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Gas, Electric, Water, Oh My! March 21, 2013


Today was utility day. Before you move, you have to call all the utility companies and have the gas, electric, water, etc. all moved into your name (always good to do this at least 2 days before closing day, if not more). Historically, moving utilities has been a simple task – call the utility company, tell them you want the bill switched over and Voila! Instant resources!

Now, post 9-11 (I’m assuming, anyway), you have to provide your blood type, DNA sample, and an agreement to give your first-born up before you can switch anything over. While all of the companies I called were more than helpful, this gal was just a tad frustrated. Credit checks were run, deposits put into place, and emergency contacts given, we now have everything but Water ready for us when we close on Friday. Tomorrow, I have to run to the water company and drop off my application for water, a deposit, AND a fee just for them to set up a new account for me. I don’t recall ever having to fill out an application in order to get my water turned on in the past?? Is this normal?

Next step – call the trash, cable/internet, and phone company so we can cover the disposal and entertainment side of things.

Ah, the joys of a new home…

Aside from the utilities, my lovely husband and I visited a flooring company during our lunch break today to see what the possibility of getting replacement flooring for the great room would be. I was hoping and praying for a nice hardwood floor, but it looks like carpet is going to win out at 1/2 the price of new hardwood flooring…oh well.  We’re looking forward to new carpet though, this will be the first house we’ve put new flooring into. We’ve replaced windows in both houses (and I’m sure this house will be the same), but never flooring.

If you’re in the market for new floors, and you’re in the Louisville area, I highly recommend Bluegrass Floorcovering. They are a locally owned company, and they are great, no pressure people. We’re looking to buy carpet that’s currently in stock, so we’re saving a few pennies, but they seem to be very reasonably priced if you have to order flooring as well.

I wonder what tomorrow will bring…

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Adventures in Home Ownership March 19, 2013

Filed under: Home Ownership — kmcdonald @ 10:16 pm
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This Friday, my husband and I are buying our 3rd house. We’re pretty excited about it, but who wouldn’t be?  The house is pretty cool, kind of rustic looking with a gorgeous wrap around deck.

Our House

Pretty cool, huh?

We have a lot of plans for our new house. In fact, out of the three we will have owned, this one has the biggest “honey do” list we’ve ever had. Here are a few of the items we have on our list:

New flooring (I’m hoping for hardwood, but at this point anything new would be better than what’s in there.
Turn Around in the driveway
Chickens (dying to raise some!)
New Windows
Fresh Paint
Landscaping

It doesn’t look impressive, but if I listed out everything, you’d feel as overwhelmed as we do! Don’t worry, we’re going to do it over time, and really try to enjoy this house with our beautiful children. The potential here is amazing, and I see us here for a good 5 years (inside joke – we’ll be here longer than that – I’m just known for getting the moving ‘bug’ about every 5 years. I’ve been told I’m not allowed to move for a good 10 years though). Shouldn’t be a problem!

I hope you’ll stick with me through some of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs that we’ll have over the next few years. If you’re a fellow Pinterest-er, you can follow me there too. I’ve pinned a ton of ideas for the new house, along with a plethora of other things too. Come on over! You can find me at http://www.pinterest.com/azapolya.

 

 
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