Tuesday, October 03, 2006

If you need me, I'll be in my cave

As of Friday, our house is officially sold. While this is great news (and believe me, it is!), it leads to a whole new set of stresses. We're now closing on our new house on October 13, which is less than two weeks away. Our real estate agent is away on a cruise this week. I'm trying to arrange for a mortgage, movers, insurance, new floor installation, etc, etc, and all of it needs to be done ASAP. Not to mention we need to pack.

On the upside, we don't need to move out of our old house till Oct 25 (that's the closing date). We're tentatively planning a move date of Oct 22. The in-between time when we own both houses is to give the floor guy time to do his magic, and also to give us a little buffer on moving.

Last time we moved, we hired Two Small Men with Big Hearts. We liked the company name - they just *sound* trustworthy, don't they? Well. We had them booked to arrive at 3pm, if I remember correctly. By 9pm they still hadn't arrived and we'd made several calls to the office, and had done lots of freaking out. At about 9:15pm (I should note here that this was the last day of our lease in the apartment) they arrived at our door. We were so relieved. They then told us that since the elevator was no longer on service (the super stops work at 7pm and won't put the elevator on service after that), they couldn't move us. We told them that we would hold the elevator doors and make sure everything went smoothly. They said "We just need to go check with our driver", and left. After waiting about 10 minutes for them to come back from "checking with their driver" I went downstairs to look for them. Gone. Vanished. No more.

We ended up the next morning frantically calling rental truck places, rented a van for a half day, and moved ourselves. Money saving? Yup. Stress reducing? Not at all.

So my only experience with professional movers hasn't exactly been stellar. But, we have lots of furniture, including a king bed that needs to come down a fairly steep/cramped staircase, so we're going to try it again. Hopefully it'll work out better this time. I can tell you right now who we *won't* be using!

The title of this post refers to how I feel right now. I wish I could just crawl into a cave and hide there till after the move is done. I'm a massive bundle of stress. Don't expect many blog posts this month!

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