Home Sweet Home

I was completely finished moving before 12:30 pm on Saturday. I was completely unpacked (except for my ‘office’) by 10 that same night. When you don’t have a lot of stuff, it’s easy.

So far, I’ve spent about $230 between Home Depot and Lowe’s. For the record, I don’t like Loew’s. Don’t ask me to explain why cause I can’t. I just like Home Depot better. And considering the money I’ve spent with them over the years, they like me too.

Saturday evening found me in the local Wal-Mart, which I will NEVER do again. I’ve never seen so many people in one freakin’ Wal-Mart. I swear, the whole freakin’ town was in there at once.

And can I ask a favor of you, Dear Reader? If you don’t know how to use the self-checkout registers, then get the hell out of the way. How hard is it to scan an item, shove it in the sack, then swipe your card? Apparently it’s much more difficult than I ever imagined.

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NOTICE!

ATTENTION ALL COCKROACHES! THIS IS YOUR LAST WARNING. IF YOU LEAVE THE PREMISES NOW, I WILL SPARE YOUR MISERABLE LIVES. OTHERWISE, I WILL RAIN HOLY FUCKIN’ TERROR ON YOUR HEADS, THE LIKES OF WHICH YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. FUCKERS.

MOVING DAY

Well, Dear Reader, tomorrow is the day. I close at 9:00 a.m., get my Dad a key to let the carpet cleaners in, then I’m off to the apartment to start moving into my own home. WAHOO!!

I’m hoping that the guys who said they’d help show up. I went from 3 guys helping to 1 guy helping to 4 guys helping. I’m at 4 and holding. Keep your fingers crossed.

I’m off tomorrow and Monday so I’ll update when I’m done.

Oh, uh, one quick question…so, like, how come no one told me about this IKEA place? I could spend a small fortune in there. Way cool.

A homeowner

Well, Dear Reader, barring any unforseen problems, I will be a homeowner after 9:00 a.m. Friday, July 29th. The home inspection had some minor problems. The owner will repair the structural items and I will repair the minor items (installation of GFI outlets, replacing a breaker, and fixing the doorbell).

The only glitch in this whole endeavour (so far) was with my former mortgage company. The reason I say former is because of their last minute “the rates have changed so we’re going to charge you a 1% origination fee”. My response? “See ya!” Called someone I used before, got the same interest rate with no points and no origination. They’re moving forward and I just need to provide them some paperwork.

So…if you’re in the area around the 29th, let me know. I could use some able-bodied friends to help me. I provide the beer or beverage of choice, you provide the labor. And I won’t even charge you an origination fee.

Whew…

Just got a call from my agent. No major issues with the home inspection. Heading out there in about 30 minutes to review it with inspector and agent. Heating/air conditioning roof are in good shape, but they’re old. If I can get a few more years out of both, I’ll be happy.

Oh…one more thing. The best way for me to not use your mortgage company is to tell me that “Senior Management” has decided to charge a 1% origination fee on my loan. For me, that’s close to $1200…needless to say, those kindsouls will rot in hell before I place my mortgage with them.

Let’s try this again

Don’t say anything, but I’m going to put an offer on a house this evening. It’s a FSBO (for sale by owner) and the guy and I have agreed in principal. He seems pretty eager to sell and is willing to give me allowances on carpet and paint…or that’s what he said last week.

It’s 1400 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, in a great part of town. It’s a single-street subdivision and the houses are about 15 yrs old. There’s only about 15 or 20 houses in the subdivision.

If it goes through, I’ll post pictures. And yes, Dear Reader, there’s an extra bedroom if you want to visit.

UPDATE: We signed the contract Thursday night. I didn’t get everything I wanted, but it’s still a great deal. On Friday, my agent said that he thinks the seller may be experiencing some ‘remorse’ because he knows he could get more money for the home.

The home inspection is scheduled for Wednesday, and I’m pretty sure he’s going to use this as a reason to get out of the contract. If a big-ticket item (heating/air, plumbing, electrical) has a significant problem, I’m 99% sure he’s going to balk at fixing it. Then I’ll need to decide if I want to fix it or kill the deal. We shall see.