed us .) This week I also set up our utilities, which was oddly the one step that has made the house seem most like a reality.

As exciting as it is, it’s all a little overwhelming. There is so much to do and I must be forgetting something. A while back, I found this helpful checklist for changing your address and definitely plan to use it as a way to organize my to-dos.

Do you have any tips on moving into a new home?

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Of House and Home: Pinterest Addiction

I have an addiction. If you follow my “Feels like Home” board on Pinterest, you’ve probably noticed a lot of pinning activity lately – in particular, a lot of room-specific activity. It actually keeps me up at night. You might be wondering what has prompted this flurry (ok, you probably didn’t even notice), and I’m here to tell you … we’re under contract on a new house!

Last Monday we put an offer on a new place that checked every single box on our wish list, and even though we were up against a few other offers, we got it! I’ve been waiting to share the good news with you for a week, but I made myself wait until after the inspection, so we didn’t have a repeat of the last house. The inspection took place Friday evening and thankfully it went well! Of course, our inspector noted some imperfections, but no Capitol Hill home will be perfect, so all in all we are happy and finally allowing ourselves to get excited.

Yesterday Dave and I made visits to Community Forklift, a home-improvement “thrift store” that sells both new and used building materials, and Home Depot. We wanted to see what they have to offer and calibrate our vision for how to update parts of the house to make it our own – there will likely be a few DIY projects. (Luckily we agree on most everything!) We ended the afternoon with a cold brew (or two) from a restaurant in the new neighborhood, The Argonaut. They have a very cool atmosphere described on their site as “part English tavern, part San Diego taqueria, part neighborhood coffee shop… minus the coffee.” It will definitely be our new haunt.

Checking out the new neighborhood #argonaut #dc #sundayfunday

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So the next major step in the process is the home appraisal. Without any hiccups, we should be closing on October 10! I literally can not sleep because I am arranging furniture in my head and mentally picking out paint colors …  I feel like the kids on the Disney commercial!

 

What good news have you gotten lately?
What DIY tips can you share?