Feeding off our previous post of moving out west, we were greeted by a massive arctic snowstorm that basically kept us inside for the better part of the last week. Below is a pic of the snow in the front yard from a couple days ago.
One day it was 7 degrees, the next day 9, the next day -1 at 9am, you get the idea. Finally today it’s about 25, which means all that time cooped up in the house and planning what to do with our cozy new home actually gets to take shape. After getting the carpets cleaned, we thought that we would simply hire a cleaning company to come in and whip the place into shape. The previous owners actually said that they did this, but whoever they used didn’t do the best job, as we found plenty of dust bunnies all over the place, to go with a bit of mildew that had settled behind the washing machine. It really is amazing when you buy a new home what the total amount of money is that you spend after closing on a mortgage.
Let’s add it all up shall we? New blinds for the windows. Potentially new windows because they look like they haven’t been replaced in at least 15 years. New fencing in the backyard. Replacing a couple of sheets of siding. Putting a small fence in the front yard so the kids can play and not wander out into the street. Most of these things are cosmetic, or simply things that we want to do with the house, but seriously, we might as well have a frequent flyer card at Home Depot, because it’s looking like that’s our second home for the next few weeks. Thankfully I have a good job, because if I didn’t, none of this stuff would be getting done anytime soon.
Fortunately, this wonderful small city seems to be very heavy on contractors, and we have already been referred to a few of them. So, if we get sick of doing all this work ourselves, we can simply bite the bullet and hire someone to come in and do what would take us much longer to accomplish.
If I don’t become pretty versed in DIY’ing over the next two weeks, then I’m not learning fast enough. The kids are banging on the walls with their plastic hammers whenever I use the real thing, therefore at least there’s some intent of help there, and amusement when I get frustrated. I only wish they could actually bang a nail all the way into the wall instead of just staring at me doing it!
Hopefully we get above 30 this week so the outside work doesn’t cause my fingertips to go numb within the first twenty minutes. That would be pretty slippin sweet.